Advisory Board

Mr. Joe Arciuch

Joe Arciuch spent the majority of his career with Hughes Aircraft Company where he developed air-borne radar systems and missiles for the U.S. Air Force and Navy. He founded the quarterly Belarusian Review in 1989 and was its editor and publisher until 2002. He was instrumental in launching a branch of the Belarusian-American Association in Los Angeles. From 1994-1997 he worked with others in an advisory capacity with James Collins, U.S. Ambassador at Large and Advisor to the Secretary for the Newly Independent States, in order to explore ways to promote democracy in Belarus.

Mr. Jack Harrod

Jack Harrod spent almost 30 years with the (former) U.S. Information Agency, ending as Director for Western Europe and Canada. Along the way, he spent two tours of duty in Poland, two in the former Soviet Union, one in Belgium, and a dozen years in Washington. As part of his USIA experience, he spent more than two months in Minsk, (then the Belorussian SSR) with a cultural exchange exhibit. He later spent four more years in Canada, where his wife was Commercial Counselor at the Embassy in Ottawa. Since retiring from USIA in 1996, Harrod has served as a senior consultant for the Public Diplomacy Foundation, a member of the senior advisory board for the Monnet-Madison Institute, and as a director and interim Vice President for the EHUF. In 1982-83, Harrod was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association for 16 months, during which he worked as a foreign affairs advisor to Cong. Jim Leach (R. – Iowa) and Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D. – New Mexico).

Mr. Aliaksandr Lahvinets

Mr. Lahvinets has served as a Senior Lecturer at the French-Belarusian Department for Political Sciences and European Studies at the European Humanities University  in Belarus. He continues to teach at the EHU in Vilnius and the Belarusian Collegium in Minsk.

From 2004 on, he has been actively engaged in political activities at the grassroots level in Minsk. He campaigned as a parliamentary (2004 and 2008) and Minsk City Council (2007) candidate.

Since February 2007, Aliaksandr Lahvinets makes his knowledge and experience available to Dr. Aliaksandr Milinkevich serving as his foreign policy adviser at the Movement for Freedom.

He is the author of several articles related to democracy, foreign policy and European choice for Belarus.

Dr. Robert Legvold

Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specializes in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. He was Director of The Harriman Institute, Columbia University, from 1986 to 1992. Prior to coming to Columbia in 1984, he served for six years as Senior Fellow and Director of the Soviet Studies Project at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. For most of the preceding decade, he was an Assistant, then Associate, Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1967.

Mr. Michael Mickens

Michael Mickens is currently employed with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. He has been the Vice President of Sales for QED Solutions, Inc.; Regional Sales Manager, SAQQARA Systems, Inc.; Business Development Manager, Oracle Corporation; and Regional Manager, Sendero Corporation. He is also the founder of Confluence International, a consulting firm specializing in information technology sales.

Dr. Alla O. Romano

Alla Romano holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Polytechnic University of New York. She served as the Professor of Chemistry at the New York City College of Technology where she continues to teach. She has been active in post-Soviet Belarusian diaspora affairs and is fluent in both Belarusian and English. Dr. Romano is also the Director of the Orsa-Romano Foundation.

Dr. Cheryl Rude

Cheryl Rude is the Professor of Leadership Studies at Southwestern College.  She is also the Division Chair of Social Sciences and has actively lent support to the CBS Visiting Scholar’s Program.  Cheryl holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Education from the Union Institute and University.  Her Leadership program has been recognized by Leadership Educators Association as the best leadership program in the nation; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Templeton Foundation.

Dr. James A. Sheppard

James Sheppard is the Academic Vice President at Southwestern College. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, England. In addition to his publications in medieval history and philosophy, he has written articles about leadership and higher education administration. While serving as a faculty member at Southwestern College, Dr. Sheppard led a nation wide book drive to supply resources for the library of the European Humanities University of Belarus.

Mr. Walter Stankievich

Walter Stankievich is currently the Publisher of the quarterly Belarusian Review. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic in Exile, and has for years served in leadership capacity in the Belarusian-American Association. He is the author of analytical policy papers on Belarus, and of a number of editorials and analytical articles for Belarusian Review , and while formally retired, he is active in promoting Belarusian political and cultural causes. He is a steady contributor to Belarus, a Belarusian language newspaper in United States.

Dr. Maria Paula Survilla

Dr. Survilla earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan. Her area of specialization is the music of Belarus and her research interests include the role of contemporary music in the construction of personal and national identities in post-Soviet Belarus. She has been a Hayes-Fulbright Scholar and is the author of several articles and a book related to Belarusian contemporary music. She currently serves as the Associate Professor of Music at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA.

Amb. (retired) David H. Swartz

Ambassador Swartz served 29 years in the Foreign Service of the U. S. Department of State, retiring in 1995. He specialized in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, serving in a variety of positions atU.S. missions in Moscow, Kiev, and Warsaw. In 1992, President Bush nominated him to become the first U.S. ambassador to again-independent Belarus, where he served until 1994. In retirement, Amb. Swartz served, inter alia, as Head of the Mission to Moldova of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (2002-2003).

Dr. Stephen Woodburn

Stephen Woodburn is the Assistant Professor of History at Southwestern College. He holds a Ph.D. in Russian History from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His research interests are focused on the origins of Russian intellectual conservatism. He has been a participant in the NEH Summer Institute on Teaching and Research in Early East Slavic Cultures; he is a fellow of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and has been a summer research fellow at the Russian and East European Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.