Christine Nielsen, a four-year resident of Fishersville, was recently named Relief Society President of the Waynesboro Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Nielsen will be assisted by Amy Crosby. of Harrisonburg. as First Counselor, Alanna Patrice Smith, of Charlottesville, as Second Counselor and Meredith Nelson, of Charlottesville, as secretary. They will preside over more than 1,700 women in 11 congregations throughout the two-state area of Virginia and West Virginia. Their area of responsibility will include Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Staunton, Charlottesville, and the Franklin area of West Virginia.
Neilsen, the mother of three children (and grandmother of eleven), is a 40-year veteran of the performing arts. She has been the musical director for various theatrical performances in California and has taught piano students across the U.S. She currently accompanies choirs and soloists at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista.
Amy Crosby grew up in Canby, Oregon. She and her husband, Wayne, have five children and have lived in Virginia for seven years. Besides spending time with family and friends she loves good books, movies, music and can never get enough of nature. She has served in many positions in the Church.
Alanna Smith grew up in Seattle and attended Brigham Young University, earning her bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in humanities. She served a mission for the Church in Japan and spent time traveling in Tanzania and Namibia. She is married to Craig Smith. They had five children while living in Northern Virginia for nine years and have lived in Charlottesville since 2015. She also enjoys singing with the Oratorio Society of Virginia.