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New Stake Presidencies Announced in April 2021

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NOTE: When a new stake is created or a new stake presidency is called in an existing stake, leaders are given time to report the changes and provide brief biographical information for each member of the stake presidency. A list of stakes reporting changes is compiled and published at the end of each month. The actual date of the stake’s creation or reorganization is in parenthesis following the name of the stake.

Following is a list of newly created stake presidencies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world.

New Stake Presidencies

ACCRA GHANA OFANKOR STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Patrick Kwame Daniels, 40, Ghana Cocoa Board principal information systems technician; succeeding Daniel Ankonu Abeo; wife, Judith Woyram Gassonu Daniels. Counselors — George Atopi Thompson, 42, Empower Playground Inc. project manager; wife, Yaa Gyimaah Offeh Thompson. Joshua Gbetoryedzi, 36, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building project coordinator; wife, Linda Agyemang Gbetoryedzi.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS MICHIGAN STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Ronald Michael Peterson, 50, Ally Bank senior director of auto product and strategy; succeeding Theodore W. Parsons; wife, Sarah Ann Secrest Peterson. Counselors — Joseph Robert Wirthlin, 51, Ford Motor Company systems engineering senior technical leader; wife, Robin Ann Olsen Wirthlin. Joshua Doyle Rhodenizer, 43, Ascension St. John Hospital program director and section chief of podiatric surgery; wife, Shauna Lynne Nilsson Rhodenizer.

BOISE IDAHO YSA STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Newell Vernon Porter, 61, retired; succeeding Frank W. Muir; wife, Cori Lynn Smith Porter. Counselors — Roger Douglas Madison, 49, financial adviser; wife, Alyse Smith Madison. Gary Weston Laney, 64, Waffle Waffle/Happi Foodi vice president; wife, Calista Kay Strasser Laney.

BRISBANE AUSTRALIA STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — David Howes Fulcher, 55, Office of the Governor project and policy officer; succeeding Esben S. Strodl; wife, Beth Maree Maurer Fulcher. Counselors — Frank Vakalahi, 42, Fadeawa Barbershop Australia co-owner and director; wife, Mary Katrina Semeatu Vakalahi. Reuben Luke Kwong, 42, Seminaries and Institutes coordinator; wife, Elisabeth Rose Steele Kwong.

CAMAÇARI BRAZIL STAKE: (March 21, 2021) President — Fábio Leonardo Dos Santos Nascimento, 42, Metropolitana of Camaçari faculty and university professor, and CREAS-Itapicuru-Bahia psychologist; succeeding Cosme de Souza Campos; wife, Bruna Andrade Fontes Nascimento. Counselors — Ramon Alves Da Silva, 39, Moppclean quality analyst; wife, Tiala Souza de Jesus Alves. Alex Silva Dos Santos, 31, Cerquiera Santos constructions and services director; wife, Herlana dos Santos Qerqueira Santos.

CAMPINAS BRAZIL STAKE: (March 14, 2021) President — Antonio Fernandes dos Santos, 52, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints facilities manager; succeeding Cleber Tikara Muramatsu; wife, Christiane de Cassia Latansa da Silva dos Santos. Counselors — Leandro de Oliveira, 53, Campinas Brazil Temple assistant recorder; wife, Marinalva Cordeiro Da Roca de Oliveira. Bruno Soares Collaço, 38, Sanmina do Brasil Ltda international buyer, procurement; wife, Juliana Chaves Fontes Lima Collaço.

CHINLE ARIZONA STAKE: (Feb. 14, 2021) President — Erwin White, 51, Window Rock USDadministrator; succeeding Romero T. Brown; wife, Jennifer Joy Johnson White. Counselors — James Alan Higgs, 54, Chinle School District #24 dean of students; wife, Carolyn Aleida Bowman Higgs. Wilson Yazzie Deschine, 65, Chi’hootso Alternative Communications self-employed; wife, Susan Kaye Schultz Deschine.

