2013 UCCU Family Festival Conference Presenters

Ryan Anderson

Ryan AndersonDr. Ryan Anderson, Ph.D., LMFT, MedFT is currently the assistant clinical director at Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, a wilderness therapy program for teens. His specializations include grief and loss, substance abuse, and process addictions.

Jeremy Boden

Jeremy Boden Jeremy Boden is a full-time faculty lecturer in the Behavior Science Department at Utah Valley University. His areas of interest and research include premarital education, newlyweds, and romantic relationships in general. Jeremy holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree in marriage and family therapy, and a doctoral degree in family studies. Jeremy is married to his wonderful and beautiful wife, Daria and they have four children ages 11 to 5 years old.

Jaynie Brown

Jaynie BrownJaynie Brown is the Director of the Strengthening Families Foundation. She is the mother of seven amazing children, and was involved in the PTA for more than 25 years. Jaynie is very involved in the prevention of alcohol abuse and is a Legislative Lobbyist for Utah's Mothers Against Drunk Driving ; secretary of the Salt Lake City Mayor's Coalition on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs and member of the state Underage Drinking Prevention Workgroup with She also had the opportunity to be the Executive Producer of MADD's new "Strengthening Families Program Home-Use DVD.

Wendy Bunell

Wendy BunellWendy Bunnell-has been with the Utah Foster Care Foundation since 2002 and was a licensed foster parent for 8 years. She and her husband have cared for 13 foster children, most of which are now adults, and still part of the family. The Utah Foster Care Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization contracted with the Division of Child and Family Services to serve Utah’s children by finding, educating and nurturing families to meet the needs of children in foster care. They are the only agency that does this for the state.

Nate Cottle

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.

Jeremy Cottle

Jeremy Cottle Dr. Jeremy Cottle started his career 17 years ago as a social worker while continuing his education at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas where he received his Ph.D. in Counseling, Education, and Supervision. He is currently the Executive Director and C.E.O for Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital located in Orem, Utah. Jeremy has extensive psychiatric experience in treating adolescents, adults, and older adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Gary Cox

Assistant Professor Gary Cox was a Captain for the West Jordan Police Department and also served on the Utah House of Representatives. He sponsored or co-sponsored bills such as: HB245 for amendments to the domestic violence laws, HB057 for amendments to justification as defense, HB 0067 task force on family conflict resolution. Gary has been an advocate for the family and helping people repair or escape violent domestic environments and dysfunctionally harmful relationships. He has retired to be a professor of criminal justice at Salt Lake Community College.

Susan Cox

Susan CoxDr. Cox is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Utah Valley University, where she works to help prospective junior high and high school faculty better understand the psychological landscape of their students in order to improve classroom climates and instruction. Her research interests include developmental neuropsychology, technology integration, and learner-centered teaching. She is particularly interested in finding ways to engage students in deeper learning using technology.

Cathy Croxton

Cathy CroxtonCathy Croxton holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University. She is an Arbinger Certified Facilitator currently teaching for UVU's Turning Point Program. Cathy is married to Brent Croxton, a Graphic Designer and is the mother of 5 sons.

Kris Doty

Kris DotyKris Doty is a graduate of Utah Valley University, with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from BYU and a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Utah. Kris is a licensed clinical social worker with a specialty in crisis intervention. She currently serves as the Behavioral Science Department Chair and Director of the BSW Field Education program at UVU. She also maintains a small private practice. She is married and has five children and three active grandsons.

LeeAnn Glade

LeeAnn GladeLee Ann Glade holds a BA and JD from Brigham Young University, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Utah. She is also a member of the Utah State Bar, and is a Utah State Court Master Mediator. She serves as an adjunct faculty member for Utah Valley University, and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

Jacci Graham

Jacci GrahamJacci graduated from The University of Utah with her Masters in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is currently the Co-Executive Director at the Children’s Service Society. Ms. Graham was awarded the “The Child Advocate of the Year” from Prevent Child Abuse Utah in 2009, 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Utah Families Award and she served as a member of the Crisis Response Team for the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Ron Hammond

Ron HammondRon J. Hammond, Ph.D. is the Program Director of Family Studies in the Behavioral Science Department at UVU. He has taught family-related courses for over 25 years, focusing on the usefulness of scientific findings to family members in their everyday lives. He and his wife have six children, two children-in-law, and one grandchild.

Erin Holmes

Erin HolmesDr. Erin Holmes is an Assistant Professor in the Brigham Young University School of Family Life. In 2011 she received the National Council on Family Relations award for Best Article by a New Professional on Men in Families. In 2013, she was a finalist in the international competition for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work Family Research. Dr. Holmes is married and has 3 beautiful children.

