Relief Society General Advisory Council

Susan Mullen

Susan Marie Mullen

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Susan Marie Mullen was born in Newport Beach, California, to James Edward Owen and Jane Marie Stabler. She joined the Church at the age of 25. Sister Mullen received a bachelor’s degree in dance from Brigham Young University, where she also taught ballroom dance. She and her husband, Thomas E. Mullen, work as adjunct faculty members in religious education at Brigham Young University, where they jointly teach missionary preparation. They are the parents of four children.

Prior to her calling to the Relief Society general advisory council, Susan and her husband served as mission leaders in the New York Utica Mission from 2003 to 2006 and at the Provo MTC as branch president and branch missionary. She has served as a Gospel Doctrine teacher, institute teacher, stake mission preparation teacher, ward Young Women president, stake Young Women presidency counselor, and camp director. She has also volunteered with the PTA and as a Pathway institute teacher.

Susan enjoys adventures. She loves the scripture Doctrine and Covenants 6:36: “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.”

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Rebecca Mehr Official Portrait

Rebecca Mehr

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Rebecca Mehr was born in 1964 to Jay Lloyd and Linda Lewton Olpin and was raised in New York and Maryland in the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University, with a minor in music. She worked as an engineer and marketing executive in the computer industry for such companies as Hewlett-Packard, Novell, and 3Com. She served on the international boards of directors for both the Bluetooth and USB industry standard governing bodies. Rebecca left the high-tech industry in 2005 to work for the Church as director of audience needs for the Church History Department.

She served a mission in Bordeaux, France, and sang for eight years as a soprano with the then Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She married Daniel S. Mehr in 2007, after the death of his first wife, Deborah Lucille Petersen, becoming an instant mom and grandma. Together, Daniel and Rebecca have served as public affairs missionaries in the Caribbean Area, as mission leaders in the West Indies Mission, and in the Provo MTC, where she served on the Relief Society council.

Rebecca is deeply grateful to “stand as [a witness]” for Christ, because she knows firsthand that the Lord will “ease the burdens” we experience in this life (Mosiah 24:14). She is delighted to be a wife, a mother to six children and their spouses, and a grandmother. She and her husband reside in Highland, Utah.

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Wendy Ulrich

Wendy Ulrich

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Before being called to the Relief Society general advisory council, Wendy Ulrich had served as a ward and stake Relief Society president, a ward Young Women president, and a seminary, institute, and Sunday School teacher. She served as a missionary in the France-Belgium Mission as a young adult. She and her husband were mission leaders of the Canada Montreal Mission in 2002–2005. She holds a PhD in psychology and education from the University of Michigan and is a psychologist, author, and management consultant. She and her husband, Dave, have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

Wendy rejoices in knowing that as we are “full of charity towards all,” we will have confidence in the presence of God, the doctrine of the priesthood will distill upon our souls, and the Holy Ghost will be our constant companion (see Doctrine and Covenants 121:45–46).

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Relief Society General Board Member

Mayavel Amado Pineda

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Mayavel Amado Pineda is the daughter of Carlos H. Amado and Mayavel Pineda de Amado. She was born in Guatemala and spent her growing-up years in Guatemala, Mexico, and Argentina. She served a full-time mission in the Spain Madrid Mission. Recent callings include Young Women adviser and counselor, ward and stake music director, Gospel Doctrine instructor, and temple ordinance worker.

Mayavel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degrees in both French studies and instructional psychology and technology from Brigham Young University. She has worked as a language instructor and as an instructional designer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She takes great comfort that the Savior knows each of us intimately, for He took upon him the “pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind” and the “infirmities [of his people], that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities” (Alma 7:11–12).

Mayavel loves the music of the Church, and her joy is helping people learn, develop their talents, improve their lives, and come closer to the Savior.

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Kathryn Reynolds

Kathryn E. I. Reynolds

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Kathryn Evelyn Irene Reynolds was born in Kiel, Germany, to John and Olinda Reynolds and was raised in Bountiful, Utah. She earned an associate degree in health science from BYU–Idaho; a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in marriage, family, and human development; and a master’s degree from Brigham Young University in marriage and family therapy. She currently works as a therapist to individuals, couples, and families at a private practice in Bountiful, Utah.

Her previous employment includes working at an in-patient treatment center helping teenage girls with learning disabilities, in Church employment as the Salt Lake Temple president’s secretary, as an executive assistant to a General Authority Seventy, and for the past five years as senior executive assistant to a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Prior to her call to the Relief Society general advisory council, she served as Relief Society president in her single adult ward and in young single adult wards. She has served as a ward and stake Relief Society counselor; Gospel Doctrine, Relief Society, and Primary teacher; temple ordinance worker; and family history consultant. She also served as a missionary in the New York Utica Mission, where her convert father was born and raised.

Kathryn enjoys being outdoors, interior design, travel, family history, and spoiling her precious nieces and nephews. Her friends call her the “gatherer.” She has found great comfort and peace in this reassuring scripture: “God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words. For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you” (Alma 37:16–17).

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Melinda Anne Booth

Mindy Booth Baxter

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Mindy Booth Baxter was born to Russell K. and Nina Woodbury Booth and raised in Salt Lake City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public communication from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. She has worked in international development and financial compliance and is now a chef in Salt Lake City. Sister Baxter and her husband, Ryan D. Baxter, were married in 2018.

Prior to her call to the Relief Society general advisory council, Sister Baxter served as Relief Society president in her single adult ward. She has served as a Primary chorister, stake Relief Society counselor, ward Relief Society counselor and president, ward Young Women president, temple ordinance worker, and Church-service missionary to the Relief Society General Presidency.

Sister Baxter loves the temple, music, and cooking with her nieces and nephews. She has a testimony of the promise in Alma 37:45 that “the words of Christ, if we follow their course, [will] carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.”

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Relief Society General Board Member

Andrea Meronica Muñoz Spannaus

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Andrea Veronica Muñoz Spannaus was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Carlos Alberto Muñoz and Elida Menicucci Norton. She joined the Church at the age of nine with her family. She served a full-time mission in the Argentina Resistencia Mission. She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and also studied art and interior design. She married Alin Spannaus in the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple in 1992. They have two daughters.

Prior to her call to the Relief Society general advisory council, she served as an early-morning seminary teacher, in ward and stake leadership, and on the South America South Area committee to organize For the Strength of Youth conferences. She and her husband served as mission leaders in the Mexico Cuernavaca Mission (2009–2012). Most recently, she was serving as an adviser in a young single adult Spanish-speaking ward.

She loves doing family history and attending the temple. She also loves to spend time with family and friends, to travel and learn about different cultures, to dance, and to feel the peace of nature.

Andrea deeply admires the power that comes when a person truly believes that we are all children of a loving God.

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Lori Draper

Lori Draper

Relief Society General Advisory Council Member

Lori Draper was born in Salt Lake City to Ron and Barbara Veach. She received a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University. She works as a social worker for Family Services in Salt Lake City and has worked for Family Services in New York City. She and her husband, Malcolm, are the parents of three children.

Prior to her call to the Relief Society general advisory council, Lori served a mission to North Carolina and as a stake and ward Relief Society president and counselor, ward Young Women president, and early-morning seminary teacher. She has also served in additional ward and stake callings.

She enjoys spending time with her family and being in nature or riding her bike. One of her favorite scriptures is Romans 8:16–18: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. … For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (verses 16, 18).

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