Gerald Argetsinger, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University), is an Associate Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He joined NTID in 1975, where he has taught a variety of courses and chaired two departments. Argetsinger has had a distinguished career in theater and film as a scholar, playwright, director and producer. He has authored a major study on the Danish playwright Ludvig Holberg as well as numerous articles and essays on the literary and dramatic arts. He has published a dozen scripts and directed and produced a number of major theatrical productions, He is a nationally recognized director of outdoor drama, including the Hill Cumorah Pageant (for which he was the Artistic Director from 1987-97), the original production of Utah! in St. George, Utah, and the historical dramas Sword of Peace and Pathway to Freedom at Greensboro, North Carolina. Of his other productions, he is particularly proud of directing Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Quintero Theatre on Theatre Row in NYC (2000), and Peter Shaffer’s Equus (2009), which examines a pertinent issue for gay Mormons: “What happens when someone’s worship is taken from them?” Recent productions include Carol Lynn Pearson’s Facing East–one performance of which was presented for his home stake, followed by a discussion led by the Stake President and a member of the Area Presidency. He is the founder of the Gay Mormon Literature Project wherein he has cataloged all published and/or produced narrative fiction and scripts containing gay Mormon themes and/or characters. This includes 4 films, 19 plays, 20 novels and 122 short stories Argetsinger has held a number of church callings and currently serves on the high council of the Rochester/Palmyra Stake. He is married to award winning costume designer, Gail (Bishop) Argetsinger and together they have raised two young sons.
Marybeth Raynes, M.S. (Brigham Young University) and M.S.W. (University of Utah) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Salt Lake City. She maintains a full time practice that focuses on work with individuals, couples and families in a wide spectrum of mental health areas: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, sexuality, women’s concerns, spirituality as well as how development and change occur. She has presented at numerous workshops for professionals, church members and for other agencies for more than 25 years. She has also written widely on a number of mental health and spiritual topics, including co-editing Peculiar People: Mormons and Same Sex Orientation (Signature Books, 1991). She has also taught marriage and family relationships courses as well as family therapy classes at the University of Utah from time to time. She has held a number of positions in the church, including Relief Society President. She is the mother of 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Geneva & Marv Peterson. Geneva graduated from Brigham Young University in 1952 and served a mission to Brazil in 1954. Marv served for three years in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and graduated with a Master’s degree from Utah State University in 1956. Marv coached track and field and taught in the school of Health and Physical Education at Weber State University where he was also Dean of Men prior to his retirement. The Petersons are the parents of seven children who have produced 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. They have held many church callings, including being ordinance workers in the Bountiful and Nauvoo Temples for over 16 years.
Ron Schow, Ph.D. (Northwestern University), is a professor emeritus of Audiology in the College of Health Professions at Idaho State University where he has taught for almost forty years. Before coming to ISU, he taught at Illinois State University. Dr. Schow is a fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association and was a charter member of a select group of fifty worldwide specialists in the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology. He is the author of numerous books and journal articles and was one of the editors of Peculiar People: Mormons and Same Sex Orientation (Signature Books, 1991). Brother Schow has served in numerous church callings, including high council, bishopric, and as stake mission president. He has also served in priesthood leadership in Elder’s, Seventy, and High Priests’ quorums. Currently, he serves as executive secretary over home teaching in a small branch for elderly members. He is the father of 5 children and 20 grandchildren.