New Stakes and Stake Presidencies Announced in January 2018

  • 29 January 2018

New stakes

A new stake has been created from the Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Niangon North and the Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Niangon South Stakes. The Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire Niangon Central Stake, which consists of the Base Cie 1st, Base Cie 2nd, Cité Verte, Coprim, Lokoa, Niangon 3rd, and Niangon 5th Wards, was created by Elder Terence M. Vinson, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Marcel Guei, an Area Seventy.

ABIDJAN COTE D’IVOIRE NIANGON CENTRAL STAKE (December 3, 2017): President—Jean C. Sai Tonga, 45, ship planner, Abidjan Terminal Bollore. Counselors—Ayera R. Dagrou, 39, police officer; wife, Lou Djènan Marie Prisca Dje. Lezahoue G. Siogbo, 61, market researcher, Ministry of Health; wife, Celestine Bouet Oula.

A new stake has been created from the Bo Sierra Leone East District and the Bo Sierra Leone West District. The Bo Sierra Leone North Stake, which consists of the Batima, Bo, Gbonda Town, Kortugbuma, Nduvuibu, Njaie Town, and Yemo Town Wards, was created by Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, and Elder I. Raymond Egbo, an Area Seventy.

BO SIERRA LEONE NORTH STAKE (November 12, 2017): President—Victor K. Hindowa, 35, project manager, Larita Bo; wife, Etta Frances Nienjor Hindowa. Counselors—Dominic M. Kovei, 43, teacher; wife, Patricia Mamie Kovei. Allieu Amos Kemokai, 30, administrative assistant, World Vision-Sierra Leone; wife, Fatmata Kemokai.

A new stake has been created from the Bo Sierra Leone West District. The Bo Sierra Leone West Stake, which consists of the J Quarter and Simbaru Branches and the Kandeh Town, New London, New York, Njagboima, and Sewa Road Wards, was created by Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, and Elder I. Raymond Egbo, an Area Seventy.

BO SIERRA LEONE WEST STAKE (November 12, 2017): President—Peter B. Kpaka, 35, managing director, Sixth Communication Services; wife, Chritiana Williams Kpaka. Counselors—Brian Robbin-Taylor, 42, CEO, Exaltation Services; wife, Sia Mabel Robin-Taylor. John B. Mansaray, 29, project manager, Engage Now Africa; wife, Betty Mansaray.

A new stake was created from the Africa West Area. The Etinan Nigeria North Stake, which consists of the Afaha Nsit, Ikot Oku Iyan, Ikot Udoabia, Ndiya, Obotim, and Uyo Road Branches and the Ikot Ananga, Ikot Ebo 1st, Ikot Ebo 2nd, Ikot Obio Asanga, and Mbiokporo Nsit Wards, was created by Elder Larry S. Kacher, General Authority Seventy, and Elder I. Raymond Egbo, an Area Seventy.

EITNAN NIGERIA NORTH STAKE (October 15, 2017): President—Uwem J. Eshiet, 44, community liaison officer, CLECC Ltd.; wife, Rose Uwem Eshiet. Counselors—Ubong S. Jonah, 34, teacher; wife, Glory U. Jonah. Peter J. Esu, 61, employee at Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Works; wife, Esther Etukudo Udota.

A new stake has been created from the Sierra Leone Stake. The Freetown Sierra Leone East Stake, which consists of the Lungi, PZ, and Upgun Branches and the Belliar Park, Dwarzak, Freetown, Mount Aureol, and New England Wards, was created by Elder Marcus B. Nash, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Daniel Yirenya-Tawiah, an Area Seventy.

FREETOWN SIERRA LEONE EAST STAKE (December 3, 2017): President—Markus J. Wallace, 47, assistant, LDS Church; wife, Roseline Rugatu Samura. Counselors—Sylvanus H. Smith, 35, police cadet officer; wife, Miatta Fobay Amara Smith. Abdulal Samura, 45, lab technician and lecturer, Fourah Bay College; wife, Isha Samura.

