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Staff Members

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Michael Eaton
Executive Director

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Paul VanCura
Director of Programs

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Jess Hopeman
Program Associate

Jeri Lu Mattson
Financial Manager

Leadership

NCCA Board of Directors

Cox PhotoEric Cox, President, 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.

Grisham PhotoKevin Grisham, Vice President, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Faculty Adviser for the Model United Nations and Model Arab League Programs at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He also serves as the Director for the Center of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (CIMES) at CSUSB, the flagship Islamic and Middle East Studies Center in the CSU system. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. He has been involved with the NMUN Conferences since 1997. He founded the MUN program at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California in 2001 and has previously taught the coursework for Model UN at UC Riverside. He has served as a delegate, a faculty adviser for MUN teams that participate at the NMUN•NY conference, a member of the NMUN•NY staff, and a member of the NMUN•NY Advisory Group. He served as the Director General for the 2006 NMUN•NY Conference and in 2008, Dr. Grisham served as the Director-General for the first international NMUN Conference, NMUN•China. Dr. Grisham writes on international issues and is often a guest speaker at various venues in the Southern California region. Also, he is regularly interviewed by the media on issues relating to the Middle East and North Africa, politics in the Islamic world, and political violence in the developing world. Dr. Grisham has published two textbooks on the developing world, The Developing World: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Kona Publishing and Media Group) and The Nonwestern World: Perspectives on the Developing World and its Peoples (Cognella Publishing). His latest book isTransforming Violent Political Movements: Rebels Today, What Tomorrow? (Routledge, 2014).

Mensah PhotoChaldeans Mensah, Treasurer, 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 promoter 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.

Chasek PhotoPamela Chasek, Secretary, is the co-founder and Executive Editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and Director of International Studies and Professor of Government at Manhattan College in New York. Pam has published articles on developing country capacity building for environmental negotiations, scientific uncertainty in negotiations, professional cultures in negotiations, desertification and the UNCCD, and various environmental treaties and negotiating processes. Her most recent books are: The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiation (Routledge, 2012) and Global Environmental Politics, 6th edition (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2013). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007 and the results of her research have been published by the East-West Center: "Confronting Environmental Treaty Implementation Challenges in the Pacific Islands."

Contreras PhotoJennifer Contreras served as a NMUN staff member for seven years in senior roles at our conferences in New York, China, Ecuador, and the Czech Republic. She joined the NCCA Board of Directors in 2011. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Photography from the University of La Verne in Southern California. She also serves the community as a volunteer tutor for the nonprofit organization 826LA. Jennifer currently works as a freelance television producer in Los Angeles.

Freda PhotoRaymond J. Freda had the fortunate opportunity to be one of Dick Reitano’s students while he attended both Dutchess Community College and Vassar College. There he was enrolled in Dick’s Model UN class and he represented the People’s Republic of China, Argentina, and Poland in the late 1980’s. From 1990 through 1996, Raymond began serving as the Executive Director to the NCCA, Inc. and oversaw both the New York and the Southern Model United Nation Conferences. Today, Raymond practices tax law in New York City, speaks on state and local topics across the country and serves on the Dutchess Community College Foundation Board. He also serves as the Chairman to the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on State and Local Taxation. In addition to earning his Associates and Bachelor’s degrees from Dutchess and Vassar, respectively, Raymond earned a Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School and an MBA in Accounting from Union University Graduate Management Institute.

Holmes PhotoRachel Holmes is currently the Executive Director of Intergovernmental and Community for the Ministry of Aboriginal 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, Ms. Holmes has more than a decade of experience as a volunteer and Board Member to nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, VolunteerBC and Out 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 was a Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. She is currently completing a professional certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. She resides in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Schlagheck PhotoDonna Schlagheck earned her Ph.D. in Minnesota in 1985. She is a Professor and Chair of Political Science at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including the first textbook on terrorism designed for classroom use, International Terrorism: an Introduction to Concepts and Actors, 1988. She has advised her university's Model UN program since 1986, and served her community as president of the Dayton Council on World Affairs. Professor Schlagheck works with the Dayton Peace Accords team that is preparing to host the 20th anniversary of the accords, including diplomatic talks on a revised constitution, and she also briefs officers at Wright Patterson AFB (Air Force Base) who are taking assignments abroad. She is a frequent contributor to radio, television and newspapers on issues of terrorism and American foreign policy.

