Mansfield Center Advisory Board

David BellDavid Bell, Board Chair

President and CEO, ALPS Corporation

Terry WeidnerDr. Terry Weidner, Board Vice-Chair

Professor Emeritus, Political Science; Former Mansfield Center Executive Director


Jon BennionJon Bennion

Government Relations Director, The Washington Companies

Mary ByronMary Byron

Owner, Cloud Nine Quilts; Liaison, Mansfield Foundation Board of Directors

m-georgiouMaritsa Georgiou

National Correspondent, Newsy

Paul LaurenDr. Paul Lauren

Regents Professor Emeritus; Founding Director, Mansfield Center

Tom LopachTom Lopach

President and CEO, Voter Participation Center and the Center for Voter Information

Liz MarchiLiz Marchi

Founder, Frontier Angel Fund and Head of Community Engagement, Two Bear Capital

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Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University

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Former Governer of the State of Montana


Joanna R. Shelton

UM Faculty Affiliate in Economics and Nonresident Senior Associate in Economics for the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Dana Toole

Dana Toole

Special Services Bureau Chief at the Montana Department of Justice

Kimberlee Visser

Kimberlee Visser

Designer, Community Advocate, Business Advisor

Bryce Ward

Bryce Ward

Founder of ABMJ Consutling, Research Associate at the Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities at the University of Montana

Mansfield Fellows

Gwen Florio

Freedom of Information and the Media

Personal Summary

Adjunct professor Gwen Florio teaches reporting, drawing on her years as a staff writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and the Missoulian. 

She covered stories ranging from the murder of child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey and the mass shooting at Columbine High School, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter a sheep. She’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyo., population three. 

Her award-winning journalism led to a federal investigation on the handling of sexual assault cases, and to news laws in Montana designed to protect at-risk teens in private, for-profit programs. 

Florio’s first novel, Montana, won the inaugural national Pinckley Prize for debut crime novel, and a High Plains Book Award. Her seventh novel, Best Laid Plans, is set for publication in February 2021. She lives in Missoula, Montana.