Faculty and Staff

Caralee Crye

Caralee Crye (better known as Sister CC) was born hearing, then became deaf at two years old. She grew up in New Mexico and went to the New Mexico School for the Deaf (in Albuquerque) as a child and then mainstreamed into the public schools until she graduated. She attended BYU, then served an ASL mission [Sister Carver] in the Texas Houston Mission. After her mission, she taught at the Missionary Training Center. She graduated from BYU and married her sweetheart from New Mexico, Clay Crye. They have four beautiful children. 

Caralee has been involved in many activities within the Deaf community. She was an assistant director and director of BYU Workshop for the Deaf (1986 and 1987). She also ran the ASL Mission reunion in 1989. She currently is an advisor for the ASL Institute Council and serves as an ordinance worker in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. She is also  serving on temple committee under the ASL Board of Education. She teaches both ASL Seminary and Institute.  

Caralee loves to read. She also enjoys running, caving, and martial arts (American Kenpo and Danzan Ryu Jujitsu). She loves animals and has kept a variety of them over the years (dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, ferrets, fish, etc.) Currently she has one dog.

Jerry and Stefanie Saltern

Jerry and Stefanie live in Idaho and were married in the Idaho Falls temple in 1994.  They lived in Logan, Utah where they first met at Utah State University, and have since lived in Salt Lake City, UT, and Madison Wisconsin. 

Jerry served an ASL mission in St. Louis, Missouri his full two years. Past callings include teaching Primary together and various other age groups. They served as Ward missionaries in Madison, WI.  Stefanie has taught ASL for over 20 years and started a "Learn ASL" church class for future interpreters that is held over Zoom. In January 2021, they were called to teach ASL Seminary and Institute and enjoy this calling.

They love to plan events, attend conferences for the Deaf (especially Deaf Symposium), dress up for Halloween, serve in the community, do arts and crafts, decorate for holidays, see musical plays, watch adventurous and Hallmark movies, camp, and travel. 

They have 2 kittens born in October 2022 and had 3 previous cats that they call their fur babies. They also have some "adopted kids" who call them "Deaf mom" or "Deaf dad" that they met through their ASL classes, who have invited them to their temple sealings. They love playing with their 21 nephews and 9 nieces, and some have taken an interest in ASL.

Kayleen Pugh

Kayleen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She went to Utah State University for two years and put it on hold to go on a deaf mission in California and Washington, DC in 1980 and 1981. She went back to USU to complete her bachelor's degree and went to Western Maryland College to get her master's degree in Deaf Education. She moved to Alabama and taught mathematics at ASD's high school for 21 years. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to teach at Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in high school mathematics. She has had several callings such as a teacher in SS, RS, and seminary. Currently, her callings are a deaf group coordinator in her ward, Atlanta temple ASL trainer and teaching online seminary to 16-18 hearing high schoolers. She loves outdoor activities especially in the mountains. She has 2 darling dogs and a beehive full of honeybees to raise. Her favorite scripture is Ether 12:27: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." 

Emmalee Christensen

For over 13 years Emmalee has been a part time employee teaching seminary and institute. Emmalee is currently a member of the first ASL Board of Education serving as the chairwoman over the children and youth sub-committee. Her current calling is the chairwoman for the Deaf Symposium and FSDY (For the Strength of Deaf Youth). She is also the owner of Deaf Saints 4 Christ since 2019; a social media platform to bring awareness of ASL content, resources for the deaf Latter-Day saint community. Since 2020 she has managed weekly vlogs via YouTube called "One by One Come Follow Me." Over the years Emmalee has been involved with various film management and productions. She has had assorted opportunities to serve as president or counselor in relief society, young women, primary, and as a temple worker. She served an ASL mission in Phoenix AZ. Emmalee is a graduate of Utah State University. She is married to her pre-school BFF, Dean. They have been married for 14 years with 3 energetic children (ages 13, 11, & 9). She loves to create opportunities for family and friends to gather. Someday she hopes to lead ASL church history tours. Her personal mantra she lives by is, "When life gives you lemons, God can use them to change lives."  

Kelli Fletcher

Kelli Fletcher grew up in Beaver, UT.  She became profoundly deaf at the age of 8. In 1999, she moved to Logan, UT where she attended USU and graduated with her BS degree. She also met her best friend and the love of her life, Cory Fletcher, and they have been married for 22 years. They currently reside in Idaho and have been blessed with five children ranging from the age of 19 to 6 (4 boys and 1 girl); with her eldest son currently serving an ASL mission in Houston, TX. She is actively involved with her children’s sports, church activities, and teaching ASL Seminary. In her free time,  she loves to read, work in her greenhouse and flowerbeds, play on the Snake River,  and be with her family. She enjoys socializing–she loves people,  and she loves to laugh. She is passionate about advocating for Deaf needs and creating bridges for the D/HH in the hearing world. She was recently called as an ASL seminary teacher and is loving working with the youth. 

Rick Jensen

Rick has been working with Seminaries and Institutes since 1997.  He has taught at various schools throughout the St. George, UT area and has also been a teacher and session director for EFY/FSY for many years. His current assignment is to coordinate the ASL Seminary and Institute programs for S&I. As part of that assignment, he serves on the ASL Board of Education for S&I and gets to work with some really great people! Rick served his mission in Santa Rosa, California and then graduated from Utah State University. He earned his master's degree from Southern Utah University. He and his wife, Wendy, were married in the Jordan River Temple in 1994 and are the proud parents of seven children. They also have three adorable grandchildren. Rick loves working with the Deaf Community and he and his wife and both professionally certified interpreters.

Elder Jose Murillo

Elder Murillo is Deaf  and is currently serving a service mission in Washington DC. He serves in the  Washington DC temple, on the grounds, and as an ordinance worker. His new assignment now includes serving as an Institute assistant teacher! 

Josh and Risa Albretsen

Josh and Risa live in rural central Utah and recently married in November, 2023. 

Josh was born as a 3rd generation deaf from his family. He spent most of his childhood moving all across the United States, and later his family settled in Utah.  He served his ASL mission in Mesa Arizona for 2 years from 2021-2023. He is currently attending Utah Valley University (UVU). He enjoys spending his time under 4x4s and trucks, metal working, driving agriculture machinery in the field, and sharing the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to others.

Risa was born in and grew up in Tokyo, Japan using Japanese sign language (JSL) and has been in Utah college for two years. She is studying Human Resources Management. She served an ASL mission for 18 months in Anaheim, California from 2018-2019. She was a counselor at FSDY in 2022. She loved to see the deaf/HH youths’ spiritual changes during the FSDY. She enjoys music, watching musicals, and cooking Japanese food.