Email Daniel J. Smith, Ph.D
Daniel J. Smith, Ph.D
Interim Director, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Email Beth A. Diettert
Beth A. Diettert
Budget Associate, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Beth first started with the Mansfield Center in 1996 when she moved to Missoula from Southern California. Before that time, she worked for Sony Engineering in Cypress, California. Beth is in charge of managing the grants for the Mansfield Center.
Email Otto Koester
Phone: 406- 243-2050
Associate Director, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Otto lectured at Princeton University 1974-76 and was the deputy director of the Salzburg Seminar from 1984-88. He was a program officer with the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, from 1989-93. He was director of grantwriting at The University of Montana from 2003-2010. Ottos is the co-director of the Confucius Institute at the Mansfield Center. His teaching and research interests include international negotiations and conflict management, especially as they relate to the United States and China. Otto served in the Peace Corps from 1968-70.
Email Don Loranger
Phone: Phone: 406-243-3610
Director, Defense Critical Language and Culture Program
General Loranger retired after thirty-years of USAF service as an operational pilot and specialist in US national security policy. He served as the Deputy POLAD, SACEUR and commanded three different air force bases: Little Rock AFB, AR; Rhein-Main AB, Germany; and Canon AFB, NM. He also directed Provide Promise, the humanitarian aerial resupply of Eastern Bosnia (1992-1994) and served as commander of Joint Task Force/Southwest Asia (Iraqi no-fly zone enforcement).
Email Deena Mansour
Associate Director, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Deena manages the Public Policy and Leadership Initiative, the Vietnam Affairs Program, the Study of the U.S. Institute on Global Environmental Issues, and other international exchange initiatives. She has extensive programmatic expertise in educational exchange programs. A former foreign service officer in public affairs, she has worked in Southeast Asia on environmental issues. Prior to that, she arranged Department of State international exchange programs with the Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C. Deena has worked or studied in nearly 40 countries.
Kimberly A. Maynard
Mansfield Fellow in International Affairs
Kim Maynard joined the Mansfield Center as its first Mansfield Fellow in International Affairs in November 2011. She has a unique combination of teaching, research, writing and field experience on problems of international development, humanitarian assistance, analysis of conflict, post-conflict recovery, and practical means for restoring stability and peace. She has worked for more than 20 years as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State and Agency for International Development, the World Bank, various UN agencies, and numerous international NGOs. Dr. Maynard has taught graduate classes at American University and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. At the Mansfield Center, she conducts research, gives occasional lectures, leads workshops and currently teaches a course on transitions from war to peace.
Student Worker, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Caitlin is a student worker assisting with programs throughout the Mansfield Center and the Confucius Institute. She recently returned from a year long exchange with the Shanghai International Studies University. A senior, her area of study focuses on Chinese language, culture and politics.
James Park Taylor
Director, Mansfield Legal Reform Initiative
Email Dr. Dane Scott
Dr. Dane Scott
Director, Mansfield Ethics and Public Affairs Program
Email Kelsey Stamm
Program Manager, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
Kelsey manages the American Youth Leadership Program in Cambodia and the Economic Empowerment Project, and assists with other international exchange programs through the Mansfield Center. Kelsey is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from El Salvador, where she worked with local government and non-profits to improve municipal services and community participation in development projects. Upon her return to the US, she worked as a grant writer and outreach coordinator for international conservation non-profit, Ecology Project International (EPI). Kelsey has also spent time researching migration in Mexico and continues to study issues within international development and human rights.
Email Chen Suhan
Co -Director, Confucius Institute
Ms. Chen Suhan. co-director of the Confucius Institute at The Mansfield Center, is a Beijing native. Ms. Chen worked as an editor of international news for China Central Television and a reporter in training for the Science Department of Guangming Daily prior to her education in Japan and the U.S. She is fluent in English, Japanese and Chinese. She has been the Executive Vice President of the Chinese Students Association at the University of Montana, in charge of community outreach and culture education for K-12 schools in the Missoula School District. She also represented The University of Montana in leading the Montana Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater to China in 2008 and for four performances at the Shanghai Expo in 2010.
Email Terry Weidner
Mansfield Senior Fellow in Asian Affairs
Proficient in Chinese, Terry has worked as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as a Chinese political and economic analyst for the Foreign Broadcast Information Service in Washington, DC. His academic interests include Chinese political economy, business, and U.S.-China relations.
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