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We gratefully acknowledge the expertise and support of World Joy’s Board of Directors. This group of dedicated professionals and community leaders meets every other month in Bountiful, Utah to govern policy, programs, and projects.

The Executive Committee also meets bi-monthly to direct and manage ongoing Development, Education, and Heath related activities being planned locally and in the field.

Isaac C. Ferguson, Board Chair

Isaac “Ike” Ferguson has been jostling over the back roads of Ghana and many other African countries since the 1970’s when he was employed by the LDS Church as Director of the Thrasher Research Fund and later as the founding Director of LDS Humanitarian Services. With a PhD in public health and international development, he spent his career designing and carrying out health, education and other development programs in Africa and many other parts of the world. Ike joined the World Joy Board in 2008 and currently serves as Chair where he is integral to the strengthening of World Joy’s field programs.

Derek Farnes Gasser, Vice Chair & Development Committee Chair

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Mitchell Moncur, Treasurer

Mitchell received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Utah State University and a Master's degree in Accounting from Weber State University. He has worked for Jones Simkins as a tax professional since 2004 providing accounting and tax services to both individuals and businesses. Mitchell is involved with the Estate Planning Council of Northern Utah as a current board member, and formerly as the President.

Mitchell's main hobbies include snow skiing, wake boarding, fly-fishing, golf, mountain biking, and pheasant hunting. He especially enjoys spending much of his time with his wife and three children.

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Brian King, Education Committee Chair

Brian received his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science at the University of Utah. He is currently serving as the District Behavior Specialist, School Psychologist, and a committee member for the Least Restrictive Environment in the Jordan School District.

Brian specializes in providing individual consultation, classroom support, and professional development to teachers concerning classroom management strategies and individual interventions for students who display high rates of difficult behavior. He also serves on a committee that supports schools in the district to determine appropriate placement of students with an individual education program. He co-teaches parent training and teacher training courses at the Jordan Family Education Center.

Brian is married and the father to four.

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Athena Parker, Health Committee Chair

Gary Farnes, Health Committee

Gary served as Mission President of the Washington DC North Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. He received his MBA/MHA degrees from George Washington University and a fellowship at John Hopkins Hospital. He has worked in executive leadership at Intermountain Health Care for 20 years and the Holy Cross Hospital system for 10 years.

Gary and his wife Mary are the parents to seven children, three daughters and four sons. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.

Jody Porter, Development Committee

Rich Day, Development Committee

Wendy Hyde, Development Committee

Wendy first came into contact with World Joy in 2006, when she spearheaded a campaign to raise money for World Joy projects at her daughters’ school, Legacy Academy. Through Wendy’s leadership students, parents, and community members contributed to funds that were used to build three schools in Asunafo. Wendy and her husband traveled with their family to Ghana to attend the dedication of Asunafo’s first school, so she has experienced the joy of World Joy firsthand!

After becoming a board member, Wendy created World Joy’s Junior Board, a group of 20 high school students with a common mission of financially supporting World Joy projects. Under Wendy’s Leadership, the Junior Board traveled to Ghana in March, 2014 to participate in the dedication services for the new learning center in Abomosu. Jody Porter, another World Joy Board member and her volunteers from North Logan, UT, along with Wendy and the Junior Board members raised almost $60,000 for the construction of the learning center.

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Tim Matthews Development Committee

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Travis Nokes, Development Committee

Additional Board Members:

Tim Farnes, Currently Serving as LDS Mission President in Sao Paulo Brasil

Jones Simpkins
Corporate Legal & Tax Advisor

McKell Withers
Education Technical Advisor

John C. Hyde

JoAnn Abegglen
Health Committee Advisor

Alexander B. Morrison