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People who will be with us and speak to us at the YSA conference

Fireside speakers

Elder K. Roy Tunnicliffe, Area Seventy, Europe Area

Elder Tunnicliffe

Elder K. Roy Tunnicliffe was named an Area Seventy and a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 1, 2017.

Elder Tunnicliffe received a bachelor of arts degree in English and history in 1998 from Keele University. From 1998 to 2007 he worked for Nova-Innovene, a petrochemical company. Then in 2007 he began working for the Church as the regional director for Seminaries and Institutes with the Church Educational System.

Since joining the Church in 1986, Elder Tunnicliffe has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the England Leeds Mission, stake Young Men president, counselor in a bishopric, bishop, high councillor and stake president. Elder and Sister Tunnicliffe have also enjoyed serving as FSY Session Directors together.

Kenneth Roy Tunnicliffe was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, on September 1, 1968. He married Vanessa Hill in 1992. They are the parents of three children. Elder and Sister Tunnicliffe reside in York, United Kingdom.


President Viktor Wadosch and Sister Karin Wadosch, Temple President and Matron of the Freiberg Germany Temple

President and Sister Wadosh, Temple President and Matron of the Freiberg Germany Temple

President Wadosch was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. His mother joined the church right after World War II and he was baptized when he was 9 years old. He spent most of this career working as an accountant for an Austrian airline. President Wadosch has served in many callings, including as bishop and stake president in Vienna.

Sister Wadosch was born and raised in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her grandparents joined the church in Frankfurt and she was baptized at the age of 8 years. She studied English and Geography and worked some years as a teacher. After the Wadoschs got married in 1976, she moved to Vienna, Austria and was a mother and worked as a dyslexia-trainer.

They have five children, two sons and three daughters, and nine grandchildren.

In September 2016 the couple moved to Freiberg, where they served as counselor in the Temple presidency and as assistant of the Temple Matron. Since November 1st 2018 they are serving as Temple President and Matron of the Freiberg Germany Temple.


President Jacob G. Gehring and Sister Tina M. Gehring, Mission President and companion, Czech/Slovak Mission

President and Sister Gehring, Czech/Slovak Mission

President and Sister Gehring met as young missionaries in the Czech Prague Mission in the early 1990s. They were married in late 1992.

Jake attended BYU, graduating with a degree in Family History in 1996. In his professional career, Jake worked for Ancestry.com, ProQuest and FamilySearch (the Family History Department of the Church), working to acquire and digitally publish records from around the world on the Internet.

President Gehring has served as bishop, scoutmaster, seminary teacher, and ward and stake Young Men president. Tina’s callings include ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women president.

The Gehrings are the parents of five children: Danielle, Gabrielle, Elijah, Jon, and Ginelle. Their youngest two children have accompanied them into the mission field. Prior to their call to the Czech/Slovak Mission, the Gehrings resided in Tacoma, Washington.


Brother Randall Bradford and Sister Melissa Bradford, Europe Area Advisor Couple for Young Adults, and their son, Dalton

Randall, Melissa and Dalton Bradford

Randall and Melissa Bradford are the parents of four children (Parker, Claire, Dalton & Luc). The two of them spent most of their upbringing in Provo, Utah, USA, where their parents served on the faculty of Brigham Young University (BYU). They first met and got to know each other at Provo High School.

Before they both graduated from BYU, Randall was called as a full-time missionary to the Germany Munich Mission, and Melissa was called to the Austria Vienna Mission. Shortly after Melissa returned home, they started dating, and were married in December 1985.

Following graduate school (Randall in Organizational Behavior, and Melissa in Comparative Literature), they moved to the New York City area, where Randall started working as a Human Resources professional in the Healthcare Industry, while Melissa began performing in New York Musical Theater. Their lives took an important turn when an offer came from Randall's employer to work in Scandinavia, resulting in their move to Oslo, Norway and the beginning of a series of international moves over the next 25+ years, taking them to France, Germany, Singapore and Switzerland, where they raised their four children. Today they reside just outside of Frankfurt, Germany.

