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Located in the south of Russia, Stavropol shares many qualities with Iowa. For example, both regions are grounded in agriculture. The Sister State agreement between Iowa and Stavropol was signed by Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Ivan Taranov of Stavropol in 1988. ISS has worked with the Stavropol regional government as well as the Open World Leadership Center (based in Washington, D.C.) to facilitate a variety of exchanges over the years.
Roger has been involved with ISS for over 17 years. Currently, he also sits on the ISS Board of Directors.
Roger is an adjunct member of the AIB College of Business faculty. He is also involved in the Greater Des Moines Sister City Commission and helped to establish the Des Moines-City of Stavropol Sister City Relationship. In the past, he has served as Legal Counsel for the Iowa Legislature, Deputy Executive Director and Counsel for the Iowa League of Cities, and City Attorney of Marshalltown.