Board of Directors

Larry Eastland, Chairman of the Board

Larry Eastland has served four U.S. Presidents, including service as Staff Assistant to the President, U.S. Delegate to the World Tourism Organization, and Director of Operations for the Summit of Industrialized Nations. He is a combat-decorated U.S. Marine Corps officer, having served as a Firebase Commander in Vietnam. Dr. Eastland received a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Brigham Young University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. His business offices are in the U.S., Hong Kong, and the Middle East. He is a Distinguished Board Member of the American Conservative Union. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has served as an LDS missionary in Berlin, a bishop, in a mission presidency, and currently serves on the Southern California Public Affairs Council.

Michael Stanley (Vice-Chair)

Michael D. Stanley serves as the director of the Los Angeles LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Southern California. For over 25 years, he has worked to develop positive relationships within the community, student organizations, and local universities. Dr. Stanley is a graduate of Brigham Young University and holds a Doctorate in Organizational Development. Professionally he has consulted with multiple businesses, local and state governments and taught a variety of college courses. Prior to becoming a religious educator, he assisted in establishing language immersion programs in Taipei, Taiwan and at Brigham Young University. In addition, he assisted with logistics and worked as a facilitator at the Parliament for a Council of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain. He served as a full-time LDS missionary in Hong Kong.

Christopher Eastland (Treasurer)

Christopher L. Eastland, J.D. is a partner in the private equity firm Seidler Equity Partners and serves as a board member for numerous public and private corporations. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration: Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Southern California; he served on the Law Review Board and graduated Order of the Coif and President of his class from the USC Gould School of Law. He was formerly a corporate associate at O’Melveny & Meyers LLP. He currently serves as bishop of the Pacific Palisades Ward in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was among the first group of missionaries in St. Petersburg, Russia where he served as Assistant to the President.

George Durham

George H. Durham, III is a principal with Seattle-based Linksbridge SPC, a social impact consulting firm providing strategy and advisory services to international NGOs, domestic nonprofits, and other public sector organizations in global development, global health, communications, and technology. George has led two Seattle-area nonprofit organizations, has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University. George is a member of the High Council in the Seattle Washington North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dan Galorath

Dan Galorath has been involved with engineering, estimating, and analysis for 40 years. Under his leadership, Galorath Inc. developed SEER cost, schedule, risk applications, methods, and training for software, hardware, electronics & systems, information technology, and manufacturing. Dan is the primary author of the book "Software Sizing, Estimation, and Risk Management: When Performance Is Measured Performance Improves." His widely read blog, Dan Galorath on Estimating, covers estimation, planning, measurement, control and risk analysis. He has received lifetime achievement awards from major industry associations covering his contributions to the state of the art of estimation, planning, and project control. Dan speaks internationally on topics of project management, project and program economics, metrics, estimation, analysis, planning, and control. He has served in numerous church service roles including Bishop, High Councilor, stake welfare specialist, and addiction specialist.

Jerry Garns

Jerry L. Garns is owner/photographer at Jerry Garns Studio, an advertising photography studio in Los Angeles. After serving in the United States Marine Corps he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Venezuela and graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a degree in photography. He served as an Area Seventy in the North America West Area of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2010 to 2015. He is currently a full-time faculty member of Brigham Young University's Department of Visual Arts.

D.M. Rawlings

Douglas M. (Chip) Rawlings, J.D. is a retired partner from the international litigation firm of Quinn Emanuel & Sullivan LLP. During his 38-year career, he specialized in complex litigation with emphases in real estate and securities litigation, particularly in mortgage-backed securities and derivatives. He also represented museum and specialized in art law. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in the History of Thought. He served as a JAG officer in the United States Air Force after graduating from Yale Law School. He recently returned from serving as President of the Finland Helsinki Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He now serves as a sealer in the Los Angeles Temple, as Chairman of the Southern California Public Affairs Council, and as a member of the North America West JustServe Council.

Staff Members

Jan Hemming, Executive Director

Jan Hemming brings a wealth of experience from a long and dynamic career in public relations, in which she has served high profile clients, corporations, and organizations from Washington, D.C., to the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a founder JKH Associates, a public relations company in Salt Lake City, and served at the U.S. Information Agency during the Ronald Reagan administration. She was chief speechwriter for USIA Director Charles Wick and was Vice President of Advertising and Public Relations at Intermountain Health Care. She is the former national news director at Brigham Young University and a former speechwriter for then-BYU President Jeffrey R. Holland. She has also worked with AT&T Wireless and Nu Skin International.

Jacob Rennaker, Scholar in Residence

Jacob Rennaker, an adjunct professor of religion at BYU and Ph.D. graduate of Claremont Graduate University, has been named Scholar in Residence with the Widtsoe Foundation. He graduated from BYU with a degree in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and received an M.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. He earned a doctorate in Religious Studies from Claremont.

As Scholar in Residence he will develop and oversee a number of original initiatives targeting Young Single Adults and LDS members, as well as collaborative interfaith efforts. He will also provide leadership support for programs sponsored by the Foundation.

Rennaker will also present scholarly papers on behalf of the Foundation at a variety of upcoming academic conferences, including those held by the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, and others.