A new stake was created from the Brazil Area. The Foz do Iguaçu Brazil Stake, which consists of the Medianeira Branch and the Cataratas, Foz do Iguaçu, Itaipu, Portal de Foz, and Porto Meira Wards, was created by Elder W. Mark Bassett, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Carlos R. Toledo, an Area Seventy.

FOZ DO IGUAÇU BRAZIL STAKE (November 26, 2017): President—Eduardo Luiz Medeiros, 35, professor; wife, Natalia Cristina Duarte Medeiros. Counselors—Valentim Gonçalves Moreira, 55, retired; wife, Lindinalva Antunes Moreira. Alexandre Americo, 42, manager, Hard 7; wife, Silvane Barbosa de Oliveira.

A new stake has been created from the Alajuela Costa Rica Stake. The Heredia Costa Rica Belén Stake, which consists of the Santa Barbara Branch and the Belén, El Tejar, Flores, La Ribera, and Ojo de Agua Wards, was created by Elder Adrián Ochoa, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Luis C. Chaverri, an Area Seventy.

HEREDIA COSTA RICA BÉLEN STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Mauricio E. Azofeifa Berrocal, 47, virtual salesman, AVIS Rent-a-Car; wife, Laura Rocio Valverda Azofeifa. Counselors—Paul D. Whitchurch, 43, general manager, Dialog Direct; wife, Wendy Wardle Whitchurch. Roger Benhamín Briceño Meoño, 34, graphic designer; wife, Andrea Monge Briceño.

A new stake was created from the Las Vegas Nevada Lakes, Las Vegas Nevada Meadows, and Las Vegas Nevada Redrock Stakes. The Las Vegas Nevada Desert Foothills Stake, which consists of the Amber Hills, Carl, Cimarron, Hillpointe, Paseos, and Pueblo Wards, was created by Elder Benjamin De Hoyos, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Ren S. Johnson, an Area Seventy.

LAS VEGAS NEVADA DESERT FOOTHILLS STAKE (December 3, 2017): President—Stephen B. Horsley, 44, surgeon; wife, Cheri Ann Olson Horsley. Counselors —Charles C. Clawson II, 52, general counsel, Kinsbarn Realty Capital; wife, M’Recia Ritchie Clawson. M. Jose Gaspar de Alba, 46, professor; wife, Raquel Whetten Gaspar de Alba.

A new stake was created from the Neiafu Vava’u Tonga North, Neiafu Vava’u Tonga, and Neiafu Vava’u Tonga West Stakes. The Neiafu Vava’u Tonga Central Stake, which consists of the Houma Branch and the Feletoa, Leimatu’a 1st, Leimatu’a 2nd, Mataika, Neiafu 3rd, and Neiafu 5th Wards, was created by Elder Ian S. Ardern, General Authority Seventy, and Elder ‘Aisake K. Tukuafu, an Area Seventy.

NEIAFU VAVA’U TONGA CENTRAL STAKE (November 26, 2017): President—Sione N. Monu, 46, traffic supervisor, Royal Tongan Airlines; wife, Vasiti Manui Mila. Counselors—Tu’ihalangingie Manuofetoa, 44, supervisor, Leiola Group; wife, Pasimati Latu Toicai Manuofetoa. Mataiasi M. Moala, 47, veteran officer, Ministry of Agriculture; wife, ‘Anaise Soakai Moala.

Reorganized stakes

AHUACHAPÁN EL SALVADOR STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Gabriel Martinez Vicente, 40, computer manager, PNC; succeeding Roque A Zaldana Olivares; wife, Juana Elizabeth Tobar. Counselors—Carlos Armando Garcia Jimenez, 37, high school teacher; wife, Irma Dinora Rodriguez. Juan Bautista Ramirez Mata, 51, carpenter; wife, Luz de Maria González.

BACOLOD PHILIPPINES NORTH STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Adrian Noel Aquino Abat, 38, facilities manager; succeeding Jose Anthony C. Ballon; wife, Mariza Ramos Aguilar Abat. Counselors—Ruel Dela Cruz Quinquero, 40, contract worker; wife, Ronalyn Navales Quinquero. Joaquin Tayo Montero, 40, jail officer, BJMP; wife, Mata Mafonna Amaone Villalobos Montero.

