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New Area Authority Seventies

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2002

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Thirty new Area Authority Seventies were called by the First Presidency and sustained at general conference April 6. The new leaders are:

D. Allen Andersen

D. Allen Andersen, Hong Kong, China; managing director, Asia, PAMA Group; recently serving as president of the Hong Kong International District; former bishop; wife: Jill; three children.

David S. Baxter

David S. Baxter, Suffolk, England; director of BT Group; recently serving as vice chairman of the London Key Cities program; served as stake president, in mission presidency, stake presidency and bishop; wife: Dianne; four children.

C. Elmer Black

C. Elmer Black, Clinton, Miss., AVP Underwriting and Training, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co.; recently serving as a ward Primary teacher; former stake president and counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Doris Marie; one child.

G. Lynn Brenchley

G. Lynn Brenchley, Providence, Utah; executive vice president, ICON Health & Fitness Inc.; recently released as high priests group leader; former president, Australia Melbourne West Mission, 1998-2001, stake president's counselor and bishop; wife: Villa; five children.

Clayton M. Christensen

Clayton M. Christensen, Belmont, Mass., professor, Harvard Business School; recently serving in the presidency of the Massachusetts Boston Mission; former bishop; wife: Christine; five children.

Ernesto A. B. Da Silva

Ernesto A. B. Da Silva, Fernando De La Mora, Paraguay; supervisor, Novex S.A. cold storage plant; recently serving as president of the Fernando de la Mora Paraguay Stake; former bishop and branch president; wife: Mercedes; three children.

Hector A. Davalos

Hector A. Davalos, Callao, Peru; employee of the Peruvian Social Security System; recently released as president of the Lima Peru El Olivar Stake; former stake president's counselor and branch president; wife: Beatriz; two children.

Ildefonso de Castro Deus

Ildefonso de Castro Deus, Curitiba, Brazil; managing director, Trimave Equipment Limited; recently serving as president of the Curitiba Brazil Tarum Stake; former bishop and high councilor; wife: Tania; five children.

James Dunlop

James Dunlop, Palmerston North, New Zealand; scientist, AgResearch Grasslands; currently patriarch of the Palmerston North New Zealand Stake; former regional representative, stake president and bishop; wife: Frances; five children.

James M. Dunn

James M. Dunn, Salt Lake City, Utah; retired attorney; recently released as president of the Salt Lake University 2nd Stake (since 2000); former president of the Colombia Bogota Mission, 1980-1983, stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Sandra; six children.

I. Lee Ence

I. Lee Ence, Santa Clara, Utah; dentist; recently released as president of the Santa Clara Utah Stake; former stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Brenda; six children.

Carlos R. Fernandez

Carlos R. Fernandez, Resistencia, Argentina; coordinator, Church Educational System; recently serving as president of the Resistencia Argentina Stake; former president of the Argentina Cordoba Mission, 1984-1987, regional representative and branch president; wife: Beatriz; four children.

John R. Gibson

John R. Gibson, Winston Hills, Australia; country director, Church Educational System; recently serving in the bishopric of the Winston Hills Ward; former president of the Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Mission, 1994-1997, regional representative, stake president, stake president's counselor and bishop; wife: Kathryn; seven children.

Stephen W. Hansen

Stephen W. Hansen, Wayzata, Minn., retired human resource director, Wells Fargo; recently serving as president of the Minneapolis Minnesota Stake; former counselor in stake presidency, high councilor and bishop; wife: Carol; eight children.

Emmanuel A. Kissi

Emmanuel A. Kissi, Accra, Ghana; general medical practitioner, Deseret Hospital; recently serving as patriarch of the Accra Ghana Lartebiokorshie Stake; former regional representative, president of the Ghana Accra Mission, 1989-1991, district president, mission president's counselor and branch president; wife: Benedicta Elizabeth; seven children.

B. Renato Maldonado

B. Renato Maldonado, Cuenca, Ecuador; zone coordinator, Church Educational System; recently serving in the presidency of the Ecuador Guayaquil South Mission since 1999; former president of the Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission, 1996-1999, stake president's counselor and bishop; wife: Lorena; two children.

Jeffrey J. Marchant

Jeffrey J. Marchant, Cedar City, Utah; owner of a family travel and construction supplies business; recently teaching the gospel essentials class in his ward; former regional representative, stake president and bishop; wife: Barbara; eight children.

Gerald A. Mead

Gerald A. Mead, Pocatello, Idaho; retired vice president, research & development, J R Simplot Company; recently serving as president of the Pocatello Idaho Highland Stake since 1993; former stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Karen; nine children.

Rodrigo Myrrha

Hyae-Kee Min, Seoul, Korea; area director, Church Educational System; recently released as president of the Korea Seoul West Mission, 1998-2001; former regional representative, stake president and bishop; wife: Sung Sook; one child.

Masayuki Nakano

Rodrigo Myrrha, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; owner of a furniture manufacturing business; recently released as president of the Belo Horizonte Brazil Pampulha Stake; former stake president and bishop; wife: Alessandra; two children.

Yasuo Niiyama

Masayuki Nakano, Osaka, Japan; manager, sales administration, Schering Plough K.K.; recently serving as high priests group leader, temple sealer and patriarch; former mission president's counselor, stake president, stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop, district president and branch president; wife: Michiko; three children.

Yasuo Niiyama

Yasuo Niiyama, Tokyo, Japan; CEO, Selnate Group; recently released as president of the Fukuoka Japan Stake; former regional representative, president of the Japan Sendai Mission, 1987-1990, and stake president; wife: Tomiko; seven children.

Carlos L. Pedraja

Carlos L. Pedraja, Cochabamba, Bolivia; regional coordinator, Church Educational System; recently serving as bishop of the Universidad Ward; former president of the Argentina Salta Mission, 1996-1999, regional representative, stake president and bishop; wife: Amalia; four children.

Carlos A. Perez

Carlos A. Perez, Montevideo, Uruguay; plant supervisor, Frigorifico (meat packing industry); recently released as a counselor to president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission; former stake president and bishop; wife: Raquel; five children.

D. Chad Richardson

D. Chad Richardson, McAllen, Texas; professor, University of Texas, Pan American; recently released as president of the McAllen Texas Stake; former president of the Spain Seville Mission, 1985-1988, stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Elizabeth; eight children.

Maury W. Schooff

Maury W. Schooff, Papillion, Neb.; instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha; recently serving in the presidency of the Nebraska Omaha Mission; former stake president, stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Joan; three children.

M. Gonzalo Sepulveda

M. Gonzalo Seplveda; Villa Alemana, Chile; insurance and real estate broker; recently serving as president of the Villa Alemana Chile West Stake; former regional representative, stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop; wife: Adriana; three children.

T. La Mar Sleight

T. La Mar Sleight, Vienna, Va.; director of Church Public Affairs, Washington, D.C.; recently serving as area family history adviser and a sealer in the Washington D.C. Temple; former stake president and stake president's counselor; wife: Sharma; six children.

John C. Taggart

John C. Taggart, Raleigh, N.C.; vice president and associate general counsel, GE Capital Mortgage Company; recently released as president of the Raleigh North Carolina Stake, former high councilor and bishop; wife: Marilyn; five children.

Anthony R. Temple

Anthony R. Temple, Wayne, Pa., vice president, Medical and Regulatory Science, McNeil Consumer and Specialty; recently serving as stake public affairs director and high councilor; former stake president, high councilor and bishop; wife: Mary; four children.