Spencer Thompson

Conference Chair

Brigit Pack

Conference Vice-Chair

Spencer is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his whole life. He served a mission in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission and is grateful for the experiences on his mission that led him to develop a deep and intimate relationship with the Savior. It is this relationship with the Savior that has helped navigate and guide him as he came to terms with his same-sex attraction. Spencer is married to his wife, Mary, who has been an amazing support in every step on this journey. They are the parents of 3 beautiful children.

Spencer has been involved with North Star for many years and has been a part of the North Star Conference since its inception five years ago. Being involved with the North Star Conference has been a life-changing experience for him and something he is eternally grateful for. The spirit, strength, and support that the conference provides is what drives him to be a part of the planning process each year.

Growing up in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia made the experience of being a member of the LDS Church unique. When her family moved back to the US she went through a discovery phase to begin building the relationship she needed with the Lord. Through a move to Utah, lots of prayer and service she met and married her spouse in the Bountiful Temple in 1999. Today they live in Syracuse, Utah, where they are busy raising their daughter, Alyssa.

In 2014 Brigit’s spouse came forward as Transgender. Since then Brigit and her spouse have been navigating the uncharted path of remaining active in the LDS Church as a transgender couple. Brigit now serves as a North Star board member and is committed to help grow the Gender Identity resources.

Within the church, Brigit has served almost exclusively as a Primary teacher. With a soft spot for Sunbeams, she is quick to volunteer to stay in the Primary and is currently serving as a counselor in her ward’s Primary Presidency.

Tim Goode

Program Lead

Chris Staggs

Marketing Lead

As the son of an Air Force pilot, Tim’s youth was spent in Utah, Texas, Japan, Arkansas, Washington, and Virginia, but he calls Virginia home. Tim served an LDS mission in Madrid, Spain and attended BYU where he studied Business Management and enjoyed singing in Men’s Chorus and Concert Choir. After graduating from BYU, he moved back to northern Virginia where he obtained his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and now works as a Financial Planner, which he enjoys immensely.

Tim has been affiliated with North Star for several years and has found great strength and healing with his brothers and sisters here. He helps coordinate North Star events in the Washington, D.C. area and also co-leads a local men’s support group. His life has been blessed through his interactions in North Star and hopes to be able to be a strength to those who are seeking to reconcile their faith with their same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria.

Chris was raised Catholic and intended to be a Priest. However, a high school friend shared the gospel with him and he joined the Church at 18. A year later he left on his mission to Japan which sparked in him a love of service to others. Chris and his wife are the parents of four sons and live in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.

He strives to live by the principle of “kindness begins with me” and believes that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to living a happy, authentic life. He considers his experience as a gay Mormon a gift that has helped him learn to treat others with greater empathy and compassion. It’s also the cause of his indoorsy-ness, much to the chagrin of his outdoorsy wife and sons. A former bishop, Chris is the VP of Marketing for North Star and serves as the Director of Public Affairs for his stake.

Lana Garfield

Logistics Lead

Vaughn Armstrong

Conference Secretary

Lana is married to her best friend and high school love, Bryan. They are the parents of three amazing girls and two adorable granddaughters. Her greatest love is to spend time with family and to travel.  Lana is currently serving in the Relief Society and has served in the Stake Young Women’s and also as YW’s president. She loves the youth of the church and finds joy in serving and loving them.

Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, Lana has a new understanding, love and compassion for those with SSA. She strongly believes in the healing power of the Savior and that HIS atonement covers all conditions of mortality. Lana has been associated with North Star for four years and has a deep love and appreciation for the North Star family and organization. It has given her guidance, hope and understanding not only for her, but her family as well.

The oldest of 6 siblings, Vaughn grew up playing the piano, swimming, hiking, and camping in Arizona.  Through personal revelation, he dedicated his life to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at a young age.  After serving as a missionary in England, Vaughn graduated from the BYU film program and has worked in various aspects of media production ever since.  (A few fun highlights of his career include falling down the 2002 Olympic slope, buying a donkey from KSL classifieds for a TV commercial, and helping migrate old General Conferences to digital formats.)  Now in Centerville, Utah, he serves in his elders quorum presidency and arranges choral music and hosts game nights in his spare time.  He’s also working to publish a party game.

Somewhere in the middle of ~300 first dates with women at BYU, Vaughn recognized his attractions to men.  His desire to live by faith and his personal commitments set him on a difficult path of earnest seeking and discovery that lead him to North Star and continues today.  He’s grateful for the support, resources, personal growth, friendships, forgiveness, and miracles he’s experienced through North Star and all along that path.

