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Howard Ashby, MD

Howard served his residency in child and adolescent psychiatry; he is board certified in general psychiatry. He served three years on the faculty at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the Child and Psychiatry Department. Howard has been in private practice since 1982 in the Spokane area.

Volunteer Experience: LDS mission to Japan; former congregation leader at both local and regional levels. He has served in leadership positions for youth programs and is currently serving in a leadership position for a young single adult congregation.

He is married to Kathleen Cutler and has 6 children and 19 grandchildren

Work Shop: Behavioral Health
  Parenting/Child Psychiatry Issues/principles
  › Background Information
  › Mood,anxiety,behavior,attention,learning disorders
  › B-Mod
  › Natural consequences
  › Sound bites

Garry Borders, CLU, ChFC, M.B.A.

Garry earned a bachelor degree in economics from Washington State University and then went on to receive a MBA. He started as a life insurance agent in 1973 and has worked in the financial sector for the last 37 years. As a Chartered Financial Consultant and Certified Life Underwriter, he has worked with individuals and families to help them discover their full financial potential and fulfill their hopes and dreams.

Garry has been an instructor in finance and marketing at St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington, and a guest lecturer in marketing at Eastern Washington University. He is also a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society.

A commitment to community service has been a hallmark of his career. He served as a graduate student senator at Washington State University, director of fund raising for the United Way at St. Martin’s College, precinct committee chairman for his political party, and president of the local PTA. He was president of the Parent Advisory Organization at a local high school and is a member of the Parent Advisory Council for School District 81. He was chairman of the committee to create Hillyard Pioneer Local Community Garden in 1997. Garry has also been active in the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years. He was a member of the editorial advisory board of The Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane from 1994 to 1997.

Garry is also active in leadership and service roles in his church. Garry and his wife Sue are the parents of 6 children and 15 grandchildren.

Work Shop: Family Finances
  › Teaching parents and children money management

Garth Johnson, LCSW

Garth is married to his lovely wife Kuulei and they are the parents of three children.

Garth received his Master’s of Social Work degree from Brigham Young University and also received his Bachelors of Social Work from Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus.

Garth is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and is a member of the ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers).

He has worked as a civilian social worker for the US Air Force for the last 15 years as a Family Advocacy Treatment Manager (dealing with family conflict and abuse in the military).

Prior to the Air Force he worked with the Colville Confederated Tribes Community Counseling Services working as a community Mental Health Therapist dealing with a variety of individual and family issues with the Native American population.

Garth has also spent over four years working in community mental health (chronic adult population) and youth corrections.

Volunteer Experience: Garth has served in various youth organization leadership positions and is currently a serving as the Northpointe Ward Bishop. He served a LDS mission in Arizona and New Mexico laboring among the Navajo and Hopi Indian people of the Southwest.

Work Shop: Principles of Discipline

Alane Watkins, MS, LMHC

After serving 20 years as a stay-at-home mom, Alane earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling, Education and Development Psychology from EWU. She did her internship at LDS Family Services and a practicum at Alternative to Domestic Violence at Spokane YMCA

She has worked for 2 years in Tillamook, Oregon on the Children's Team and then worked 3 years in Davenport, WA as a Mental Health Therapist where she did individual and family counseling.

She has worked at the Counseling Center in Davenport as a Child Specialist. In 2006, she opened a private practice in Moses Lake, WA. She now works part-time for LDS Family Services and teaches Psychology part-time at Big Bend Community College.

In June 2009 Alane married Carlos Watkins in the Spokane Temple. Carlos has worked for LDSFS for 30+ years. Together they have 9 children.

Work Shop: Uniting Blended Families
  Successful Families
  › Factors increasing successful families
      - Losses are acknowledged and mourned
      - Expectations are realistic
      - The couple is unified
      - Satisfactory relationships are formed
      - Families are informed
  › Blended families

Carlos Watkins, MS, RC

Carlos earned a Masters of Science degree in Family and Human Development from Utah State University in 1978 and has spent the last 32 years working as a licensed social worker and registered counselor for LDS Social Services. From 2001 to 2007 he was the Director of LDS Family Services in Indianapolis, Indiana and from 2007 to the present has been serving as the Senior Counseling Specialist for LDSFS here in Spokane. He has previously served as the President of the Kentucky Adoption Coalition twice and as President of Indiana Adoption Agencies United.

Carlos recently married Alane Watkins in June 2009 and they have a blended family with 9 children and 20 grandchildren. His hobbies include GRANDKIDS, horsemanship, backpacking, photography and sports.

Work Shop: Talking to Your Teens about Drugs, Alcohol, Sex & Media Influences
  › What the Apostles and Prophets Say
  › Setting the Stage to Teach
      - Safety is essential to teach
      - Time with family promotes unity
  › Current Conditions: The effects of sin
  › Preventive Measures
  › Teaching Proper Values
  › Positive Effects of Drugs, Sex, Pornography and the Media
  › Negative Effects of Drugs, Sex, Pornography and the Media
  › What Parents Can Do
  › Elder Russell M. Nelson’s recommendations

Mark Young, Ph.D.

Mark has earned a doctorate degree in Counselor Education and Counseling from Idaho State University. He completed extensive research on healthy couple relationships. He currently is the director of the Marriage and Family Counseling program at Gonzaga University. He also has a small, but active counseling practice where his focus is couples and marriage counseling. Mark is married to Cami and they have 5 children.

Work Shop: Nurturing Children
  › This presentation will focus on the importance of nurturing children and key steps parents can take to build self esteem in their children. The presentation will discuss some of the latest research in this area and give easy to follow activities that families can do to create close connections.


Registration Deadline April 15, 2010

You must register online before April 15, 2010.

Joyce Maynard

"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours."