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Chaldeans Mensah
Chaldeans Mensah
President
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Chaldeans is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1990. A faculty member with MacEwan University since 1991, he has served on the university's board of governors. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Leadership Training and Development (Chair Academy, 2001) and Academy for Advanced Leadership (Chair Academy, 2010).

In 1996, Chaldeans was awarded the Canadian Immigration Award in recognition of his teaching excellence and promotion of lifelong learning. In the same year he was recognized at the University with a distinguished instructor award. In 2005, Chaldeans received the MacEwan Medallion, the highest recognition awarded to a MacEwan University employee. In the following year, he was conferred one of the Alberta Centennial Medals in the category of education in recognition of his outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

In 2007, Chaldeans received the Award of Distinction for Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Practice from the Department of Advanced Education and Technology to recognize his efforts in assisting Albertans to acquire the international and intercultural knowledge, especially for his work in promoting UN simulation through the MacEwan University Model UN. He has served on the board of the United Nations Association in Canada (Edmonton branch) in different capacities for over twenty years. Chaldeans is a keen observer of politics at all levels, and is periodically called upon by the provincial and national media to offer reflections on political developments.

Clarissa Estep
Clarissa Estep
Vice President
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Crissy is an Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University where she directs the Model United Nations program. She received her doctorate in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and International Political Economy. A West Virginia University (WVU) faculty member since 2006, she served as the assistant director of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program, currently serves as the director of the International Studies Program (an interdisciplinary major with approximately 200 students), and serves as a WVU faculty senator. In addition to her Model United Nations course, she often teaches Introduction to International Relations, Global Political Issues, and Capstone courses. Her current research focuses on experiential education and innovative teaching techniques and their link to bridging social capital. Crissy is engaged in her community as a Rotarian and a Scout leader.
Richard Murgo
Richard Murgo
Treasurer
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Richard Murgo is currently Dean of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Education at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). Dr. Murgo joined the faculty of TCC in 1994 as an assistant professor, later becoming professor of political science. He subsequently became the college’s Director of Academic Enrichment, latterly promoted to associate dean of social sciences. He holds Masters Degrees in Political Science from Florida State University and in Applied Economics from the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University. Dr. Murgo served as faculty Senate President 2005-2006, has served as the dual enrollment education coordinator of the statewide Florida Boys State and Girls State programs, and is an advisor and co-founder for the TCC Model United Nations program. He has founded and developed a faculty exchange program with Tianjin Foreign Studies University, as well as developed partnerships with other colleges for students study abroad programs in China and the Czech Republic. Dr. Murgo has also served on the United Nations Association of American Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Committee. Dr. Murgo served as president of the National Model United Nations Board of Directors in 2013-14. He is a current member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Florida Political Science Association, a board member for the Florida College System Activities Association, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Tallahassee Southern Model United Nations Association. He is the political contributor for WXTL, ABC News affiliate for Tallahassee and Southern Georgia. Dr. Murgo has presented numerous papers including, “United Nations Human Rights Treaties: Obligations and Compliance” and most recently, “EU-China Relations: Balancing Economic Opportunities with Political Challenges”. Richard Murgo is the recipient of the 2012 NICSOD Excellence in Teaching award, as well as the 2011 recipient of the Tallahassee Community College Club Advisor of the Year award.

Rachel Holmes
Rachel Holmes
Secretary
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Rachel is currently the Executive Director responsible for Indigenous Social Policy and special projects at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation for the Province of British Columbia, having previously served as Executive Director responsible for the Province's social innovation and social finance agenda. In addition to Model UN experience culminating in serving as the 2005 Secretary-General of NMUN•NY, she has more than a decade of experience as a volunteer and Board Member to nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, VolunteerBC and Our Children's Centre Society. She obtained a BA Honours degree in Political Science and an MA degree in Anthropology, Sociology and Political Science from the University of Victoria, and has completed a professional certification in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. Rachel was previously a Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society.  She resides in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Francine J. D'Amico
Francine J. D'Amico
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Francine is Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. She received her PhD and MA from Cornell University (Ithaca NY) and BA from William Smith College (Geneva NY). She teaches courses on international law and organizations, global governance and the United Nations system, international security and diplomacy, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Her research projects include analysis of the 2016 UN Secretary-General election process and human rights/SOGIE issues. Recent publications include “LGBTQ and (Dis)United Nations: Sexual and Gender Minorities, International Law, and UN Politics,” in Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations, eds. Picq and Thiel (New York: Routledge, 2015: Chapter 3: 54-74) and “Critical Feminism: Gender-at-Work in Waging War,” in Making Sense of International Relations Theory 2E (Iraq), ed. Sterling-Folker (Boulder, CO: Rienner, 2013: 283-299).

