2012 Conference

Matt Townsend



For more than a decade, Matt Townsend has been energizing and involving audiences with his unique approach to building and maintaining successful relationships. Known as one of America’s top presenters in the field of Human Relations and Development, Matt blends humor and story telling with interactive, real-life solutions that inspire motivation and immediate results in his audiences.

Having dedicated his life to the study of communication and interpersonal relationships, Matt has worked extensively in the areas of results-oriented communication, conflict resolution and time management training. As a lead presenter for industry leader, Franklin Covey, Matt worked with the Family & Special Market Division and created the company’s largest train-the-trainer program, certifying more than 900 trainers to teach his customized time management curriculum.

Since working at Franklin Covey, Matt founded the Townsend Relationship Center and its affiliate firms, Capacity Consulting and Townsend Relationship Center. Through these entities, Matt has shared his expertise with relationships, communication and conflict resolution with thousands of clients ranging from individual married couples to large corporations such as CNN, Cox Communications, and Lockheed Martin.

Other past clients include: American Express, Discovery Toys, Dupont, Freddie Mac, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Honda, IBM, Intel, I-Village.com, Kinko’s, Kroger’s, Lockheed Martin, Minute Maid, Nation’s Bank, Nike, Panasonic, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, UPS, the US Army, and the US Navy.

“The Matt Townsend Show” is broadcast every week on KSL News Radio and Matt's book Starved Stuff: The 7 Basic Needs of Healthy Relationships is a popular pick among those searching for better relationship skills. Having earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication and a second master's degree in Human Development, he is presently pursuing his doctoral degree in Human Development. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the National Department of Commerce.

In addition to his professional work, Matt actively dedicates his time as a volunteer guest speaker and is active in his church and community. He enjoys playing tennis, running, and spending time with his wife, Mardi and their six children.



CH (LTC) Clay Anstead is the fulltime Chaplain for Utah in the National Guard. He graduated from BYU ('83) in Political Science and went on the get a Masters degree from Utah State ('95) in Human Resource Management. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 and prior to that deployed with a Utah Guard unit to Tooele to guard the chemical weapons stored there just after 9/11. He also was sent to assist after hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the Gulf States in 2005. He has been teaching marriage enrichment and reintegration principles, and counseling with soldiers, spouses, and family members as a Chaplain for 15 years. He and Tammie are together the parents of 8 children.

Tammie Anstead together with her husband, Clay Anstead has been teaching and presenting marriage enrichment programs to thousands of military couples for the past eight years. She has been trained in the Strong Bonds Instructor Training course, the Active Relationships Center Professional Training as a facilitator, and as a mediator in Domestic Mediation Training through the J. Reuben Clark Law School Mediation Program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University in 2000, and her Juris Doctor from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, at Brigham Young University in 2003. 

 Rodger Broome


Rodger E. Broomé, PhD is a faculty member of the department of emergency services at UVU. His professional experience involves 23 years in police, fire and emergency medicine. He retired serving the City of West Jordan as their fire marshal at the rank of battalion chief. Rodger's education is in psychology from the Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA. He has three lovely nieces with ASD and teaches a course in the emergency management degree called human factors in emergency management which covers a section on people with ASD. Rodger continues to serve the community of Woods Cross as a reserve police officer.

 Nate Cottle


Dr. Nate Cottle is an Assistant Professor of Family Studies in the Behavioral Science Department at UVU. He has worked extensively with newly married couples through the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, the Oklahoma National Guard's Yellow Ribbon efforts, and the "Twogether" in Texas program making over 150 presentations to various audiences. He has been married for 16 years and has three children.

John Fisher


Dr. John Fisher is a faculty member in the Emergency Management bachelor's program at Utah Valley University. Before coming to UVU, he taught management and communications at Northwest Missouri State University, Boise State, Athabasca University, and the University of Alberta. John began his career as a newspaper reporter/photographer, reporting the court and police beats and covering emergency services. For eight years he was a public administrator in the Alberta government, working in policy analysis, public information, and legislative affairs. He has a BA and an MA from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Alberta. His principal areas of research are mass media coverage of public policy, disaster preparation and mitigation, and applied learning among adult learners.

Christine Holding


Christine is currently a marriage and family therapist at Wasatch Family Therapy in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. She is passionate about working with distressed couples to promote healing from past injuries and rebuild safe and trusting relationships. Christine has been married for 21 years and is the mother of six energetic children.

 Paul Jenkins


Paul H. Jenkins, Ph.D. has extensive experience as a professional psychologist. His hard hitting yet almost playful approach is like having an owner's manual for your brain. Dr. Jenkins lays out the how and the why so those attending the presentation get a firm grip on principles that make an immediate difference in their personal lives and in their families. Dr. Jenkins is a keynote speaker, author, podcast host, and presenter who also maintains a positive psychology counseling practice in Orem, UT.

Roberta Johnson


Roberta Johnson is a Certified Family Life Educator and an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University. She has worked with the Strengthening Families Program for four and a half years and is the Assistant Site Coordinator for four sites. She has taught for over twenty years, including the U.S. Army, the German government, and the Nebo School District. She is involved in research and work with families.

Terry Olson


Terry Olson earned a Ph.D. From Florida State University and taught at the University of New Mexico before coming to BYU. He has presented at several UN sponsored conferences on the family and is a regular presenter at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). He recently received the Ernest G. Osborne award for enduring excellence in Family Life Education from NCFR.