Zidkova PhotoMarkéta Židková is a senior lecturer at the Department of Politics and European Studies, Palacký University, Czech Republic. She holds degrees from Palacký University (Mgr., 2000 and Ph.D., 2010) and Loughborough University, UK (M.A., 2001). She specializes in Russian politics and society, the Caucasus, and conflict resolution studies. She teaches classes on Russian government and foreign policy, conflicts in the post-Soviet world, international relations, and Model UN. Markéta has taken student delegations to NMUN•NY conferences since 2009. In 2010 and 2015, she co-organized NMUN•Europe Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Eaton PhotoMichael Eaton, Executive Director (Ex-Officio), has served as full-time Executive Director of the National Collegiate Conference Association since 2004 and has helped expand National Model UN 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 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. Mr. Eaton has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education and board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota. He is a current member of the Council of Chapters and Regions of UNA-USA and is pursuing a doctorate in international education at the University of Minnesota. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Murgo PhotoRichard Murgo, President Emeritus (Ex-Officio), has been a Professor of Political Science at Tallahassee Community College since 1994 and is currently Chair for Political Science and Economics. 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, continues 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 served also on the United Nations Association of American Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Committee and is a current member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Florida Political Science Association. 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. Dr. Murgo is a current member of the Tallahassee Committee on Foreign Relations.

Reitano PhotoRichard Reitano, President Emeritus (Ex-Officio), is the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association. He has also served as treasurer of the organization. Richard Reitano is Professor Emeritus of Government at Dutchess Community College (DCC), where he still teaches courses, and he is an Adjunct Professor in International Studies at Vassar College. He was the recipient of DCC’s first Endowed Chair for Excellence in Teaching and was the first holder of the Handel Chair to Honor the Memory of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt at the College. An academic chair, the Richard Reitano Chair in the Social Sciences, and a Reitano Scholarship for DCC graduates, were also established in his honor. His course on the Model UN, which he teaches jointly at Dutchess Community College and Vassar College and which sends a combined delegation to the National Model UN as The Hudson River Group, was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, one of twenty-one courses chosen nationwide, for a major three-year national study on political engagement of American college students in 2002. Professor Reitano is a recipient of the 2007 State University of New York’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also the co-author of Multilateral Diplomacy and the United Nations Today, and the co-author of The New Dynamics of Multilateralism.

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NCCA Advisory Council

Ingrid Busson, Counsel, Morgan Stanley

Prof. Pamela Falk
CBS News/Hunter College (CUNY)

Qazi Shaukat Fareed
Special Adviser to the DG at UNIDO

Bonian Golmohammadi, Secretary-General, World Federation. of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)

H. Stephen Halloway

Patrick Hayford (retired), Director,
UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa

Prof. Raúl Molina-Mejía

Hina Shamsi
American Civil Liberties Union

Chris Whatley, Executive Director
United Nations Association-USA (UNA-USA)

Kate White, Executive Director, UNA-Canada

Prof. Shelton L. Williams, President,
Osgood Center

Robert Windrem, NBC News

Prof. Karen Young, Clayton State University

NMUN•NY Advisory Group, 2015 - 2016

Holger Baer
University of Trier/Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Barry Balleck
Georgia Southern University

Eugene Chen

Prof. Francine D’Amico
Syracuse University-Maxwell School

Amierah Ismail
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

Yvonne Jeffery, NMUN•NY 2015 DSG

Rachel Johnson, NMUN•NY 2014 SG

Daniel Leyva, Jr., NMUN•NY 2014 DSG

Kristina Mader, NMUN•NY 2014-15 DSG

Prof. Vaughn Shannon
Wright State University

Théo Thieffry, NMUN•NY 2015 SG

Roger Tseng, NMUN•NY 2015 SG

Prof. Karen Vogel
Hamline University

Thera Watson, NMUN•NY 2014 SG

Prof. Thomas Weiler
University of Trier

NMUN•DC Advisory Group, 2015 - 2016

Michael Aguilar, NMUN•DC 2012 SG

Prof. Francine D’Amico
Syracuse University-Maxwell School

Prof. Crissy Estep
West Virginia University

Kristina M. Getty, NMUN•DC 2013 SG

Prof. Martin W. Quirk
Rock Valley College

Cara Wagner, NMUN•DC 2014 SG

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