Meet the MWEG Team
In addition to the strength of our global membership, MWEG relies on the insights and work of a dedicated team.
Emma Petty Addams : Executive Director
Emma Petty Addams serves as executive director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Stanford University, she spent time in Boston and Silicon Valley working in contracts negotiation, corporate transactions and capitalization, and investor relations. In addition, she has built and run large piano studios in California, New Jersey, and now Omaha, Nebraska, where she currently resides with her husband and three sons. While seemingly unrelated, these previous career opportunities were excellent preparation for the fast paced yet methodical and collaborative nature of the work at MWEG. Every time an MWEG member writes an Op-ed, speaks out against injustice, or expresses her opinion peacefully on social media, Emma is grateful for the chance to help women contribute their part to the complex multi-voice symphony that is our democracy.
Tracy J. Nuttall : Assistant Executive Director
Tracy J. Nuttall serves as assistant executive director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She graduated from BYU Law School in 2010 and spent most of the last decade working as a nonpartisan legislative attorney for the Utah Legislature staffing legislative committees and drafting education, natural resources, and tax bills. She has been married for almost 19 years to Marc, and they make a great team parenting their three children and supporting each other’s careers while living in Alpine, Utah. Tracy also volunteers on the School Community Council at her children’s elementary school, and her favorite place to serve in church is the Primary. Working with MWEG, Tracy is able to pursue her passion for helping women to recognize and fulfill their divine missions on the earth.
Shauna Fisher : Assistant Executive Director
Shauna Fisher serves as an assistant executive director at Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Shauna enjoys her work with both the limbs and chapters of MWEG. She and her husband have six children, whom she homeschools. Shauna graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in recreation and leisure studies with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation. She has spent a large portion of her teen and adult years working with and advocating for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in a variety of settings and roles. Her love for her family, neighbor, community, and faith have driven her work and volunteer efforts. Shauna consistently finds ways to volunteer within the communities she lives, seeking ways to fulfill the needs found there. In recent years this has led her to start a homeschool cooperative and serve as board president for a local nonprofit in her home state of Texas. When she finds time to herself she enjoys reading and weaving.
Jillaire McMillan : Chief of Staff
Jillaire McMillan serves as chief of staff at Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She was born in Delaware and raised in the Western U.S. Since leaving home for college she has lived in a major east coast city, a Southwestern suburb, the English countryside, a small town in the Northwest, and teeming Silicon Valley. She now resides in Colorado with views of the mountains out one window and the prairie out the other. Such varied homes let her rub elbows with people with education, income, and life experiences both very similar and very different from her own. She has served and cheered alongside them on PTA boards, bond measure phone banks, soccer game sidelines, and church assignments. Jillaire has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American history from Boston College. She had a brief career in museum education before choosing to become a stay-at-home mom. As Jillaire’s four children began entering school, she became an avid school volunteer.
Amy Gold Douglas : Senior Director of Faithful Root
Amy Gold Douglas serves as the director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s Faithful Root. Amy received a bachelor of arts degree from San Diego State University, where she also completed a teacher credential program. She was a third-grade teacher before choosing to become a stay-at-home mom. Amy is a musician who loves singing with various groups in her community, teaching music to the children in her church congregation, and supporting her daughters in their piano lessons and band activities. She also enjoys reading, writing, baking, and hiking. Amy helped her husband start a small business and continues to help with the business as needed. She currently resides in Texas with her husband and two daughters.
Jennifer Walker Thomas: Chair of Board of Directors & Senior Director of Nonpartisan Root
Jennifer Walker Thomas is chair of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s board of directors and senior director of the nonpartisan root. She received her bachelor’s degree in art history and Italian from Brigham Young University and went on to do graduate work in art history at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She worked as a consultant for underperforming schools in the New York City public school system and then worked in event planning and major gift fundraising for Massachusetts General Hospital. Following the birth of her four boys, Jennifer became a full-time parent and has consistently volunteered in her community. She currently serves as an elected member of the town government in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and sons.
