Meet our Seminary Faculty
Kay love to serve God’s children!
Laura Gough grew up attending an oral school called the Utah School for the Deaf and Blind. She later mainstreamed to her local school and graduated. At the age of 14, Laura started learning ASL when she learned she would become completely Deaf.
Laura was baptized at the age of 12, but because of lack of support at home she did not fully attend church until she became 18, when she started attending the Deaf ward.
Laura met her husband at his twin brother’s wedding. They became friends first and then 2 and 1/2 years later they started dating. They have been married for 16 years and have 5 children together.
Laura is a stay at home mom most of the time. She works for her husband’s business as a secretary.
Laura loves learning the gospel and feels each calling she has received has helped her grow and learn different things in the gospel. She is so excited to be a seminary teacher and looks forward to helping others learn to love the gospel.
Kayla McLeod lives in Kansas. She been married to her best friend Sam McLeod for 9 years and they have two boys (Chuck, and James). She is a stay at home mom and has also worked part time as an ASL teacher. She attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and graduated with a Health Science major in 2016. She has enjoyed being a seminary teacher since January 2023. She is thrilled to have an opportunity to know you and work with you!
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 to 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 my sweetheart from New Mexico, Clay Crye. They have four beautiful children.
Wellington Feliz has a twin sister, and both are deaf and have Usher Syndromg (blind tunnel vision). When he was 14 years old, his whole family moved to New York. He attended Lexington School for Deaf and graduated in 1998. He was born in Las Vegas, Domincan Republic. He was baptized a member of the of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saint in 1996, and attended the ASL branch. He has had many callings in that branch, including first counselor and second counselor in the Branch Presidency, Branch Mission Leader, Elder Quorum President, first counselor in Elder Quorum Presidency, Sunday School President, Sunday School Teacher, and Temple Ordinance Worker. His most recent calling is to serve as an ASL seminary teacher. He has been a member of the church for 27 years.
Wellngton is currently divorced and has four children, who keep him busy. All are hearing and fluent in ASL. He lives with his mother in NYC.
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's, primary, 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, "When life gives you lemons, God can use them to change lives."
Matt Jamison was born in Palo Alto, CA. He was born profoundly deaf since birth due to his mom having German measles and chicken pox while she was pregnant. Matt grew up both in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA and Southern CA. Matt was taught to read lips and attended mainstream public schools from K-12. Upon my graduation from high school, he attended BYU, where he first was exposed to ASL. It was while he was at BYU he finally received his own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He decided to go on a 2-year mission where he served in Seattle Washington and Southern CA. After his mission he resumed college at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and graduated there with a BS degree in Computer Information System. He started a career as a computer programmer and other various jobs for Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL) in Livermore, CA for 22 years. He aslo taught ASL classes at the community colleges and high school.
Amber currently lives in New England with her husband and two children, along with a dog and two cats. She graduated from college with a degree in Deaf Education and taught junior high and high school for a few years before meeting her future husband when he was assigned to be her roommate’s home teacher. When their first child was born, she jumped at the chance to become a stay-at-home mom, and then eventually became a homeschooling mom.
She had opportunities to serve in the ASL program at the Bountiful Utah temple and in various callings at church, which usually included teaching. She is an avid reader and usually has a book or two close at hand. She and her family love to explore and discover random things. She also loves learning more about Jesus Christ and His gospel, and is looking forward to learning with her seminary students.
Darlene Clark was born in Tampa, Fl. Her mom had German measles when she was 3 months pregnant which resulted in her being born deaf. Unfortunately, her parents didn't know until she was 5 yrs old that their daughter was deaf. She lived in Florida for 5 yrs then moved to Chicago, Illinois and attended mainstream public school at Alexander Graham Bell. It was here that she was first introduced to ASL. She attended John Hersey H.S. and after graduation, went to 2 1/2 yrs of college. It was during these college years that she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint at age 20. She was one of the first members in the Deaf Branch in that area. It was while attending this branch that she met her husband, who was serving an ASL mission in Chicago. After his mission, they were married and sealed in the Washington D.C. Temple. After a little college, the couple moved to Rochester, N.Y., where her husband worked as a professional interpreter. They lived there for 19 years and had 4 beautiful children. Darlene enjoyed being a wife and stay at home mom all these years. Now her family is grown and 16 beautiful grandchildren extend their family tree. Darlene lost her husband in 2002 and now resides in Utah. She has had many callings which include: Sunday school secretary, Relief Society secretary, Primary teacher, and nursery. She also served a full time ASL mission at the Church Headquarters Family History Mission in SLC from 2015-2016. She is now teaching seminary.
Sara Putman is a native Californian, growing up in the beautiful Los Angeles Valley. She is the middle (deaf) child of two hearing parents, with two other Deaf sisters. Years of speech therapy and the use of hearing aids provided her limited access to educational and social activities and resources. Nevertheless, she was introduced to ASL in 6th Grade and began a renewed journey of self-identity and confidence. Her LDS pioneer heritage continued to be a blessing as she pursued in serving in many Church leadership callings and strengthening her testimony of Jesus Christ in the Riverside Deaf Branch, CA.
Sister Alexis Belz
My name is Sister Belz, I am a service missionary and am just a few months into my 18 month mission. I live in southern California with my family in the same city I grew up in. I completed 2 years of schooling at BYU and will return after my mission. I am majoring in Special Education and minoring in art. I have taken 4 years of ASL classes, lived in language immersion dorm housing, and am so thankful to be able to teach and connect with others in this language. I am so thankful for this opportunity!