Marquette, Michigan, USA

Our Mission

The Marquette Area Sister Cities Partnership is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting and maintaining international relationships between the City of Marquette and its sister cities of Higashiōmi, Japan and Kajaani, Finland.

Board Members

Bob Anderson

Robert Anderson

Year Joined: 2012

Robert is a Marquette attorney who practices in estate planning. Robert’s interest in the Sister City program comes from being an AFS high school exchange student with a family in Bangkok, Thailand–an experience that changed his life. Robert’s interest in international relations also comes from studying at the University of Paris, a la Sorbonne for his junior year abroad at the University of Michigan. Robert and his spouse Valentyna were part of the Marquette delegation to Higashiomi, Japan.

Jon Barch

Jon Craig Barch, PhD

Year Joined: 2008

Dr. Barch received his MS in experimental psychology from Northern Michigan University and his PhD in Psychological & Quantitative Foundations from the University of Iowa. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Barch spent one year on a research fellowship in Japan researching k-12 teachers’ motivational styles. He is currently the social and personality psychology content expert at Northern Michigan University teaching advanced courses in social cognition, human motivation, personality theory, and the psychology of race, gender, and culture.


Linda Berry

Year Joined: 1985

I have been honored to have traveled to both cities. I have been involved with the program since 1985. It is a wonderful program to link Marquette with our sister cities.

ML Blomquist

Mary Lou Blomquist

Year Joined: 2013

A retired teacher and social worker. Mother of 2 and grandmother of 2. Involved in the Sister City organization since 2013. I believe International friendship is critical to promoting peace and understanding in the world.


Bill Brazier

Year Joined: 1997

I started involvement in the Sister City Program in 1989 as a Delegate to Higashiōmi (formally Yokkaichi). I was a board member of the original City Committee and have been involved since the inception of the MASCP.

Sally Davis

Sally Davis

Year Joined: 2020

Sally Davis is the City of Marquette’s designated representative on the Sister City Board. She has served as a City commissioner since April 2020, as the Mayor Pro-Tem during the 2022/2023 Fiscal Year, and currently serves as Mayor. She is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Marquette, the club that was instrumental in establishing the Sister City partnership with Higashiōmi.

Matt Honold

Matt Honold

Year Joined: 2021

I’ve lived in the U.P. most of my life, and after 10 years away, decided to move back to Marquette and join the MASCP because of my interest in other cultures and celebrating our similarities, as well as differences.

Maureen Jensen

Maureen Jensen

Year Joined: 2020

I joined the MASCP in 2020 following our 2019 Delegation visit to Japan. It was a 15 year dream in the making to be a part of one of the delegations and a life changing milestone when I finally participated. I am married to Randy Jensen, who also was part of the 2019 delegation. He is retired NMU professor (Exercise Science) and I am an independent nurse care manager for older adults in our community. We have two adult children (Katelynn 37) and (Nolan 34) and a rescue dog (Kölsch) a greatdane/lab mix. We have hosted many exchange students and love travel and learning about and sharing cultures.


Paulette Lindberg

Year Joined: 1980

I have been part of Marquette Sister City with Japan since 1980 and with Finland since 1987
Having served as a Trip Planner for inbound and outbound visits.
I am honored to be part of the MASCP Board.
Serving as Escort and Host. I served as Chair for a few years. It is always my honor and pleasure to serve on The Michigan Sister State Board.

Tristan Luoma

Tristan Luoma

Year Joined: 2018

Tristan is a Marquette native and University of Michigan alum. Currently, he works as Arts & Senior Services Coordinator for the City of Marquette and Director of Art on the Rocks, and serves on boards and committees for the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Hiawatha Music Co-op, and MÄTI.

"The MASCP links Marquette with cities on two continents - Europe and Asia. These partnerships are important - 25 years with Kajaani, Finland and 43 years with Higashiomi, Japan. My involvement centers around my love of travel, having been in both Kajaani and Higshiomi and my belief that International friendship and understanding are keys to a safer, better world.”

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