Megan Seawright : Senior Director of Peaceful Root & Communications Director
Megan Seawright is the senior director of the peaceful root for Mormon Women for Ethical Government; she previously served as one of the Utah chapter leads and on the conference committee. She received her BA in English teaching from Brigham Young University and taught junior high and high school English for several years before taking a break to raise her three kids. She currently works as a freelance writer and has continued to advocate for education by serving on school community councils and PTA boards. Megan has a love for children’s literature, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, and inventing pies. After living in Provo, Utah, for many years, she and her family recently relocated to Burbank, California.
Denise Furlough Grayson : Senior Director of Proactive Root
V. Denise Furlough Grayson serves as the director of the proactive root for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Born in Oceanside, California — a military brat and, later, wife — she has lived around the country and world. She is a graduate of Northeast Louisiana University with a BS in nursing. She has served in various leadership roles in nursing and received her CDE in diabetes management. She and her husband owned a Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy for 25 years while raising four children and gaining three sons-in-law and 10 superb grands. After retiring, they were called to serve a three-year mission as mission president and wife of the Georgia Macon Mission. Denise has loved being politically active with her involvement in voting drives, canvassing for candidates, and other efforts. She now resides in San Antonio, TX.
Rachel Fisher Scholes : Senior Director of Encircle Limb
Rachel Fisher Scholes is the director of the encircle limb of Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She received her degrees in math (BA) and physics (BA) in 1991 from Brigham Young University and spent four years teaching physics, physical science, earth science, and alternative education in North Long Beach, CA (the year of the Rodney King riots); Provo, UT; and Tucson, AZ, where she has resided for the last 26 years. She has spent many years full-time mommying her seven children and learning much more than she ever imagined or desired to learn, including tax accounting, rental property management, pig farming, dog whelping, mental health counseling, homeschool teaching, conflict resolution, and advocating for kids with special needs. Her unpaid work also includes coaching an elementary school cross country team, PTG volunteer and accidental president after a particularly heated argument that resulted in two resignations, refugee mentor, and her favorite, fourth-year hike leader where she led 20 15-year-olds on a five-day backpacking adventure that ended at Lake Powell. She loves all outdoor adventures and is much more comfortable leading a 10-mile trail run than she is doing pretty much anything else.
Lisa Rampton Halverson : Member of Board of Directors and Senior Director of Educate Limb
Lisa Rampton Halverson is the senior director of Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s educate limb and serves on the board of directors. In her operational role she works with dozens of women leading committees on various topics who strive to bring educational content to MWEG members and society in general. Lisa studied international relations (BA) and modern Jewish and Middle Eastern history (MA) at Stanford University and then taught high school English for 10 years. She holds a PhD in instructional psychology and technology from Brigham Young University and researches learner engagement in blended and online settings. She teaches as an adjunct professor at BYU and George Mason University. A native Oregonian, Lisa now lives in Springville, Utah, with her husband and two children.
Jenne Erigero Alderks : Senior Director of Empower Limb
Jenne Erigero Alderks serves as director of the empower limb at Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She is a BYU graduate (BS 2005) and also earned her master’s from University of Hawaii at Manoa (M.Ed) in 2008, as well as a theology certificate from Pacific School of Religion (CTEL 2019). She has spent most of the last decade working as a doula providing emotional and physical support to childbearing families in the Seattle area and volunteering with nonprofit organizations helping to empower women. She and her husband have been married for 15 years, and together they homeschool and enjoy traveling with their three children. Jenne volunteers on the PTO board of her children's learning community and enjoys her church calling with Primary activities. As a stake welfare specialist, she also volunteers with her local interfaith group to coordinate a winter shelter for the homeless in her community.
Wendy Dennehy : Senior Director of Engage Limb
Wendy Dennehy currently serves as the senior director of the engage limb for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She is a mom to four and a nana to seven and loves spending as much time as possible with each of them. She and her husband started a dental equipment and repair company in 1984 and have since served hundreds of dentists throughout California. They currently divide their time between there and Utah when not traveling. Wendy attended BYU studying art and recently returned back to school to earn a degree in biotechnology for the sheer love of science. She is an artist and musician and loves all things creative. She designed and installed the landscaping at their home in Utah and recently designed a water-wise landscape for their business. Historically, she has been politically apathetic but has recently found a passion for fighting for ethical governing. She wants to help ensure a better world for her grandchildren.
