Meet the MWEG Team

In addition to the strength of our global membership, MWEG relies on the insights and work of a dedicated team. 

Meet Operational Leadership
Meet the Board of Directors

Operational Leadership

Emma Petty Addams : Executive Director

Emma Petty Addams serves as executive director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Stanford University, she spent time in Boston and Silicon Valley working in contracts negotiation, corporate transactions and capitalization, and investor relations. In addition, she has built and run large piano studios in California, New Jersey, and now Omaha, Nebraska, where she currently resides with her husband and three sons. While seemingly unrelated, these previous career opportunities were excellent preparation for the fast-paced yet methodical and collaborative nature of the work at MWEG. Every time an MWEG member writes an op-ed, speaks out against injustice, or expresses her opinion peacefully on social media, Emma is grateful for the chance to help women contribute their part to the complex multi-voice symphony that is our democracy. 

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Shauna Fisher : Assistant Executive Director

Shauna Fisher serves as an assistant executive director at Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Shauna enjoys her work with both the limbs and chapters of MWEG. She and her husband have six children, whom she homeschools. Shauna graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in recreation and leisure studies with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation. She has spent a large portion of her teen and adult years working with and advocating for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings and roles. Her love for her family, neighbor, community, and faith have driven her work and volunteer efforts. Shauna consistently finds ways to volunteer within the communities in which she lives, seeking ways to fulfill the needs found there. In recent years this has led her to start a homeschool cooperative and serve as board president for a local nonprofit in her home state of Texas. When she finds time to herself she enjoys reading and weaving.

Jillaire McMillan : Chief of Staff

Jillaire McMillan serves as chief of staff at Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She was born in Delaware and raised in the western U.S. Since leaving home for college she has lived in a major east coast city, a southwestern suburb, the English countryside, a small town in the Northwest, and teeming Silicon Valley. She now resides in Colorado with views of the mountains out one window and the prairie out the other. Such varied homes let her rub elbows with people with education, income, and life experiences both very similar and very different from her own. She has served and cheered alongside them on PTA boards, bond measure phone banks, soccer game sidelines, and church assignments. Jillaire has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American history from Boston College. She had a brief career in museum education before choosing to become a stay-at-home mom. As Jillaire’s four children began entering school, she became an avid school volunteer.

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Amy Gold Douglas : Senior Director of Faithful Root

Amy Gold Douglas serves as the senior director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s faithful root. Amy received a bachelor of arts degree from San Diego State University, where she also completed a teacher credential program. She was a third-grade teacher before choosing to become a stay-at-home mom. Amy is a musician who loves singing with various groups in her community, teaching music to the children in her church congregation, and supporting her daughters in their piano lessons and band activities. She also enjoys reading, writing, baking, and hiking. Amy helped her husband start a small business and continues to help with the business as needed. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and two daughters.

Jennifer Walker Thomas: Senior Director of Nonpartisan Root , Director of Strategy, & Member of Board of Directors

Jennifer Walker Thomas is the senior director of the nonpartisan root, director of strategy, and a member of the board of directors for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history and Italian from Brigham Young University and went on to do graduate work in art history at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She worked as a consultant for underperforming schools in the New York City public school system and then worked in event planning and major gift fundraising for Massachusetts General Hospital. Following the birth of her four boys, Jennifer became a full-time parent and has consistently volunteered in her community. She currently serves as an elected member of the town government in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and sons.

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Emily de Schweinitz Taylor : Senior Director of Peaceful Root

Emily de Schweinitz Taylor is the senior director of the peaceful root for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Emily is a certified mediator, conflict coach, communications trainer, and mother of five growing children (aged 10-16). As the assistant director of BYU's Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, she supervises the mediation and arbitration program on the university campus. She holds master’s degrees from the University of Chicago (international policy) and the University of Denver (conflict resolution). She is a regular guest on BYU Radio, sharing ideas about how to build bridges between cultures and people and ways to use constructive conflict resolution principles in everyday life. She also participates on BYU’s Jerusalem Center Alumni executive board and the Schweinitz Family board in Germany.

