2010 State Young Mothers

ALASKA  Born in Utah but raised in Anchorage, Brenda Noble is a longtime resident of Alaska. After earning a BA in Communications, Brenda married her husband, Steve.  While working towards a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at Alaska Pacific University, she and Steve welcomed quadruplets, Jacob (now deceased), Derek, Chandler and Trevor.  Over the next four years, Jared arrived, followed by twins, Bryson and Paige.  Brenda has made a hobby out of cooking and is an avid reader.  She also spends time serving in church, volunteering at her kid's school, mentoring mothers of multiples as the Alaska Coordinator for Mothers of Supertwins (MOST), and occasionally working as a substitute teacher.  Brenda enjoys hiking, distance running, and playing basketball and volleyball.  Someday, Brenda hopes to publish a novel, run a marathon and see her children grown into responsible, kind people of integrity.

ARIZONA  Alyson Dale was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona where she and her husband still reside.  Her life has been filled with music from a young age.  Alyson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music the same year she met and married her husband, Jeff Dale.  They have seven beautiful children.  Alyson has served as Little League President for the past three years.  She is active in her church where she has served in the women's, young women's and children's organizations.  Alyson teaches piano lessons in her home and volunteers as an accompanist for high school and junior high choirs.  Her accompanying skills have taken her everywhere from church services to Metropolitan Opera auditions.  She volunteers at her children's elementary school in the classroom and as the fundraising director for the PTO.  Her favorite title is "mom".

CALIFORNIA  Sara Dawn Mayer was born in Beaver, Utah but grew up in Longdale, Nevada, a small town just outside of Las Vegas.  Sara Dawn attended Southern Utah University where she studied nutrition, German, ASL and music.  She then served a mission for her church in Detroit, Michigan.  After returning, she attended Utah State University where she completed most of her pre-med requirements and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  After graduating, Sara Dawn moved to California where she taught kindergarten for four years before retiring to be a full time mother.  She currently resides in Upland, California with her husband, Serge and their two sons, Hayden and Landon.  They are also expecting their third child this year.  Sara Dawn enjoys playing the piano, organ, guitar along with quilting, cutting hair, learning languages, gardening and anything outdoors.

GEORGIA  Pam Tokarz was born to Harold and Odell Haggard in Searcy, Arkansas.  She exhibited leadership skills early in life serving as President of her church youth group and attending Girls State.  Pam graduated from Searcy high School in 1979 with honors receiving academic scholarship.  Pam attended Arkaas State University majoring in communications.  After graduation she moved to Atlanta to produce a TV show for PBS.  Pam helped launch a TV network at Primerica where she has worked for 25 years and is a Senior Vice President.  Pam married John Tokarz in 1990.  They live in Snellville, Georgia with their son Allen, who is 15 years old. Pam enjoys volunteering at her church, her son's school and for his baseball team.  Pam is very active in her community and is President of a non-profit organization, Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services that supports many senior programs.

HAWAII  Julianne (Juli) Maetens Hallstrom was born in Colorado, and moved to Hawaii when she was 8 years old.  She currently resides in Manoa on the island of Oahu.  Juli earned a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese with a minor in Art History.  She has served as a missionary for 18 months in Sapporo, Japan before marrying her high school sweetheart, Jeff Hallstrom,  in 1999.  They are now blessed with 4 children - 2 boys and 2 girls.  Juli gets a great deal of joy (and some pretty funny stories) out of being a stay-at-home-mom, but also loves her book club, gardening with the kids, serving in the children's organization at church, digital scrap-booking, dating her hubby and recently, artisan bread baking.  

IDAHO  Margeaux Edwards Crockett was born in McCall, Idaho and raised in the community of Donnelly where she grew up riding horses, working on a ranch and learning the importance of western values:  honesty, helping your neighbor, and the value of a handshake.  As a rodeo competitor, in 1997 she represented her state as Miss Rodeo Idaho promoting the agricultural industry.  Margeaux earned a BS in Secondary Education from York College of Pennsylvania.  She taught junior high and high school science and then worked as a vocational instructor for the Idaho Department of Corrections.  Margeaux is married to the love of her life, Tyler Crockett, a former professional bull rider and business owner.  She now has the greatest job in the world....the mother of two precious girls, Cassidy and Makenzie with one on the way.  Currently, She is pursuing her Masters in Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.  

