Exmormon Foundation Board Members


Kathleen (Phair) Jones

Foundation President

 

Kathleen (Phair) Jones grew up as a member of the church. While spending her 20’s in Mesa, AZ among "The Saints", slowly she began to realize that something was deeply wrong with the church. She walked out at the age of 25. It was about 10 yrs. later that she started researching all the history of the church and realized that what she had felt about the church was indeed accurate. She has been involved helping fellow travelers who have just discovered the truth, many who are in great emotional distress, ever since.

Kathleen and her husband have two boys, and live in Oregon.


Sue Emmett

Foundation Vice President

 

Sue was a faithful member of the church for 50 years. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from BYU, she followed the traditional LDS path of marriage in the temple, and mother to seven children, whom she considers her greatest accomplishment. Devoted all the extra hours she had to service in the church, and was called to just about every executive or teaching job a woman can have over the years. Began to have doubts about the authenticity of the church 20 years before leaving, but it was a slow process, and a bi-polar sort of journey, as she stored information and some of her critical thinking skills away while raising her children. Fortunately, those skills were always simmering under the surface, more than ready to grab and devour the next piece of research. Divorcing after 34 years and empty-nesting about the same time propelled her to "open the cupboard" and let it all fall out. A year and a half later, she left the church, and discovered the online Exmormon community -- something that was invaluable at the time. She has served as president of the Foundation once before, and as chair of the annual Exmormon Foundation conference for the past eight years.


Mikayla Pratt

Foundation Treasurer
Membership Secretary

 

Mikayla Pratt was a convert to the church with her husband and family in 1978 while stationed with the military in Germany.  She faithfully held every position she was called to; but alas, she was never able to fit in as the perfect "Molly Mormon".  After a last ditch effort participating in the Indian Placement Program, Mikayla and her husband were voluntarily excommunicated in 1985.  It wasn't until many years later, through research, that she learned exactly how false the teachings of the church were then and still are.  She is currently living a blissfully apostate life in San Jose, CA with her husband, Larry.


Tom Donofrio

Board Member

 

Tom was raised in the Church from a young age by his convert parents in Pittsburgh Pa. He served a mission in Tempe, Az from 79-81. While on his mission he met his wife to be and returned to Arizona to marry her in the Mesa Temple. Tom was a Church employee when he began original research into Book of Mormon origins.

As a result of his studies Tom quit working for the Church and formally resigned his membership in 2002. Tom's parents and siblings in Pennsylvania have also quit their membership.

He is currently a board member of the ExMormon Foundation and is employed in Arizona as an ammonia refrigeration technician.

See Tom's Stories articles on PostMormon.org and MormonThink.com


Britta Lively

Board Member

 

Britta was raised in the church, a 3rd generation Mormon, and remained a member for 26 years. She never felt like she had the testimony that everyone around her had, although she did everything that was expected of her in order to attain one. She married in the Dallas temple in 2000 and quickly became aware that things were not as they seemed. It wasn’t until several years later, and after pressure from family to become active again, that she began doing research about the origins of Mormonism and found it to be a fraud. Without a support system, she went online in search of other former Mormons and found a new family and friends with which to communicate and share. After her first year at the Ex-Mormon Conference, she realized that there were many others who had lost more than she did upon leaving the church, and she decided to take an active part in helping others transition and cope. Britta officially resigned in 2010. She currently resides in Texas where she is pursuing a degree in clinical psychology.


Dana Dahl

Board Member

 

Dana Dahl has been emancipated from the LDS church for 13 years and after some typical foolish experiments she nestled comfortably into marriage with the love of her life BABB (Bad Ass Brave Bill). Together they live in their 150 yr. old pioneer home in the mountains near Zion National park and they create art, fine woodworking, and garden on their small permaculture farm. Dana has three adult children from her first marriage and so far four grandkids who are most likely the best looking and smartest kids ever born. She intersperses her mediocre art and gardening with residential design and drafting and has designed hundreds of homes in the Southern Utah area. She is passionate about supporting her LGBT friends and causes that improve the quality and dignity of life for her fellow earth citizens. She usually chooses the Left and delights in loud laughter, light mindedness, and occasional evil speaking of those who would use their power to oppress others. She believes in life before death.


Micah McAllister

Board Member

 

Micah is a born in the covenant, 5th generation Mormon who was raised in “Happy Valley” (Utah County) and still lives there today. He served a full 2 year mission to Chile Santiago from 1998 to 2000 and met his darling wife upon returning in the summer of 2000 before marrying in the temple in early 2001. Together they have 3 kids. Micah remained a faithful, believing, and obedient saint until May 2008 when he left the church in just a matter of days due to a personal realization about the dividing nature of religious devotion. He later created an online social community for those leaving Mormonism (LifeAfterMormonism.net) as a safe haven and friendly place to get support in transitioning out of the church.

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