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The Genesis Presidency

The current presidency of the Genesis Group was set apart by President Merrill J. Bateman of the First Quorum of Seventy on August 3, 2003. It consists of the following members:

President. Don Harwell is from Los Angeles, California, and attended California State University at Los Angeles. He was baptized in 1983 in the Salt Lake City Ensign Stake. He also serves in the Stake Extraction Unit of the Midvale Utah Union Fort Stake. He works for an electronics company as the vice-president of sales and is the director of the Salt Lake County Citizens Review Board for Adult Probation and Parole. His wife, Jerri A. (Hale) Harwell, is from Detroit, Michigan. They have been married for twenty-one years and have six children.

First Counselor. Orin Howell was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom, and was baptized in 1996 in Bosnia (currently Bosnia-Herzegovina) while serving as the commander of a U.S. Army Reserve unit. He also serves as the executive secretary in his home ward, North Point First Ward. Brother Howell is a graduate of Northern Michigan University and the University of Utah. He is currently employed by the psychology services department of a federal government agency. Brother Howell also serves as a Special Emphasis Program Manger for African Americans and as the Acting Special Program Emphasis Manager for Asia Pacific Americans for the same federal agency. He is also a facilitator and mediator within the community. He remains a military officer with the U.S. Army Reserves. He and his wife, Tina, have four children: Tavia, TJ, Amanda, and Zack.

Second Counselor. Eddie Gist is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was baptized in Fayette, New York, in 1997 in the Rochester Palmyra New York Stake. He also serves as second counselor in the bishopric of the Midvale East First Ward. He holds a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising with a double minor in management/marketing from Appalachian State University. He is currently employed as a bakery manager for a major grocery store chain. Eddie has been coaching wrestling at Hillcrest High School since 1993. Eddie is married to Heather (Ferguson) Gist, and they have three children: Eddie Jr., Shelby, and Sariah.

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