The INTL External Advisory Council's role is to advise the director. They point out areas where we can improve and ensure that our curriculum prepares students for the real world. Council members serve staggered three-year terms. Current members are:
Robert Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from Indiana University in 1988. Currently Senior Customer Business Manager for Kraft Foods, Inc., in San Francisco, he was previously the Region Director (Retail) of the Pizza Direct Store Delivery division of Kraft Foods, Inc.’s Chicago region (75% Illinois and 30% Indiana). Throughout his 16-year career at Kraft, he has chosen cutting-edge and nontraditional opportunities ranging from field assignments to national accounts to corporate headquarters. Over the last decade Mr. Johnson has managed multiple assignments of well over $100 million in revenue.
Jeff Lightfoot is an Associate Director of the International Security Program at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Jeff worked or interned with the Scowcroft Group and State Farm Insurance. Jeff earned his MA in European and Eurasian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. These studies included a semester in exchange at Sciences-Po Paris. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2006 with a BA in International Studies and French and a BS from the Kelley School of Business. A native of Schaumburg, Illinois, Jeff is fluent in French.
Daniel Sirota, Vice President and Global Business Leader for Cook Medical’s Interventional Radiology and Critical Care divisions, started at Cook as a Critical Care sales representative based in Pittsburgh, Pa. in 1987. While a sales representative, Dan also acted as product manager for the northern Pacific Rim doing business primarily in Japan and Korea. In 2000 he was asked to work in-house at the Bloomington, Ind. global headquarters as the Critical Care marketing manager. Dan then transitioned to the Peripheral Intervention unit in 2004, where he quickly became a senior product manager overseeing products that would eventually become the Interventional Radiology product line. In January of 2009 Dan was asked to lead the newly launched Interventional Radiology business unit and in 2011 was asked to also lead the Critical Care division. Dan earned his M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University and his undergraduate degree from Indiana University – Bloomington (B.S. ’87).
Kim Stoltz received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from Indiana University in 2005. She holds a Master of Arts in Arab Studies with a focus in politics and a certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University. Ms. Stoltz has served as a research assistant at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of International Migration and at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on human displacement in Iraq and its neighboring countries. Having completed an intership with Save the Children in Gaza in 2009, she is currently in Amman, Jordan on a Fulbright grant. Ms. Stoltz has studied or volunteered in Europe and West Africa as well. In the coming years she hope to pursue a Ph.D. and work in academia.
Nicholas Strout holds a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Studies and Comparative Literature and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature from Indiana University.
He was a DAAD post-graduate research fellow at the University of Hamburg. Mr. Strout held management positions in sales and marketing with German medical device manufacturers Drägerwerk AG and B. Braun Melsungen AG as well as the German offices of U.S.-based Medtronic prior to joining Minntech in 1996. After working for Minntech B.V., a subsidiary in Heerlen, The Netherlands, where he was responsible for Minntech’s European and Asian sales, Mr. Strout joined Minntech’s Minneapolis headquarters in 2001. Following his position as Senior Vice President for New Business Development at Minntech Corporation, a subsidiary of Cantel Medical Corporation, he joined Novalung GmbH in Talheim, Germany, where he is currently Vice President for Global Sales and Marketing.