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Officers

Judith Hill

President / Santa Barbara

Judith Hill is Director of the Santa Barbara Committee on Foreign Relations. She is also the CEO of the Channel City Club of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara’s “Window on the World.” Previously, Mrs. Hill was Assistant Vice President of Santa Barbara Bank and Trust and its first woman officer. She is also active in local Santa Barbara civic and political organizations where she has held numerous leadership positions. A Santa Barbara native, she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, Berkeley and graduated from the School of Bank Marketing at the University of Colorado.

Norman J. Szydlowski

Tulsa / Vice President

Norman (Norm) J. Szydlowski served as CEO of SemGroup Corporation from November 2009 to April 2014. He is currently a director of 8point3 Energy (San Jose, CA), Transocean Partners (Aberdeen, Scotland), JP Energy (Dallas), Novus Energy (Minneapolis) and Rebellion Photonics (Houston). He serves on the Board of Trustees of Kettering University (Flint, MI) and is a member of the Advisory Council for the University of Tulsa, Master of Energy Business. From 2005 until 2009, Norm was the CEO of Colonial Pipeline Company, headquartered in Atlanta and from 2004 to 2005, he served as the senior consultant to the Iraqi Ministry of Oil in Baghdad on behalf of the US Department of Defense and Department of State. From 2002 until 2004, he was Vice President of Refining for Chevron Corporation. Norm joined Chevron in 1981. He has an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Kettering University.

Dick Goodson

Des Moines / Treasurer

Photo and biodata pending.

Robert Gough

Albuquerque / Secretary

Robert (Bob) Gough has been Director, Executive Director, or Chair of Albuquerque's Committee on Foreign Relations for most of the past 25 years, one of his major volunteer endeavors. After retiring from the US Air Force after more than 20 years, he became a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. At Sandia, he led multidisciplinary efforts to verify compliance by the then-Soviet Union and other signatory nations to numerous arms control treaties, and was often seconded by the Department of Energy to serve as Technical Advisor on US delegations in Geneva and at the UN in New York. As a result, he was nominated by Washington to serve as the senior American in the On-Site Inspection Division of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna. He earned a BSChE from Lehigh, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford, the latter in Decision Theory. His travels have taken him to all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

Executive Committee

John Dreifort

Wichita

Photo and biodata pending.

Erich Frankland

Casper / Conference Committee Chair

Erich Frankland is currently a member of the Political Science and History faculties at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, where he chairs the Political Science Department and directs the International Studies Program. Professor Frankland is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Wyoming. He is also active in the community including serving as a political consultant to the media and as Director of the Casper Committee on Foreign Relations. Professor Frankland's work on nationalism, political violence, environmental politics, security, democratization, and other issues has been widely published in a range of professional texts and journals. He completed his graduate work in political science at the University of Oklahoma and his undergraduate work in politics and history at Earlham College (Indiana) and Westminster College (England).

Richard P. Goldenhersh

St. Louis

Photo and biodata pending.

Lynne Novack

Dallas / Past President

Lynne Novack is a senior fellow at the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She served as president of Tulsa Global Alliance, director of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations, and executive assistant to the president at the University of Tulsa. She was a founder of the American Committees on Foreign Relations (ACFR), the national umbrella organization formed in 1995 for Committees formerly part of the Council on Foreign Relations. She served three terms as president of ACFR, and continues as an at-large member of the ACFR board of directors appointed to the executive committee. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and served on the national program committee from 2004-2014. In Dallas, she serves on the advisory council of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. She served two six-year terms on the board of the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, and one term on the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Ms. Novack was appointed to The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (1990-93) in the Adminstration of George H.W. Bush. In 1994, she was one of 25 Americans selected to be an International Visitor to the European Union. Ms. Novack is a native of Colorado. While residing in Denver, she was appointed by the Governor to the Colorado Commission of Judicial Discipline, and the Colorado Commission on Women. She has a BA in anthropology from the University of Colorado and an MA in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tulsa.

Richard Slaughter

Boise / Past President

Richard Slaughter is a Board Chairman and past Director of the Boise Committee and a founder of ACFR. He has consulted nationally and internationally on fiscal and economic matters since 1984. He has published on economic and political development, and on adaptation to climate change for the University of Washington. He previously served as Chief Economist for the State of Idaho and Director of the Martin Institute at the University of Idaho.  He serves on the boards of the Martin Institute, the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University, and ACFR, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Staff

Charlotte M. Ponticelli

Advisor / Program Director

Charlotte (Charlie) M. Ponticelli is an international consultant and adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America. Charlie has 23 years of US Government experience, serving most recently as Deputy Under Secretary for International Labor Affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor and Senior Coordinator for International Women's Issues at the US Department of State. Previously she also served as Senior Advisor for State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Director of Human Rights in State's Bureau for International Organization Affairs; Congressional Liaison for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Director of Congressional Correspondence in the Legislative Affairs Office of the White House. Charlie is a member of several boards and organizations, including the Bayat Foundation, the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council. She is a founding partner of Disaster Logistics Relief, a humanitarian organization specializing in telemedicine and disaster-relief technologies. She received her B.A. (Spanish Literature) from Hood College and her M.A. through New York University's program in Madrid, Spain.

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