Christie Black : Engage Director of Sustained Action
Christie Black is Mormon Women for Ethical Government’s director of sustained action, focusing on immigration. She earned a master’s of accountancy from Brigham Young University but did not attempt to pass the CPA exam — which was a good call since she only worked in the accounting industry for five years. Since then she has been raising her two children in Arizona while working with various nonprofits. (In other words, none of her jobs pay monetarily.) The return is in love and friendship, which is arguably well worth it. Lately, she has been especially busy working with and advocating for refugees in the Phoenix area.
Ashley Dickson : Director of External Communications
Ashley Dickson is the director of external communications for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. Ashley earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and marriage/family/human development at Brigham Young University, which led to her dual passions for both the news and motherhood. After receiving her master’s degree in library science, Ashley became the editor for a financial research firm and began freelance writing and editing for a variety of magazines, lifestyle websites, tech firms, and book authors. Ashley is now a full-time mother to her two boys, but she manages to squeeze in some work hours when the house is quiet at 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. She loves living in the Boston area with her family.
Jill Campbell : Director of Internal Support
Jill Campbell works as the director of internal support for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. In that role she works behind the scenes on the platforms and systems that lift and support the mission of peacemaking in politics. Her professional background is varied — a passion for solving problems results in serial entrepreneurship in everything from international summer camps to real estate. She's an executive partner at Active Duty Passive Income, teaching real estate investment principles to the military community. Jill's husband is a U.S. Marine, and, along with their four children, they carry with them a long list of former residences and a global tribe of friends. They currently live in California, but are, of course, moving soon.
Jill Piacitelli : Development Director
Jill Piacitelli serves as the development director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She recently graduated from the MBA program at Brigham Young University after spending a decade in Atlanta as executive director of Break Away, a national nonprofit developing college students in community work and active citizenship. Jill works at the Ballard Center for Social Impact at BYU and is a co-founder of Creating the Virtuous Organization, a faculty- and student-based project that researches, teaches, and convenes conversations on the topic of redefining the purpose of business to serve all shareholders. She lives in Spanish Fork, Utah.
Lisa Salazar Tingey : Director of Internal Communications
Lisa Salazar Tingey is the director of internal communications at Mormon Women for Ethical Government, where she manages the group’s biweekly newsletter. She graduated from BYU with a BA in English and has been a writer and editor for more than a decade. Throughout her career, Lisa has contributed to academic journals, magazines, literacy programs, tech guides and user manuals, online content and newsletters, and even a bilingual children’s TV show, which included a cameo that marked the beginning and end of her acting ambitions. The daughter of a Mexican immigrant, Lisa is passionate about immigration reform and has taught and developed English language courses to help immigrant communities in Utah, Colorado, and, most recently, Iowa, where she currently resides with her husband and four children.
Megan Lagerberg : Creative Director
Megan Lagerberg, a creative director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government, is a freelance graphic designer, cat lover, and bibliophile. She avoided political involvement like the plague until February 2017 when a friend introduced her to Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She was instantly impressed by the group’s nonpartisan approach and commitment to ethics. Recognizing the opportunity to use her talents for a worthy cause, Megan volunteered her design skills. She has since created dozens of visuals for MWEG, including postcards, T-shirts, pamphlets, fliers, banners, and social media posts. Megan lives with her family in Southern California.
Tiffany Tertipes : Creative Director
Tiffany Tertipes is a creative director for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University while simultaneously pursuing her creative career. Tiffany began as a wedding and portrait photographer while managing a portrait studio in Utah Valley and proceeded to build her own photography business in both Utah and Ohio. She has volunteered her time as a precinct caucus delegate, at the school book fair, and as an ESL-speaking partner. She is currently creating through her own online graphic design studio in the Seattle area, where she lives with her husband and son.