Cherkasy Oblast, located in the heart of Ukraine, entered into a Sister State partnership with the State of Iowa in 1996. An agreement was signed between Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Vasyl Tsybenko of Cherkasy. This relationship has resulted in several professional, educational and cultural exchanges. Our Cherkasy volunteers works closely with oblast administrative government and the Cherkasy Women's Center.
Monty has been involved with ISS since 2001. He also serves as ISS Board of Directors President-Elect.
For many years, Monty has taught Biology at Urbandale High School. He is active in his community as a local 4H club leader, and as a volunteer at the Annett Nature Center, where he conducts summer camps for youth. He also serves on the Friends of Warren County Conservation Board.