Topic: Shame-Based Family Systems and Communication
Gaylene Biddulph was born and raised in Idaho Falls. She is married to the love of her life Gregory and has 4 incredible children and 6 amazing grandchildren. She has served in the Idaho Falls Addiction Recovery Program as a facilitator, and as the ARP Facilitator Coordinator.
Gaylene has learned through her own life experiences that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints is NOT Insurance against pain. Through her own painful experience of having children, a parent and siblings become involved in severe, destructive addictions she learned to completely surrender her will and life to the care of our Savior who is mighty to heal and “In all cases he did deliver them from bondage” (Mosiah 29:20).
Gaylene feels that part of her life‘s mission is to learn all she can about substance and behavioral addictions, shame, codependency, and emotionally impaired family systems; then help those who struggle with these issues. She, and her family, testify with authenticity of Christ’s power to heal broken hearts and lives.
JASON COOMBS, MPC
As a person in long-term recovery, Jason serves throughout the organization of the church offering personal insight in how to help others effectively avoid, face, and overcome addictions that impact our families and loved ones.
Jason earned his Master’s Degree in Professional Communications, and is the CEO of a local substance abuse treatment center in Meridian, Idaho. Jason is the author of soon-to-be-released book Unhooked: How to Help an Addicted Loved One Recover! His favorite calling in the church was serving as a facilitator for the LDS Addiction Recovery Program meetings in the Idaho Maximum Security Prison. He serves on the Meridian Anti-Drug Coalition, Drug Free Idaho, and works closely with the Institute for Addiction Study. Currently, Jason serves as the Director of Self-Reliance, specifically Combating the Plague of Pornography in the Star Stake.
Recently Jason’s story was featured on the KSL TV’s General Conference Special, “Choosing Happy” which is available on YouTube. https://youtu.be/lEmd0DIW6mk
BENJAMIN HOLLAND, LPC
Benjamin Holland is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Speaker, and a Singer. He is a powerful addition to the Family Track this year on “Establishing Healthy Boundaries and the Power of Vulnerability.”
He works with individuals and couples addressing a wide variety of mental health issues but specializes in the treatment of Pornography/Sexual Addiction and Betrayal Trauma. Benjamin holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling from Northwest Nazarene University.
Through his personal recovery efforts, his professional studies, and his countless hours spent in providing treatment, Benjamin knows that when recovery is taken seriously, the Atonement of Jesus Christ can heal and mend broken hearts and broken marriages.
DR. REID LOFGRAN
Dr. Reid Lofgran is the author of the newly released book, Understanding Addiction: An LDS Perspective (for Parents and Leaders). Dr. Lofgran, a family physician for over 16 years, has a unique medical perspective on addiction and recovery. He will be presenting on “How Addiction Works and How the Atonement Applies.”
Reid is the Medical Director at an Idaho-based, 28-day residential, drug and alcohol treatment facility and also provides office-based addiction treatment. After getting a bachelor’s degree in Zoology at Brigham Young University, Reid attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville Missouri and additional training in Trenton, Michigan.
Reid is happily married, with six children, a daughter-in-law, and 2 grandchildren. He enjoys writing, art, music, travel, being in the outdoors, and most of all, being with family. Reid has served many years in scouting, as Young Men’s President, as Bishop, and as High Priest group leader. Reid enjoys speaking to youth and adults about preventing and treating addiction. You won’t want to miss this!
JOE & BETH CAUFIELD
Buckle up for this combo! They truly are a powerhouse couple!
Joe and Beth live in Star, Idaho with four beautiful kids. Joe is a person in long-term recovery and loves carrying the message of recovery as a sponsor. Joe has helped dozens of people work through the 12-steps and apply the healing power of Jesus Christ in their lives. He calls himself “an average Joe who is eager to share what he’s learned”, but he is anything but average. He is one of the Lord’s chosen soldiers in this battle.
Beth is a beacon of light for the spouses seeking hope. As Beth’s loved one was ensnared by his addiction, she personally experienced incredible trials and came out the other side a refined woman. Having found healing through the Atonement of Jesus Christ with the help of a sponsor, she now provides hope for those who long to feel joy again. She is passionate about sponsoring (mentoring/supporting) other women along their own journey and standing up against Satan’s attack on the family.
Beth and Joe are eager to share their stories, tools, and testimonies with you at the workshop on March 17th!
Trust me, you are going to want to come listen to our keynote speaker this year! Rob deeply understands the chains of the adversary. He is not only a person in long-term recovery, but he was just released as Bishop where he helped many people tap into the healing power of Jesus Christ.
In 1999, Rob and his wife, Wendy, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in response to two full-time missionaries knocking on their door and offering to share a message about Jesus Christ and the restoration. Rob was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, but grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, and now lives in Boise. He attended Oklahoma State University and, upon graduation, married Wendy. They have been married for 29 years, and have enjoyed raising four boys – Taylor, Jennings, Charlie and Elliot. Currently, Rob serves as General Counsel to Hawkins Companies LLC, a national commercial retail development company.
Over the years, Rob has served in a variety of capacities in the Church, including most-recently as a Bishop. He has also donated time and energy in a variety of ways to several public services, including serving as a director to non-profit organizations, various leadership positions within the Boy Scouts of America, a lecturer in private and public settings, a coach for youth sports, and a mixed martial arts and self-defense instructor. Rob’s sobriety date is April 4, 1989. According to Rob, honesty with himself and others and a deep desire to be an honorable and trustworthy man are the foundation of his sobriety. He is passionate about sharing his experience, strength and hope with you as you walk the road to recovery and secure the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Taz is a proud member of the recovery community with multiple years of personal and professional recovery experience. In June 2014, Taz and his wife Katie opened a substance abuse treatment center in St. George, Utah, and a year later in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taz was introduced to recovery in 2009 with the help of his wife and family. Through treatment, recovery, and the 12 steps, Taz has been able to find peace, hope, and transcendence through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Taz has compassion for those who are struggling with addiction and understands the depth, darkness, isolation, and torture caused by using drugs and alcohol. His lifelong mission is to guide those who suffer with the disease of addiction to Christ and His healing power. Taz is extremely excited to share with you his wisdom and experience in recovery because it has forever changed his, and his family’s lives forever.
Joel Nielson lives in the Boise area with his wife, Kendra, and their 4 children. He is dependent on pesto and believes we can learn to have fun as we respond to life’s inevitable valleys and summits. As a licensed professional and nationally certified counselor in private practice, he helps strong individuals currently feeling stuck in anxiety, depression, and addiction gain hope and recovery traction by living in their strengths and developing skills, boundaries and balance. He specializes in chemical, pornography and sex dependence with individuals and couples. He is excited to meet you!
Dave Pinegar is no stranger to addiction and recovery. Currently he owns two treatment centers in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. He lives in Idaho Falls with his wife and four children, but his life hasn’t always been this way. Years ago, Dave suffered in utter darkness from a crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol. In 2006 he found himself in the very pits of hell. Ever grateful, Dave was rescued from that darkness. He was introduced to the incredible light of recovery and the tender love and mercy of Jesus Christ. Through hard work and a new design for living (The 12 Steps), Dave has found real peace and joy. His testimony is that God lives, and that Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of The 12 Steps.