CIUDAD JUÁREZ MÉXICO NORTH STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Jacobo Pinchuk Ramirez, 46, lawyer; succeeding Salvador Robles Flores; wife, Flor Elodia de Pinchuk Sanchez Garcia. Counselors — Victor Hugo Cervantes Herrera, 47, IC&S SA de CV administrator; wife, Claudia de Cervantes Morales Sánchez. Ricardo Zamora Ita, 50, MAHLE senior buyer; wife, Herlinda Moreno Aguirre de Zamora.

COOMERA AUSTRALIA STAKE: (Feb. 21, 2021) President — Joseph Howard Skipps, 64, Keystone Services director MD; succeeding Michael J. Stone; wife, Anita Frances Beeloo Skipps. Counselors — Charles Philip Leota Leulua’iali’i, 51, senior project manager of sales; wife, Ana Fakalupeahi Latuselu Leota Leulua’iali’i. David Henri Bernard Ubeda, 54, RTOs trainer; wife, Kerin De’Anne Bignell Ubeda.

CÓRDOBA MÉXICO STAKE: (March 14, 2021) President — Marco Antonio Autran Limon del Prado, 51, IMSS doctor; succeeding Jorge E. Blanco Suarez; wife, Miriam de Autran Alvarado Montes. Counselors — Luis Eduardo Rubalcava Rosas, 34, Tecnológico Nacional de México head of specialized services; wife, Itzel Yarimeth Guevara Canaán. Erik Saavedra Hernandez, 38, taxi driver; wife, Ivonne Rodriguez Rojas De Saavedra.

ELY NEVADA STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Kerrick A Ivins, 58, B G Farms mechanic; succeeding Douglas D. Fullmer; wife, Deeanne Springer Ivins. Counselors — Ted McBride Heggie, 59, Bracken Ranch foreman; wife, Julie Kay Murphy Heggie. Austin Lyle Sorensen, 46, clinical social worker; wife, Amy Lynn Thiriot Sorensen.

FLORENCIO VARELA ARGENTINA STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Alejandro Fabian Ferreyra, 45, EYRA SRL managing partner; succeeding Rodrigo D. Moya; wife, Marina Laura Pages Ferreyra. Counselors — Esteban Daniel Monzon, 41, V.A.S.A. mechanical technician; wife, Deborah Elvira Matos Vera Monzon. Diego Gillermo Reinoso, 45, refrigeration technician; wife, Andrea Fabiana Arevalo Reinoso.

FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Troy Eugene Zirker, 49, FBI special agent; succeeding Scott H. Richards; wife, Jeneé Ricks Zirker. Counselors — Timothy Jared Hoopes, 44, Vining Sparks senior vice president of fixed income institutional sales; wife, Erika Rae Natter Hoopes. Bradley Steven Bills, 32, UPS operations management; wife, Jamie Yuliana Rodriguez Coronel Bills.

HASTINGS NEW ZEALAND STAKE: (Feb. 21, 2021) President — Simon Robert Thomson, 57, St. John’s College teacher; succeeding Charles L. Ruwhiu; wife, Diane Marie Armitage Thomson. Counselors — Wi Te Kawepo Ormsby, 50, Health Hawke’s Bay health adviser; wife, Deborah Jean Lewis Ormsby. Sandy Bates, 40, Department of Corrections probation officer; wife, Chloe Elizabeth Fannin Bates.

LA PAZ BOLIVIA CONSTITUCIÓN STAKE: (Feb. 14, 2021) President — Ednar Misael Sanes Barrios, 34, YPFB maintenance supervisor; succeeding Aldo Velasquez Ortiz; wife, Fabiola Sanes Acebo Mollinedo. Counselors — Eloy Andres Ruiz Ramos, 56, National Electricity Company ENDE S y C group head; wife, Brigida Mayta Mayta de Ruiz. Oscar Rolando Kjari Quispe, 32, Gobierno Autonomo Departamental de La Paz systems manager; wife, Dayna Sonia de Kjari Huarita.

