2016 Mission Presidents Called to Serve in Bolivia, Australia, Mexico
The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin service in July 2016.
Florida Tampa Mission
Kendall James Cooper, 58, and Christine Callister Cooper, five children, Pleasanton 3rd Ward, Pleasanton California Stake: Florida Tampa Mission, succeeding President Mark D. Cusick and Sister Stefanie Cusick. Brother Cooper is a former stake president, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, stake Young Men president, elders quorum president, Primary teacher, and missionary in the Belgium Antwerp Mission. Chief financial officer, NLU Products, LLC. Born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, to James William Cooper and Montez Henderson Cooper.
Sister Cooper is a former ward Primary president, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, visiting teaching coordinator, Young Women adviser, and ward organist. Born in Merced, California, to Eldon Jones Callister and Beth Hutchings Bulkley Callister.
Washington DC North Mission
Stephen Craig Johnson, 64, and Beth Myers Johnson, five children, South Cottonwood Ward, Murray Utah South Stake: Washington DC North Mission, succeeding President Peter S. Cooke and Sister Heather Cooke. Brother Johnson is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, stake Young Men president, and missionary in the Oregon Mission. Chief executive officer, Broadway Media. Born in Price, Utah, to Edgar Lamar Johnson and Regina LaVerda Craig Johnson.
Sister Johnson serves as a choir director and organist and is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; ward missionary; and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Kent E Myers and Cherie Mae Ashworth Myers.
Australia Brisbane Mission
Mark E McSwain, 61, and Vonnie Bangerter McSwain, six children, Farmington 3rd Ward, Farmington Utah Stake: Australia Brisbane Mission, succeeding President Lon E. Henderson and Sister Carrie J. Henderson. Brother McSwain is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, elders quorum president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and missionary in the California Sacramento Mission. President, MC Oil and Gas and Foreland Refining Corp. Born in Salt Lake City to Harry Wallace McSwain and Josephine Davis McSwain.
Sister McSwain is a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor. Born in Salt Lake City to Ronald LaMar Bangerter and Jean Winegar Bangerter.
México Cancún Mission
Miguel Angel Reynoso López, 53, and Gabriela Marin de Reynoso, three children, Americas Ward, Xalapa México Stake: México Cancún Mission, succeeding President Dale B. Kirkham and Sister Jill Kirkham. Brother Reynoso serves as a high councilor and is a former stake presidency counselor, mission presidency counselor, bishop, branch president, stake clerk, and missionary in the México Guadalajara Mission. Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes. Born in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, México, to Tomas Reynoso López and Eva López.
Sister Reynoso serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary president, and missionary in the México Hermosillo Mission. Born in Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz, México, to José Roberto Marin and Emilia García de Marin.
Tennessee Nashville Mission
Jared Walker Stone, 45, and Jani Piercey Stone, six children, Danville 1st Ward, Danville California Stake: Tennessee Nashville Mission, succeeding President Kyle R. Andersen and Sister Machel Andersen. Brother Stone serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, ward mission leader, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission. Cofounder and former managing director, Northgate Capital. Born in Modesto, California, to Thomas Robert Stone and Diane Lee Stevenson Stone.
Sister Stone serves as a ward Relief Society teacher and is a former ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Young Women adviser, and missionary in the Alabama Birmingham Mission. Born in Salt Lake City to John Francis Piercey and Mary Jane Okerlund Piercey.
Bolivia La Paz Mission
Fabian Ignacio Vallejo Proaño, 48, and Maria Lucila Vega de Vallejo, three children, Primavera Ward, Duran Ecuador North Stake: Bolivia La Paz Mission, succeeding President Julián A. Palacio and Sister Ivonne Ramos de Palacio. Brother Vallejo is a former Area Seventy, mission presidency counselor, stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, and missionary in the Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission. Temple recorder, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Quito, Ecuador, to Edmundo Fabian Vallejo and Martha Virginia Proaño de Vallejo.
Sister Vallejo serves as a seminary teacher and is a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, and missionary in the Ecuador Guayaquil Mission. Born in Chugchilán, Ecuador, to Pedro Vega and Carmen Estrada.
Texas Fort Worth Mission
Darrell George Whitney, 67, and Sally Ann Ruesch Whitney, eight children, Washington 8th Ward, Washington Utah Stake: Texas Fort Worth Mission, succeeding President Rodney A. Ames and Sister Kimberlee N. Ames. Brother Whitney is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward mission leader, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Alaskan Canadian Mission. President, Western Rock Products. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, to Donald George Whitney and Constance Rae Waymire Whitney.
Sister Whitney is a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, and Scouting district advancement coordinator and stake advancement chairwoman. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Francis Lyman Ruesch and Audrey Hall Ruesch.
Philippines Naga Mission
Tomasito Sevilleja Zapanta, 41, and Marivic Rosendo Miranda Zapanta, five children, Paco Roman Branch, San Jose Nueva Ecija Philippines Stake: Philippines Naga Mission, succeeding President L. Barry Reeder and Sister Sharon Reeder. Brother Zapanta serves as a mission presidency counselor and is a former stake president, branch president, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Philippines Tacloban Mission. Regional facilities manager, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in San Jose City, Philippines, to Tomas Villanueva Zapanta and Estela Basilio Sevilleja Zapanta.
Sister Zapanta serves as a stake Young Women president and is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, branch Relief Society president, and Sunday School teacher. Born in Cabanatuan City, Philippines, to Vicente Lucero Miranda and Estelita Magaway Rosendo Miranda.