Fall 2017 Staff

Elicia Cheney 

Major and minor: English major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Rocklin, California 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Associate editor; analytics/social media assistant director; web team member, writer 

Favorite quote: “Whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies.” —Thomas S. Monson 

Unique hobbies: I collect themed cookbooks. 

Do you speak any foreign languages? French and Sgaw Karen 

Connect with Elicia through Facebook, LinkedIn, and her professional portfolio 

 

Christina Segovia Crosland 

Major and minor: Humanities major; editing and Latin American studies minors 

Hometown and state: Mountain Home, Idaho 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Art director, associate editor, web team member, writer 

Most memorable thing you’ve done this past year: Found a dried frog in my dryer—with my clean clothes.  

Unique hobbies: Someday I want to get into woodworking. As of now, all I do is read.  

If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Darwin. He’s a mutant that can evolve for any situation. 

Connect with Christina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

 

Kayla Echols 

Major and minor:  English language major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Richmond, Virginia

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Associate editor, Facebook manager, translation team member, writer 

Favorite quote: “It’s easy to believe in something when you win all the time. . . . The losses are what define a man’s faith.” —Brandon Sanderson, The Well of Ascension 

What do you always have with you? My binoculars, my MP3 player, and my Kindle 

Favorite superhero: Nightcrawler from the X-Men. Teleporting is the coolest superpower, and I admire his religious conviction. 

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Christine Eck

Major and minor: English Major; editing Minor

Hometown and state: Provo, Utah

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Copyeditor, Translation team member, Design team member

Dream job: Poet

One item on your bucket list: See the northern lights

Favorite musician: Simon and Garfunkel

Connect with Christine through LinkedIn and her professional portfolio.

 

 

Laura Fuchs 

Major and minor:  English language major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  West Valley City, Utah

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Associate editor, web director, Instagram manager, design team member, writer 

What is something hard that you have done in your life? I made it through junior high.  

What is your perfect pizza? Pizza to me is already perfect. Unless there is pineapple on it—then it’s an abomination. 

Do you speak any foreign languages? Tagalog and Ilokano 

Connect with Laura through Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and her professional portfolio.

 

Breanna Call Herbert 

Major and minor: Linguistics major; editing minor 

Hometown and state: Minersville, Utah 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Associate editor, translation director, Pinterest manager, writer 

Dream job: Writing and editing children’s books 

What do you always have with you? Chapstick 

One item on your bucket list: Go to Brazil 

Read Breanna’s Mormon Insights articles. 

 

Alex Hugie 

Major and minor:  English major; editing and creative writing minors 

Hometown and state:  Keizer, Oregon 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Assistant managing editor, assistant copyrights director, translation team member, writer 

Unique hobbies: I collect bookmarks. 

What is something hard that you have done in your life? I went to Hell and back. Twice. (It’s a restaurant in Rothenberg, Germany.) 

Anything else? One time I read the Book of Mormon backward—a chapter at a time starting from Moroni 10 back to 1 Nephi 1—so now I can say I know the Book of Mormon forward and backward. 

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Naomi Hurd 

Major and minor:  English language major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Woodville, Wisconsin 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Managing editor, associate editor, design team member, writer 

Favorite quote: “You cannot always wait for the perfect time. Sometimes you must dare to jump.” —Yasmine Bleeth 

Favorite Mormon Insights article or topic: “Speaking More Positively by Overcoming Negative Thinking” 

Favorite musician: Right now I’m loving Tom Walker, but that could change by the end of the day. 

Connect with Naomi through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and her professional portfolio. 

 

Nicole Meyers

Major and minor:  English major; editing and creative writing minors 

Hometown and state:  Mililani, Hawaii 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Copyeditor, assistant web director, public relations team member, writer 

One item on your bucket list: Swim with otters 

Favorite vacation spot: London, England 

Do you speak any foreign languages? Mandarin

Connect with Nicole on Facebook and Instagram. 

 

Bethany Patterson 

Major and minor:  Public relations major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Purcellville, Virginia

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Associate editor, public relations director, social media and analytics director, writer 

Dream job: Working on Capitol Hill! 

