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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.

Chasek PhotoPamela Chasek, Vice President, is the co-founder and Executive Editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin 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, 7th edition (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2016). 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."

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.

Holmes PhotoRachel Holmes, Secretary 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.

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.

Ismail PhotoAmierah Ismail has served since January 2011 as a Professional Officer to the Permanent Observer Mission of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) to the United Nations. In that capacity, she participates 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 just about 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.

Watson PhotoThera J. Watson 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 NCCA 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.

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 in 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, Past President (Ex-Officio), has been a Professor of Political Science at Tallahassee Community College since 1994 and is currently serving as the college’s director for academic enrichment. 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.

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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

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Jeri Lu Mattson
Financial Manager

NCCA Advisory Council

Ingrid Busson, PayPal

Pamela Falk, U.N. Resident Correspondent
CBS News TV & Radio

Qazi Shaukat Fareed
PAM (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean) Ambassador to the UN

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

H. Stephen Halloway

Prof. Raúl Molina-Mejía

Prof. Richard Reitano, NCCA Pres. Emeritus
Dutchess Community College/Vassar College

Hina Shamsi
American Civil Liberties Union

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

Kate White, President and CEO
United Nations Association-Canada

Prof. Shelton L. Williams, President,
Osgood Center

Robert Windrem, NBC News

Prof. Karen Young, Clayton State University

NMUN•NY Advisory Group

Holger Baer, University of Erfurt

Allison Chandler, NMUN•NY 2017 DSG

Eugene Chen

Dr. Leila DeVriese, Hamline University

Kristina Getty, NMUN•NY 2016 SG

Sonia Iwanek, Collin College

Meg Martin, NMUN•NY 2017 SG

Patrick Parsons, NMUN•NY 2017 SG

Beatrice L. Soler, NMUN•NY 2016 SG

Prof. Karen Vogel

Cara Wagner, NMUN•NY 2016 DSG

Prof. Thomas Weiler, United Nations Association of Germany, NRW Branch

Andrea Wong, NMUN•NY 2017 DSG

Prof. Lori Zenuk-Nishide
Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

NMUN•DC Advisory Group

Prof. Matthew Bolton
Pace University New York City

Prof. Francine D’Amico
Syracuse University-Maxwell School

Prof. Crissy Estep
West Virginia University

Patrick Parsons, NMUN•DC 2015 SG

Lauren Shaw, NMUN•DC 2016 SG

Cara Wagner, NMUN•DC 2014 SG



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