The nominating committee composed of Michael Marquardt, Mark Staker, David Howlett, Rachel Killebrew, and Brian Hales (chair) are pleased to announce the following have accepted nominations for JWHA offices. Rachel Killebrew for President-elect 2017-2018, with Scott Esplin and Dan Kelty for JWHA Board positions 2017 –2020.
Rachel Killebrew, a 6th generation member of the Community of Christ church (formerly RLDS), lives in Independence, Missouri with her husband, Daniel. She has a B.A. in History and Education from William Jewell College and an M.L.S. from the University of Missouri. Currently, she serves as the Librarian-Archivist and Records Manager for Community of Christ and a member of the Community of Christ Church History and Sacred Story team. Rachel has vast experience with JWHA as a current member of the Board and as Awards Committee chair. She has also served on the membership, nominating, scholarship, and program committees.
Scott C. Esplin is an associate professor of Latter-day Saint Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University, where he has been employed since 2006. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU, he received a PhD in educational history, also from Brigham Young University. Scott regularly presents at the JWHA conference and has published several articles in the association’s journal. He currently serves on the program committee for the upcoming conference and was the 2015 conference co-chair and a member of the 2016 nominating committee. He and his wife Janice are the parents of four children.
Dan Kelty works as the historian for the Headwaters Mission Center, Community of Christ. He attended Bemidji State College in Minnesota and later received a masters degree in Library Science at Ann Arbor. Dan is a longtime supporter of JWHA, having presented numerous papers and serving on the Awards Committee. Currently he is a member of the support team of the MormonPlaces.byu website. He, his wife, and two children live in Crookston, Minnesota and two wonderful grandchildren are close by in Minneapolis.