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Knoxville Regional Conference Presenters

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Sammi Jensen grew up in Indiana. She had gone out to Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho the day after high school graduation. There she met her sweet husband. They were married in 1998, Sammi was 19 and her dear husband was 21. Five kids and 10 years later, her dear husband died in 2008. The kids were very young ranging from eight years old to six weeks old. They had owned a business together which Sammi had dissolved after her husband died. She was blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for many years. When her kids were older and in school, Sammi went back to school herself. She graduated with honors with an AA degree and an AS degree in dental hygiene. She has been working her career for three years now. Her two oldest kids attend, BYU Idaho, her third child is working a trade apprenticeship, her fourth child graduated from high school this year and will be studying at UT Chattanooga, her youngest will be a sophomore in high school this next school year.

Title: Life after death: How to rebuild a life and love it

Bishop Delton Gerloff has counseled individuals and couples on personal finance for over 35 years. He holds degrees in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State and Texas A&M Universities, earning his PhD from Texas A&M. He and his wife Gail have co-taught personal finance and self reliance classes in church for many years. They have 6 children and reside in Alcoa, Tennessee.

Title: Finance-making money count and paying your bills

Brian Kellogg – I live in northwest GA, near Calhoun. I have 3 boys, ages 18, 17 and 12. I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, and attending sporting events and concerts. I was widowed in 2016 and have attended multiple widows/widowers conferences in the past.

Title: “It’s complicated” healing and self forgiveness

Description: I dealt with complicated grief and betrayal trauma as a result of my late wife’s sudden death due to complications from addiction. This was the most devastating thing I ever experienced but through therapy, emotional support, internal processing and the Savior I experienced healing. I want to share my story in hopes that it can help others.

Kyle Taggart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received two bachelor’s degrees from Utah Valley University, one in Sociology and one in Social Work. He received his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Utah. He worked in Residential Treatment and Private Practice prior to his current position as a counselor with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family Services. At Family Services he provides support to church leaders who are working with members with mental and emotional needs. He also provides counseling to church members. Brother Taggart has worked for Family Services since 2017 and moved to Tennessee from Utah in January 2020. He has been married for 17 years and has 4 children ages 15 to 8.

Title: Healing through Grief and loss
Title: Kids and Grief