BYUtv Broadcast Schedule
Latter-day Profiles Season 37 / March-April / May-June 2020
Mitch Davis / Film Director & Producer
Airs March 1st / April 26th 2020
Mitch Davis grew up in Southern California. He received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in film production at the University of Southern California. He’s written, directed, and produced six feature films, including The Other Side of Heaven; Christmas Eve; The Stray; and, most recently, The Other Side of Heaven 2, which tells the story of Elder John H. Groberg’s return to Tonga as a young mission president, accompanied by his wife and five daughters.
Shirley Ricks / Senior Editor at BYU’s Religious Studies Center
Airs March 8th / May 3rd 2020
Shirley S. Ricks is a senior editor at BYU’s Religious Studies Center. Her career in publishing started during her undergraduate years, when she received on-the-job training in proofreading and editing at the BYU Press. In 1989, she was hired as an editor at the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS). While at FARMS, she edited and prepared for publication half of the 19 volumes in The Collected Works of Hugh Nibley, 30 other volumes, and hundreds of articles. She’s also published articles in various festschrift volumes, the Ensign, the Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, the FARMS Review, and the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
Kels Goodman / LDS Film Festival Owner
Airs March 15th / May 10th 2020
Kels Goodman is the owner of the LDS Film Festival, which is held annually in Orem, Utah. Born in Virginia and raised in Texas, he graduated from BYU and worked in technical roles for many Hollywood films and shows, such as Touched by an Angel. From there, he became the producer of Handcart and Hidden in the Heartland. He also produced one of YouTube’s first viral marketing hits: Will It Blend? He recently released The Jets: Making It Real, a documentary on the 1980s pop band.
David Bradford / FluentWorlds CEO
Airs March 22nd / May 17th 2020
David Bradford, FluentWorlds CEO, is revolutionizing language training in 3D virtual worlds. He was previously CEO and chairman of HireVue and Fusion-io; both reached the Forbes list of America’s 50 fastest-growing tech companies. He received the prestigious 2018 BYU Emeriti Distinguished Service Award, was general counsel at Novell, served twice as chairman of the Business Software Alliance, was honored as Alumnus of the Year by BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School, and was inducted into Utah’s Technology and Business Hall of Fame.
Airs March 29th / May 24th 2020
Jennifer Stirling was the first “employee” of her sister Lindsey Stirling. Jennifer initiated and manages Lindsey’s sheet music publishing, oversees various projects, and leverages Lindsey’s social media marketing. Jennifer received a bachelor’s in trumpet performance; teaches private lessons; and is principal trumpet for the East Valley Millennial Orchestra, which has released several top-selling albums. She’s also a property manager and a ramp agent and has been a USDA wildland firefighter. When not working, she enjoys traveling, barefoot running, yoga, good food, personal development, and time with friends and family
Suzy Bills / Author & Editor
Airs April 5th / May 31st 2020
Suzy Bills is an author, editor, and faculty member in the editing and publishing program at BYU. She was previously a lead editor for the Joseph Smith Papers, and she’s owned a writing and editing business for a decade, working with individuals and companies to publish everything from books to dissertations, video scripts, technical manuals, marketing materials, and cookbooks. Her first self-authored book, Visions of Heaven, was published in 2018. She loves sharing her skills with others, whether through teaching, mentoring, helping authors get their thoughts on paper, or fine-tuning their writing.
Bruce Kusch / President LDS Business College
Airs April 12th / June 7th 2020
President Bruce C. Kusch became the 13th president of LDS Business College on April 17, 2017, where he had been serving as its chief academic officer since March 2016. President Bruce C. Kusch began his Church Educational System employment as a member of the business management faculty at Brigham Young University–Idaho in August 2002. In July 2008, he was named associate academic vice president for curriculum at BYU–Idaho, serving in that capacity until June 2012 when he was called to serve as president of the Mexico Cuernavaca Mission. President Kusch and his wife, Alynda, were married in the Los Angeles California Temple in 1974. They are the parents of four children and have 21 grandchildren. His interests include running, biking, fly fishing, photography and outdoor cooking.
Clark Gilbert / President BYU Pathway Worldwide
Airs April 19th / June 14th 2020
In April of 2017, Clark Gilbert became the first president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide, a global education organization with over 40,000 students in more than 50 countries across the globe. BYU-Pathway Worldwide brought online learning and local gathering to over 500 centers around the world in an effort to dramatically disrupt the model of traditional higher education. Gilbert previously served as the 16th president of Brigham Young University – Idaho, a university focused on teaching and access in higher education. Prior to his educational leadership, Gilbert served as the President and CEO of the Deseret News, helping lead the more than 100-year-old media company through its transformation to digital. His creation of the high growth Deseret Digital Media subsequently earned Gilbert multiple awards as an industry leading media innovator.