LA CHORRERA PANAMÁ STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Luis Eduardo Rojas Caballero, 48, MLJ Inversiones S.A. administrator; succeeding Geovanny A. Medina; wife, Alidia Natividad Escala Carreño de Rojas. Counselors — Vladimir Jhoel Cedeño Gonzalez, 37, Federal Express Corp. service agent; wife, Yaneth Isabel Merel Lopez. Manuel Alberto Rodriguez Jorge, 41, Genética de Panamá S.A. technical promoter of poultry and pork; wife, Linda Roxana Delgado Zuazo de Rodríguez.

LAS VEGAS NEVADA STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Jeffrey Ward Davis, 59, retired; succeeding Shawn G. Gutierrez; wife, Joni Lynn Noorda Davis. Counselors — Daniel John Kereczman Jr., 53, self-employed business owner; wife, Lisa Chamberlain Kereczman. Nathaniel Sherman Box, 42, Encore Global national account manager; wife, Debra Sue Lewis Box.

LAS VEGAS NEVADA WARM SPRINGS STAKE: (March 28, 2021) President — Murry Kaid Whipple, 44, Stimulus Technologies manager; succeeding Kyle R. Peterson; wife, Leah Eva Nottage Whipple. Counselors — Douglas Dean Taylor, 54, Varian Medical Systems technical curriculum developer, oncology software; wife, Kristi Noel Youngman Taylor. Jake D Marshall, 48, Las Vegas Paving Corp. manager; wife, Robin Roe Marshall.

LIMA PERÚ SAN GABRIEL STAKE: (Jan. 31, 2021) President — Juan Ismael Huaman Tello, 34, Abrasivos SA head of conversion processes; succeeding Erick J. Rojas; wife, Maria Teresa Jara Casazola de Huaman. Counselors — Jorge Luis Preciado Castillo, 37, San Gabriel Alto Community Mental Health Center administrative technician; wife, Sheila Giset de Preciado Tapia Rebolledo. Erickson Irwin Vargas Zabalaga, 30, Andina Natura y Distribución EIRL networker, and independent administrator; wife, Edith Maryory Bustamante Flores.

LOGAN UTAH YSA 1ST STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Troy Vose Christensen, 57, Bridgerland Technical College vice president and Utah Custom Blinds LLC owner; succeeding Danny M. Brown; wife, Sharalin Van Wagenen Christensen. Counselors — Jon Gilbert McKenna, 59, Seminaries and Institutes institute instructor; wife, Sherrie Lynne Maughan McKenna. Dennis Jeffrey Nielsen, 54, Inovar director of engineering; wife, Cressent Rupp Nielsen.

MÉXICO CITY TLAHUAC STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Juan Manuel Ortega Cruz, 42, Mexico City Water System feasibility supervisor; succeeding Alberto Castro; wife, Sarai de Ortega Arcos Padilla. Counselors — Luis Eduardo Gonzalez Zelaya, 31, World Fuel Services financial operations coordinator; wife, Eva Veronica Adan Escorza. Juan Carlos Moreno Juarez, 43, Hir Expo Internacional WTC Mexico City Convention and Exhbition Center banquet manager; wife, Anali de Moreno Rosas Pulido.

MOUNT HOOD OREGON STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Tyson Willes Papenfuss, 36, US Bank business development officer; succeeding Crismon S. Lewis; wife, Brandi Kay Miller Papenfuss. Counselors — James Robert Anderson, 57, Dreamworks Dental dentist; wife, Anne Elizabeth Papworth Anderson. Stephen Derek May, 52, PBS Engineering and Environmental principal; wife, Dana Lynn Andresen May.