BELO HORIZONTE EAST STAKE (November 5, 2017): President—Ricardo Choairy Coelho, 52, executive director, Sintese Escadas; succeeding Diogo Rafael Perillo; wife, Adriane Teixeira Rodrigues. Counselors—Alencarlos Santos Braga, 46, barber; wife, Alciane Lacerda Hott Braga. Lucio Moroni Rodrigues Borges, 44, director/partner, Oportunidades Imóveis Real Estate; wife, Valdirene da Conceição Rocha Borges.

CHICO CALIFORNIA STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—John Randolph Meyer, 52, VP government services, Vertiba; succeeding Drake L. Brown; wife, Laurie Vilate Seipert Meyer. Counselors—Jon Harold Warren, 46, partner, Matthews Hutton and Warren CPAs; wife, Suzanne Matthews Warren. Mardy Mike Thomas, 42, principal planner, Glen County; wife, Michelle Renee Laret.

COCHABAMBA BOLIVIA ALALAY STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Choque Cruz Napoleón, 42, self-employed; suceeeding Pavel A. Siles Escobar; wife, Graciela Lucy Garcia Nina. Counselors—Juan Jorge Gutierrez Aliaga, 52, administrator, Sensorial SRL; wife, Maria Elena Chavarria Velsquez. Jose Martin Henen Condon, 47, legal representative; wife, Maria Georgine Fernandes Condori.

DAYTON OHIO EAST STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Robert Dean Hancock, 53, chief scientist, USAF; succeeding Michael W. Stevens; wife, Joann Richardson Hancock. Counselors—Mark Brown Skouson, 49, military officer, USAF; wife, Laura Knudsen Skouson. Jeremy Michael Lutz, 45, senior program manager, Care Source; wife, Michele Delia Woodward Lutz.

GUATEMALA CIUDAD ATLÁNTICO STAKE (November 26, 2017): President—David Arnulfo Contreras, 40, perpetual education fund manager, LDS Church; succeeding Alberto Velasquez Juarez; wife, Bessy Virginia Nol Sanchez. Counselors—Erick Israel de Leon, 43, tax agent, Ministerio Publico; wife, Mery Lopez Cardona. Wilmar Alexander de Leon Lopez, 39, financial assistant, LDS Church; wife, Karin Herrarte Rodas.

HICKORY NORTH CAROLINA STAKE (November 5, 2017): President—Timothy Allen Smith, 56, president, FAIST ChemTec; succeeding Mickey W. Berry; wife, Betsy Ann Smith. Counselors—Michael Loren Woods, 62, IT manager, City of Hickory; wife, Michelle Hanson Woods. Raymond Gerald Pate, 46, dentist; wife, Stephanie Turner Pate.

ILIGAN PHILIPPINES STAKE (November 26, 2017): President—Aleksei Narona Belleza, 34, self-employed; succeeding Carlo V. Crisanto; wife, Joanna Christabelle Ogoc Luyong Belleza. Counselors—Darwin Surrano Cauilan, 47, coordinator, LDS Church; wife, Michelle Brucelo Perfecto Cauilan. Emerson Rombey Gerdan Abraham, 41, 3D modeler, MPM Service Intaglio Mint Industries; wife, Blesilda Rivera Abalos Abraham.

JULIACA PERU STAKE: (December 3, 2017): President—Willy Omar Sucapuca Ardiles, 38, teacher; succeeding, Percy B. Chambilla Carreon; wife, Hedy Sulay Quispe Apaza. Counselors—Cesar Vidal Vargas, 41, carpenter; wife, Martha Quispe Zela. Oswaldo Martin Masco Luque, 34, credit consultant, Credinka Finance Co.; wife, Kristel Raquel Hilasaca Mamani de Masco.

