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Executive Committee

President (2022-2023)   Casey Griffiths Saratoga Springs, UT
President-Elect (2022-2023)   Kyle Walker Rexburg, ID
Immediate Past President (2022-2023)   Christin Mackay Nauvoo, IL
Executive Director   Cheryle Grinter Independence, MO
Treasurer (2021-2024)   Robert Cook Macomb, IL

Board of Directors

2022-2025   Ryan Sargent
Finance Committee
Pocatello, ID
2020-2023   Myra Elliott
Membership Chair
Peoria, IL
2021-2024   Mark Staker
MHA Liaison
Salt Lake City, UT
2022-2025   VACANT
Social Media
2022-2025   Jason Smith
Podcast Liaison
Duncan, OK
2021-2023   Megan Stanton
Awards Chair
Madison, WI
2021-2024   VACANT
JW Books Liaison

Conference and Scholarship Committee

Chair   Kyle Walker Pocatello, ID
Co-Chair   Eric Rogers Salt Lake City, UT
Members   Brian Hales
Melvin Johnson
Stephanie Rogers
Ryan Sargent
Robyn Shahan Spears
Kaysville, UT
Mesquite, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
Pocatello, ID
Bentonville, AR

Finance Committee

Chair   Ryan Sargent Pocatello, ID
Members   Bill Morain
Dan Whittemore
Lamoni, IA
Denver, CO

Membership Committee

Chair   Myra Elliott Peoria, IL
Members   Katherine Hill
Katherine Pollock
Reykjavik, Iceland
Neosho, MO

Nominating Committee

Chair   Christin Mackay Nauvoo, IL
Members   Jill Brim
Scott Esplin
Taunalyn Ford
Dan Whittemore
Washington, UT
Provo, UT
Draper, UT
Denver, CO

Awards Committee

Chair   Megan Stanton Madison, WI
Members: Book Awards
  Kyle Beshears
John Dinger
Makoto Hunter
Melvin Johnson
Mobile, AL
Meridian, ID
Tempe, AZ
Mesquite, NV
Members: Article Awards   Bryce Blankenagel 
Julianne Briscoe
Nancy Ross
Robyn Shahan Spears
Lewisburg, PA
Layton, UT
St George, UT
Bentonville, AR

Long Range Planning Committee

Chair   Vacant  

Social Media Committee

Chair   Katherine Pollock

Podcast Committee

Chair   Jason Smith Duncan, OK
Members   Magen Edvalson
Rachel Killebrew
Katherine Pollock
Silverton, OR
Independence, MO
Neosho, MO

John Whitmer Historical Association Journal

Editor   Bill Morain Lamoni, IA
Book Review Editor   Newell Bringhurst Visalia, CA
Associate Editor/Copy Editor   Susan Staker Langley, WA
Editorial Board   Craig Foster
Matt Harris
Katherine Hill
David Howlett
Melvin Johnson
Rachel Killebrew
Michael Marquardt
Brent Metcalfe
Russell Osmond
William Russell
Mark Scherer
William Shepard
Steven L. Shields
Ryan Tittle
Chrystal Vanel
Clare Vlahos
Layton, UT
Pueblo West, CO
Reykjavik, Iceland
Sarasota Springs, NY
Zavalla, TX
Independence, MO
Sandy, UT
Jonesboro, AR
Marietta, GA
Lamoni, IA
Independence, MO
Burlington, WI
Las Vegas, NV
Sumiton, AL
Paris, France
Independence, MO

Restoration Studies Journal

Editor   Katherine Hill Reykjavik, Iceland
Editorial Board   Nancy Ross
Steven L. Shields
Randallynn Smith
St George, UT
Las Vegas, NV
Vilseck, Germany

John Whitmer Books

Manager   Cheryl Bruno Marina, CA
Editorial Board   Scott Esplin
Peter Judd
Mike Riggs
Steven L. Shields
Mark Staker
George Woloch
Provo, UT
Kansas City, MO
Baltimore, MD
Las Vegas, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
Town of Mount Royal, QC

JWHA Newsletter

Editor   Reed Russell Lee’s Summit, MO

JWHA Leaders Past and Present

On 18 September 1972, fourteen people met in Richard Howard’s home in Independence, Mo., and organized the John Whitmer Historical Association. Those in attendance voted to be independent from the RLDS Church.

During a debate on the name for the new group, Warren Jennings suggested John Whitmer, the first historian of the Latter Day Saint movement. Many found it amusing at first, but after several other suggestions were rejected, the group settled on John Whitmer.

A steering committee of Mark McKiernan, chair and Paul Edwards, Robert Flanders, Barbara Higdon, and Richard Howard developed the framework of the new association.

The first Board of Directors meeting was held 6 January 1973. A constitution was drafted in 1974.

The founding members were Alma Blair, Paul Edwards, Robert Flanders, Barbara Higdon, Richard Howard, Larry Hunt, Warren Jennings, Gerald Kruse, Mark McKiernan, Grant McMurray, Gordon Mesley, William Russell, Geoffrey Spencer, and W.B. “Pat” Spillman.

Many thanks to these visionary people who started a movement!

Past presidents of the organization:

Robert Flanders 1973-74
Alma Blair 1975
Kenneth Stobaugh 1976
Bill Russell 1977
Barbara Higdon 1978
Paul Edwards 1979
Clare Vlahos 1980
Grant McMurray 1981
Tom Morain 1982
Norma Hiles 1983
Paul Edwards 1984
Richard Howard 1985
Wayne Ham 1986
Robert Mesle 1987
Linda Newell 1988
Maurice Draper 1989-1990
Roger Launius 1991-1992
Lee Pement 1993-1994
Jessie Embry 1995-1996
Danny Jorgensen 1996-1997
Ron Romig 1997-1998
Barbara Bernauer 1998-1999
Ed Warner 1999-2000
Alma Blair 2000-2001
Mike Riggs 2001-2002
Billie Young 2002-2003
Mark Scherer 2003-2004
Jan Shipps 2004-2005
Newell Bringhurst 2005-2006
Alex Baugh 2006-2007
Barbara Walden 2007-2008
Bill Shepard 2008-2009
Jeanne Murphey 2009-2010
John Hamer 2010-2011
Steve Shields 2011-2012
R. Jean Addams 2012-2013
Lachlan Mackay 2013-2014
Erin B. Metcalfe 2014-2015
Brian C. Hales 2015-2016
Peter Judd 2016-2017
Sherry Mesle-Morain 2017-2018
Rachel Killebrew 2018-2019
Jill Brim 2019-2021
Christin Mackay 2021-2022
Casey Paul Griffiths 2022-2023

In addition to the presidents, many people have served on the board of directors, edited the Journal, and helped on committees.

Thanks also to past officers and executive directors.

JWHA has come a long way since. William D. Russell expressed this hope in a 1972 Courage article, “The organization of such a society has been sought by a number of people interested in Latter Day Saint history for a long time.

“Let’s hope that the dream is about to be realized.” The current state of JWHA shows that the dream is coming true.