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Meet the Team


Paul S. Edwards

July 18, 2022 04:21 PM
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.

Emily M. Reynolds

July 18, 2022 04:29 PM
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.

Jason S. Carroll

July 18, 2022 04:25 PM
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, where he still holds a courtesy appointment; he is also a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Family Studies... Read more.

Paul W. Lambert

August 08, 2023 01:01 PM
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 business... Read more.

James C. Phillips

November 13, 2023 04:17 PM
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 on the freedom of religion and constitutional interpretation. His scholarship has been cited by judges... Read more.

Administrative Staff

Cassidy Weaver

September 25, 2023 05:18 PM
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.

Heidi Spencer

September 25, 2023 05:15 PM
Heidi joins Wheatley Institute serving as our Office Manager. She earned both a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and MBA from BYU. Heidi’s career... Read more.

Jonathan Pike

July 19, 2022 10:37 AM
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.

MarLayne Sinclair

July 18, 2022 04:41 PM
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.

Sarah Andrews

July 18, 2022 04:44 PM
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 from BYU... Read more.

Ximena Morales Gutierrez

November 21, 2023 01:49 PM
Ximena Morales is the Communications Coordinator for Wheatley Institute. She has a bachelor's degree in Advertising and Multimedia Sciences from the Universidad Católica de Santa María in Peru. After getting her bachelor's degree, she came to the United States to learn more about social media and digital marketing at Ensign College.

Student Staff

Communications and Administrative Students

July 13, 2022 06:46 PM
The Wheatley Institute employs several students on their office staff and communications team. See the student team here.

Former Directors

Richard N. Williams: 2007-2019

July 18, 2022 04:50 PM
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.