December 9, 2014 -- Founding partner, William “Bill” Wynder, and his wife, Carol F. Wynder, have accepted a two-year assignment to serve as the Directors of the “Kirtland, Ohio, Visitor Center & Historic Sites,” for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the “Mormons”). Bill and Carol will oversee the public exhibition of a visitor center and nine restored historic properties.
Between 1831 and 1838, Joseph Smith and early members of the “Mormon” Church established a headquarters in Kirtland, built the first Mormon temple, and laid a foundation of strength for the future. In 2014, these sites and the visitors center hosted nearly 60,000 guests.
Bill and Carol will work with a staff of missionaries who act as docents at each of the sites, as well as property managers, restoration specialists, and archivists in on-going site restoration and the exhibition of these significant historic sites in and around the community of Kirtland, Ohio.
This is an un-paid two-year assignment. As a result, Bill will take a leave of absence from Aleshire & Wynder, LLP and from practicing law. Anthony Taylor has succeeded Bill as the Cypress City Attorney. Sunny Soltani has succeeded Bill as the Carson City Attorney. Patty Quilizapa has succeeded Bill as General Counsel to the Palmdale Water District.
Bill reports that he “is excited about the opportunity to serve in my Church,” but was quick to add, “I still have some more good years of practicing law left in me, and it is my plan to return to the firm at the conclusion of this assignment. So, while I will greatly miss my associations with so many of you, I intend this to be only a temporary parting (au revoir is the French term, I think).”