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Jeffery Thompson - Director

Jeffery A. Thompson is Director of the Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership and professor at Brigham Young University’s Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, with an emphasis in Ethics, at the University of Minnesota in 1999. He holds a BA in Japanese as well as an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Thompson’s research, published in top management and ethics journals, focuses on meaningful work and ethical dimensions of the organization-employee relationship. His study on “work as a calling” among zookeepers, published in Administrative Science Quarterly, was named Outstanding Publication in the field of Organizational Behavior by three different professional associations in 2009. Dr. Thompson is a frequent lecturer and trainer on the topics of meaningful work and business ethics. He is the author (along with colleague Stuart Bunderson) of “The Zookeeper’s Secret,” a practical Latter-day Saint guide to discover one’s calling in life.

Dr. Thompson teaches courses in organizational behavior and business ethics in the Marriott School of Business at BYU. He served as the Director of the MPA program from 2014 to 2017. He has also led graduate students on several study abroad programs to Ghana to learn from and provide training to NGO leaders.

Dr. Thompson enjoys theatre performance, racquetball, history, genealogy, literature, and travel. He and his wife Aimee are the parents of four children, ages 27 to 17, and one grandson, age 1.

Anthony Bates - Managing Director

Anthony Bates serves as the managing director of the BYU Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership. Anthony began his career in education as a world history teacher at Florence High School in Florence, AZ. He came to BYU in 2005, where he began in Multicultural Student Services. There he served as an advisor, Black History Month and Cultural Programs coordinator, and the assistant director. Prior to his current role, he was in Student Connection and Leadership Center starting in 2013, where he worked with the Student Advisory Council, BYUSA Elections, and served as the director.

Anthony is passionate about African American Civil Rights history, and since 2012 has participated in an BYU Civil Rights Seminar, which takes 12-14 students each Winter semester through the Black Freedom Struggle, from pre-slavery until modern times, and culminates in students visiting Atlanta, Anniston, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma. He is also an NBA junkie who cares way too much about the draft and free agency. Anthony attended Utah Valley State College (UVU) where he earned an Associate’s degree. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU, in secondary education and public administration respectively. Anthony is currently a BYU doctoral candidate in educational leadership.

After his mission in Uruguay, Anthony followed his wife, Amy, to Provo when they got married so that she could complete her degree at BYU. She graduated in elementary education. They are the parents of seven children.

Hayley Aiono - Leadership Programming Coordinator

Graduating from BYU’s Recreational Management Program in 2016, Hayley is excited to combine her passions of event planning and Christlike leadership as the Leadership Programming Coordinator for the Sorensen Center. After graduating, Hayley worked three years as a wedding and event planner, and then returned to BYU to work as the Multicultural Student Services’ Cultural Programs Coordinator for three years before joining the Sorensen team. Originally from San Diego California, Hayley has grown to love Utah and in her spare time enjoys canyoneering, pickleball, traveling, scuba diving, spending time with family and friends and the much too often drink from Swig. She is ecstatic to be part of this center and to feel the electrifying energy and passion as we build the Sorensen Center to be a place that cultivates leadership and touches the lives of countless students.

Paesha Redpath - Communications Manager

Paesha Redpath serves as the communications manager for the Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership. She studied digital news media as part of BYU's Communications program and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017. Paesha was a member of the digital marketing team at Mercury Radio Arts in Dallas, Texas, where she managed Glenn Beck's communication platforms. She moved to Auckland, New Zealand to work in public relations at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Area Office. Paesha has spent the past five years at the Church Communications Department in Salt Lake City Headquarters assisting brand alignment and managing communication efforts for Church worldwide events, products, and campaigns.

Paesha is also a videographer and has enjoyed traveling to countries overseas, including Ghana and Fiji, to film and produce public health documentaries. Most of her current projects consist of wedding-related videos.

Paesha met and married her British husband during the global pandemic. Their unique dating relationship required hours of FaceTime calls, many COVID tests, and obscure flight itineraries. They couldn't be happier to finally be together in the same country, in the same city, and in the same house!

Mario Pereyra - Leadership Education Administrator

Mario Pereyra is the Leadership Education Administrator for student coaching in the Sorensen Center for Moral & Ethical Leadership. He received his bachelor’s degree from BYU in Human Development and a master’s in Public Administration. Prior to working at BYU, Mario worked at Utah State University in its Access and Diversity Center; then worked for eight years at the Multicultural Student Services. He has a passion for leadership development and loves to help students reach their full potential.

Originally from Houston, Texas Mario comes from a Mexican/Argentine heritage. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. His spouse, Carrie, is from Kona, Hawai’i and they have two beautiful children, Ke’alohi and Mario. Mario's hobbies include playing and watching sports such as volleyball, football, basketball, and soccer. He loves to be outdoors, whether it is hiking, fishing, shooting, or camping. Mario also enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and learning about different cultures.

Renee Chukwurah - Business and Financial Officer

Renee Chukwurah serves as the Office Manager for the Sorensen Center. After graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Communications from Ricks College, she served a mission in Guatemala for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and then completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from BYU. After graduation, she worked full-time as a juvenile court clerk and then transitioned to BYU where she worked as an office manager for the Multicultural Student Services office.

For the last 14 years, she has continued to work part-time as an editor and medical transcriptionist and has spent most of her time focused on growing and raising her family. Renee and her husband, Emeka, are the parents of 5 beautiful children and live in Salem, Utah. Renee’s hobbies include writing, photography, interior design, organization, using emojis in every text, and having family dance parties in her kitchen. She’s excited to be back at BYU contributing as part of the Sorensen Center team. She looks forward to working with students again and helping the Center fulfill its important mission and vision to develop Christlike leaders.