Charles "Sam" Courtney is a retired Foreign Service Officer. During his career he served in, among other countries, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He was the first American diplomat assigned to the new country of Bangladesh at the end of the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971-72. Later he directed all information and cultural operations of the United States in South Asia. Subsequently he was in charge of these programs worldwide. He worked in the White House with four presidents. Upon retirement he became a visiting professor at The University of Montana, where he helped found the Montana World Trade Center. He also taught at the National War College, the University of Puget Sound, and Evergreen State College. His education includes degrees from Stanford and San Francisco State and postgraduate study at the university of Istanbul and Harvard. He lives in Hamilton, Montana, and in Dampierre-sur-Avre, Normandy.
David Janes is Program Officer and Assistant to the President at the United States-Japan Foundation, where he directs the Education, Policy, and Communications grant portfolios. He specializes in promoting mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through the educational systems of both countries. During his tenure at the Foundation, Mr. Janes created, and currently directs, the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Awards for precollegiate educators who have demonstrated exemplary and innovative teaching on Japan, its language, and its culture. Mr. Janes recently completed The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy's Global Master of Arts Program in International Affairs, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Asian Religions from the University of Hawaii and a B.A. in Religion from Mary Washington College. He has also studied at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and is a graduate of the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan. Mr. Janes is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Trustee of the Japan ICU foundation.
Mark Johnson is the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Montana and a Mansfield adjunct professor at the University of Montana. He spent 30 years in the U.S. State Department as a diplomat, serving in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Paul Lauren is the first Regents Professor ever named by the University of Montana. He is an internationally-recognized authority on diplomacy, international relations, and human rights. Professor Lauren has written many books on these subjects, has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has delivered invited addresses around the world and before the United Nations. He also served as the founding director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana and as the Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs.
Ian Marquand is Executive Officer for the Montana Board of Medical Examiners (MT Dept. of Labor & Industry) in Helena MT. A University of Montana graduate in Radio-Television (Class of 1979), he spent more than 30 years in broadcast television in Montana, as well as two years as a self-employed consultant and video producer. He has extensive experience reporting on Montana's relationships in Japan, Taiwan and China and was the first broadcast journalist to visit Montana's sister state of Kumamoto, Japan. He has produced multiple television programs on Montana and Japan, including the award-winning "Toxic Tragedies, Hometown Hopes: The Libby and Minamata Stories" in 2007 in partnership with the Mansfield Center.
In 1994, he was among the founders of the Japan Friendship Club of Montana and has served as its president since then, coordinating with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, Kumamoto Plaza in Helena and Montana's Office of Trade and International Relations, among others. In 2002, he received a special award for his efforts from Montana Governor Judy Martz and Kumamoto Governor Yoshiko Shiotani.
As a leader in the national Society of Professional Journalists, he was chosen for SPJ's delegation to the first East Asia Journalists Forum in Seoul, South Korea in 2003. In 2009 and 2010, he partnered with the Mansfield Center to produce a video on the Confucius Institute and its efforts to bring Chinese language and culture instruction to Montana high school students.
Michael McElhenney is currently a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s Aerospace, Defense, and Government practice, one of the leading aerospace and defense investment banking groups worldwide. A native of Montana who was raised in Great Falls, Mike received a BS in business from the University of Montana and then served four years on active military duty in South Korea. He then returned to UM for his MBA.
Following completion of graduate school, Mike was employed by AlliedSignal, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona where he worked in AlliedSignal Aerospace’s mergers and acquisitions group and was a key member of the team that supported the AlliedSignal, Inc. / Honeywell, Inc. merger (now known as Honeywell International). With a keen interest in the global economy, Mike pursued a graduate degree in international business at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. Upon graduation, Mike moved to Hong Kong where he was employed by Global Sources Ltd., a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with Greater China.
John L. Menson II is retired from a career in international business. Mr. Menson began his career working for twelve years (1963-75) in various management positions related to budgeting and finance for Ford Motor Company's Tractor operations in Mexico and North America. Thereafter, he served as Founder and Senor Executive (1977-91) for JP Industries, Inc., a firm that purchased small firms, improved their management and product lines and subsequently listed them for public offering. Company turnover went from $3 million at the time Mr. Menson founded the enterprise to over $500 million at the time of its sale. From 1991-96, Menson served as Managing Director and Majority owner of Econocruise Ltd., a British company that designed and manufactured electronic control systems, guiding it through a major expansion in the process. He culminated his working career as Managing Director of Furon Ltd. Menson has lived and worked in Japan and travels there frequently.
As a native Montanan and an alumnus of UM's graduate program in interdisciplinary studies, Michael (Sean) Molloy is a lifelong admirer of Mike Mansfield's devotion to the importance of Asian foreign policy on the one hand, and the necessity of ethical leadership on the other. Molloy is currently a Senior Consultant for Black Lion Global in Beijing, following a stint as Asia Pacific Regional Director for LoJack Corporation, Sean has pursued a career dedicated to promoting stronger and more productive relations with China and Asia in the belief that businesses have a stake in responsibility for promoting more peaceful and productive integration among the diverse people, markets, and governments of the Pacific region.
A former psychotherapist and preschool teacher of the handicapped, Linda has taught ESL in remote areas of Thailand and in the cities of Kathmandu and Kolkata since her retirement. While working in Asia, she has developed a passion for educating others on the issue of human trafficking on international and domestic scales. To that end, she has co-founded FAM (the Flathead Abolitionist Movement) with the mission of promoting awareness of the domestic minor sex trafficking occurring throughout the US.
David R. Rehbein
David is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Peak Investment Management Ltd, an investment advisory firm based in Missoula that serves institutional and private clients throughout the country. Although a Minnesota native, David attended the University of Montana, where he received both his MBA and undergraduate degree in business administration. His three-decade-long career in finance began with a stint at an international accounting firm followed by time as a financial consultant. He then had an opportunity to return to Montana in 1990 as the chief financial officer of a national insurance company based in Missoula.
Daniel Smith hails from Anaconda. He served as Executive Assistant to the President of the University of Montana and played an instrumental role in the creation of the Maureen and Mansfield Center when it was founded. Dan’s diverse background includes ordination as a Catholic priest, working as Director of Education and Director of Occupational Health Services at St. Patrick Hospital, and heading his own human resource consultant firm. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Catholic University of America in Washington DC, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Montana.
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