Sharon S. Senecal is currently a private management consultant after retiring from 32 years of Federal Government service. The majority of her career was spent in Washington, DC; however during her last four years, she had the honor of being the Director of the Western Management Development Center (WMDC) in Denver, Colorado. As part of the training arm for the U.S. Office of Personnel, the WMDC provides residential and custom training programs for mid-to-senior-level managers and executives throughout the many Government agencies.
Ms. Senecal was the U.S. Government’s worldwide Director of the Federal Women’s Program. In this role she directed activities that aided the advancement of women throughout all ranks of Government. She worked diligently with White House and U.S. Congressional officials, as well as leaders from other Governmental agencies and corporate executives from the private sector. She received a Congressional “Excalibur Award” for enhancing the upward movement of women and instituting results-oriented initiatives.
Much of Ms. Senecal’s Government career focused on training, integrating new office technologies for managerial applications, examining women and minority issues, and serving on several task forces. She provided leadership in exploring the concept of “Flexiplace/Telework” in the Federal workforce. During her career in the training field, she directed four training centers in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s training and development programs. Outside of her regular responsibilities, Ms. Senecal was selected to host a nationwide Government TV series. In addition, she served for a number of years as the coordinator for international training programs and was instrumental in opening the European Training Program in Germany.
Since the majority of Ms. Senecal’s career was spent in Washington, DC, she has an excellent knowledge of Capitol Hill and the inner workings of Government and private industry. She began her career working for a senator and then moved to the Executive Branch of the Federal Government where she had the opportunity to work with political appointees and executives in major departments within the Government. While most of her Federal profession was spent with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, many of her assignments throughout the years provided her with the opportunity to work with White House officials, other Government agencies and executives from private industry.
Since Ms. Senecal’s Government retirement, she has been designing and conducting training and executive coaching initiatives. She is currently working with the U.S. Department of Education’s executive development coaching program and is conducting other leadership seminars. She has designed and provided leadership programs in Hawaii for senior managers from the Pacific Rim, and led numerous teams of executives through leadership programs at the Space and Rocket Center using the equipment that the astronauts used in preparation for their journeys into space. Prior to her Federal career, Ms. Senecal taught at Brigham Young University and at Utah State University.
Ms. Senecal is a member of the Los Robles Ward and the proud mother of one daughter, five grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. She was a single member of the Washington, DC Stake for several years and understands the challenges in finding success and joy in life’s journey.
Wayne grew up in Centerville, Utah on a dairy farm. His father was a farm boy, pure Utah pioneer stock. His mother was a “city girl” from Salt Lake City. Wayne served a mission in Cordoba, Argentina and returned to attend the University of Utah, where he studied Chemical Engineering and Spanish. After graduation, he and his wife moved to California, where he attended the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Business. After college, Wayne worked in finance for 4 years before being recruited by the United States Secret Service. During his 21-year career in the Secret Service, Wayne’s posts of duty included; Salt Lake City, Houston, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. From 1997 – 2003 Wayne served on the Presidential Protective Division under President William J. Clinton and President George W. Bush. In addition to protecting both presidents, he was also assigned twice to the First Lady Detail with Hillary R. Clinton and Laura W. Bush. Wayne retired from government service in 2011 as the Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office. He is currently employed at Amgen in Thousand Oaks as head of corporate security. Wayne is married and has two children.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt Ball has been married for 38 years to Tanya Jean Behunin and is a father of seven children. Growing up, Matt’s summers and holiday seasons were spent in Oregon on the family farm as the youngest of six kids. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theater from Brigham Young University, Provo and a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, California.
An unexpected introduction to the theater led Matt to a national touring dance company and ultimately being cast as a dancer in the original Paramount pictures movie, “Footloose.” Matt eventually found home at Disney Studios and then at DreamWorks studios working in special projects. His work included anything related to the release of studio feature films; from theater coordination and film print services to special event management; writing, corporate gift-buying and sometimes talent handling.
Currently, Matt’s responsibilities as Director of Public Affairs (over the North America West Area) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints involves developing relationships with opinion leaders; building bridges with those significant voices and personalities who might help or hinder the LDS Church. His goal is to clarify the LDS Church’s public positions, demystify folklore or misunderstood doctrine, and to help introduce the Mormon phenomenon into positive, mainstream awareness.
Having worked in various callings within the Church, Matt has been blessed to serve as an Elder’s Quorum President, Stake Young Men’s President, Bishop, Counselor in the Stake Presidency, Ward Mission Leader and High Priest Group Leader. In his spare time, if you don’t find Matt with his family, he might be on his road bicycle in the Santa Monica Mountains, either that or at the movies.
President and Sister Larsen
President & Sister Larsen began their service as President and Matron of the Los Angeles Temple in November 2017. President Larsen served as the Downey Stake and the Huntington Park Stake President from 2006 to 2016. He served twice as Bishop of Downey Second Ward. Prior to their call as temple president and matron, he and Sister Larsen served in the Los Angeles Temple–President Larsen as a sealer and Sister Larsen as an ordinance worker.
President Larsen grew up in Wyoming on a small farm milking cows, stacking hay, and feeding sheep. For fun he sang with his father and three brothers. He graduated from Brigham Young University after serving a mission in Japan. He retired in 2013 from Unified Grocers where he worked in computer support.
Sister Larsen was born in Salt Lake City and moved to Downey California. She attended Utah State University and graduated from BYU. She retired in 2011 after being a Spanish teacher at Downey High School for 23 years. She taught Seminary, served in the nursery, Young Women, Primary and Relief Society. She has directed and accompanied ward and stake choirs.
President & Sister Larsen have been involved in music throughout their lives. They met through music while at Brigham Young University where Kristie was invited to accompany the “Larsen Brother’s Quartet”. They have sung with the Southern California Mormon Choir for several years and plan to return when their temple assignment concludes.
They have two children and three young grandchildren.
LOOKING BACK is now entering its second decade of bringing to memory the soft rock sounds of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s to audiences around Southern California. This group came together to share a love of music and talent with a special touch of brotherhood that has been a lively part of their experience together.
The lineup of LOOKING BACK are members of bishoprics, a ward clerk and an EQP of the Simi Valley Stake — Del Steele (Keyboard, Accordion), Randy Moffett (Guitar and Lead Vocals), Kent Hambly (12 String Guitar, Bass and Banjo), Darrell Wight (Rhythm Guitar), David Sardoni (Mandolin), Steve Murphy (Percussion, Drums) and Dave DeGregorio (Acoustic Guitar and Vocals). Each of the members of the band enjoy a variety of musical tastes and backgrounds, from Classical Music and Classic Rock to Barbershop all of which brings a unique influence to the music they perform.