Faculty and Staff Profiles

Thomas A. Wayment

Title: Publications Director
Office: 185 HGB
Phone: 801-422-6401
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Thomas A. Wayment is a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He joined the faculty in June of 2000 after completing a PhD in New Testament studies at the Claremont Graduate School. Since coming to BYU, he has worked on several projects on the life of the Savior and the historical time period of his ministry. He is also involved in studying the manuscript tradition of the New Testament and what light it sheds on modern revelations such as the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. This work has helped him get involved in digitizing the Freer manuscript of the Gospels and Paul. He has served as a bishop in the Church.

Joany Pinegar
Title: Publications Coordinator
Office: 185 HGB
Phone: 801-422-6975
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Joany is originally from Minnesota. She graduated from BYU with a degree in elementary education. She taught first grade for a time and loved teaching elementary children. She also traveled across the U.S., training library personnel to use library automation software. Joany likes to read, hike, travel, and go camping. She also loves to spend time with her seven beautiful children and eight incredibly adorable grandbabies!

In her duties for the RSC, Joany works closely with the publications director, executive editor, production supervisor, and great student employees on all RSC publications. She also assists with travel, budgeting, media relations, special projects, and other office management responsibilities. Joany could also be called communications director since all communication addressed to the RSC goes through Joany to be recorded and processed. Anything sent any other way or through any other person runs the risk of being undocumented and lost. Submissions, return for edits, and reviews come to Joany and then are sent to the publications director for processing.

Devan Jensen
Title: Executive Editor
Office: 167A HGB
Phone: 801-422-9304
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With an MA in English from BYU, Devan earned his editing spurs at Deseret Book Company, Church Publishing Services, and the Ensign magazine. At the Religious Studies Center, Devan supervises a talented team of students who edit, check sources, and proofread the Religious Educator and Studia Antiqua journals, the BYU Religious Education Review magazine, and from eight to fifteen books each year (see list of awards). He edited BYU–Hawaii: Prophetic Destiny and more than 150 other booksAs an author and amateur historian, he has presented at Campus Education Week, LDS Publishing Professionals Association, Mormon History Association, Pacific History Association, and Utah State History Conference. He has taught editing and Book of Mormon at BYU and business writing at Utah Valley University. He is director of conferences and programs at LDS Publishing Professionals Association, a member of the Sons of Utah Pioneers, a magician, a musician, a Scouter, a graduate in English (cum laude), and a National Merit Scholar. From 1986 to 1988, he served in the Micronesia Guam Mission on the islands of Guam and Pohnpei. He and his wife, Patty, live in Orem, Utah, and have four children. 

Brent R. Nordgren
Title: Production Supervisor 
Office: 167C HGB
Phone: 801-422-3293
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Brent R. Nordgren is the production supervisor and photographer for the BYU’s Religious Studies Center (RSC). As such, he oversees a team of talented designers and typesetters. With their help he designs, produces, markets, prints, distributes, advertises, and publicizes all the RSC books, journals, and magazines. He is also the managing editor of the BYU Religious Education Review magazine. He has authored many articles for the magazine and has facilitated and gathered most of the Review's content since it began in 2008. Brent has also been the RSC website administrator since its inception in 2008. As such he supervises its design and facilitates the content found throughout the site. He also helped create the Apple app for the RSC, which is intended for use by members and nonmembers of the Church to be better able to access and take advantage of the thousands of articles published by the RSC throughout its forty-plus years.   

At the Religious Studies Center, Brent and the talented RSC team design and produce twelve to sixteen books every year. Several books produced by this team have won a variety of awards (see list of awards for books published by the RSC).

Brent has an entrepreneurial spirit and has owned and operated a number of businesses throughout his career. He received an AS degree with honors from Utah Valley University, a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Utah State University. He is the recipient of the staff and administrative employee recognition award (SAERA) by the president's council at Brigham Young University for his innovative work and by going above and beyond his responsibilities. He also originated the idea of having Deseret Book join the RSC in copublishing the majority of RSC books published and he helped negotiate the contractual arrangements to this end.

In high school he was the head yearbook photographer for two years, and public relations manager for the school. As a youth he received the Eagle Scout Award. Before working for BYU, Brent ran for Provo city councilman. He enjoys reading, writing, participating in sports, national politics, and traveling. He and his wife, Annette, reside in Provo, Utah. They have four children and ten grandchildren.

Don L. Brugger
Title: Managing Editor
Office: 167 HGB
Phone: 801-647-9289
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Don L. Brugger began his editing career as a proofreader at the Los Angeles Times and refined his skills by teaching high school English and completing a master’s degree at BYU. Along the way he joined the LDS Church, served a full-time mission in Argentina, and consecrated his wordsmithing craft to advance the venerable aims of LDS publishing: “to copy, and to correct, and select, that all things may be right before [the Lord]” (D&C 57:13). His zeal to assist inspired minds in producing top-notch publications aligned with the LDS faith led him to editing stints at the Church’s Curriculum Department, Deseret Book, the Ensign, and FARMS/Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. A former bishop, Don taught editing classes at BYU for nine years. He and his wife, Tonya, have five children and three grandchildren. After a day’s work, Don enjoys watching the stars come out while he plays bluegrass guitar or, more recently, blues harmonica.

Shirley S. Ricks
Title: Senior Editor
Office: 167 HGB
Phone: 801-422-1529
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Shirley Ricks has been an editor with the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship since 1989. She earned three degrees from BYU—her PhD was in family studies. She has been the production editor for many volumes of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley and for the Maxwell Institute’s periodicals, including the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. She enjoys embroidery, reading, spending time with family members, and traveling with her husband, Stephen Ricks. They have six children and eighteen grandchildren.