Twelve incredible speakers will be coming to share their stories and their wisdom with the heads of state, during Simulations Week West. Information will be posted here are each speaker is confirmed.
Jake and Vivian (their new American names) escaped from North Korea and made the very dangerous journey across the border and through China where, if they were arrested, they would be sent back to North Korea where they would have been sent to a concentration camp. At the border, soldiers on patrol have orders to shoot to kill and people are killed crossing the border. Only when they arrived in Thailand were they safe and given a South Korean passport and an air ticket to Seoul and freedom.
To address the challenge of poverty:
Ruel Haymond is passionate about serving the poor. He has led humanitarian trips and served those less fortunate in countless ways. All who know Ruel Haymond will tell you how passionate he is about education and principle-based teaching. With experience as the former principal at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, UT, and also as an instructor at Bear River High School (Garland, UT), Aspen Academy (Payson, UT) and the Founders Commonwealth (Payson, UT, homeschool cooperative), Ruel is a devoted teacher with a deep love of God, family and country. Having graduated from Utah State University with degrees in Family Science and Spanish, Ruel went on to complete a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology at USU. Ruel is a teacher of many talents – not the least of which is his great gift for educating hearts and connecting with students on a spiritual level. Ruel and his wife Tresa are the parents of 7 children.
Dann Hone is a key developer and administrator for the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Easter Studies. He has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from BYU, and an MA in Biblical History from Jerusalem University College. He is a scholar of Biblical history, Hebrew, Koine Greek, archeology, geography and history. He has served as an instructor for BYU’s Department of Ancient Scriptures, and Director of Faculty for BYU’s Department of Travel Study. He authored a textbook on the Near East, has served as the President of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation, and as an Advisory Board Member for Center for Jewish Studies. He speaks a Palestinian street talk version of Arabic.