Danica Baird: Senior Director of Proactive Root 

Danica Baird is the senior director of the proactive root. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature with studies in Italian, editing, and journalism from Brigham Young University. She then received a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and currently works full time as an attorney. Danica has been involved in the civic process from a young age, when she went door-to-door to help people register to vote and volunteered at the caucus by handing out pencils and collecting votes. She has also served as a state delegate. Now, she is actively involved with prevention efforts surrounding human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Danica and her husband reside in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.  

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Rachel Fisher Scholes : Senior Director of Encircle Limb

Rachel Fisher Scholes is the senior director of the encircle limb of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She received her degrees in math (BA) and physics (BA) from Brigham Young University and spent four years teaching physics, physical science, earth science, and alternative education in North Long Beach, CA (the year of the Rodney King riots); Provo, UT; and Tucson, AZ, where she has resided for the last 26 years. She has spent many years full-time mommying her seven children and learning much more than she ever imagined or desired to learn, including tax accounting, rental property management, pig farming, dog whelping, mental health counseling, homeschool teaching, conflict resolution, and advocating for kids with special needs. Her unpaid work also includes coaching an elementary school cross country team, PTG volunteer and accidental president, refugee mentor, and her favorite, fourth-year hike leader where she led 20 15-year-olds on a five-day backpacking adventure that ended at Lake Powell. She loves all outdoor adventures and is much more comfortable leading a 10-mile trail run than she is doing pretty much anything else.

Wendy Dennehy : Senior Director of Engage Limb & Member of Board of Directors

Wendy Dennehy currently serves as the senior director of the engage limb for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She is a mom to four and a nana to seven and loves spending as much time as possible with each of them. She and her husband started a dental equipment and repair company in 1984 and have since served hundreds of dentists throughout California. They currently divide their time between there and Utah when not traveling. Wendy attended BYU studying art and recently returned back to school to earn a degree in biotechnology for the sheer love of science. She is an artist and musician and loves all things creative. She designed and installed the landscaping at their home in Utah and recently designed a water-wise landscape for their business. Historically, she has been politically apathetic but has recently found a passion for fighting for ethical governing. She wants to help ensure a better world for her grandchildren.

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Christie Black : Engage Director - Immigration

Christie Black is Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s engage director, focusing on immigration. She earned a master’s of accountancy from Brigham Young University but did not attempt to pass the CPA exam — which was a good call since she only worked in the accounting industry for five years. Since then she has been raising her two children in Arizona while working with various nonprofits. (In other words, none of her jobs pay monetarily.) The return is in love and friendship, which is arguably well worth it. Lately, she has been especially busy working with and advocating for refugees in the Phoenix area.

Catherine Eslinger : Director of Empower Limb

Catherine Eslinger is the director of the empower limb for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and has taught English to adult learners in the US and China. She is curious about almost every subject and loves to read. Catherine ran for Utah House of Representatives in 2020 and has been involved in voter registration and voter education efforts for several years.

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Lisa Rampton Halverson : Director of Limb Communications

Lisa Rampton Halverson is the director of limb communications for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She works with dozens of women leading committees on various topics who strive to bring educational content to MWEG members and society in general. Lisa studied international relations (BA) and modern Jewish and Middle Eastern history (MA) at Stanford University and then taught high school English for 10 years. She holds a PhD in instructional psychology and technology from Brigham Young University and researches learner engagement in blended and online settings. She teaches as an adjunct professor at BYU and George Mason University. A native Oregonian, Lisa now lives in Springville, Utah, with her husband and two children.

Megan Seawright : Communications Director

Megan Seawright is the communications director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government; she previously served as the peaceful root director, one of the Utah chapter leads, and on the conference committee. She received her BA in English teaching from Brigham Young University and taught junior high and high school English for several years before taking a break to raise her three kids. She currently works as a freelance writer and has continued to advocate for education by serving on school community councils and PTA boards. Megan has a love for children’s literature, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, and inventing pies. She and her family currently live in Provo, Utah.

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Lisa Salazar Tingey : Director of Public Relations

Lisa Salazar Tingey is the director of public relations at Mormon Women for Ethical Government, where she manages the group’s biweekly newsletter. She graduated from BYU with a BA in English and has been a writer and editor for more than a decade. Throughout her career, Lisa has contributed to academic journals, magazines, literacy programs, tech guides and user manuals, online content and newsletters, and even a bilingual children’s TV show, which included a cameo that marked the beginning and end of her acting ambitions. The daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Lisa is passionate about immigration reform and has taught and developed English language courses to help immigrant communities in Utah, Colorado, and, most recently, Iowa, where she currently resides with her husband and four children.

