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New mission presidents


Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011

Seven new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin service about July 1.

J. Joel and Maristela Fernandes

José Joel Alves Fernandes, 50, and Maristela Aguiar Silva Fernandes, four children, Brazil Florianopolis Mission; Alecrim Ward, Natal Brazil Stake. He serves as a counselor in a bishopric and is a former stake president and counselor, counselor in a mission presidency, bishop and missionary in the Brazil Sao Paulo South Mission. Director, Associacao Brasileira IJCSUD. Born in Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil, to Joel Arnaud and Josefa Alves Fernandes.

Sister Fernandes is a former Young Women president, Primary president, gospel essentials teacher, institute teacher and seminary teacher. Born in Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil, to Pedro Francisco da Silva and Josefa de Aguiar Silva.

Roger E. and Barbara P. Killpack

Roger Evan Killpack, 51, and Barbara Petersen Killpack, four children, Arizona Tucson Mission; Gunnison Bend Ward, Delta Utah West Stake. He is a stake president and a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, counselor in a stake Young Men presidency, bishop, elders quorum president and missionary in the Germany Duesseldorf Mission. Owner/Pharmacist, Service Drug. Born in Delta, Utah, to Ward William and Dorothy Bird Killpack.

Sister Killpack serves as a counselor in a Relief Society presidency and is a former Sunday School teacher, Young Women adviser and president, and counselor in a Primary presidency. Born in Hamilton, Mont., to Donald Ward and NaRae Ellis Petersen.

Monica A. and Juan L. Levrino

Juan José Levrino, 41, and Mónica Andrea Magdalena Palancar Levrino, five children, Argentina Salta Mission; Ciudadela Ward, Santa Fe Argentina Stake. He is a bishop and a former counselor in the Argentina Rosario and Argentina Resistencia missions, stake president, high councilor and missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission. Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Born in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina, to Ismael Juan José Levrino and Mercedes Rosa Isso.

Sister Levrino serves as a Young Women president and is a former regional and district public affairs director, stake Young Women president and camp director, ward Young Women president, counselor in a Primary presidency and missionary in the Argentina Mendoza Mission. Born in San Francisco, Cordoba, Argentina, to Miguel Angel Palancar and Stella Maris Trucolo.

Angela W. and Stephen F. Mecham

Stephen Folsom Mecham, 54, and Angela Welch Mecham, four children, Micronesia Guam Mission; Twenty Seventh East Ward, Salt Lake Emigration Stake. He serves as a counselor in a bishopric and is a former high councilor, stake executive secretary, bishop, ward young single adult adviser, high priest group leader and missionary in the Canada Montreal Mission. Attorney, Callister Nebeker & McCullough. Born in Washington, D.C., to Leonidas Ralph and Barbara Folsom Mecham.

Sister Mecham serves as a Primary teacher and is a former stake Young Women president, stake Primary president, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, young single adult adviser, activities committee chairman and Relief Society president. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Evard Van and Louise Pia Welch.

Rosemary and Michael A. Neider

Michael Antone Neider, 62, and Rosemary Curtis Neider, eight children, Nevada Las Vegas Mission; Northridge Ward, Sandy Utah Crescent Stake. He is a gospel essentials teacher and a temple ordinance worker in the Draper Utah Temple. He is a former counselor in the general Young Men presidency, counselor in the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission, stake president, bishop and missionary in the Central Atlantic States Mission. Retired president, Miro Industries. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Herbert Boyd and Donna Hansen Neider.

Sister Neider serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former stake Relief Society president and counselor, nursery leader, Young Women president, counselor in a Primary presidency and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Marvin Raine and Carrol Romney Curtis.

R. Pacheco and Beatriz P. Pinho

Raimundo Pacheco de Pinho, 46, and Beatriz Pradera Pinho, three children, Brazil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission; Taguatinga 1st Ward, Brasilia Brazil Taguatinga Stake. He serves as a counselor in the Brazil Brasilia Mission and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, Young Men president, high priest group secretary and missionary in the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission. Project manager for Educational and Finance Institutions. Born in Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil, to José Pacheco de Pinho and Laurita Eunice Silveira Pinho.

Sister Pinho is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Primary president, Young Women president, Relief Society president and seminary teacher. Born in Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil, to Pedro Bahia and Thereza Guilhermina Pradera.

Lyle J. and Bonnie Stucki

Lyle Jay Stucki, 59, and Bonnie Norton Stucki, five children, Philippines Manila Mission; Louisville 2nd Ward, Louisville Kentucky Stake. He serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former stake president and counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and counselor, high priest group leader, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Northern States Mission. Owner, Unique Management Services. Born in Rigby, Idaho, to Delos Sharp and Betty Rae Olson Stucki.

Sister Stucki serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former seminary teacher, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, family history consultant, gospel doctrine teacher, Relief Society president, Primary president and counselor in a ward Young Women presidency. Born in Preston, Idaho, to Max Loris and Camilla Price Norton.

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