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Ryan Shields

Ryan is currently pursuing an MS in wildlife and wildlands conservation, as part of The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) Blue Bonds initiative, having completed a BS in geography in April, both at Brigham Young University. Shields has also worked with TNC on projects in Kenya, Benin, Dominica, Grenada, and the Dominican Republic. Additionally, he and [...]

Shane Jacobs

Shane Jacobs is a global business advisor for Global Upside, which helps U.S. companies expand into foreign countries. Their professional services help them set up and incorporate in foreign countries, provide ongoing HR, payroll, and accounting services, and help them comply with all local labor, employment, tax, and accounting laws in over 150 countries [...]

Hongmeng Cheng

Hongmeng Cheng is an assistant professor from the Shanghai Institute of Socialism, where he teaches classes on the religious theory and policy of the Communist Party of China. Cheng was a visiting scholar for the Mormon Studies Program at the University of Virginia during the 2018–19 academic year. While at UVA, he researched the [...]

Marren Haneberg

Marren Haneberg is the public relations head at Global Education Philanthropists, an anti-human trafficking nonprofit. Haneberg also regularly contributes articles on Russia and the former Soviet Union to Praemon, a student organization analyzing international security. As an undergraduate, she interned at U.S. Embassy Moscow for a semester and worked as a European history research [...]

Justin K. McPheters

Justin K. McPheters oversees Family Services operations outside of North America for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. McPheters meets regularly with staff throughout the world to discuss how to work with area leaders to respond to the unique emotional and behavioral health challenges in their areas. In this role, he has had [...]

Molly Cozzens

Molly Cozzens is a national award-winning speaker whose research interests focus on humanitarian efforts in North Korea. Cozzens currently conducts qualitative research for Asia-Pacific Global Support and Acquisitions at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. While employed by the University of Kansas, she taught and published in the field of communication studies, [...]

Heather Seferovich

Heather Seferovich is curator at the Education in Zion Gallery. There Seferovich has worked on a dozen temporary exhibitions that have come and gone, and in 2019, she opened a new permanent exhibition titled Education for Eternity, projected to have a ten-year lifespan. She was hired in 1996 at the Museum of Peoples and [...]

30th Annual Conference Announcement

Members and friends of the LDS International Society, we are pleased to invite you to the 30th annual conference "A 'Global Tribe'? The Formation of a Worldwide LDS Identity" on Monday, 8 April, 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., at BYU's Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. Keynote speakers will be Susan Gong, former coordinator of Chinese immersion [...]

Carly Beesley

Carly Beesley's first international experience was as a BYU freshman. Beesley won a trip to Denmark to participate in a family history reality TV show and worked there during the summer, learning about Danish culture and an alternative way of living. During a semester at the Jerusalem Center in her junior year at BYU, [...]

Heather Child Benson

Geography, history, and cultures ignited Heather Child Benson's interests at a very young age, and she went on to graduate with a degree in international relations from BYU. Benson and her husband Todd formed a connection with Hong Kong, while he clerked there during law school and have returned twice during his career with [...]