The Open Stories Foundation

Our Mission: To promote understanding, healing, growth, and community for people experiencing or impacted by religious transition

John Dehlin, Ph.D.

Executive Director - (435) 881-5809

John received a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Utah State University in 2015. His clinical training and research interests revolve around the nexus of religion and mental health. John’s research has been published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA), the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Identity, the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Amy Shoemaker Grubbs

Director of Operations - (801) 361-4157

Amy is a graduate of Brigham Young University where she studied Exercise Science and Business. Prior to joining the Open Stories Foundation, she spent the last 23 years in the higher education setting. In her previous role as Director of Student Life and Wellness at Utah Valley University, she oversaw the construction and implementation of a $40 Million Student Life & Wellness Center. Throughout her career, Amy has supervised hundreds of employees, managed multi-million dollar budgets and served as the Board Chair for several local and regional non-profit organizations. She has facilitated various state, regional and national conferences and has taught a variety of leadership, professional development and wellness courses for multiple universities.

Cody Layton, PMP

Project Manager - (256) 541-4782

A graduate of Brigham Young University, daytime project manager for a healthcare company, and electronic music artist in Salt Lake City, Cody uses his project management and audio/visual skills to contribute to the Open Stories Foundation.

OSF STAFF

Podcasters

Gina Colvin, Ph.D.

A Thoughtful Faith Podcast

Gina Colvin is New Zealander of Māori, English, Irish, Welsh, German and French descent, and is a multi-generation life long Mormon. She is a professor (i.e., lecturer) at the University of Canterbury, with an emphasis on “the history and future of ideas.” She is an insightful thinker and writer and writes for a fantastic blog called KiwiMormon.  She also hosts the A Thoughtful Faith podcast.

Dan Wotherspoon, Ph.D.

Mormon Matters Podcast

Dan Wotherspoon has both a masters (Arizona State) and doctorate (Claremont Graduate University) in Religion, along with a B.A. in Philosophy (BYU). Before hosting the Mormon Matters podcast beginning in March 2011, he headed the Sunstone Education Foundation and served as editor of Sunstone magazine for eight years. In addition to podcasting, he is a freelance editor and writer, most recently working with Carol Lynn Pearson and Frances Lee Menlove to bring books to publication.

John Dehlin, Ph.D.

Mormon Stories Podcast

John received a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Utah State University in 2015. His clinical training and research interests revolve around the nexus of religion and mental health. John’s research has been published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of Counseling Psychology (APA), the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Identity, the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Natasha Helfer Parker, MFT, CST

Mormon Mental Health Podcast

Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith, runs Mormon Sex Info and is the current president for the Mormon Mental Health Association.

Margi Dehlin

Mormon Transitions

Margi Dehlin has a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She is an intense reader, writer, and mother of 4. Her areas of expertise include healthy relationships, raising children, spirituality/meditation, and health and wellness.

OSF Board of Directors

Lee Stowell

Board Chair

Lee is a wall street salesperson and partner at a securities firm.  Prior to her 20+yrs in sales, she was a social worker in NYC, working with homeless families helping to stabilize housing and housing related issues for children in welfare hotels.

Craig Woodfield

Board Member, Treasurer

Craig Woodfield is a CPA and partner with a global CPA firm where he serves as an audit partner and lead's the firms audit practice in Texas and Oklahoma.  Craig is currently on the SMU Cox School of Business Professional Accounting Advisory Board, is an Advisory Board Member with the North Texas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and is a past Board Chair of Metrocrest Services, a not-for-profit based in the Dallas area.

Nadine McCombs Hansen

Board Member

Nadine Hansen has practiced law in California and Utah for more than 30 years. She has a B.A. in Economics from San Jose State University and a J.D. from Santa Clara University. Semi-retired now, she has worked in recent years as a Guardian ad Litem, representing children in difficult custody and abuse or neglect cases

Kim Turner

Board Member

Kim brings to the OSF her passion for community and social engineering. Business and psychological training have enhanced her entrepreneurial spirit. Founder of Women of a Certain Age, or “WOCA,” which reaches upwards of 700 women. WOCA is a safe space for the post-religious women’s community. The Wasatch Front is home to the largest group as well as 22 safe havens around the globe.

Roger McOmber

Board Member

Roger McOmber worked in New York City for most his career as a financial analyst.  He has been an active angel investor for over 20 years and currently serves on the Boards of many small companies and charities.  His charity generally supports groups focused on mental wellness, promoting secular education and general well being for youth.  He serves on the Huntsman Board at Utah State University where he also funds many scholarships including one exclusively for women. He currently lives in Colleyville, Texas.

John Dehlin

Board Member

John Dehlin, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the Open Stories Foundation. He is the host of Mormon Stories Podcast. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Utah State University.

Steve Holbrook

Board Member

Steve is a 30+ year veteran in the IT industry, with over 15 years in International Standards. He has served on several technical boards, including the Advisory Board for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the INCITS Board of Directors. He helps lead the world's largest in-person support group, the Utah Valley PostMormons, which has over 2500 members. He helped write the Mormon Open Letter in 2014 and cofounded the Mormon Spectrum Foundation with Alison Udall in 2015 which provides a compendium of online resources, including a map of over 220 in-person communities worldwide. Steve joined the OSF Board in May 2017 and lives in Orem, UT with his wife Chris.

Jeremy MacDonald

Board Secretary

Jeremy volunteers as Secretary to the Board of the Open Stories Foundation. He focuses on living a life of gratitude with his family, loves telling stories and creating great experiences. He manages corporate real estate and is fascinated by the way the built environment is both a reflection and driver of culture.

Contact the OSF board

openstoriesboard@gmail.com

HELP PROMOTE UNDERSTANDING, HEALING, AND GROWTH

The Open Stories Foundation mission is to promote understanding, healing, growth, and community for people experiencing or impacted by religious transition. Some of the services we provide include: podcasts, videos, on-line and in-person communities, workshops, retreats, and other support services.

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