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Executive Committee

President (2019-2021) Jill Brim Washington, UT
President-Elect (2019-2021) Christin Mackay Nauvoo, IL
Immediate Past President (2019-2021) Rachel Killebrew Independence, MO
Executive Director Cheryle Grinter Independence, MO
Treasurer (2019-2021) Jerry Mogg St Joseph, MO

Board of Directors

2019-2022 Dan Whittemore
Finance Committee
Denver, CO
2020-2023 Myra Elliott Peoria, IL
2020-2023 Casey Griffiths
Social Media Chair/MHA Liaison
Saratoga Springs, UT
2021-2022 Scott Esplin
JW Books Liaison
Provo, UT
2019-2022 Katherine Hill
Long Range Planning Chair
Heber City, UT
2019-2021 Seth Bryant
Membership Chair
Kirtland, OH
2019-2021 Joe Geisner
Awards Chair
Santa Rosa, CA

Program and Scholarship Committee

Chair Christin Mackay Nauvoo, IL
Silent Auction Chairs
On-line Auction Chair
Members Casey Griffiths
David Howlett
Melvin Johnson
Lachlan Mackay
Nancy Ross
Provo, UT
Northampton, MA
Salt Lake City, UT
Nauvoo, IL
St George, UT

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
Members Myra Elliott
Katherine Hill
Katherine Pollock
Peoria, IL
Heber City, UT
Neosho, MO

Nominating Committee

Chair Rachel Killebrew Independence, MO
Members Joseph Geisner
David Howlett
Lachlan Mackay
Erin Metcalfe
Santa Rosa, CA
Northampton, MA
Nauvoo, IL
Jonesboro, AR

Awards Committee

Chair Joe Geisner Santa Rosa, CA
Members: Book Awards
John Dinger
Brent Metcalfe
Katherine Pollock
Susan Staker
Meridian, ID
Jonesboro, AR
Neosho, MO
Langley, WA
Members: Article Awards Bryce Blankenagel
Julianne Briscoe
John-Charles Duffy
Nancy Ross
Province, WA
Layton, UT
Oxford, OH
St George, UT

Long Range Planning Committee

Chair Katherine Hill Heber City, UT

Social Media Committee

Chair Casey Griffiths Saratoga Springs, UT

Podcast Committee

Chair Rachel Killebrew Independence, MO
Members Jill Brim
Joseph Geisner
Katherine Hill
Washington, UT
Santa Rosa, CA
Heber City, UT

John Whitmer Historical Association Journal

Editor Bill Morain Lamoni, IA
Book Review Editor Christin Mackay Nauvoo, IL
Associate Editor Susan Staker Langley, WA
Editorial Board Gary Bergera
Craig Foster
Matt Harris
Katherine Hill
David Howlett
Melvin Johnson
Rachel Killebrew
Michael Marquardt
Brent Metcalfe
Russ Osmond
Bill Russell
Bill Shepard
Steven L. Shields
Chrystal Vanel
Salt Lake City, UT
Layton, UT
Pueblo West, CO
Heber City, UT
Sarasota Springs, NY
Zavalla, TX
Independence, MO
Sandy, UT
Jonesboro, AR
Marietta, GA
Lamoni, IA
Burlington, WI
Las Vegas, NV
Paris, France

Restoration Studies Journal

Editor Katherine Hill Heber City, UT
Editorial Board Sally Leitch
Steven L. Shields
Brian Whitney
Nuneaton, UK
Las Vegas, NV
Brigham City, UT

John Whitmer Books

Manager Christopher Smith Albuquerque, NM
Editorial Board Peter Judd
Mike Riggs
Steven L. 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
Rachel Killebrew 2018-2019
Jill Brim 2019-

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.