LA VERNE CALIFORNIA STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—James Fredrick Wilkinson, 53, president, Pamco Machine Work Inc.; succeeding Ronald E. White; wife, Diane Louise Parry Wilkinson. Counselors—David William Zylstra, 59, owner, West Covina Wholesale Nursery; wife, Maxine Monahan Zylstra. Richard Arrowsmith Walker Jr., 51, CFO, LTD Construction Services; wife, Robin Lynne Pommerville Walker.

MEMPHIS TENNESSEE NORTH STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Scot Kenneth Canfield, 57, owner, Life Strategies of Arkansas; succeeding Claude E. Zobell; wife, Karen Ann Henderson Canfield. Counselors—Jason Michael Bates, 47, administrative manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing; wife, Rebecca Miles Bates. Thel Everett Bradford, 46, commodity leader, Smith and Nephew; wife, Malia Sandstrom Bradford.

MESA ARIZONA BOULDER CREEK STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Sean Kealii Enos, 41, attorney; succeeding Craig F. Salmon; wife, Nicole Marie Schulze. Counselors—Kenneth L. Bawden, 56, seminary and institute instructor; wife, Lisa Ann Bawden. Marcus Bryant Ridgway, 47, managing member/owner, Treehouse Group Companies; wife, Kelsa Marie Reuter Ridgway.

MONTERREY MÈXICO LIBERTAD STAKE (November 5, 2017): President—Vidal Gonzalez Cardoza, 43, A/C personnel chief, Metro Climar; succeeding Feliciano S. Lozano Pena; wife, Luz Maria Cona Contreras. Counselors—Adolfo Eduardo Rivadeneyra Ordoñez, 48, branch manager, Testing Equipment SA de CV; wife, Veronica Gonzaga Carapia. Joaquin Garcia Vargas, 51, employed in Monterrey; wife, Nora Nelly Vega Triana.

NEIAFU VAVA’U TONGA WEST STAKE (November 26, 2017): President—Siale Matavaha Eliesa, 42, seminaries and institutes coordinator, LDS Church; succeeding Sine N. Monu. Counselors—Kelebi Tau Tonga, 52, teacher; wife, Mele fa Langi Tonga. Hopoate Latu, 49, maintenance worker, LDS Church; wife, Sini Malia Latu.

NEW ALBANY INDIANA STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—David Don Fielding, 51, vice president of payer services, ZirMed, Inc.; succeeding Lawrence B. Porter; wife, Randalyn Wells Fielding. Counselors—Edward Earl Faulstick II, 38, owner, C3Tech; wife, Sarah Elizabeth Anderson Faulstick. Charles Dunham Summers, 32, president/executive director, KOIT Global Investments; wife, Shelly Denise Sullivan Summers.

NORTH SALT LAKE UTAH PARKWAY STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Craig Delmar Bell, 54, academic vice president, LDS Business College; succeeding Landon W. Coleman; wife, Susan Lynn George Bell. Counselors—Ruben Santamaria Mendez, 44, VP of sales, Industrial Supply Co.; wife, Melanie Evans Mendez. Jason Dean Burgess, 43, director of communications, Travel Pass Group; wife, Kristi Ferney Burgess.

NUKU’ALOFA TONGA NORTH STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Takaetali Finau Tupou, 46, self-employed; succeeding Ian C. Tu’ihalangingie; wife, Lavinia Seniula Unaloto-Ki-Uiha Latavao Fetuani Tupou. Counselors—Samuela Tatafu Fonua, 34, IT specialist/owner, Fonua IT & Associates; wife, Ana Kanum Bing Fonua. Isileli Vaokotone Taufa, 54, store manager, Mona Vale Hospital; wife, Mele Fisiifelila Palau.

PHOENIX ARIZONA YSA STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Charles David Stringham, 59, owner, Paramount Management & Realty; succeeding Matthew G. Grizzle; wife, Deena Linn Kennedy Stringham. Counselors—Marco Elgin Montez, 66, financial aid advisor, Validus Financial; wife, Sandra Martinez. Bradley B. Horton, 70, public librarian, City of Glendale; wife, Gillian S. Horton.