With the passing of time Melissa turned her professional interests first to writing (she is the author of two books), and more recently to co-founding non-profit organizations, one of which ("Their Story is Our Story") focuses on supporting and enabling the integration of refugees into local culture.

They also share a church calling as the Europe Area Advisor Couple for Young Adults, and they are very pleased to be able to attend this year's YSA Conference in the Czech Republic. They will be accompanied at the conference by their son, Dalton, who is a young adult himself, currently attending Brigham Young University and majoring in Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic.


Olga Campora, author of Saint Behind Enemy Lines (via Skype)

Olga Kovarova Campora, PhD., the author of Saint Behind Enemy Lines, published by Deseret Book in 1997, was born and raised in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic). Olga joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while studying at J.E. Purkyne (T.G. Masaryk) University in Brno, Czechoslovakia, where she earned a Master’s Degree in physical education and a Ph.D. in education. She worked as an educator and as a yoga teacher and lecturer in Czechoslovakia.

Since the early 1990s Olga has made her home in the United States. She helped to establish the Czech language program at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, spoke at the Brigham Young University women’s conference in 1992, and has spoken at many church firesides and youth conferences in different parts of US. Her story was shared in the 2011 church-published history of the Relief Society called Daughters of My Kingdom.

She has served in the past four times as Relief Society president, twice as a seminary teacher and presently has been serving as the second counselor in the Columbia Stake Young Women Presidency.

She is married to Randy Campora, bass trombonist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Olga wrote Czech for Americans, a university-level language textbook. She owns a yoga business called Yoga with Olga which offers therapeutic yoga for people suffering from chronic pain and a variety of anxiety issues and depression.

The Camporas are the parents of two wonderful sons, both Eagle Scouts, Dominik (23) who served a full-time mission in Poland. He has been now studying trumpet performance at BYU, Provo, and Rafael (19) who has been serving a mission in the Cuiaba, Brazil mission.

Institute and workshop teachers

Elder Dan and Sister Julia Skoubye, Young Single Adult Missionaries in the Europe Area

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Elder and Sister Skoubye were born and raised in Utah, USA. They both graduated from the University of Utah where Sister Skoubye prepared to be a math teacher and Elder Skoubye studied Political Science and later earned his MBA from BYU. Elder and Sister Skoubye met each other shortly after Elder Skoubye’s return from the Montana Wyoming Mission at a Young Single Adult activity. The following spring, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with four children, two boys and two girls.

The Skoubye family made their home in South Jordan, Utah. Sister Skoubye enjoyed serving weekly as a guide on Temple Square. Elder Skoubye began his cherished career as a seminary and institute teacher. In this capacity, they moved their family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for four years then returned to South Jordan and Sister Skoubye activated her teaching certificate and began a career as a math teacher.

Elder and Sister Skoubye both retired in 2016 to spend more time with their children and 14 grandchildren, go camping, participate in orchestras, work on Family History and enjoy the blessings of the temple. Over the years, they have served together in various capacities including bishoprics and stake presidencies. For the last eight and a half years they enjoyed serving as stake patriarch and scribe. In October they began their service as missionaries serving the young single adults throughout the Europe Area.

“We are so honored and excited to serve with the Young Single Adults of the Europe Area. We feel so blessed to be part of the Kingdom of God and the ongoing restoration of the gospel in these last days of preparation for the Second Coming of our Lord.”


Philippe Simonet, Regional Director, Seminaries and Institutes

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Age: 56, born in Nancy, France

Education/Profession: MD in Educational Science, S&I Regional Director

Mission: 1989-1991, Canada Montreal Mission

Family: married since 1992 to Ghislaine, three daughters and soon a grandchild.

Interesting fact: Fond of literature and drama, sound recording and singing, photography, and all creative arts.


