Lisbeth Hopper is the accountant for BYU Title VI CIBE, in the Whitmore Global Management Center. Hopper’s experience includes twenty years in commercial banking and finance with responsibilities in portfolio management, commercial underwriting, compliance, and personnel management and development. She is a native of Denmark and fluent in Scandinavian languages, president of the Danish Rebild National Park Society of Utah, serves as volunteer at BYU’s Language Training Center, and provides genealogical research service to patrons of the Family History Division of BYU’s Harold B. Lee Library.
Jared Banks is a Foreign Service officer currently working at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Banks was previously assigned to Afghanistan, Brazil, Poland, and Washington, D.C. He completed a BA in comparative literature at Brigham Young University and a PhD in African studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was on a Fulbright to Mozambique and served an LDS mission in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Banks is married to Laura Lefgren (also an alumnus of BYU and UW–Madison), and they have three amazing boys.
Stephen (Brent) Wilson has just retired from the United States Air Force after twenty-two years. Wilson started out in aircraft maintenance but quickly retrained as a Russian linguist and networked his way into international engagement. He has been an inspector and interpreter on the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty, Dayton Accords, Vienna Document, and the New START Treaty. Wilson has participated in over thirty arms control inspections in dozens of countries throughout Europe under CFE, participated in a number of inspections of Russian nuclear facilities throughout Russia and the United States, and taught former Yugoslav officers at the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany. For four years, as part of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, he supported the US–Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, formed in 1991 for the two countries to work together to clarify the fates of missing servicemen from World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Soviet Afghan War. As part of those efforts, he worked on teams negotiating and much more.