2016 MIDWAY, UTAH SPEAKERS
*In alphabetical order
Jacy Clemons Boyack is the Founder and Executive Director of The Togetherness Project. In addition, she's a blogger at My Name is Jacy, speaker and life coach at Illume Life Coaching; recently completing the Arbinger Mastery Training for Coaches. She's passionate about helping women rediscover their self-worth and inner strength-- especially after hardships-- and believes that by helping others, she continues to heal her heart, as well. Jacy is a mom to the coolest second grader and with her husband, just welcomed another little boy in April. Together they are figuring out the whole "blended family thing" and reside in sunny Gilbert, Arizona.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Sex Therapist (CST), Laura M. Brotherson, is the author of the best-selling book, And They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment and her latest book Knowing Her Intimately: 12 Keys for Creating a Sextraordinary Marriage. Laura works in private practice in the Boise, Idaho area (and online), and is actively engaged in providing marriage education through Couples Cruises, articles, radio and television broadcasts, and presenting at conferences and workshops. Laura is passionate about helping couples navigate the intricacies of intimacy to help build stronger marriages and families. She and her husband, Kevin, of 25 years are the founders of StrengtheningMarriage.com — your trusted resource for education, products and services to strengthen marriages ... intimately!
Mark Chamberlain is a psychologist and the Clinical Director at Suncrest Counseling in Salt Lake City, which offers an intensive treatment program for individuals and couples struggling with porn and other addictions. He is the author of several books including Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity and a blog on the same topic. He has found that most clients’ recovery is greatly strengthened by deeper emotional connections in relationships. Their clinic uses Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples heal the negative cycles that can sabotage such closeness.
Rhyll Croshaw is a founder and Vice President of SA Lifeline Foundation and a family and community advocate. S.A. Lifeline is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing hope, education, and resources related to pornography and sexual addiction recovery and the related betrayal trauma healing. Rhyll and her husband Steven are frequent speakers at community and church events in many cities across the nation. They offer their personal, firsthand account experiences that have shaped and refined their shared recovery. Rhyll is the author of, What Can I Do About Me? Healing From the Trauma of My Husband's Pornography and Sexual Addiction. Rhyll graduated from Brigham Young University at the relatively young age of 58, where she earned a BS degree in Family life.
Steven & Rhyll have been married for 43 years and are grateful to be working recovery one day at a time. They are the parents of seven children and twenty-one grandchildren.
Dorothy Maryon is a licensed clinical mental health counselor who specializes in partner’s issues associated with sexual addiction and compulsivity in marriage. She has written and presented on betrayal trauma; creating safety when trust has been betrayed; recovery from grief and trauma; what happy couples know; shame resilience; and sexual addiction and compulsivity. She is currently in private practice and works as a therapist for the LifeSTAR program which specializes in the treatment of sexual addiction and betrayal trauma. She was married to the late Daniel Maryon and they are the parents of three children.
Clay Olsen is a creative and passionate filmmaker, producer, marketer, public speaker, author, and social entrepreneur. Early on in his career he founded two film companies, co-founded an interior design firm and a successful creative agency. In 2010 he left those companies to co-founded Fight the New Drug (fightthenewdrug.org), a youth movement dedicated to raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation through science, facts, and personal accounts. They've been featured on ABC Nightline, ABC News, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, NPR, CBS, CNN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, the Blaze, The Daily Dot, the Dr. Drew Show, and more. Clay has personally presented at hundreds of secondary schools, universities, and event centers and spoken to hundreds of thousands all over the country. He's spoken at the United Nations, the World Congress of Families, the Set Free Global Summit, the annual End Sexual Exploitation Summit, and many more.
In February of 2013, he founded and lead the development of an online addiction recovery program called Fortify, to help individuals overcome their struggle with compulsive sexual behaviors. Fortify has already impacted nearly 50,000 users in over 150 countries around the world.
"THE LIGHT KEEPERS"
The woman behind the Instagram account @thelightkeepers experienced devastating heartbreak, shock, anger, fear, and depression with the discovery of her husband's double life acting out in his sexual addiction. She began her personal recovery journey in October 2013 and has been fighting every day since to find healing, happiness, and purpose in the pain. It's been a long and hard road, one she is still walking, yet she is finding joy on this journey she never intended to be on. She has discovered that true and lasting recovery isn't a destination but rather a life style choice. It has been in the pits of despair that she has found herself and developed her new "healing identity". She is seeking progress, not perfection and working recovery, one day at a time. She is a 30-something, busy stay-at-home mom to a big-fun-crazy family. She loves the beach, yoga, Mexican food, and studying psychology
Maurice W. Harker, LPC Founder and Director of the Sons of Helaman program. He completed his Bachelor’s program at the University of Utah majoring in Psychology and minoring in Mathematics. He married his wife, Nanette, shortly after graduation. At that time he became the adoptive father of his then 3 year old son, who had been born to his wife in a previous marriage. His daughter, was adopted during graduate school. In 2005, Maurice opened the private counseling agency Life Changing Service and Sons of Helaman was created due to the influx of young men struggling with sexual addiction issues. He trains adult men to overcome sexual addictions and works to help heal the wives of sexual addicts. He works with individuals fighting anxiety and depression issues. He runs another program called The W-O-R-T-H Group: Women of Rebirth, Therapeutic Healing: designed to help women work through difficult issues relating to any form of abuse in their marriages.