Jan-Friedrich Hadzik, Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes

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Age: 32, born 1987 in Frankfurt, Germany

Education/Profession: high school teacher for German, History and Physics, currently S&I Coordinator

Mission: 2008-2010 in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Family: married since 2012 to Tahnee Hadzik, one little son called Jonte.

Interesting fact: I love designing board games during my spare time.


Achim Erlacher, Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes

Age: 49, born 1970 in Linz, Austria

Education/Profession: Mechanical Engineering College, Elementary school teacher, Master of Education, currently S&I coordinator (30h+/week) and self employed (10h+/week)

Mission: 1990-1992, England Manchester Mission

Family: married since 1997 to Louise Harbon, two YSA “children” and three little foster siblings, 4, 5 and 6 years old

Interesting fact: My whole stake officially knew where I'd serve my mission a couple of weeks before I did.


Sister Katherine Boswell, Missionary, Czech/Slovak Mission

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Age: 67, born in Portland, Oregon, USA now residing in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Education/Profession: B.A. in Communications; Master's in Intercultural Administration; Ph.D. in Educational Administration. Worked in international development in the Third World; served as a University Professor; and operated own international consulting firm working with government leaders around the world on higher education policies.

Mission: Presently serving as a senior missionary in Prague in the Czech/Slovak Mission.

Family: Single with large extended network of family and friends

Interests: Love to travel. Have worked, studied or traveled in 65+ countries. Enjoy music, theater, art and studying and teaching the scriptures.


József Kucskár, Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes

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Age: 50, born in 1969 in Szikszó, Hungary

Education/Profession: teacher of History and Physical Education, doctorate degree in Law, working in S&I since 1997 (22 years)

Family: married since 1995, 4 children, years 21, 20, 18, 13

Hobby: sports (fitness, bodybuilding), searching and reading history.


Sister Rita Bosley, Missionary, Czech/Slovak Mission

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I am from Prescott, Arizona, USA, where I enjoy snow, warm weather, beautiful lakes and sunsets.

In recent years I have taught vocal and piano at a large private school in Newport Beach, California, USA, and have conducted church and school choirs for many years. I hold a Master's Degree in Education. I have four children and 18 grandchildren—2 of the oldest on missions.

My husband and I were married in the Los Angeles, California temple and raised our family there.

I have served in most of the auxilliaries of the church as teacher or in leadership positions. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and being able to serve Him, currently in the Czech/Slovak mission. In my free time I love to play the piano, sing in choirs, teach literacy, travel, and read good novels and inspiring works. Of course, sharing breakfasts with grandkids and dinners with family and friends is high on the list too.


Melissa Bradford and son, Dalton

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Melissa's professional interests are writing (she is the author of two books), and more recently the co-founding of non-profit organizations, one of which ("Their Story is Our Story") focuses on supporting and enabling the integration of refugees into local culture.

She and her husband will be accompanied at the conference by their son, Dalton, who is a young adult himself, currently attending Brigham Young University and majoring in Middle Eastern Studies & Arabic.


Elder Kelly and Sister Martha Bradshaw, Self-Reliance Missionaries, Hungary/Romania Mission

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Have been serving as Self-Reliance Service Missionaries from Aug 2017 until July 2019.

As SRS missionaries we have the privilege of helping in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic to be shadow leaders to help implement Self-Reliance courses and assist in training missionaries and instructors for EnglishConnect.

As YSA/Institute Advisors in the Budapest Hungary Stake we have been blessed to work with the YSA in Hungary, and especially in our own ward in Győr, Hungary.

We have been married for 38 years and were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. We have 4 children and 15 grandchildren. Elder Bradshaw worked for UPS, coached youth baseball, basketball, and football. He served his first mission in Nagoya, Japan. Sister Bradshaw joined the church at 15, graduated from BYU, and taught Elementary School for 29 years. We lived and raised our family in Beaver, Utah for 37 years. We love serving in the church and have had many wonderful callings throughout our lives. Life is good!