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 

Ed Stevenson

BILL CRANE, Treasurer

NEIL and KATHLEEN HARRINGTON

Karen Cooper and Alan Davis

Karen Cooper is a semi-retired massage therapist who has spent the last three years volunteering her services on medical missions abroad in refugee settlements and camps.  She has spent a month for each of the past three years staffing a medical clinic built by the Dalai Lama Foundation for Tibetan refugees in the Zanskar region of northern India.  It is located at 13,000 feet and only accessible three months every year.  She has also spent a month in each of the last two years staffing a clinic in the Moria Refugee Camp on the Greek island of Lesvos.  The camp has over 10,000 refugees from over 100 countries.

Alan Davis is recently retired from the Montana Association of Land Trusts, working for the 12 land trusts that operate in Montana preserving open space through private land conservation.  He currently volunteers and works part time for The Nature Conservancy on the 117,000 acre Blackfoot Clearwater properties The Nature Conservancy acquired in 2014.  Prior to working in private land conservation, Alan spent over 30 years in the electricity industry, both in a policy making role and as a private consultant working on and for renewable energy development companies in the western US and Canada.  Most of his work involved working for Canadian companies doing business in the US.

Alan and Karen have travelled extensively in Central America and Asia.  They sponsor the education of a Tibetan refugee girl being schooled in in India to compete in today’s world while preserving the Tibetan cultures and traditions through the Tibetan Children Education Foundation.

RON LUKENBILL, former President

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 31 years of service with WorldMontana® in May, 2019.

JEFFREY TIBERI, President

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, Vice-President

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, Secretary

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.

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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