She serves as faculty advisor for the Syracuse University-Maxwell School Model UN Club and Team, OXFAM@SU, UNICEF@SU, Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies, and International Relations Learning Community.

Amierah Ismail
Amierah Ismail
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Amierah is currently a humanitarian affairs officer in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. She has served as a Professional Officer to the Permanent Observer Mission of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) to the United Nations. In that capacity, she participated in meetings, programmes and events related to the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee (Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs), ECOSOC funds and programmes, issues related to climate change and other UN issues. Amierah has extensive experience in negotiating resolutions, working bilaterally and fostering relationships with member states, other intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. Prior to her time at the OIC Observer Mission, Amierah managed Alumni Events for hundreds of Law School Alumni at the New York University School of Law. Additionally, Amierah served as the Global Classrooms Coordinator for the Global Classrooms programme at the United Nations Association of the United States of America in New York. Amierah's NMUN experience spans more than 10 years, from delegate to Assistant Director to Chief of Staff to Secretary-General in 2007. Amierah graduated with a degree in Political Science from The American University and a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University.

S. Rashid Naim
S. Rashid Naim
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Dr. S. Rashid Naim is a Principal Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University

Dr. Naim was born and brought up in India. He earned his undergraduate degree in history with honors from the Aligarh Muslim University in India, a Master’s degree in International Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. He also earned another Masters in International Relations from the Australian National University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Naim has taught and held research positions at the Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University in the UK, at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Union College in upstate New York. He has been with the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University since 1993.

Dr. Naim’s areas of research and teaching are International Relations, religion and politics, Middle East politics, international relations of the Middle East, South Asian politics and Nuclear Proliferation. He is also a consultant on matters pertaining to Islam, the Middle East and South Asia.

Dr. Naim founded the Model United Nations and the Model Arab League Programs at Georgia State University and has run them for the past 16 years.

In 2017 Dr. Naim won the Georgia State University Faculty Award for Global Engagement and the Georgia State University College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award.

Thera J. Watson
Thera J. Watson
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Thera earned her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, minor Japanese Studies, and her Masters in Political Science from Georgia Southern University. Thera has 14 years of NMUN conference experience. She participated as a delegate, as well as served as a member of the NMUN volunteer staff for 8 years at our conference in New York. During her time on staff, she served in several roles from Director to Secretary-General. Thera also served as the Deputy Secretary-General at our conference in the Czech Republic. Thera joined the NMUN Board of Directors in 2016. Outside of her involvement with NMUN, Thera currently works as an analyst within the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Tina M. Zappile
Tina M. Zappile
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Tina is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stockton University in New Jersey where she teaches undergraduate courses in international relations, international political economy, global governance, quantitative research methods, and an interdisciplinary first-year course on global challenges. Tina holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an M.A. in Economics and PhD in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the founding advisor of Stockton’s Model UN program, campus liaison for the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab program, and co-facilitator for the Stockton Critical Thinking Institute (SCTI). Her research on international financial institutions and scholarship on teaching and learning has appeared in World Development, International Studies Perspectives, and Routledge’s RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. She is the lead author of " Global Challenges: Promise & Peril in the 21st Century", a digital textbook/course published in Smart Sparrow’s adaptive learning platform (blendedcourses.org). Tina is the recipient of Stockton’s 2016 Faculty of the Year Award.
Eric Cox
Eric Cox
Past President (Ex-Officio)
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Eric is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University, where he also directs the Model United Nations program. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Virginia, and his B.A. at Austin College where he participated in Model United Nations as a student. He teaches Introduction to International Politics, Game Theory in International Relations, United Nations Institutions and Processes, and International Organizations Research. His first book, Why Enduring Rivalries Do---or Don't---End, examines the factors that lead rival states to the negotiating table through a comparison of rivalry relationships in the Middle East and Latin America. His current research focuses on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Michael Eaton
Michael Eaton
Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
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Michael has served as full-time Executive Director of NMUN since 2004 and has helped expand its annual programming to include more than 5,000 college participants. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (www.hecua.org), an educational nonprofit offering social justice-based off-campus study programs.

