Meet the Northern Utah Cast 2016

by heatherann on April 8, 2016


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Cassie grew up in California, but she’s now been in Utah for almost as long. After many years of teaching school, she married her perfect match. Her introverted husband balances her overly social nature. Cassie then became a mother to a boy, then a girl, then another boy—in very quick succession. She loves playing the banjo and singing, and she has played in multiple folk/bluegrass bands. She loves to rock climb and is an avid camper. She’s pretty good on roller blades, and she can pick things up off the floor with her toes.

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Crystal Liechty published a book once (The First Year, Cedar Fort, 2006). She used to be a newspaper reporter and an editor. Now she edits books for money, watches Korean dramas for fun and takes care of her three children because no one else will.

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Molly is a resident of beautiful Park City and is in love with the mountains, trails, scenery, crisp air, clear skies, ski runs, and the community in general. She is a graduate of the Music/Dance/Theatre program of BYU where she performed with the Young Ambassadors and she served an LDS mission to Peoria, Illinois. She is the mother to three little shitlins, the wife to one incredible man, and the author of the blog Hope Smiling Brightly. She can frequently be seen on stage at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, occasionally on television, and she can likely be heard from a few blocks away–either belting a song at the top of her lungs or –ahem–yelling lovingly at her children. She grew up on the East Coast and Idaho and can make the ugliest face you’ve ever seen. She’s obsessed with Thai food, Vietnamese food, high-quality frozen yogurt, mango anything, and delicious baked goods.

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Stephanie is the “because I said so” boss of three spirited children. Her family lives in Utah even though she swore they never would. She occasionally teaches religion classes at BYU, at EFY, and at BYU Campus Education Week, and every once in a while she writes a book, like Covenant Motherhood. Stephanie used to blog prolifically at Diapers and Divinity, but now she blogs intermittently atWord to the Wise. She loves to plan fantasy vacations and go out to lunch with friends, but secretly likes naps and milk chocolate even more.

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Sarah Plummer is the youngest of ten children, has four of her own (number five coming soon), and has been an aunt since she was four. She knows things about mothering, and being mothered. But also, she knows about writing and art. She studied journalism and creative writing at the University of Utah, and graduated in 2004. She belongs to a remarkable writing group, a rowdy book club, and is a volunteer art teacher for 2nd and 5th graders. She’s married to Sam. They dated in high school and are still good at kissing.

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Julie DeMille started her writing career at the age of eight—with poems.  Being a writer was always a goal. To her poetry, she added short stories, novels and one very neglected blog. Another goal was to be a mom, which she achieved eight times over. In the last couple years she added grandma to her list of titles. She adores her grandson and is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her second grandchild. Julie’s favorites are her husband, Guy, Mexican food, diet Coke and TMZ. Her favorite day is Monday when she gets to email chat with her missionary daughter, Sadie.


Christi Leman has worked as a freelance pianist since she was sixteen years old, but she’s wanted to be a writer for even longer. She adores travel, listens to story podcasts while (reluctantly) exercising, and speaks non-fluent Japanese. She and her husband, Peter, live with their two children in Springville.

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Amy Felix Stewart grew up in a large family in a smallish Utah town. She earned her BA in English from Brigham Young University and is an intermittent editor, technical writer, and neighborhood piano teacher. These days she spends most of her time trying not to ruin her three terrific children, but she also manages to sneak off frequently and binge-read beautiful prose. She has recently discovered that writing can be an effective form of free therapy, and that life is a whole lot better when you write it down.

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Debbie Frampton teaches 12 grade Language Arts at Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy, and also works as a chaplain for Elevation Hospice. She taught English classes for a dozen years at BYU-Hawaii and over the course of her professional life her interests have evolved toward healthy grief practices. She is a writer, a storyteller, and a mother of four (nearly) adult children. She currently lives in Highland, Utah with her husband, twin sons, and pregnant golden retriever.

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John Kinnear is a father of two and author of the popular dad blog, Ask Your Dad. He work has been featured on Mamamia, The Huffington Post, Lifetime Networks, and regularly taped to the front of his mom’s refrigerator.

Emilie Ahern is a mom to five and a wifey to one…they’re not THOSE kind of Mormons. She has an unhealthy addiction to reality television, simple carbs, Project Runway, creme brule, and travel. She knows every single word to every single song on the ABBA Gold album. It’s a crowning achievement of her life and she’s not afraid to admit it. When old ladies in the grocery store tell her to cherish every moment of motherhood she chooses to ignore them. Nobody cherishes potty training. Nobody. She blogs at where she occasionally swears and at where she never swears.
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Lori Hansen has been telling stories for years. As a professional storyteller, she has told at festivals from Port Angeles, to Timpanogos, to Weber, to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. She’s the primary director for The Great Bear Folk Theatre, a company she founded with Omar, her husband of 34 years. Together, they are dedicated to telling stories in all forms. Lori’s the mother of five, grandmother of three, and has always considered her children her most important listeners. And now, their stories continually teach her. She’s thrilled to be a part of Listen To Your Mother.


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