Born in exotic Pocatello, Idaho, Michael Neider joined the Cub Scouts as a Bobcat and never looked back. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a BA in Mathematics, and BYU Law School Cum Laude, Michael became his ward Scoutmaster. His involvement did not stop there. Since then, Michael lead as a Cub Master and Venturing Leader. He served as Assistant District Chairman for Cub Scouting and Venturing and was the District Chairman for Murray. In recognition of his efforts, Michael has received the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, and Silver Antelope.
Michael believes that his Scouting opportunities have been a great privilege, as well as his Church callings. He served as a bishop, stake president and counselor for the Salt Lake City-South Mission Presidency. Then, from 2004-2009 he was the 2nd Counselor in the Young Men General Presidency. In that position, Michael was a member of several National BSA Committees. He supervised the LDS presence at the 2007 World Jamboree under the direction of President Charles Dahlquist. Throughout all of this, Michael was supported by his beautiful wife, Rosemary Curtis, and their eight children. Michael and Rosemary served as Mission President in the Nevada Las Vegas mission from 2011-2014, and continued to work together until 2015 when Rosemary passed away from cancer.
In February 2016, Michael married Cynthia Terry Norton. They have since become an unstoppable force for good, aiding youth across Utah and the West. Cindy has two children and received her BA in Education from Brigham Young University. She has been in education for over 25 years, focusing her talents mainly on third graders. Environmental education, original operas and The Morning Mile shine as hallmarks in her career. Cindy has been recognized by the Salt Lake City School District for Excellence in Education, and in 2013 she received the Enlighted 50 Award. She is an Eagle Scout mother and served as a Den leader. Mike and Cindy have since supported each other as Area JustServe Specialists for the LDS Church in the North America Central and Idaho Areas. They are excited to work as a team in this new adventure with the Utah National Parks Council.
Cynthia and Michael Neider’s passion, humility, and unshakable team dynamic promises to be a guiding light for our council as we strive to serve our youth. They are committed to promote strong families within our community.
Author: McKenna Hunt | Executive Assistant, Utah National Parks Council