Spencer Thompson

Conference Chair

Spencer is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and has been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints his whole life. He served a mission in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission and is grateful for the experiences on his mission that led him to develop a deep and intimate relationship with the Savior. It is this relationship with the Savior that has helped navigate and guide him as he came to terms with his same-sex attraction. Spencer is married to his wife, Mary, who has been an amazing support in every step on this journey. They are the parents of 3 beautiful children.

Spencer has been involved with North Star for many years and has been a part of the North Star Conference since its inception five years ago. Being involved with the North Star Conference has been a life-changing experience for him and something he is eternally grateful for. The spirit, strength, and support that the conference provides is what drives him to be a part of the planning process each year.

Brigit Pack

Conference Vice-Chair

Growing up in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia made the experience of being a member of the LDS Church unique. When her family moved back to the US she went through a discovery phase to begin building the relationship she needed with the Lord. Through a move to Utah, lots of prayer and service she met and married her spouse in the Bountiful Temple in 1999. Today they live in Syracuse, Utah, where they are busy raising their daughter, Alyssa.

In 2014 Brigit’s spouse came forward as Transgender. Since then Brigit and her spouse have been navigating the uncharted path of remaining active in the LDS Church as a transgender couple. Brigit now serves as a North Star board member and is committed to help grow the Gender Identity resources.

Within the church, Brigit has served almost exclusively as a Primary teacher. With a soft spot for Sunbeams, she is quick to volunteer to stay in the Primary and is currently serving as a counselor in her ward’s Primary Presidency.

Tim Goode

Program Lead

As the son of an Air Force pilot, Tim’s youth was spent in Utah, Texas, Japan, Arkansas, Washington, and Virginia, but he calls Virginia home. Tim served an LDS mission in Madrid, Spain and attended BYU where he studied Business Management and enjoyed singing in Men’s Chorus and Concert Choir. After graduating from BYU, he moved back to northern Virginia where he obtained his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation and now works as a Financial Planner, which he enjoys immensely.

Tim has been affiliated with North Star for several years and has found great strength and healing with his brothers and sisters here. He helps coordinate North Star events in the Washington, D.C. area and also co-leads a local men’s support group. His life has been blessed through his interactions in North Star and hopes to be able to be a strength to those who are seeking to reconcile their faith with their same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria.

Chris Staggs

Marketing Lead

Chris was raised Catholic and intended to be a Priest. However, a high school friend shared the gospel with him and he joined the Church at 18. A year later he left on his mission to Japan which sparked in him a love of service to others. Chris and his wife are the parents of four sons and live in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.

He strives to live by the principle of “kindness begins with me” and believes that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the key to living a happy, authentic life. He considers his experience as a gay Mormon a gift that has helped him learn to treat others with greater empathy and compassion. It’s also the cause of his indoorsy-ness, much to the chagrin of his outdoorsy wife and sons. A former bishop, Chris is the VP of Marketing for North Star and serves as the Director of Public Affairs for his stake.

Lana Garfield

Logistics Lead

Lana is married to her best friend and high school love, Bryan. They are the parents of three amazing girls and two adorable granddaughters. Her greatest love is to spend time with family and to travel.  Lana is currently serving in the Relief Society and has served in the Stake Young Women’s and also as YW’s president. She loves the youth of the church and finds joy in serving and loving them.

Through the gospel of Jesus Christ, Lana has a new understanding, love and compassion for those with SSA. She strongly believes in the healing power of the Savior and that HIS atonement covers all conditions of mortality. Lana has been associated with North Star for four years and has a deep love and appreciation for the North Star family and organization. It has given her guidance, hope and understanding not only for her, but her family as well.

Vaughn Armstrong

Conference Secretary

The oldest of 6 siblings, Vaughn grew up playing the piano, swimming, hiking, and camping in Arizona.  Through personal revelation, he dedicated his life to the Gospel of Jesus Christ at a young age.  After serving as a missionary in England, Vaughn graduated from the BYU film program and has worked in various aspects of media production ever since.  (A few fun highlights of his career include falling down the 2002 Olympic slope, buying a donkey from KSL classifieds for a TV commercial, and helping migrate old General Conferences to digital formats.)  Now in Centerville, Utah, he serves in his elders quorum presidency and arranges choral music and hosts game nights in his spare time.  He’s also working to publish a party game.

Somewhere in the middle of ~300 first dates with women at BYU, Vaughn recognized his attractions to men.  His desire to live by faith and his personal commitments set him on a difficult path of earnest seeking and discovery that lead him to North Star and continues today.  He’s grateful for the support, resources, personal growth, friendships, forgiveness, and miracles he’s experienced through North Star and all along that path.