BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of WorldMontana® is made up of a cross-section of business leaders representing various categories of both local and international business. If you would like to be considered for joining the WorldMontana® Board of Directors please click on the following link to download the Board of Directors Application and send it to the WorldMontana® office along with a current resume. WorldMontana Board of Directors Application

RON LUKENBILL

Board President

International Crossroads Group

Ron Lukenbill has worked as a ranch hand, fire fighter, interior designer, oil painter, stoneware potter, and enjoyed forty three years as a school teacher and educator in California, Tennessee, and Montana.

He holds a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute,  a K-12 Teaching Certificate from San Francisco State University, and a MA in Special Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

During his career in education, he taught classes in elementary and middle schools in California, undergraduate and graduate classes at Tennessee Tech University, and was an education program specialist at the Office of Public Instruction for 31 years.

He has a lifelong interest in travel, community service, international affairs, and citizen diplomacy.  He has served as a founding member and officer of the Helena International Affairs Council and has prior experience as a member and board officer of WorldMontana before rejoining the WorldMontana board in December of 2016.

Ron and his wife, Tatiana, a professional Russian and Ukrainian language interpreter and translator, founded two non-profit organizations during the 1990s to bring high school and university level students from countries of the former Soviet Union to graduate from Montana schools, colleges and universities.  They enjoy staying in contact with former students and hosting new international visitors in their home in Helena.

Ron was honored for his 27 years of service with WorldMontana® in May, 2015.

JEFFREY TIBERI

Board Vice-President

Jeff Tiberi recently retired as a lobbyist for farmers and ranchers. Prior to that, he served six years as executive director for Montana’s Conservation Districts and nine years as executive director for the Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Commission. He worked for state park systems in Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Dakota, and Montana. His time with the federal government included jobs at Assateague Island National Seashore, the Statue of Liberty National Monument, and Yellowstone National Park. He served as the first deputy director of Intermountain Children’s Home. Jeff served the Bermudian Government for nearly a decade as Senior Parks Officer. He drafted legislation to establish the Bermuda national park system. Soon after he moved to Montana in 1990, he drafted legislation to establish a park ranger program for Montana State Parks. His job as the first executive to manage state properties in Virginia City and Nevada City taught him many lessons.

Jeff has spent time in Burkina Faso, Uganda, Mozambique (where his son lives), Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Croatia, Italy, England, Ireland, Ecuador, Bahamas, France, Netherlands, China, Greece, Mexico, Iceland, Nepal, and India. He and his wife Vicky have hosted visitors from England, Czech Republic, Poland, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

NIKKI ANDERSEN

Temporary Treasurer

Nikki Andersen is a retired non-profit Executive Director at ExplorationWorks. She holds a BA in European History, MA in Cultural Anthropology, and did a course work for her PhD. Nikki has been involved in volunteering for organizations similar to World Montana for twenty-some years. She also participated in USIA one-year cultural exchange program in Sweden working for Nordiska Museet, did multi-year consulting with Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam and completed major project for Schloss Schrunbrun in Vienna.

Additionally, she served as a speaker at international conferences in Oaxaca and Mexico City, took occasional week-long art workshops in Oaxaca, consulted on joint projects with Canadian Museum of Civilization in Quebec, with Royal Ontario and Royal BC Museums, plus travels extensively for own pleasure in Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Nikki has an extensive volunteer board work for local, regional and national non-profits including Association of Midwest Museums and American Alliance of Museums, Visitor Studies Association, Association of Children’s Museums, Montana Shares, Big Sky Institute, Girls Inc. She served as a board member in several cities, was a grant reviewer for Institute for Museum and Library Services, and National Endowment for the Humanities.

JANE AMDAHL

Board Secretary

Jane Amdahl is a retired attorney who loves to travel and host foreigners in her home. She has traveled to India numerous times, as well as to Nepal, Tibet, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea. She and her husband, Chuck, have hosted guests from Iraq, India, Indonesia, Belgium, Peru, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Botswana. They hope to host many more foreign guests in the future.

Jane received her bachelor’s degree in social studies education (with a concentration in history) from the University of Minnesota, and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. James T. Moody, a federal district court judge in Hammond, Indiana, after which she practiced law in both Chicago and Indiana. She moved to Montana in 1999 and served as a special assistant attorney general with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality until she retired in 2012. She has taught classes in federal wage and hour law, as well as environmental law. She now occupies herself with volunteer work through the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Helena Rotary Club, of which she is a member, the Salvation Army, where she serves on its Advisory Board, and AARP Montana, where she serves on the Executive Counsel. She also sponsors Tibetan refugees in exile in northern India, where she has helped pay for the education of three students and helps provide living expenses for a destitute Tibetan refugee elder.

JEANETTE M. FREGULIA

Board Member

Associate Professor Carroll College, History and Artaza Center Faculty, Director of Global Academic Programs

Dr. Jeanette Fregulia is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Carroll College where she has served as a faculty member since August 2001.  She also serves as the Director of Global Academic Programs.  Dr. Fregulia earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno (2007) in Renaissance Italian History.  Her research focuses on merchants and material, cultural, and social exchanges between early modern Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as on the role of  gender in the the history of Mediterranean exchanges.  In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Middle East Area Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and continues to actively pursue research in the history of the Middle East and Islam.