OEIRAS PORTUGAL STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Manuel Gomes da Silva, 50, Viscura Internacional Lda CEO and MGHS Case Management Consulting general manager; succeeding José M. Ribeiro; wife, Helena Margarida DA Camara Pires Plantier Martins Silva. Counselors — Rui Jorge Dias Pedro Violante, 44, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints FM Group maintenance technician; wife, Maria Da Conceição de Sousa Lopes Violante. Danilson de Jesus Sanches Vieira de Carvalho, 28, managing partner; wife, Ana Marta Lavado Barbosa Carvalho.

OWERRI NIGERIA STAKE: (Jan. 31, 2021) President — Kelechi Obioha Ohabughiro, 39, oral genealogy operations manager; succeeding Kingsley I. Okwara; wife, Ndidi Blessing Elezua Ohabughiro. Counselors — Dominic Chidiadi Isiuwa, 49, Anambra-Imo River Basin class teacher; wife, Victoria Ifeoma Onwukwe Isiuwa. Augustine Onyedikachi Nnadi, 48, self-employed; wife, Chinyere Ulumma Ohaegbule Nnadi.

PIURA PERÚ CASTILLA STAKE: (March 14, 2021) President — Raul Enrique Leon Elias, 29, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints administrative assistant; succeeding Victor J. Gomez; wife, Ana Gabriela de Leon López Miranda. Counselors — Johny Fernando Sosa Risco, 51, Público Minedu teacher; wife, Flora de Sosa Saguma Aniceto. Alexander Percy Arevalo Moya, 43, independent businessman; wife, Marcela Julissa de Arevalo Cárdenas Alameda.

PROVO UTAH MARRIED STUDENT 2ND STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Stephen Roger Davis, 64, YSA Gathering Europe Foundation CEO; succeeding Jared G. Weight; wife, Mary Margaret Coles Davis. Counselors — Mark Dennis Cusick, 57, Spyglass Capital president; wife, Stefanie Okey Cusick. Stephen Lewis Lundwall, 58, Lundwall Law PLLC partner; wife, Rebecca Allred Lundwall.

REXBURG IDAHO YSA 1ST STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Quinton Dee Gneiting, 44, BWXT lead project manager; succeeding Dale O. Batt; wife, Mikala Lynn Jones Gneiting. Counselors — William Ruben Banta, 49, WB Enterprises business and leadership consultant; wife, Ilene Edwards Banta. James Cannon Allen, 45, Rockhouse Dentistry owner, dentist; wife, Kathleen Kelley Allen.

REXBURG IDAHO YSA 3RD STAKE: (March 14, 2021) President — Robert John Garrett, 46, BYU–Idaho vice president; succeeding Wade B. Gordon; wife, Kaylyn Larson Garrett. Counselors — Eric Branden Karl, 54, BYU–Idaho associate online vice president; wife, Marilyn Anderson Karl. Brian Kem Memmott, 51, BYU–Idaho faculty; wife, Lori Ann Le Mon Memmott.

REXBURG IDAHO YSA 8TH STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Brad James Rowe, 50, BYU–Idaho professor of religious education; succeeding Kelly T. Burgener; wife, Camille Hulse Rowe. Counselors — Christopher John Cornelius, 54, Clair & Dee’s Point S Tire and Automotive Repair owner; wife, Rhonda Lyn Thueson Cornelius. Michael Kearl Bolingbroke, 60, BYU–Idaho religion professor; wife, Vickie Jo Savage Bolingbroke.

RÍO CUARTO ARGENTINA STAKE: (Feb. 14, 2021) President — J. Ariel Bogado, 42, HSBC Bank Argentina manager; succeeding Andres D. Moreno; wife, Elisabet Andersen Bogado. Counselors — Marcelo Alberto Gonzalez, 49, contractor and engineer; wife, Andrea Vivian Bianansi. Javier Eduardo Maugouber, 37, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints administrative assistant; wife, Stella Maris Cristina Gonzalez.