Ashley Dickson : Chief Editor

Ashley Dickson is the chief editor for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Ashley earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and marriage/family/human development at Brigham Young University, which led to her dual passions for both the news and motherhood. After receiving her master’s degree in library science, Ashley became the editor for a financial research firm and began freelance writing and editing for a variety of magazines, lifestyle websites, tech firms, and book authors. Ashley is now a full-time mother to three boys and has recently taken on the roles of foster mom and homeschool mom. But she manages to squeeze in some work hours when the house is quiet at 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. She loves living in the Boston area with her family.

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Jill Piacitelli : Director of Development

Jill Piacitelli serves as the director of development for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She recently graduated from the MBA program at Brigham Young University after spending a decade in Atlanta as executive director of Break Away, a national nonprofit developing college students in community work and active citizenship. Jill works at the Ballard Center for Social Impact at BYU and is a co-founder of Creating the Virtuous Organization, a faculty- and student-based project that researches, teaches, and convenes conversations on the topic of redefining the purpose of business to serve all shareholders. She lives in Spanish Fork, Utah.

Jill Campbell : Director of Internal Support

Jill Campbell works as the director of internal support for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. In that role she works behind the scenes on the platforms and systems that lift and support the mission of peacemaking in politics. Her professional background is varied — a passion for solving problems results in serial entrepreneurship in everything from international summer camps to real estate. She's an executive partner at Active Duty Passive Income, teaching real estate investment principles to the military community. Jill's husband is a U.S. Marine, and, along with their four children, they carry with them a long list of former residences and a global tribe of friends. They currently live in California but are, of course, moving soon.

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Tiffany Tertipes : Creative Director

Tiffany Tertipes is the creative director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University while simultaneously pursuing her creative career. Tiffany worked as a wedding and portrait photographer while managing a portrait studio in Utah Valley and proceeded to build her own photography business in both Utah and Ohio. She has volunteered her time in a variety of arenas, including as a precinct caucus delegate, at the school book fair, and as an ESL speaking partner. She currently runs her own online graphic design studio in the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and son.

Board of Directors

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Stefanie Condie : Chair of Board of Directors

Stefanie Condie serves as chair of the board of directors for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She is a marketing strategist, writer, and career development coach. Before going freelance in 2018, she had a 20-year marketing career with organizations including Adobe, Ancestry, Columbia Business School, and KPMG. Her areas of expertise include communications, content strategy, and brand, demand, and product marketing. Stefanie holds master’s degrees in business and journalism from Columbia University, as well as a master’s degree in international affairs from American University. She is proficient in German and Russian and conversant in French and Finnish. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tracy J. Nuttall : Vice Chair of Board of Directors

Tracy J. Nuttall serves as the vice chair of the board of directors for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She graduated from BYU Law School in 2010 and spent most of the last decade working as a nonpartisan legislative attorney for the Utah Legislature staffing legislative committees and drafting education, natural resources, and tax bills. She has been married for almost 19 years to Marc, and they make a great team parenting their three children and supporting each other’s careers while living in Alpine, Utah. Tracy also volunteers on the school community council at her children’s elementary school. Working with MWEG, Tracy is able to pursue her passion for helping women to recognize and fulfill their divine missions on the earth.

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Shauna Summers: Secretary of Board of Directors

Shauna Summers serves as secretary of the board of directors for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in English, she received a master's degree in American Studies from Boston College. Shauna has worked in book publishing for more than 25 years and is currently an executive editor at Random House. A longtime New Yorker, she loves travel, food, the arts, and politics.

Dina Chatwin: Treasurer of Board of Directors

Dina Chatwin serves as treasurer of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s board of directors. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Brigham Young University and pursued an MBA from Boston University. Recently returned to the workforce as a business consultant, Dina previously worked in corporate finance specializing in startup companies and mergers and acquisitions. Dina has volunteered in her community serving on school advisory committees and PTOs and was a co-founder of a grassroots policy organization advocating for teachers and students in Colorado, where she currently resides with her family.

