Get To Know The Panelists
Donna Anderson, PhD, (Host/Moderator) is Senior International Officer & Executive Director of the Global Engagement Office at the University of Montana. She has more than 20 years’ experience in international higher education and provides leadership in the areas of education abroad, international partnerships and agreements, international student and scholar services, and intensive English language programs. Donna works with administrators, faculty, and staff to create global opportunities; expand international components of teaching, research, and engagement activities; recruit and support international students and scholars; provide education abroad opportunities; and facilitate development of international partnerships.
Chris Hyslop is the Executive Director of the Montana World Affairs Council, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering global awareness and understanding in Montana’s classrooms and communities. Chris began his professional career as a high school teacher. He then served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet state in Central Asia, from 1995-1997. Following his service, he worked with humanitarian organizations and the United Nations around the world in Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Sudan, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Chechnya, the Balkans, China, Liberia, and Eritrea. He received his Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology and Education. He attended the Harvard Kennedy School where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Chris lives in Missoula with his wife, Karie, who works at the University of Montana’s Physics Department and their two daughters, Ella age 12 and Coco, age 10.
As Director of International Programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, Kelsey Stamm Jimenez oversees the Center’s international efforts in developing globally minded leaders of integrity, following the legacy of Mike Mansfield. The Center’s programs support ethics in public affairs, democracy, and global mutual understanding. Kelsey has worked in international engagement for over a decade, with experience spanning from Latin America to Southeast Asia. Her other language is Spanish.
Dr. Udo Fluck, is a German-born intercultural researcher, curriculum developer, instructor, keynote speaker, author, and podcaster, with over 20 years of intercultural and global competence teaching experience at the University of Montana, in Missoula elementary, middle, and high schools and as a trainer and consultant at IGCTC. Udo was also the senior curriculum developer for the National Science Foundation’s Resilience through Intercultural Skill Enhancement (RISE), housed at the Salish Kootenai College, on the Flathead Reservation. He has presented more than 1,200 seminars to date. Since 2018, Udo has served as the Director of Global and Cultural Affairs in Arts Missoula.
Jeanne Loftus is the director of the Franke Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) at the University of Montana. She is passionate about helping students pursue their interests tackling local and global challenges, getting them engaged in their community, and supporting them in their experiences abroad. Prior to her position with the Franke GLI, she worked for many years in UM's Office of International Programs, where she supported international students and managed institutional partnerships.
Brigitta Miranda-Freer has served as executive director of Montana World Trade Center (MWTC) since 2014 and as director of operations for Montana Technology Enterprise Center since 2018. Prior to her current roles, Brigitta served as director of business development for Missoula Economic Partnership, spearheading business attraction, retention, and expansion strategies for the community and membership manager for MWTC, counseling Montana exporters on global markets analysis, distributor/foreign partner identification and qualification, international shipping and logistics, and mitigation of foreign payment risk. She has also worked in international sales and marketing for Winner International and owns and operates a boutique import/export firm. Brigitta holds undergraduate degrees in International Affairs and Spanish Latin American Area studies from the American University in Washington, DC and an MBA from the University of Montana.
Montana World Trade Center is one of 300+ World Trade Centers® around the globe and one of only two housed in a university campus. MWTC assists 80 Montana businesses per year with their international trade endeavors; routinely coordinates outbound and inbound trade events; offers comprehensive, novel export education; and plays a leading role in bringing foreign direct investment into Montana. MonTEC is a technology-focused business incubator working to build a community of high-growth, knowledge-based enterprises in western Montana.