Personal motto: “I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”  —Oscar Wilde 

What is your perfect pizza? Hot take: every slice of pizza needs some pineapple. 

Connect with Bethany on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn 

 

Emma Snow 

Major and minor: English language major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Burlington, Iowa

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Associate editor, web team member, copyrights team member, writer 

Most memorable thing you’ve done this past year: I’ve been teaching myself to write with my left hand—because ambidexterity is awesome! 

What do you always have with you? I carry my sketchbook and pencil pouch with me (almost) everywhere. If I’m not drawing with those, then I’m doodling on whatever scraps of paper I have at hand. 

One item on your bucket list: Someday I’m going to finish one of these stories floating around in my head. Then maybe I won’t be the only person staying up all night over these characters. 

Connect with Emma through Facebook and her professional portfolio.  

 

Katie Stanley 

Major and minor:  English major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Hickory, North Carolina 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Associate editor, Twitter manager, public relations team member, writer 

What is something hard that you have done in your life? I decided between marriage and a mission. 

Favorite musician: Taylor Swift (don’t @ me) 

If you could have dinner with any person (living or dead, real or imagined), who would it be?  Benjamin Franklin 

Connect with Katie through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and her professional portfolio.  

 

Nicole Terry 

Major and minor: English language major; editing minor 

Hometown and state: Spring, Texas

Positions on Mormon Insights staff: Copyeditor, assistant art director, copyrights team member, writer 

Favorite conference talk: “Lord, I Believe” —Elder Jeffrey R. Holland 

One item on your bucket list: Find a sasquatch 

Anything else? I’m a proud Slytherin. 

Connect with Nicole through Facebook, Instagram, and her professional portfolio. 

 

Jess Verzello 

Major and minor:  English language major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Southbury, Connecticut 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Assistant managing editor, public relations assistant director, translation team member, writer 

Favorite quote: “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look in the mirror and change yourself” (The LEGO Batman Movie). Oooooh. 

What do you always have with you? Two books!  

Do you speak any foreign languages? Spanish and Papiamento  

Connect with Jess on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

 

Heather White 

Major and minor:  English major; editing minor 

Hometown and state:  Warren, Oregon 

Positions on Mormon Insights staff:  Assistant managing editor, copyrights director, design team member, writer 

Favorite book: The second most read book of my life is most likely Pride and Prejudice; it is one of the most hilarious books I have ever been graced with the opportunity to devour with my eyes. I also read a lot of old science fantasy books that almost no one has ever heard of. One of my favorites is The Witches of Karres. 

Unique hobbies: I create stained glass, am a black belt in Taekwondo, ride horses, and research and make my own costumes. 

Favorite Mormon Insights article: I read a really good one recently called “Prayer of an Atheist.” It’s all about the power of wanting to believe and the power of prayer. It’s a wonderful perspective on prayer and brought to mind the many times I’ve had my own prayers answered. 

Connect with Heather on LinkedIn. 

 

Rebecca Cazanave 

Major and minor:  English major; editing and creative writing minors 

Hometown:  Las Vegas, Nevada 

Position on Mormon Insights staff:  Teaching assistant 

Personal motto: I can do hard things. 

Dream job:  Adolescent fiction author 

Favorite book:  The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare 

Favorite quote: “He to whom God has given knowledge / And the gift of speaking eloquently, / Must not keep silent nor conceal the gift. / But he must willingly display it.” —Marie de France 

Read Rebecca’s Mormon Insights articles and connect with her on LinkedIn.

 

Suzy Bills 

Major and minor:  Undergrad major: history; minors: editing and dance 

Hometown and state:  Glendale, Arizona 

Position on Mormon Insights staff:  Editor-in-Chief 

Dream job: I’ve got it! I LOVE teaching editing at BYU. 

Unique hobbies: I run 80-90 miles a week. (Okay, maybe that’s a crazy hobby.) 

Favorite conference talk: Picking a favorite conference talk is like picking a favorite child. I love them all. But a top pick is “Come What May, and Love It,” by Joseph B. Wirthlin. 

What is something hard that you have done in your life? Run a 50-mile race with 8,850 feet in elevation gain. 

Connect with Suzy through LinkedIn and her professional portfolio.

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