SALINA CRUZ MÉXICO STAKE: (Jan. 24, 2021) President — Francisco Alberto Diaz Carcini, 37, PEMEX Op. automation control instruments employee; succeeding Leonardo Vasquez; wife, Nereyda Marcial Rios. Counselors — Elvis Torres Diaz, 56, Jose Elias Maliachi Pavon purifier manager; wife, Ana Luisa de Torres Castillo Morales. Jose Alejandro Salinas Campos, 35, self-employed accountant and administrator, and Comercializadora Yoruba Sa de CV contractor; wife, Arianna de Salinas Salud Lopez.

SALT LAKE LIBERTY STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President — Mahonri Madrigal, 45, self-employed ecommerce consultant; succeeding David J. McLean; wife, Jeannette Tovar Lizarraga Madrigal. Counselors — Robert Clyde Hartvigsen, 54, Salt Lake Community College HVAC technician and property management business owner; wife, Louise Marchant Hartvigsen. Steven Paul Arnold, 41, Salt Lake County GIS analyst; wife, Samantha Jane Allred Arnold.

SALZBURG AUSTRIA STAKE: (March 14, 2021) President — David Matthias Josef Roth, 43, senior design strategist; succeeding Franz P. Mielacher; wife, Maria Gabriela Brunner Roth. Counselors — André Albert Bildhäuser, 42, BMW Motoren GmbH Steyr head of health management department; wife, Sophia Brigitte Schmidl Bildhäuser. Samuel Ammon Kellner-Steinmetz, 41, Fleetlogistics Group chief sales officer; wife, Helen Brown Kellner-Steinmetz.

SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Brad Lee Garrett, 60, Raytheon manager and engineer; succeeding William T. Hoggan; wife, Paula Snow Garrett. Counselors — Steven Michael Russler, 39, California Truck Leasing general manager; wife, Kathleen Elizabeth Martinez Russler. Eric Jay Anderson, 46, Lockheed Martin Corp. project manager and engineer; wife, Deborah Bjarnason Anderson.

SEVILLE SPAIN STAKE: (March 7, 2021) President — Marcos Moreno García, 32, facilities administrative assistant; succeeding José Anta; wife, Blanca Rodríguez Cepeda. Counselors — Alberto Gómez Ordóñez, 45, Air Force military; wife, Eva María Reina Cordero. Jorge Rodríguez Bugatto, 37, J.C. Aircraft Maintenance stores and logistics supervisor; wife, Lorena López Guijarro.

TLAXCALA MÉXICO NORTH STAKE: (Feb. 28, 2021) President —Jorge Veloz Sánchez, 49, business owner; succeeding Mario A. Reyes; wife, Carina de Veloz Aguilar Lozano. Counselors — Enrique Alejandro Ahumada Ramírez, 38, self-employed; wife, Adelaida Veneranda de Ahumada Gaytán Alvarado. Elliot Jaramillo Toral, 33, Palos Garza south terminal manager; wife, Sandy Yanet Lara Cardona.

UPOLU SAMOA SALEILUA STAKE: (Sept. 20, 2020) President — Taualai Mauga, 56, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries crops research officer and plant pathologist; succeeding Apineru Kofe; wife, Naomi Salea Mauga. Counselors — Kalaka Pao, 44, self-employed; wife, Fuakoko Leuta Avemaoe Pao. Rufo Fepuleai, 58, self-employed carpenter; wife, Mafutaga Pau Fepuleai.

VALPARAÍSO CHILE WEST STAKE: (Jan. 10, 2021) President — José Luis Rojas Henríquez, 40, Ripley collections executive; succeeding Julio E. Castillo Stuardo; wife, Natacha Alejandra Nukulin Núñez. Counselors — Francisco Javier Guzmán Domínguez, 36, Chilean North American Institute of Culture of Valparaíso professor of English, and Mutual de Seguros de Chile claims analyst; wife, Aylin Francisca Jara Díaz. Enrique Ignacio Cartajena Hormazábal, 32, Chilexpress carrier; wife, Andrea Carolina Meléndez Romero.

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