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

JEANETTE M. FREGULIA

Board President

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.

RON LUKENBILL

Board Vice-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.

BRIAN GANNON

Board Treasurer

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.

JANE AMDAHL

Board Member

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.

JOANNA THAMKE

Board Member
Joanna Thamke was a Rotary Youth Exchange high school student in Denmark, where she lived during her senior year.  During the 30+ years since then, Joanna and her family have traveled to numerous countries, including frequent visits to her Danish families and friends.  Her elder daughter was an Rotary Youth Exchange student in Austria during 2013-14 and her younger daughter will be a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Taiwan starting in fall 2015.  The Thamke family has hosted three exchange students and look forward to future hosting opportunities.
Joanna has been a groundwater hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years.  Her groundwater projects are currently located throughout the Williston Basin, and focus on assessing water resources in an area of rapid energy development.
WorldMontana’s promotion of global understanding through citizen diplomacy has strong appeal to Joanna and she looks forward to serving on the Board to build peace, friendships, and goodwill among various cultures.

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. ​

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