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Executive Committee

President (2018-2019) Rachel Killebrew Independence, MO
President-Elect (2018-2019) Jill Brim Washington, UT
Immediate Past President (2017-2018) Sherry Mesle-Morain Lamoni, IA
Executive Director Cheryle Grinter Independence, MO
Treasurer (2019-2021) Jerry Mogg St Joseph, MO

Board of Directors

2016-2019 Dan Whittemore
Finance Committee
Denver, CO
2017-2020 Dan Kelty
MHA Relations
Minneapolis, MN
2017-2020 Scott Esplin
John Whitmer Books Liaison
Provo, UT
2016-2019 Jason Smith
Social Media Chair
Duncan, OK
2016-2019 Kyle Walker
Long Range Planning Committee
Rexburg, ID
2019-2021 Seth Bryant
Membership Chair
Kirtland, OH
2019-2021 Joe Geisner
Awards Chair
Santa Rosa, CA

Program and Scholarship Committee

Chair Jill Brim Washington, UT
Co-Chair Kelly McAfee Kirtland, OH
Silent Auction Chairs
On-line Auction Chair
Helen & Malcolm Warner
Rich Moore
Brampton, Ontario
Orem, UT
Members Kevin Barney
Barbara Bernauer
Jared Cook
Robert Cook
Brian Hales
Mel Johnson
Danny Jorgensen
Tom Morain
Reed Russell
Vickie Speek
Mark Staker
Daniel Stone
Kyle Walker
Hoffman Estates, IL
Kansas City, MO
Province, NY
Macomb, IL
Layton, UT
Zavalla, TX
Lebanon, MO
Lamoni, IA
Lee’s Summit, MO
Trout Valley, IL
Salt Lake City, UT
Wyandotte, MI
Rexburg, ID

Finance Committee

Chair Dan Whittemore Denver, CO
Members Greg Brim
Seth Bryant
Bill Morain
Washington, UT
Kirtland, OH
Lamoni, IA

Membership Committee

Chair Seth Bryant Kirtland, OH

Nominating Committee

Chair (2018-2019) Sherry Mesle-Morain Lamoni, IA
Members Alex Baugh
Christin Mackay
Erin Metcalfe
Bill Shepard
Provo, UT
Nauvoo, IL
Jonesboro, AR
Burlington, WI

Awards Committee

Chair Joe Geisner Santa Rosa, CA
Members: Book Awards
John Dinger
Erin Metcalfe
Bill Shepard
Susan Staker
Meridian, ID
Jonesboro, AR
Burlington, WI
Langley, WA
Members: Article Awards Bryce Blankenagel
Katherine Hill
Taunalyn Rutherford
Daniel Stone
Seattle, WA
Sagle, ID
Draper, UT
Wyandotte, MI

Long Range Planning Committee

Chair Kyle Walker Rexburg, ID

Social Media Committee

Chair Jason R. Smith Duncan, OK

John Whitmer Historical Association Journal

Editor Bill Morain (2012-2020) Lamoni, IA
Book Review Editor Christin Mackay Nauvoo, IL
Associate Editor Ryan Tittle Sumiton, AL
Editorial Board Gary Bergera
Clyde Forsberg
Craig Foster
Matt Harris
Katherine Hill
David Howlett
Melvin Johnson
Michael Marquardt
Brent Metcalfe
Russ Osmond
Bill Russell
Mark Scherer
Bill Shepard
Steven L. Shields
Chrystal Vanel
Billie Young
Salt Lake City, UT
Karabuk, Turkey
Layton, UT
Pueblo West, CO
Sagle, ID
Sarasota Springs, NY
Zavalla, TX
Sandy, UT
Jonesboro, AR
Marietta, GA
Lamoni, IA
Independence, MO
Burlington, WI
Las Vegas, NV
Paris, France
St Paul, MN

John Whitmer Books

Manager Vacant
Editorial Board Peter Judd
Mike Riggs
Steve Shields
Mark Staker
Kansas City, MO
Baltimore, MD
Las Vegas, NV
Salt Lake City, UT

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

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.