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

Robert McCoy

Geopolitics in Northeast Asia, Specializing in North Korea

Personal Summary

Robert E. McCoy writes and speaks on geopolitical events and international affairs in East Asia, particularly North Korea and its relations with other players in the region. During a twenty-year career in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence professional, he lived in East Asia for more than fourteen years. Subsequently, he has published over 150 political analyses and commentaries in various journals focusing on Asia. He has been interviewed by American and overseas news outlets for his views on regional affairs, and his analyses on North Korea have been officially cited by foreign governments.


  • Basic Korean Language and Culture Studies, Yale University – Institute of Far Eastern Languages, 1962-1963
  • Initial Intelligence Indoctrination and Signals Intelligence Training, U.S. Air Force, 1963-1964
  • Intermediate Korean Language and Culture Studies, Defense Language Institute – West Coast Branch, 1970-1971
  • BGS in Psychology and Asian Studies, University of Nebraska at Omaha, earned in 1979
  • Graduate Studies in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma – Overseas Division, 1980-1982
  • MGA in Management Information Systems, University of Maryland – College Park, earned in 1985


  • Korean (no longer fluent)