PUEBLA MÉXICO LA PAZ STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Manuel Lyva Cruz, 56, business owner; succeeding Abinadi Lopez Celis; wife, Blanca Alicia Cordova Amaro. Counselors—Rafael Montiel Garcia, 51, warehouse specialist, VW of Mexico; wife, Maria Angela Carmen Pérez Cielo. Vincente Luis Rojas Ramirez, 55, contractor; wife, Beatriz Torrentera Romero.

RED DEER ALBERTA STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Douglas Caleb Higham, 53, pharmacy manager, London Drugs; succeeding Robert S. Burnham; wife, Vesna Stephanie Sokol Higham. Counselors—Mark Christopher Darby, 43, physician; wife, Megan Pearl Hatch Darby. Robert Hansen Rushton, 58, production manager, Canstone Energy; wife, Cindy Lee Stout Rushton.

SALT LAKE BIG COTTONWOOD STAKE (December 3, 2017): President—Matthew B. McConkie, 41, financial analyst; succeeding, Allan T. Brinkerhoff; wife, Shelley Marie Spencer McConkie. Counselors—Marcus G. Pinnock, 55, financial planner; wife, Jennifer Lyn Stack Pinnock. Christopher K. Jensen, 45, regional VP, Pacific Union Financial; wife, Anne Jensen.

SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Matthew James Hackwell, 46, supply chain manager, Granite Construction; succeeding Wilson L. Watch; wife, Brandy Alexandra Keehn Hackwell. Counselors—Jeffrey Harold McNeil, 56, senior VP of operations, Energous; wife, Nanci Lee Brew McNeil. Joseph Paul Barton, 44, sales consultant, Seagate; wife, Amy Joanne Mcraf Barton.

SANTO DOMINGO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC LAS CAOBAS STAKE (December 3, 2017): President—César Rafael Gómez Navarro, 49, self-employed; succeeding, Oscar D. Amparo Matos; wife, Maria Milagros Santos Malena. Counselors—Jorge Luís Cuevas Feliz, 48, CCM manager, Dominican Association CJCLDS; wife, Vicky Claribel Velez Liriano. Andry Ynoa Robles, 38, inspector, Distribuidora Corripio; wife, Amarilys del Carmen Arias Ynoa.

SARATOV RUSSIA STAKE (November 11, 2017): President—Evgeniy Anatolyevich Markelov, 36, CES coordinator; succeeding Anatoliy Reshetnikov; wife, Elena Sergeevna Markelova Revyakina. Counselors—Vladimnir Borisovich Emtsov, 58, retired; wife, Irin Voktorovna Emtsova Filatova. Aleksey Valentinovish Samoylov, 51, manager, OR&ZE; wife, Olga Vladimirovna Samoylova.

SPOKANE WASHINGTON NORTH STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Ronald Davenport Hardy, 49, physician; succeeding Larry R. Larson; wife, Jennifer Louise Madsen Hardy. Counselors—Daniel Warren Law, 49, professor; wife, Shannon Leanne Black Law. Thomas Duane Starr, 50, district business manager, Novo Nordisk; wife, Lonni Jo Diddy Starr.

ST. GEORGE UTAH GREEN VALLEY STAKE (November 19, 2017): President—Lonnie David Clove, 52, partner, Clove & Associates; succeeding Montgomery A. Magleby; wife, Lori Kay Harr Clove. Counselors—Mark Henry Gubler, 60, COO, Deseret Laboratories; wife, Karen Mack Gubler. Darren Dennis Ashton, 42, regional manager, LDS Family Services; wife, Lindsay Leigh Youngs Ashton.

UYO NIGERIA SOUTH STAKE (October 15, 2017): President—Uduak M. Ekanem, 52, chief executive, Akwa Ibom; succeeding, Soloman Samuel Johnny; wife, Eno Ekpenyong Ukpa. Counselors—James Moses James, 46, senior financial analyst, Universal Energy; wife, Emem Solomon Obot. Ikpe Akpan Essien, 30, silver executive, Alliance in Motion; wife, Aniefiok Honest James.