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

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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

Jackie Hiltz

Independent Scholar, History and Culture of the Himalayas


Personal Summary

Jackie Hiltz co-edited two Mansfield Center books, America’s Wars in Asia: A Cultural Approach to History and Memory and Landscapes and Communities on the Pacific Rim: Cultural Perspectives from Asia to the Pacific Northwest, both published by M.E. Sharpe. She is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A., History) and the University of Montana (M.A., Asian History). Her research and personal interests focus on the eastern Himalayas. She has presented and published papers on the history and politics of Sikkim, a Himalayan Buddhist kingdom for over three centuries, which in 1975 became the twenty-second state of India in a shadowy process some called annexation. Her book manuscript The Mountain Remains but the Kingdom Is Gone: A Personal History of Sikkim, a project spanning twenty years, solves the mystery of the kingdom’s demise through a careful and sometimes personal exploration of the characters, politics, and historical themes involved in this tragic story.