Ashlynn Mitchell has been married for 16 years, has 2 little girls, and is an award-winning retired kitchen designer, owner of Mamabear Fitness and AshlynnAndCoby.com. For 13 years of her marriage she believed the lies she was told and that replayed in her head. Never feeling ENOUGH emotionally or physically. She didn't understand why the man she married chose to seek other women over the one right in front of his face. She didn't understand, and nor did he, that they were dealing with an addiction that could not be cured by marriage, willpower or prayer alone. Ashlynn attended the 1st Togetherness Project in 2013 where she learned about addiction and that she needed her own recovery with or without him. Through therapy, study, God and the support of others, she knows now that she is beyond enough and that with hard work and a true connection there is hope and people CAN change.
Dr. Skinner is a Co-Founder and currently serves as the Clinical Director of Addo Recovery, a private practice emphasizing in pornography or sexual addiction and betrayal trauma recovery. In his capacity as Clinical Director and through his leading expertise, Dr. Skinner has been able to serve men and women from all over the world through professional therapy services and online education. Dr. Skinner is the author of the best-selling book "Treating Pornography Addiction: The Essential Tools For Recovery" and provides training to clinicians and clergy leaders, helping them in their treatment of pornography addiction. Dr. Skinner is also a founder of the new online community for women, Bloom.
Josie Thompson Solomon is the creator and founder of a non-profit organization called The 444 Project. The project all started with 1 crazy girl who couldn't get out of bed. But that 1 crazy girl had even crazier faith and was determined to change the world by being the girl who brings light to others through her own darkness. She has now interviewed thousands of people all over the world asking them “What brings you Joy?” Josie tells a story of victory. She is still very much caught in the midst of her adversity but once she decided to be brave and choose JOY, that's when she began to make a difference. She is real, she is relatable and she learned very quickly that "YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE HEALED TO HELP". She has met and married an amazing guy named Brighton and together they speak to high school and college students, businesses and church congregations all over the country. She wants to help you learn how to find, embrace and utilize Joy by serving and reaching out to others.
Sherie Adams Christensen holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Brigham Young University. She has worked with sex addicts and their loved ones nationally and internationally for over 12 years. She has presented across the United States and internationally and has been asked her professional opinion on radio, for books, and websites. Her most requested topics are first, teaching parents how to teach their children about sex/pornography prevention, and second, Spouses of Addicts/Sex Addiction. She is publishing her first of three books on the first topic, and has started a book on the second. Sherie is married and has 4 children.
Dr. Adam Moore has provided professional counseling for over a decade. He currently serves as Assistant Director of Brigham Young University's Comprehensive Clinic. He is also Clinical Director of Utah Valley Counseling, and President-Elect of the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Moore is an educator and public speaker. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at Brigham Young University, Argosy University, and Utah Valley University. He has shared presentations and workshops on pornography and sexual addiction recovery with many thousands of people over the past five years. Most recently, Dr. Moore has been working to deliver recovery education and support to people all over the world with his new web site: My Recovery Portal www.myrecoveryportal.com. He also helped oversee development of the Recovery for Women web site www.recoveryforwomen.org.
Geoff Steurer is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in St. George, UT. He is the founding director of LifeStar of St. George, a couples addiction/trauma recovery program, and is the co-author of Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity. He has produced audio programs and workbooks on the topics of sexual addiction, relational trauma, and marriage recovery. Geoff also writes a weekly relationship column for Meridian Magazine, an online LDS magazine. He completed a bachelor's degree in communications studies from Brigham Young University and a masters in marriage and family therapy from Auburn University. He has been married to Jody Young Steurer for twenty years and they are the parents of four children.
Annie Vandermyde is a Utah native who follows her passion for passion, beauty and photography. She is a mom to 3 crazy cool kids who provide a good amount of entertainment on the daily for her. The genesis of Annie's love for photography was in capturing the wonderful moments she shares with her kids. Along the way she also attended cosmetology school where she learned the art of human beauty. One day both of these creative arts were used for Annie herself to help her through a difficult time in her life. This feeling drove her desire to help others feel the same way about themselves. She serves CEO of #Fly, an organization that helps women who have suffered abuse to connect with themselves and feel beautiful again, leaving them with a new outfit, a new look, and a lasting image of the experience. In addition, she works as the Image Coordinator for The Younique Foundation, a non profit that focuses on helping women heal from sexual trauma experienced in their adolescent years.
*FRIDAY NIGHT ART JOURNALING CLASS*
Our hands-on art journaling class will be taught by Sarah Hunter, LCSW. Sarah works as a therapist for Wasatch Mental Health and adjunct instructor for Utah Valley University. She is EMDR certified and enjoys working with adults and children with trauma and attachment wounds, anxiety, depression and PTSD. She also works in school based services and provides therapy and support to students who struggle with managing behaviors in a classroom setting. Sarah is the mother of four sweet boys. She enjoys running, biking, yoga, eating, and spending time with family and friends.
*Subject to change