He began his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and attended NMUN as a student delegate. He ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and the scholar award from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Additional honors include being named a Truman Scholar. He is (slowly) completing a doctorate in International Education at the University of Minnesota (ABD).

Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota; a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education, a board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota, as well as multiple terms on the National Council of UNA-USA. He resides in Minnesota.

Staff

Michael Eaton
Michael Eaton
Executive Director
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Michael has served as full-time Executive Director of NMUN since 2004 and has helped expand its annual programming to include more than 5,000 college participants. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (www.hecua.org), an educational nonprofit offering social justice-based off-campus study programs.

He began his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and attended NMUN as a student delegate. He ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and the scholar award from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Additional honors include being named a Truman Scholar. He is (slowly) completing a doctorate in International Education at the University of Minnesota (ABD).

Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota; a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education, a board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota, as well as multiple terms on the National Council of UNA-USA. He resides in Minnesota.

Paul VanCura
Paul VanCura
Director of Programs
Jess Hopeman
Jess Hopeman
Program Associate
Jeri Lu Mattson
Jeri Lu Mattson
Financial Manager

NMUN Advisory Council

Pamela Falk
Pamela Falk
UN Resident Correspondent, CBS News TV & Radio
Qazi Shaukat Fareed
Qazi Shaukat Fareed
Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Ambassador to the UN
Linda Fasulo
Linda Fasulo
NPR - UN Bureau, Independent Correspondent Author, "An Insider's Guide to the UN" (Yale University Press)
Bonian Golmohammadi
Bonian Golmohammadi
Secretary-General, World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
H. Stephen Halloway
H. Stephen Halloway
Director, Center for Comparative Legislative Management, International Law Institute
Prof. Richard Reitano
Prof. Richard Reitano
President Emeritus, NMUN Board
The Hon. Douglas Roche
The Hon. Douglas Roche
Former Canadian Parliamentarian and Diplomat
Hina Shamsi
Hina Shamsi
American Civil Liberties Union
Chris Whatley
Chris Whatley
Executive Director, United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA)
Kate White
Kate White
United Nations Association-Canada
Prof. Shelton L. Williams
Prof. Shelton L. Williams
President, Osgood Center
Robert Windrem
Robert Windrem
NBC News

NMUN•NY Advisory Group

Holger Baer
Holger Baer
University of Erfurt, Germany
Allison Chandler
Allison Chandler
DSG, NMUN•NY 2017
Prof. Pam Chasek
Prof. Pam Chasek
Manhattan College, New York, USA
Eugene Chen
Eugene Chen
Dr. Leila DeVriese
Dr. Leila DeVriese
Hamline University, Minnesota, USA
Camille Ellison
Camille Ellison
SG, NMUN•NY 2018
Meg Martin
Meg Martin
SG, NMUN•NY 2017
Patrick Parsons
Patrick Parsons
SG, NMUN•NY 2017
Claudia Sánchez Cruz
Claudia Sánchez Cruz
DSG, NMUN•NY 2018
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
DSG, NMUN•NY 2018
Ardis K. Smith
Ardis K. Smith
DSG, NMUN•NY 2016; SG, NMUN•NY 2018
Prof. Karen Vogel
Prof. Karen Vogel
Prof. Thomas Weiler
Prof. Thomas Weiler
United Nations Association of Germany, NRW Branch
Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong
DSG, NMUN•NY 2017
Prof. Lori Zenuk-Nishide
Prof. Lori Zenuk-Nishide
Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan

NMUN•DC Advisory Group

Prof. Matthew Bolton
Prof. Matthew Bolton
Pace University New York City
Pam Chasek
Pam Chasek
Manhattan College, New York, USA
Prof. Francine D'Amico
Prof. Francine D'Amico
Syracuse University - Maxwell School
Prof. Chris Haynes
Prof. Chris Haynes
University of New Haven
Jess Mace
Jess Mace
DSG, NMUN•DC 2017
Patrick Parsons
Patrick Parsons
SG, NMUN•DC 2015
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
SG, NMUN•DC 2016