Meet Our Leadership

Jeffrey and Janice Champion
Stake President

President Jeffrey Champion and Sister Janice Champion met as young single adults at the Institute while they were both attending the University of Alberta.
President Champion grew up in Edmonton, just across the street from the Bonnie Doon Stake Centre. He answered the call to serve in the Switzerland Geneva Mission, following which he graduated from BYU and then the U of A Faculty of Law and practiced law for thirty five years before being appointed as a judge. Sister Champion was raised in the Willow Park area of Calgary. She was in the Faculty of Education when they married and she now has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Diploma of Social Work, which she completed after raising their children. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of 8 grandchildren (and counting!), all of whom live in the Edmonton area. The Champions love the YSAs and were blessed to serve several years ago when President Champion was the bishop of the Garneau YSA Ward. The calling to work again with the YSAs in the new Edmonton YSA Stake is a tremendous opportunity and they look forward to seeing the many miracles that will happen as the stake works together with all of the young single adults in Edmonton.

Fran and Bob van Bruggen
Stake Presidency 1st Counselor

Fran and Bob van Bruggen have been happily married for 43 years, we both served missions as young adults. Fran in Birmingham England Mission and Bob in the Netherlands, Amsterdam Mission. We also served an adult mission together in Ukraine. We have 4 sons (all happily married to fantastic girls) and 14 amazing grandchildren. Not sure why the Lord gave us the 14 best he had up there. 😉 Their lives have revolved around their church membership and they have loved serving in the church in every calling and have loved being around so many wonderful church members. Serving with the YSA has been like the icing on the cake for them. They love to work and have always found lots of work improving homes and properties where they have lived and business they’ve been involved in. They have always been self employed and having been involved in many ventures have had a lot of variety in their lives. The Lord has never let them down when they put Him first in our lives.

Kevin and Inalee Morais
Stake Presidency 2nd Counselor

Kevin and Inalee Morais live in Millwoods, parents of two girls, and one boy.  Inalee works as an educational assistant for Edmonton Public Schools, and Kevin works as an accountant for Classic Landscapes.  While from different parts of the country, (Kevin – Bathurst, New Brunswick, Inalee – Bowden, Alberta), the Morais’ found each other at a family home evening activity when they were attending a YSA ward in Edmonton.  Kevin loves to play squash, and any other sport with a racquet, scramble mountains, bake French pastries (having served his mission in Paris, France), and enjoy time with the kids. Inalee keeps busy taking care of family, enjoys a good book, and nice long walks.  Each love the gospel, and enjoy visiting and socializing with friends and family, and watching a good television program together here and there.

Kirk and Kathy Harline
Stake High Councilor

Kirk was born in San Francisco, California and raised in San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Raised in the church with 8 siblings, things were always fun in the Harline home.  Kirk served a mission to South Carolina and attended BYU majoring in Accounting.  He met Kathy Mendenhall at BYU and the best decision he ever made was to convince her to marry him.  Kathy served a mission in California Ventura (nowhere close to San Jose . . .) After a short time living in California, Kirk and Kathy decided to move their young family to Edmonton to enjoy Canadian climate and people.  What was intended to be a short time here, ended up being 33 years and counting. Kirk has served with Elder’s quorums, Young Men, Seminary, as a Bishop and various Stake callings.  Kathy has served in Primary, Young Women, Relief Society and Stake callings including most recently as the Stake YSA Advisor in Sherwood Park Stake.They love the outdoors, including camping, hiking, photography, reading, public speaking and sharing stories.They have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

Talman and Kelly Pizzey
Stake High Councilor
Stake Relief Society President

Kelly and Tal Pizzey have lived in the Sherwood Park area for many years where they raised 5 daughters and a son. They are now empty nesters with frequent visitors as their children and grandchildren are all local to the Edmonton area and total 25. Kelly has served in several YW, Primary, and RS presidencies at both the Ward and Stake level. She is retired now – her most recent job was a social committee member with the AB government where she was an advocate for children if foster homes. Tal has served in two Bishoprics (one in YSA) and has had three High Council assignments. He is the CEO of an Engineering and Industrial Inspection business with 90 offices across North American and the UK. They are frequent travelers and have a place in Houston, TX. Kelly and Tal enjoy family time and are avid golfers and
pickleball players.

Morgan Wolsey
Stake High Councilor

Morgan Wolsey is a second-year Honours Neuroscience student at the University of Alberta. He grew up in Tsawwassen, British Columbia and served his mission in the Madagascar Antananarivo Mission, specifically serving on the islands of Reunion and Mauritius. There he learned to speak French and Mauritian creole. He loves playing any kind of sport, especially baseball. He loves anything that has to do with the beach!

Dan and Christa Svenson
Stake High Councilor

Dan grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and Christa here in Edmonton. He served a mission in the Pocatello, Idaho mission. After his mission he came to Edmonton where he met Christa in the YSA wards. They have lived here their whole married life. Dan is self employed installing countertops and Christa is a teacher. Their favourite thing about the Edmonton area is the river valley. They love to do things out in nature – camping, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, canoe tripping, backpacking. Their home ward is the Coronation Park Ward in the Bonnie Doon Stake. They are excited to serve in the YSA stake and get to know all of you.

Marty and Marnie Pasterfield
Stake High Councilor

Marty and Marnie are from Regina, Saskatchewan but have lived in Alberta for the last 37 years. Both are converts to the Church, Marnie at 16 and Marty at 40 (slow learner). They have 6 children, 12 grandchildren and soon, a great-grandson. Marnie is a great mom and grandma who likes to read and float on a lake. Marty loves sports and music and loved to float on a waterbed. They are thrilled to be able to work with Young Single Adults as it makes them feel younger and more vibrant.