ILLINOIS  Roberta (Bobbie) Givens Goettler was born in Tuscon, arizona, the sixth of eight children.  She grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and received a Bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in editing and creative writing.  After college, she moved back to Virginia, where she worked in her family's bookstore and as a copy editor at the city newspaper.  Bobbie married her husband, Ron Goettler, in December 1993, and they have four children, ages 4 to 13.  They currently live in La Grange, Illinois, which is just outside Chicago.  Bobbie works part time from home as a freelance copy editor, and between volunteering at her children's schools and at church, she writes in what free time she can create for herself.

INDIANA  Sheri Carlstrom was born in Duluth, Minnesota, has lived in Michigan, and now resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She knows what it is like to move to a new place and have to find your spot in a community.  She attended classes at a community college and the University of Minnesota.  Sheri has been married to Kevin for nineteen years.  They have four children.  Sheri has been involved in MOPS, International as a young mother, a leader, and a Mentor Mom.  She works at Sonrise Church as Communications Director.  She writes a blog, and co-owns a small business with her sister.  Her time is spent driving children to activities, sitting in bleachers, volunteering at church, going to the YMCA to keep both her physical and mental health in check.  She also finds herself reading, writing and checking and re-checking the calendar to make sure she hasn't forgotten a child somewhere.  Sheri is the 2010 National Young Mother of the Year.

MISSOURI  Terri Helmig was born in Warrensburg, Missouri, the baby of five children.  Her mother was a teacher and her father a University professor.  She received a Bachelor of Education in 1995 and a Masters in Education in 1998, both from the University of Central Missouri.  her teaching career began in a small, rural district where she was a kindergarten teacher.  There she met her husband, Jim Helmig.  He was a band director in the same district.  Jim and Terri have three wonderful children.  Ryan is eleven, Jordan is eight and Katelyn is an active two year old.  The family lives in Terri's hometown of Warrensburg, Missouri.  Terri is a literacy coach at one of the elementary schools, and her husband is an elementary principal at another school.  She is an active church member, a member of PEO and very active with her children's activities.

NEVADA  Laurel Beckstead is the first born child of Gary and Sherry Leavitt.  She grew up as a third generation Las Vegan and graduated from Bonanza High School in 1988.  Laurel had a strong desire to continue her education and began her studies at BYU that Fall.  A highlight of her education was attending BYU Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Jerusalem.  In 1990, she met and married Blaine Beckstead. They continues their studies together and in 1992, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  Their greatest work and joy are their four children:  McKenzie, Tessa, Colby and Quinn.  Laurel is currently working on a Masters Degree in Education from George Wythe University and is the Headmaster at American Heritage Academy, a principle based private school that provides a classical education.  

NEW JERSEY  Jennifer (Jen) Morrison was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and two years later, her family moved to Northfield New Jersey where she has lived most of her life.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Communications with a Minor in Public Relations from Cabrini College.  For the past 13 years, Jen has been employed as an Account Manager in Marketing and Communications for ExamOne, a Quest Diagnostic Company.  Jen lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with her husband, Chris and their 6 year old twin sons.  They are co-chairs of Parents of Preemies.  Jen is a board member of Parents of Autistic Children Together, a chapter of the Autism Society of America and is a public relations co-chair for the NJ Chapter of American Mothers.  She is working with the Camden Diocese to create inclusion opportunities for special needs parishioners.  In their free time, the Naddeo's enjoy traveling, reading and playing games together.

NEW YORK  Lorinda Goff Belnap was born the fifth of six children to Doug and Margene Goff, in Montclair, New Jersey.  In 1969 the family moved to Ogden, Utah up the street from the boy who would eventually become her husband.  She graduated from Ogden High School with honors and received a Presidential Scholarship to Weber State College.  In 1986, Lorinda interrupted her studies to serve as a representative for her church in Southern Germany.  Upon returning, she was accepted into the Physical Therapy program at the University of Utah and graduated in May, 1991.  That September, she married Brent Belnap in Salt Lake City, Utah and joined him in New York City where he worked.  Shortly after arriving in New York Lorinda began working as a Physical Therapist in neurological rehabilitation.  With the birth of their first child, David, her focus shifted from physical therapy to full-time motherhood.  Caroline joined the family (almost in a cab), followed by Christopher, Spencer, Rebecca and their caboose, "King" Nathan in 2007.  From 2005-2009 she taught a small group of children in a pre-school setting in their home.  