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Denise Furlough Grayson : Member of Board of Directors

V. Denise Furlough Grayson serves as a member of the board of directors for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Born in Oceanside, California — a military brat and, later, wife — she has lived around the country and world. She is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University with a BS in nursing. She has served in various leadership roles in nursing and received her CDE in diabetes management. She and her husband owned a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy for 25 years while raising four children and gaining three sons-in-law and 10 superb grands. After retiring, they were called to serve a three-year mission as mission president and wife of the Georgia Macon Mission. Denise has loved being politically active with her involvement in voting drives, canvassing for candidates, and other efforts. She now resides in San Antonio, TX.

Rachel Esplin Odell : Member of Board of Directors

Rachel Esplin Odell serves on Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s board of directors. She is an expert in U.S. strategy toward Asia, Chinese foreign policy, and the politics of international law. She holds an AB summa cum laude in East Asian studies with a secondary field in government from Harvard University. She is currently an international security fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a PhD candidate in the MIT security studies program. Rachel has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and in the China Affairs bureau of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She has received numerous fellowships as well as a research award from the International Studies Association. She has advanced proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. She lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, with her husband and son.

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Wendy Dennehy : Member of Board of Directors & Senior Director of Engage Limb

Wendy Dennehy currently serves as the senior director of the engage limb for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She is a mom to four and a nana to seven and loves spending as much time as possible with each of them. She and her husband started a dental equipment and repair company in 1984 and have since served hundreds of dentists throughout California. They currently divide their time between there and Utah when not traveling. Wendy attended BYU studying art and recently returned back to school to earn a degree in biotechnology for the sheer love of science. She is an artist and musician and loves all things creative. She designed and installed the landscaping at their home in Utah and recently designed a water-wise landscape for their business. Historically, she has been politically apathetic but has recently found a passion for fighting for ethical governing. She wants to help ensure a better world for her grandchildren.

Linda Hoffman Kimball : Member of Board of Directors and Founding Member

Linda Hoffman Kimball is a founding member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government and serves on the board of directors. She is a writer, artist, and poet, as well as a mother and grandmother. Linda holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Boston University. Reared in the Chicago area, she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during her college years. She has served on the board of the Chicago Metro History Education Center and currently serves on the board of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. She has edited, written, and/or illustrated over a dozen books, and her work has appeared in many periodicals. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect to find herself a political activist. She and her husband live in Woodland, Utah.

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Lori Hickman : Member of Board of Directors

Lori Hickman serves on the board of directors for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Brigham Young University (B.S. Business Management) and a cum laude graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Lori has practiced law in New York, Utah, and Idaho as a litigation associate, an in-house counsel at a semiconductor company, and a United States District Court clerk for the District of Idaho. She now works for a small law firm in Boise and does pro bono work in child protection cases. When she's not wearing her lawyer hat, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, practicing yoga, trying new recipes, and helping refugee families adapt to their new lives in America. 

Abigail Morrison : Member of Board of Directors

Jennifer Walker Thomas: Member of Board of Directors, Director of Nonpartisan Root, & Director of Strategy

Jennifer Walker Thomas is a member of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s board of directors, director of the nonpartisan root, and director of strategy. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history and Italian from Brigham Young University and went on to do graduate work in art history at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She worked as a consultant for underperforming schools in the New York City public school system and then worked in event planning and major gift fundraising for Massachusetts General Hospital. Following the birth of her four boys, Jennifer became a full-time parent and has consistently volunteered in her community. She currently serves as an elected member of the town government in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and sons.

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Jacqueline White : Member of Board of Directors

An original MWEG founding member, Jacqueline White has been a member of the Mormon Women for Ethical Government board of directors since March of 2020. Jacque is also a senior executive for a global technology company and works with some of the largest organizations around the world, across all vertical industries. Jacque and her husband, Robert, live outside of Boston and split their time between Massachusetts and Utah, where they also have a home and where their four college-aged children attend university. Jacque regularly lectures at BYU, UVU, and the University of Utah, has a passion for women’s right advocacy, and was recently named one of thirty 2020 women to watch by Utah Business Magazine.

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