Mark Jarvis

Mark JarvisMark Jarvis received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Texas in 2006. Mark is also a licensed attorney, whose practice has been largely in the areas of criminal and family law. He and his wife have been married for 17 years and have four children. Mark occasionally cheats on his longstanding relationship with junk food and is a recovering pet-owner.

Darren Johansen

Darren JohansenDarren Johansen, LPC is a member of the National Speakers Association and the owner of Johansen Counseling Services, a positive psychology organization focused on helping people to be highly functioning. He believes giving back is essential. Darren is Passionate about assisting individuals, couples, families and organizations to LIVE ON PURPOSE through understanding and applying principles.

Nancy Madsen

Nancy MadsenNancy L. Madsen holds a Bachelor’s Degree from BYU in Marriage, Family and Human Development; and a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Gerontology with and education and lifelong learning emphasis from the University of Utah. She currently works as a long-term care ombudsman (resident advocate) with oversight for the 66 nursing homes in Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties.

David Richards

David RichardsDr. David Richards, PH.D. HCLD is a board certified Doctoral-Specialist dedicated to In Vitro Fertilizations (IVF). Dr. Richards has published a number of scientific articles relating to IVF. His papers and presentations have described innovative and effective procedures for improving pregnancy rates in IVF. Dr. Richards established Utah Valley’s first IVF program in 1997, and has been highly successful in helping couples achieve pregnancies and has produced thousands of babies with IVF.

Dixie Sevison

Dixie SevisonDixie Sevison has a BA from Brigham Young University in Family Life Education and has done work toward her Masters in the same field. She has been employed at Utah Valley University for the past sixteen years. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of the Center for Personal and Career Development/Turning Point. Along with her other duties, Dixie teaches classes in Personal Development, Career Development and Marriage Preparation.

Jonathan Sherman

Jonathan ShermanJonathan D. Sherman, LMFT is a Relationship Strategist (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) and Speaker who specializes in helping people create truly GREAT relationships through 1. Marriage Transformation, 2. Parent Training and 3. Self-Mastery. He is the President of Jonathan Sherman, Intl. and founder of He provides therapy services on the micro level to individuals, couples and families and consulting services on the macro level to the educational, government and corporate sectors.

Joyce Starks

Joyce Starks is a proud graduate of Utah Valley University. She earned an MSW Degree, and has also completed Doctoral course work, at the University of Utah. Joyce is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in couples counseling, and is currently employed by LDS Family Services in that capacity. Joyce is also employed as Practicum Field Liaison and as an Adjunct Faculty member at Utah Valley University in the BSW program.

Jacob Sybrowski

Jacob SybrowskiDr. Jacob Sybrowsky currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Personal Financial Planning Program Director for the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. He holds a Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University. Sybrowsky also attended Brigham Young University where he earned a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development and a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics with a minor in Korean. When not working, Jacob enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife, Carrie, and “most beautiful little girl in the world”- daughter, Elizabeth. They are excited to welcome another little girl into the family this fall.

John Thill

John ThillJohn Thill-has been with the Utah Foster Care Foundation since 2008, and has been a licensed foster parent since 2004. He and his wife have cared for 59 foster children and have adopted 13 of them, 11 through foster care. The Utah Foster Care Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization contracted with the Division of Child and Family Services to serve Utah’s children by finding, educating and nurturing families to meet the needs of children in foster care. It is the only agency that does this for the state.

Tracie Tice

Tracie TiceTracie Tice has been heavily involved in infertility advising for many years. She and her husband Jack have been through their own struggle with infertility and have been blessed with 2 beautiful girls through the miracle of adoption. Tracie has facilitated groups for couples that have gone through the loss of miscarriage, as well as being a peer counselor for women with multiple losses. She currently works for Premier Adoption Agency, educating on adoption as a positive option, and sharing all sides of the triad.

Joseph M. White

Dr. White has worked in the prevention science field for two decades as a professor and director of the Foundation for Family Life, focusing on substance-abuse/risk prevention and responsible fatherhood programs. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University, co-founded the Dakota Fatherhood Initiative, and co-authored the book Why Fathers Count.

Kristen White

Kristen WhiteKristin Wright spent most of her childhood, career, and educational pursuits in New York and New Jersey where she taught regular elementary education. She received a Master’s Degree in Special Education (College of New Jersey) and spent the rest of her career teaching elementary and secondary special education in the public schools. She has been teaching in the School of Education at Utah Valley University since 2002.