Administrative Staff

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Don Loranger
Program Director

  • Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (1985-1986)
  • Air War College, Maxwell AFB (1982)
  • Defense Language Institute, French (1975)
  • M.A. in International Affairs, Michigan State University (1974)
  • B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Montana (1966)

Email: donald.loranger@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3610
Fax: (406) 543-6462

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).

 

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Dr. Mohammad Faeez Akram
Deputy Director

  • M.P.A., University of Montana, Missoula (2019)
  • M.I.S., University of Montana, Missoula (2012)
  • Certificate of Public Health, University of Montana, Missoula (2013)
  • M.D., Kabul Medical University, Afghanistan (2009)

Email: mohammadfaeez.akram@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3613
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Mohammad Faeez Akram joined DCLCP in 2010 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, in 2012 as a Dari and Pashto Language instructor, in 2013 as a Finance and Personnel Manager, and in 2020 as a Deputy Director. In his new role as Deputy Director, Faeez is the principal interface between DCLCP and external organizations, including: military partners; U.M. staff functions; United States Government agencies; potential customers; and DCLCP funding administer, the Institute of International Education. Furthermore, he ensures consistency in the development of DCLCP’s foreign language syllabi and other course materials consistent with DoD U.S.G. needs, and reviews and makes recommendations on all faculty hiring. In addition, Faeez oversees the annual budget, and analyzes yearly accounts for all DCLCP funds.

 

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Shaima Khinjani
Manager, Academic Programs

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (ABD), University of Montana
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Montana (2013)
  • B.A. in International Studies & Political Science, Ramapo College, New Jersey (2010)

Email: shaima.khinjani@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3602
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Shaima joined DCLCP in 2010 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant; in 2012 as a Dari and Pashto Language instructor; and in 2014 as a lead instructor. She was promoted to the Manager, Academic Programs position in 2014. Shaima directs the faculty development program, including designing, presenting, and scheduling professional course development activities and seminars.

Language Certificates:
10/21/2011: English Oral Proficiency Interview: Rated Advanced High
10/12/2011: Dari Oral Proficiency Interview:  Rated Superior
09/23/2011: Pashto Oral Proficiency Interview: Rated Advanced High
06/11/2012: Urdu Oral Proficiency Interview: Rated Advanced Mid
03/13/2019: Persian- Farsi Oral Proficiency Interview: Rated Advanced High

 

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Liz Barrs
Manager, Finance and Personnel

  • Doctoral Candidate in History, University of Montana
  • M.A. in History, University of Montana (2020)
  • M.A. in Education, Eastern Kentucky University (2012)
  • Post-Graduate Intelligence Program, Defense Intelligence Agency (1997-98)
  • B.A. Political Science, Loyola University of Chicago (1987)

Email: elizabeth.barrs@mso.umt.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3646
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Liz Barrs served for over 20 years as an army intelligence officer including combat tours in Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) as well as peacekeeping operations in Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti). She has an extensive background in national security, regional, and cultural issues including serving for two years on the National Security Council staff in the White House Situation Room. She also has personal experience studying several languages and managing army command language programs.

Since retiring from the army, Liz has developed curriculum and taught courses at Eastern Kentucky University and Missoula College. She is currently completing her dissertation to earn a Ph.D. in history at the University of Montana.

 

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Julie Warren
Computer Support Specialist II

  • A.A.S. in Information Technology, Programming and App Development, Missoula College (2018)

Email: julie.warren@umontana.edu
Phone: (406) 243-3627
Fax: (406) 543-6462

Julie grew up in central Montana and moved to Missoula in 2011. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Science from Missoula College in 2018, and began working for DCLCP shortly after. Julie has 8 years of experience in computer hardware repairs and IT support in an enterprise environment. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and their dog, building their homestead, and video games.