13 December 2013
North Star Announces Its Fourth President
North Star International is pleased to announce the appointment of its fourth president. Ty Mansfield, currently a Vice President of North Star and also one of its founders, was appointed unanimously by North Star’s Board of Directors as its newest president.
The existing Executive Committee will be dissolved and a new slate of Executive Committee members will be nominated by the new President and approved by the Board of Directors. It is expected that the existing members of the Executive Committee, with a few exceptions that will be announced later, will continue performing their existing duties, though the organizational and reporting structure may change. These new appointments to the Executive Committee, along with several other important leadership and organizational changes, will be announced in the coming weeks.
The previous President of North Star, Steven Frei, has served out his two year term and his tenure is now at its close. Jeff Bennion, the recently appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of North Star, said, “Never before has there been such a large pool of dedicated and talented volunteers working with us. It’s a real credit to Steve that so much of this happened during his administration, and I am grateful to him for all the countless time and energy he and so many others have contributed to this organization. It has blessed thousands and thousands of lives.”
Regarding Ty’s appointment, Jeff continued, “Ty Mansfield is a credible and faithful voice on the issue of same sex attraction and the LDS Church. Having worked with him closely from the beginning of North Star, I can attest to his dedication and vision for this organization. He has worked very hard to provide faithful resources for those affected by this issue, which will only continue to an even greater degree with his acceptance of his appointment as President. The search for a new President was the occasion for a lot of organizational soul-searching, and since we are a grass-roots driven organization, it required a lot of consultation. These discussions were complicated by the large number of strong and capable leaders who were candidates for the office. In all our discussions however, one name kept surfacing over and over again. I’m excited to see Ty build on Steve’s leadership, with his passion and vision for the organization. I have the greatest respect for him and am grateful to count him as a friend and brother in the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Regarding his appointment, Ty said, “North Star is at an important inflection point in both our history and growth as an organization and in the history and growth as a Latter-day Saint community in the way we address these issues. I’m thrilled and grateful to be able to serve our community in this new capacity for the next two years. We have some very exciting initiatives and improvements coming up and I look forward to seeing how these improvements can bless lives in our community.”
Incoming President of North Star International
A life-long member of the Church, Ty served in the Manchester New Hampshire mission and graduated from BYU in Asian Studies and Business Management. He is a practicing marriage and family therapist and currently lives with his wife and son in Texas doing doctoral work in family therapy. He enjoys playing racquetball, eating Thai food, and thinks that the greatest technological advancement of the 21st century was the invention of the iPhone (he might even be a little obsessed with it). He also loves to travel and has lived or studied internationally in Japan, China, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt.
Ty is a co-author with Fred and Marilyn Matis of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (Deseret Book, 2004), which includes a personal memoir of his spiritual journey as a member of the Church who experiences homosexual attraction. He has also compiled Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction (Deseret Book, 2011), an anthology of gospel teachings by a number of prominent LDS inspirational writers, as well as a number of personal essays written by LDS men and women who have first-hand experience with the issue of same-gender attraction.
Ty is a founding member of the North Star, serving as one of North Star’s Vice Presidents since its organization in December 2006.
Founded in 2006, North Star is a peer-led, community-driven organization—a grass-roots effort with a mission to empower men and women who experience same-sex attraction and gender identity issues, as well as their friends, spouses, or other family members, to more authentically and healthily live the gospel of Jesus Christ. North Star is successful because of the efforts of many individuals who contribute their time, talents, and hearts to various aspects of its mission. Though it is not a membership-based organization, North Star serves as a resource to the community through its website, thirteen on-line discussion groups organized around specific user demographics, quarterly firesides, an annual conference and the Voices of Hope project.
North Star is not owned by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and any publication or statement from North Star should not be interpreted as an official statement of Church doctrine, belief, or practice. While North Star wholly supports the doctrines and values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all views expressed or errors made are the sole responsibility of the organization’s contributors.