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Scott Dearborn Colby, MA and PhD.  Scott graduated from the KU Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in Chinese.  He earned his MA and PhD from Columbia University in Modern Chinese History, published research, and worked as a translator.  Scott now works as a financial services professional in investments and insurance in Overland Park and Wichita, Kansas.  He has served his profession in leadership positions at the Society of Financial Services Professionals and at the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers.  He holds the professional designations of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  Scott is single and has no children.

Advisory Board Vice Chair

Dr. Davidson (BA, Russian and German, Kansas; Ph.D., Slavic Languages, Harvard University) is Senior Academic Advisor and President Emeritus of American Councils for International Education (Washington, D. C.) and Professor of Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Bryn Mawr College. He is author/editor of 44 books and 65 scholarly articles on Russian language, culture and international education. Davidson was named in 2015 to the Commission on Languages, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Russian Academy of Education, the Ukrainian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Vice-President of the International Association of Teachers of Russian (MAPRIAL), and past chair of the College Board World Languages Advisory Committee, the Joint National Committee for Languages, and the Alliance for International Education Exchange.

The Honorable Victor Jackovich

The Honorable Victor Jackovich, first US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992–1995) and Ambassador to Slovenia (1995–1998), focuses on relations of the SLLC with public and private sectors. He has expertise in Eastern Europe, Africa, and other world areas.

Advisory Board Chair, CIO, London Metropolitan University, HE Information Technology, National Council of Jewish Women, VP Development 2018-20

Betty J. Kagan received her BA in French and Spanish from KU, a maitrise de culture francaise from the Sorbonne, an MA in French Literature and Linguistics from UCSB and an MBA in Computer Applications & Information Systems plus International Business from NYU Stern School of Business.   Betty previously served on the CLAS Board as well as NYU's alumni board in NY and UK. Her expertise is in global human resource systems as well as financial systems.  Her focus on the board will be integrating international business and consulting needs with the SLLC curriculum and outreach activities.

Barbara Koval-Nelson
Retired Free lance writer and Radio talk show host, 1st Female Chairman of Public Television station KCPT, Baker University Distinguished Civic Service Award, Presiden't Award from the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Kansas City

Barbara Koval nelson is was a long time reporter and writer for McGraw Hill publications in  Pittsburgh and London with reporting responsibilities in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Northern Europe. She was one of the first women to report from the North Sea oil fields and  to report  for the early planning of the Channel Tunnel.  While in College,  she was a stewardess with Capital Airways flying  one of the first commercial flights into Romania and  Eastern Europe. She has traveled widely in Italy, Ireland and Germany.   Having lived in London, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Kansas City, she has been active in local charities,  arts and media.   In  addition, she has done  fund raising in each city. As Chairman of the Children’s  Center for the Visually Impaired she  co chaired  the multi million dollar  campaign for construction of the  new Facility on Main Street.  In Kansas City  she hosted a radio show on Business radio for two years until the station was sold. As  Secretary of the Board for  the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission with emphasis on women and girls sports. She co chaired the campaign that brought  the Woman’s final four basketball tournament to Kansas City.   More recently she has been active in local politics as a three time elected member of the Mission Hills City Council and as the Honorary Consul for the Country  of Slovenia in the Midwest. She has frequently hosted the Slovenian Ambassador in Kansas City and at the University of Kansas; and of course she is very proud to be a member of the Advisory Board of the KU School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.


Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., began his tenure as Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District on July 1, 2015. Previously, he served as Superintendent/President of Solano Community College District. Dr. Laguerre holds a Ph.D., in Educational Leadership for college and university administration, a Master’s of Science in Education in School Administration and a Master’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Kansas, and a Certificate in Mathematics and Physics Education from l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti: Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Wayne State University, Public and Nonporfit management, Public Relations

Professor Moldavanova (Wayne State), Public Administration, focuses on the SLLC Board on institutional sustainability. Her research areas include public and nonprofit management, inter-organizational collaboration, comparative civil society, and ethics and sustainability studies. She is an editor of the forthcoming volume The Nonprofit Sector in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia: Civil Society Advances and Challenges. Leiden, Netherlands, and Boston, MA, USA: Brill Publishers.

Associate Professor and Green-Edelman Chair for practice Based Research, Dept. of Family Medicine--University of Colorado School of Medicine, President, International Balint Federation , Board member, Stiftung für Psychosomatik und Sozialmedizin (Switzerland)

Dr. Nease is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado – Denver, where he serves as the Green-Edelman Chair for Practice Based Research, Director of Community Engagement for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the SNOCAP Practice Based Research Network Collaborative.  He also serves as President of the International Balint Federation (  He completed medical school at the University of Kansas, residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Dr. Nease’s passion is to improve health in partnership with communities, patients, clinicians and their practices. He works this territory from the level of individual interactions to community to community and population-based interventions.Dr. Nease is Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado – Denver, where he serves as the Green-Edelman Chair for Practice Based Research, Director of Community Engagement for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of the SNOCAP Practice Based Research Network Collaborative.  He also serves as President of the International Balint Federation ( and is on board for the Stiftung für Psychosomatik und Sozialmedizin ( 

Of Counsel in Morrison & Foerster Foreign Sovereign Community, A&R Director GLP Music world music, CEO Laughing Buddha Records world music

Rex Niswander is A&R Director at GLP Music and CEO of Laughing Buddha Records. He spent many years living and working in Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Korea. After graduating from the Defense Language Institute, he began his professional career as a Chinese translator for the U.S. Air Force Security Service. He is also a graduate of Columbia Law School and received Columbia's Parker School Recognition of Achievement with Honors in International and Comparative Law. He has a B.A. with honors from the University of Kansas Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He also studied at Tsukuba University in Japan and at Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

Rex served as the founding chair of the Advisory Board of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures (2014-18).

Vice President Black & Veatch International

Clint Robinson is an Associate Vice President and serves as the Director of State & Local Government Affairs for Black & Veatch Corporation. He has worked for Black & Veatch Corporation since 1984 and is a Professional Engineer registered in Kansas and Missouri. He is also fluent in Spanish. His professional engineering history includes over 25 years of project related work in the water/wastewater engineering field. Five of those years were spent managing a successful operation in an office in Miami, FL for water related services in South Florida, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Mr. Safadi, KU alumnus and President of the Delta Corporation of Kansas, supports the work of the school and focuses in particular on Arabic language, literature, and Islamic culture. 

Antonia Schleicher serves as the Executive Director of both the National Council of Less-Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) and the African Language Teachers Association (ALTA). She is a Board Member of JNCL (Joint National Committee for Languages). Professor Schleicher was awarded the United States President's Gold Level Volunteer Service Award for over 500-hours-a-year of devoted and unpaid service to the cause of promoting less-commonly taught languages and cultures in the U.S. She served on the ACTFL Board of Directors for three years.  She is on the Board of Trustees of Center for Applied Linguistics and is also the current President of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Association (NFMLTA).  

A physician, Dr. Vogelsang serves as the Consul for the Republic of Croatia in Kansas City. She is involved in many civic organization in the Kansas City area.

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