OKLAHOMA  Stacy Ruth Cline is a Christian, a mother, a school counselor, and rancher/farmer.  She graduated from Hennessey High School in 1986 and went on to attend Oklahoma State University where she received a degree in Interior Design.  After graduating, she worked as an interior designer for two years.  Stacy married Perry Cline, from her home town of Hennessey.  In 1993 they bought a ranch and moved to Colorado.  It was a rural community and did not have a demand for an interior designer, so she started her own photography business at a local ski area.  In 2001 she felt like God was calling her in a different direction and she went back to college to earn a masters in counseling, graduating in 2004.  Stacy was offered a job at her Alma Mater, in her hometown.  Currently their family is living and serving in Hennessey, Oklahoma.  Stacy says, "it has been a blessing to raise our kids on a family ranch surrounded by relatives."

OREGON  Allison Layton Wadsworth says "being raised with six siblings in a semi-rural community seemed to me a charmed childhood and farm life taught me to work and play hard."  What really influenced Allison in her early years, besides her family and faith was the opportunity to travel.  Seeing Japan with a national dance team, serving a church mission in Germany and then after college returning to Europe to work as a civilian with the U.S. Armed Forces, opened the possibilities to learn and serve.  At twenty-five she met her husband, moved to the Northwest and had five children.  Besides part-time employment as a weight loss counselor, Lactation Specialist and College Bound Tutor, being a full-time mom has been her focus.  Along with volunteering as a Parent Teacher Club Elementary officer and as  a youth leader for her church, Allison enjoys being with family.  They take walks, have interesting table talk and most of the time, enjoy the chaos of a large household.

PENNSYLVANIA  Jean Geherin was born in Richland, Washington and grew up climbing apple trees with her seven siblings.  She now calls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home and can't imagine living anywhere else.  Jean earned a BGS in Management from BYU and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  She thrives on reading, learning and helping others.  She has a strong faith and is active in her church.  Jean has traveled extensively, seeing most of the United States and visiting four continents.  She feels blessed to be married to Mark Geherin (who is practically perfect) and they have the best daughter, Noah, in the world.

TEXAS  Leah Tondera Baker was born in Houston, Texas and currently resides in San Marcos, Texas.  She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  While attending school, Leah worked at her father's clinic, participated in Big Brother/Big Sister program and volunteered for many community and political activities.  After graduating from college, Leah first worked as Director of Marketing for an Imaging Center and then advanced to a local hospital as their Director of Marketing where she met her husband, Christopher Baker.  They married and now have two girls and two boys ages 8-15 years.  Leah is devoted to the importance of the family unit by prioritizing to her children the importance of motherhood, love of husband, education, love of the fine arts, management of her children's band, Third Generation and traveling....all underlined with the principal love of Christ.

UTAH  Shauna Bird Dunn was born in Provo, Utah and raised in an Air Force family.  She has lived in six states and two foreign countries.  After serving a church mission in Finland, she earned a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration from BYU.  Shauna worked in corporate law for several years before deciding to stay home full time.  Shauna currently homeschools her five children, serves on the Board of Directors for American Fork Library, and serves on the planning board for her local AMI chapter.  She is an avid (rabid!) reader and enjoys running, public speaking, playing harp, practicing Suzuki music with her children, dancing and napping.  She resides in American Fork, Utah and is living happily ever after with her true love, Brent.

WASHINGTON  Rachel Borders is the third of five children born in North Sulawesi, Indonesia where she lived until she was one.  She grew up mainly in Southeast Asia due to her dad's career in irrigation development.  The family moved to New York when she was one for two years while her dad completed his PhD, then back to Indonesia for four more years, then Sri Lanka for eight.  Finally, when Rachel was sixteen, her family moved to Spokane, Washington where she has lived ever since.  Rachel attended international schools growing up and loved it!  She then attended a community college in Spokane and received an Associates Degree in Interior Design.  Rachel also played tennis while there.  She met her husband, Matt, at church when she was eighteen and they were married just before her twentieth birthday.  The Borders have been married for eight years and have four children:  Isabelle (6), Adam (4), Eli (2), and Micah (9 months).  Rachel stays home with them.