2019 Simulations Week Mentors and Sim Team

Meet the terrific men, women and youth who will lead the 2019 event.

Mentors

Romans

Chris HeadshotChris Jones

Christopher Jones (alias Mr. C) has for several years taught classes on history, civics, and Defense Against the Dark Arts both on- and off-line as part of the growing private/homeschool movement. This will be his third year teaching full time. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Classics (Roman History) and minors in English and History, and has a lifetime in politics—including running a presidential campaign–to go with acting, singing, and writing. A sought-after speaker on education and history, he is also a working writer, with four published books, dozens of articles and essays, and a long-running popular blog. Mr. C resides in Lehi, UT with his wife Mrs. C, their eight children, two cats, and a growing flock of free-range finches.

Hebrews

15542Dr. Elizabeth Smailes

Dr. Elizabeth Smailes is a mentor for serious readers. She believes that edification and education can, in the right setting, support and build on one another. As a seminary teacher for over 15 years she has a broad gospel base. She believes that when this gospel base is used to judge all other literature, the result is electrifying. Dr. Smailes is a graduate and former mentor from George Wythe University. This educational background enables her understand how students can see themselves and the world through the lens of great leaders and thinkers of the past and present. She studied Logotherapy and received a certificate of completion from the School of Logotherapy, located in Dallas, Texas. Logotherapy was developed by neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frank. It is founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one’s life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force in humans. She believes that we are here to inspire one another and receives her most tender inspiration from her grandchildren, as she sees hope and joy in their eyes.

Tang Dynasty

Carolyn MarriottCarolyn Marriott

Carolyn Marriott has a passion for learning and teaching. Besides homeschooling her own seven children since 1993, she has years of experience teaching youth in church and academic settings. Recognizing the value of contributing to and gaining from a community, she and her children have participated in homeschool groups in Washington and Utah where she has taught a variety of topics from Spanish, to U.S. History, to Economics. Currently, she serves as chair of Lighthouse Commonwealth of Iron County.

Carolyn has traveled in Chile, Central America, Europe, Canada, Argentina, and the United States, broadening her appreciation for the beautiful world and its people. She served a mission in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received a BA in Spanish from Brigham Young University.

Currently, Carolyn lives with her husband and youngest daughter, Lizzy, in their historic home in Beaver, Utah. She loves gardening, eating chocolate ice cream, reading, going on long walks; and she now understands why grandparents brag about their grandkids so much.

Mongols

Jeff JensenJeff Jensen

Mr. Jensen is a beloved mentor for youth and has taught online history, geography, government and economics course for over 6 years. He is a popular speaker and has logged over 3000 public speaking hours, most in classroom settings across the state as a guest lecturer on the Titanic and U.S. history. He was recognized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a noteworthy Reagan historian and invited to address them in September 2018. He is currently working towards publication of his first book, a history book called “The President’s Pages.” He has published articles in peer reviewed history and academic journals on the RMS Titanic and serves as assistant editor and historical consultant on 3 BYU publications in the “Saints at War” program.  He enjoyed serving an LDS mission in Korea and Hong Kong, and as a service volunteer in two orphanages in Thailand. He stays politically active and has taken leadership roles in local politics.

Scots

Paul HinksonPaul Hinkson

Mr. Jensen is a beloved mentor for youth and has taught online history, geography, government and economics course for over 6 years. He is a popular speaker and has logged over 3000 public speaking hours, most in classroom settings across the state as a guest lecturer on the Titanic and U.S. history. He was recognized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library as a noteworthy Reagan historian and invited to address them in September 2018. He is currently working towards publication of his first book, a history book called “The President’s Pages.” He has published articles in peer reviewed history and academic journals on the RMS Titanic and serves as assistant editor and historical consultant on 3 BYU publications in the “Saints at War” program.  He enjoyed serving an LDS mission in Korea and Hong Kong, and as a service volunteer in two orphanages in Thailand. He stays politically active and has taken leadership roles in local politics.

