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Meet the Team

Directors
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
STUDENT STAFF
Student Research Assistants
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Paul S. Edwards

Paul S. Edwards has directed the Wheatley Institute since August 2019. Previously he served as deputy chief of staff to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert where he directed the governor’s communications and guided state policy innovations...Read more.
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Emily M. Reynolds

Emily M. Reynolds is Assistant Director of the Wheatley Institute and part-time faculty in the Department of Psychology at Brigham Young University. Her research interests include the theoretical grounding of the discipline of...Read more.
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Jason S. Carroll

Jason S. Carroll is the Family Initiative Director at Wheatley Institute. Prior to this, he served as the Associate Director and as a Fellow at Wheatley for nine years. He was also a professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University...Read more.
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Paul W. Lambert

Dr. Paul Lambert is the Religion Initiative Director at Wheatley Institute. He is a leading expert on religious pluralism in society, including the role of pluralism in economics and...Read more.
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James C. Phillips

James C. Phillips is the Constitutional Government Initiative Director and an associate professor at BYU’s Wheatley Institute. He is a nationally recognized constitutional scholar and appellate advocate with sought-after expertise...Read more.
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FORMER DIRECTORS

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Richard N. Williams

Richard N. Williams was the founding Director of the Wheatley Institute, having served through more than a decade of initial development and growth. Previous to his time at the Wheatley Institute, he spent a decade in the... Read more.
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Cassidy Weaver

Cassidy Weaver graduated from BYU with her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Public Health. She plans to pursue a PhD in the hopes of becoming a university professor. She has a passion for strengthening the health of people...Read more.
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Heidi Spencer

Heidi joins Wheatley Institute serving as our Office Manager. She earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and MBA from BYU...Read more.
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Jonathan Pike

Jonathan Pike is the Research and Program Officer at the Wheatley Institute. Previously he worked for the Wheatley Institute as a Research Assistant when an undergraduate student and as Project Specialist...Read more.
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MarLayne Sinclair

MarLayne Sinclair serves as the Business and Financial Officer for the Wheatley Institute. She has worked for a variety of local, national, and international corporations, organizations, and non-profits and, for 28...Read more.
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Sarah Andrews

Sarah is the communications manager for the Wheatley Institute and leads a student team to oversee outreach for the organization. She has an undergraduate degree in public relations and a masters of public administration...Read more.
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COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

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Ashley Okeson

Ashley Okeson is from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She is majoring in Advertising with a minor in Contemporary Dance. She recently served a mission...Read more.
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Bea Albino

Bea is from Los Angeles, California, and leads Wheatley design projects on the communications team. Her love for storytelling in the digital medium...Read more.
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Jeremy Lewis

Jeremy Lewis is a third-year student at Brigham Young University pursuing a career in Advertising. He is the team lead for Videography...Read more.
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Naomi Noot

Naomi Noot is currently in the Public Relations program at BYU and is minoring in Design Thinking. When she is off campus, Naomi is either on the tennis court... Read more.
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ADMINISTRATIVE Team

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Hannah Hammer

Hannah grew up in northern New Mexico as the oldest of eleven children. She recently returned from serving a full-time mission in Belgium...Read more.
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Mikell Fuller

Mikell is a junior at BYU in the Marriott School of Business’s marketing program. She is from the Seattle, Washington area and loves spending time...Read more.
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Samuel Harvey

Originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Sam served in the Washington DC South Mission (2021-2023) and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is majoring in political science and plans to attend law school...Read more.
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Gianna Patchett

Gianna Patchett is in her final year of law school at BYU and looks forward to practicing litigation in Dallas after she graduates. She studied Cello Performance during her undergraduate at Utah State...Read more.
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Tanya Locket

Tanya Locket is currently a third-year law student at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, originally from the Lone Star State, and looks forward to returning to Texas after completing her...Read more.
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Jacob Hibbard

Jacob Hibbard is a third-year law student at J. Reuben Clark Law School. Upon graduation, Jacob will be joining McDermott Will & Emery's litigation group in Dallas...Read more.
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Madeline Jo Nielsen

Madeline Jo Nielsen is a senior at Brigham Young University majoring in Political Science. She plans on pursuing a legal career...Read more.
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Chris Glenn

Chris is currently finishing his final year at BYU Law School. He is excited to start as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco after graduation...Read more.
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