Dr. Fregulia has lived and worked in Pakistan, Kenya, Italy, and Germany, she has also traveled extensively internationally.  Outside of work, she likes to hike, read, cook, work in her gardens, travel, and spend time with family and friends.  Dr. Fregulia has one daughter, Carmen, who graduated from Gonzaga University.  She most enjoys time with family and friends, hiking and enjoying the gifts of nature, and really good food.

BRIAN GANNON

Board Member

Senior Director of Corporate Relations for United Work and Travel

United Work and Travel is a designated sponsor of the US Department of State’s J-1 visa Summer Work and Travel program as well as other short term visa programs offered by the Department of State and the Department of Labor.
Brian has helped more than 10,000 participants from around the world enjoy short term exchange programs in the United States.Prior to his work in global exchanges, Brian spent 18 summers working in remote Alaska managing, building, and operating salmon processing plants.
Brian has specific interest in soft diplomacy and global labor migration; and how the two can mutually benefit the United States.   He has promoted exchange programs in more than 40 countries with specific focus on Eastern Europe and Asia. Brian is a 4th generation Montanan.  He lives in the Flathead Valley with his wife and children.

STEPHEN MALY

Board Member

Stephen Maly is a founder of Helena Civic Television and its statewide public affairs affiliate TV Montana (TVMT). At HCTV, he’s also in charge of Special Projects, which have included, of late, the Montana Heritage Tour series about small rural museums, and the celebratory music video Helena Happy, as well as short documentaries about humanitarian intervention in Kosovo, Louis Riel in Montana, and the making of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony here in Helena last year.

Stephen has been the producer-host of Global Positioning, a public affairs series on TVMT and Montana PBS that features interviews with worldly Montanans as well as foreign guests through the Montana Center for International Visitors (MCIV, now World Montana). He has just concluded a 12-episode season of Global Civics Roundtables, followed by a six-part televised public seminar that is a pilot for the Global Civics Initiative, a constellation of multi-media, multi-disciplinary programs that includes a televised course for life-long learners, conferences on corruption, radio blurbs on human rights, an educational game, and a travel guide to international peace parks.

Stephen’s academic training is in International Affairs, with a B.A. from the University of Colorado and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies. He also spent a year at the University of Sussex (UK) as a Rotary Scholar. One of Stephen’s proudest possessions is a letter from former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, extending congratulations for a 1998 documentary about peacekeeping in Macedonia. He is also happy to have helped build and maintain the paradiplomatic relationship between Montana and the Kyrgyz Republic.

Stephen is a past Board President of MCIV, a former Fellow and Board Secretary for the Institute of Current World Affairs, and served as Board President of Grandstreet Theatre. Stephen is married to Alice Stanley, a bureau chief at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. They have an English Lab named Emma.

JOANNA THAMKE

Board Member
Joanna Thamke was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Denmark during her senior year of high school.  Since then, Joanna and her family have traveled to numerous countries, including frequent visits to her Danish families and friends.  Both of her daughters were Rotary Youth Exchange students, one in Austria and the other in Taiwan. The Thamke family has hosted exchange students from Japan, Taiwan, Austria, and France. Through WorldMontana, they’ve hosted visitors from South Africa, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia. Joanna is the Groundwater and Surface Water Section Chief of the U.S. Geological Survey Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center.  Her groundwater projects are located throughout the Williston Basin and focus on assessing water resources in an area of rapid energy development. Joanna has been a Board Member of WorldMontana since 2015 and is also the Helena Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange Counselor and International Committee member.

AMY SHEPPARD

Board Member

Amy Sheppard​ has dedicate​d​​ her career​ to creat​ing positive, educational travel experiences for guests ​around the world. After receiving a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, ​she​ made her home in Montana where she​ ​realized a lifelong dream of leading tours in Glacier National Park.​ ​​She ​now ​manages international travel programs for alumni associations​ that focus on ​cultural and historical tours ​of European rivers​ (Danube, Rhine, Rhone, and Seine), and ​​natural history tours in the ​American ​and ​Canad​ian West (Denali, Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise, and Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Canyon National Parks). In the process, she has seen first-hand the transformative power of travel for thousands of guest and clients.

Amy has also been a member of the senior management team at ExplorationWorks, Montana’s Science Center in Helena. ​She joined during the 2007 start-up phase, and has since been develop​ing​ adult programs​​, manag​ing​ events, and guid​ing​ the vision of​ the organization.

​Recently return​ed​ from living abroad with her husband in​ Madrid, Spain​, Amy is deeply honored to ​apply her ​appreciation of the world cultures​ towards ​advancing ​the mission of WorldMontana​ as a board member, host, and citizen diplomat. ​

SALLY RIEKE MAISON

Board Member

Sally Maison is a retired psychologist who moved from Minneapolis to Bozeman in
2001. She has been involved in numerous activities – her favorites are hiking, skiing
and travelling. She has travelled extensively to every continent except Antarctica.
Retirement activities have included board membership on several boards: Editorial
Board of Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Montana Wilderness Society, and Cancer Support
Community (both local and national). She is currently service on the Friends of
Montana PBS, the League of Women Voters as well as World Montana.

KEVIN HOOD

Board Member

Kevin was born and raised in Missoula and comes from family with long ties in Montana. He has been fortunate to have traveled and lived abroad while growing up. Starting his international education work with the state of Montana over 20 years ago at Montana State University, he focused on study abroad and special programs for international visitors. As an advocate for international programing, he currently works at the University of Montana developing academic internships and other experiential learning programs. He also serves as an affiliate faculty member of the Davidson Honors College at UM.

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