Aztecs

Untitled design (2)Quiana Chase

If there is any one word that describes Quiana Chase, it is Dreamer. Not only because she likes to sleep (A lot!) or because she’s really good at daydreaming when she should be paying attention, but because she believes in the future of people. She also loves to go on adventures and play pretend, preferably both at the same time. Quiana is in love with life and everything that comes with it. She enjoys writing novels, reading novels, running her mentoring company, and being a hopeless romantic.

Head Scientist and Game Master

Diann Jeppson Portrait 2017

Diann Jeppson

Diann Jeppson is devoted to creating fulfilling learning experiences for students. Diann’s experience includes 18 years as producer of Simulations Week and 23 years as producer of the Liberty Girls program (history-based experiential learning for children) and 5 years experience teaching and directing American Youth Leadership Institute, a youth civics education organization. Diann has fulfilled numerous speaking engagements at home education conferences and seminars in the US and Canada. She has chaired four non-profit educational organizations and has 10+ years experience as a parliamentary procedure consultant and trainer. Diann enjoyed performing for 8 years in a family bluegrass ensemble called “The Wildflowers” (guitar and vocals). She and her husband Adam live on a 2.5 acre homestead in Mount Pleasant, a small Central-Utah town in a secluded high-mountain desert valley. Adam is the town gunsmith. Adam and Diann have four delightful daughters, two handsome sons-in-law and six terrific little grandchildren.

Sim Team

Scientist

Eden ReinwandEden Reinwand

 

 

 

 

Scientist

Johathan NeelJonathan Neel

If I could describe myself using only 3 words, they would be Sarcastic, Realistic and Ambitious. My name is Jonathan Neel. I have been raised in Riverton, Utah, and have been homeschooled all my life. This is my 5th time coming to Simulations Week and 3rd time serving on the Sim Team.

You can usually find me gaming, reading or doing speech and debate. I love most types of games whether its board games, card games or my favorite, Video Games. I read many different genres of books, but my favorite books are about Batman since I am quite the Batman fanatic. I have done speech and debate for 4 years and have been a TA in 2 classes for 2 years.

If I could recommend any event for you to partake in this summer, I would have you come to Simulations Week. Hands down it is one of the most fun and personally transformative experiences you could possibly have.

Romans

Hannah GreenmanHannah Greenman, playing the part of a Roman Consul

Hello! I’m excited to meet each of this year’s attendees and find out what they love to do. I love doing things outside such as skiing, swimming, climbing, and hiking. I have loved going to past simulations. They always have a great sense of belonging, while teaching great lessons in how to manage things. I am so excited to be part of Sim Team this year because I will be part of planning all of the amazing opportunities that you will participate in!

Hebrews

Ryan JohnsonRyan Johnson, Playing the part of Joshua, the Hebrew military leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tang Dynasty

Gareth MillsapGareth Millsap, Playing the part of Emperor Xuanzong

Hello there! This is my second year on the Sim Team. I’m 18 years old, an EMT student, and an absolute pizza fiend. I enjoy martial arts, rock climbing, parkour, singing, and playing musical instruments. I play the guitar, cello, bass and piano. I’m super excited to be able to play this role at sim week this year, and I can’t wait to wake up at 5:00 am every morning to meditate and practice Tai Chi and Wushu.

Mongols

Kessa ServossKessa Servoss, Playing the part of Börte, first wife of Genghis Khan

HI!!!!! I am so excited to meet you, yes you! This is my 2nd year on the Sim Team and my third year of Sim Week. I am 18 years old, I love dancing, singing, writing, and photography! 
 
If I had a million dollars today, I would use it to travel the world and help as many people as I could. I love Sim Week because it gives me an opportunity to step outside myself, work hard, and have fun! I’ve spent countless hours researching Mongol culture, and I can’t wait to share my knowledge with you! 

 

Scots

Camille EricksonCamille Erickson, Playing the part of Marion Braidfute, Wife of William Wallace

Hello! I love life and I love to prepare delicious food. I am going to culinary school right now. I love dancing, hiking, skateboarding and sword fighting. I love simulations because you get to make a difference in other people’s lives and learn something new every time. I’m so excited to be on the Sim Team. I am an actor so this is going to be a blast being in a role all week. I also love helping people to figure out complicated problems.

Aztecs

Ethan AkesterEthan Akester, Playing the part of Emperor Moctezuma I