Jordin Dickerson: Secretary-General
Jordin Dickerson is proud to be serving as the Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. Jordin has been attending SRMUN since 2014 and this will be her fifth time on staff. Her previous roles include Deputy Director-General of SRMUN Atlanta 2018, Director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at SRMUN Atlanta 2017, Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund Executive Board at SRMUN Charlotte 2017, and Assistant Director of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Executive Committee at SRMUN Atlanta 2016. Jordin has a Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and is currently in her third year at the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon graduation, Jordin hopes to pursue a career in civil rights litigation and criminal defense. Outside of law school and SRMUN, Jordin enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, and exploring Charlottesville. Jordin is extremely humbled to be able to represent such an amazing organization and is looking forward to make SRMUN Atlanta 2019 the best conference yet!
Sydnee Abel: Director-General
Sydnee Abel is honored and thrilled to serve as the Director-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This will be Sydnee’s fifth conference serving on staff with SRMUN. Previously, she served as the Director of the World Health Organization at SRMUN Atlanta 2018, Director of the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2018, Director of the Commission on the Status of Women at SRMUN Atlanta 2017, and the Assistant Director of the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2017. Prior to serving on staff, Sydnee served as Chair of the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2016 and has competed as a delegate numerous times. In addition to her SRMUN experience, Sydnee completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in French from Clemson University in May 2018. Currently, she works as a Community Manager at Targeted Victory, a digital political marketing firm in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Sydnee enjoys traveling, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, and live music. Additionally, she loves giving back to this organization that has given her so much professionally and personally over the years, and looks forward to providing the same experiences for others.
Ryan Baerwalde: Deputy Directory-General
Ryan Baerwalde is honored to be serving as your Deputy Director-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This will be Ryan’s eighth SRMUN conference and his sixth time serving on staff. Ryan’s previous experiences include Director and Assistant Director of the Security Council, Assistant Deputy Director-General of Crises, and most recently, Director of the League of Arab States. Ryan received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a focus in American Government from Valdosta State University (VSU) in 2014 and his Masters in International Security with a graduate certificate in Homeland Security and specialization in Intelligence from the University of Denver in 2017. When not occupied with SRMUN Atlanta 2019, Ryan can be found working as an Atlanta area admissions counselor for VSU, or in the gym, training in powerlifting. Ryan could not be more excited and humbled to be a part of what is sure to be an engaging experience for delegates and staffers alike.
Victoria Suri-Beltran: Deputy Directory-General
Victoria Suri-Beltran is honored to be serving as your Deputy Director-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This will be her fifth time attending the SRMUN Atlanta conference and her third time serving on staff with SRMUN. She has served as the Director of INTERPOL at SRMUN Atlanta 2018 and as the Director of G-77 in SRMUN Atlanta 2017. Victoria received her Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Flagler College in 2017. Currently she works in the pre-suit department of a Personal Injury Firm in Orlando, Florida. When not at work or working on SRMUN 30, Victoria enjoys being active in the gym and outdoors! In addition she enjoys everything that concerns Parks and Recreation and frequents music concerts, festivals, and any hiking trail that she can find. Victoria is thrilled to be able to contribute to SRMUN Atlanta while being on the Executive Staff and cannot wait for a wonderful and academically captivating experience for all.
Noah Vetter: Under-Secretary-General
Noah Vetter is honored to be serving as the Under Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2019! This will be Noah’s ninth SRMUN conference and his third on staff, having previously served as the Director for the United Nations Development Programme at SRMUN Atlanta 2018 and as an Assistant Director for the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development at SRMUN Atlanta 2017. Noah is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Poverty and Development at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. Noah received his undergraduate degree in May of 2018 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in International Business and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and minors in Economics and Spanish. When not participating in Model United Nations, Noah enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, and spending time with friends and family. As Under Secretary-General, Noah is excited to work on expanding SRMUN’s Consulate Program and business partnerships, as well as ensure a great Conference Services experience.
Garrison Davis: Assistant Under-Secretary-General
Garrison Davis is excited to be serving as the Assistant Under Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This will be his third time on SRMUN staff, previously serving as the Director for the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at SRMUN Charlotte 2018 and as the Assistant Director for the General Assembly Second: Economic and Financial Committee at SRMUN Charlotte 2017. He has been participating in SRMUN since 2014 serving in a variety of committees such as the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the League of Arab States, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Executive Committee. He received his Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations in 2016 and currently works in the banking industry. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading or gaming, and watching sports. He looks forward to meeting the delegates and making SRMUN Atlanta 2019 the most successful conference to date.
General Assembly Plenary
Director: Michael (Mike) Engelhardt
Michael is excited to serve as director of the United Nations General Assembly at SRMUN's 30th conference in Atlanta! This will be Mike's fourth conference on staff having previously served as Assistant Director of the Committee on Narcotics and Drugs and the International Atomic Energy Agency and as Director of United Nations Environmental Programme last year. Prior to joining SRMUN, Mike had attended and worked at a number of Model United Nations conferences in the Midwest, including four iterations of the Arrowhead Model United Nations Conference and the American Model United Nations Conference. Mike has an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master's degree in International Security from the University of Denver. In his free time, he enjoys reading and traveling. Mike currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Assistant Director: John Griffin
John Griffin looks forward to attending SRMUN 2019 as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Economics at Florida State University. This will be his third year on staff, having previously served as an Assistant Director for the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) at SRMUN Atlanta 2018 and for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at SRMUN Atlanta 2017. This will also be his sixth year participating in Model United Nations at the collegiate level. He is ecstatic to see all of the great work our committee will achieve.
Assistant Director: Rania Hamdan
Rania Hamdan is honored to be serving for the first time on SRMUN staff as an Assistant Director! While this is Rania’s first time on staff at SRMUN, she has participated in SRMUN conferences four times before. Aside from SRMUN, she has also participated in Harvard WorldMUN 2017, 2018, and 2019, as well as the National MUN conference in Washington, D.C. Rania has also chaired the General Assembly Third Committee and the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at her university’s student-led conference. Rania is a senior graduating in May from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in Political Science. Her academic interests happen to coincide with her personal ones, and lie primarily in international affairs, Middle Eastern politics, and human rights. This is due to her background as a Arab-American immigrant. Although her family is originally from Nablus, Palestine, and has lived in a number of other Middle Eastern countries, she is happy to call Charlotte, North Carolina home. With what little time she has outside of her academics and Model United Nations, Rania enjoys challenging herself with new hobbies such as sewing and coding. Rania is thankful for SRMUN, as it has been one of the most formative experiences of her academic career, and looks forward to being part of that experience once again in Atlanta this fall!
General Assembly Third Committee
Director: Hannah Cake
Hannah Cake is truly honored to be serving as the Director in the General Assembly Third Committee for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This will be Hannah’s third SRMUN conference as a staff member. Hannah has been involved in Model United Nations, both as a delegate and as conference staffer, for four years over the course of her undergraduate career. Outside of Hannah’s experience at SRMUN, she participated as a delegate at six conferences internationally and nationally, served as a Director at three high school and collegiate level conferences, served as the Director-General and Secretary-General of a high school level conference, and as the Under Secretary-General of a collegiate level conference. Hannah graduated with honors from Tallahassee Community College in 2016 and continued her education at Florida State University (FSU). Hannah is currently a senior at FSU double majoring in Political Science and International Affairs. Outside of her studies and Model United Nations, Hannah is very involved with music. She is a vocalist and plays the mandolin, guitar, and banjo and has been in several different Bluegrass and Oldtime bands over the past few years. Hannah is honored and excited to be a part of SRMUN staff again this year. She hopes to create an educational environment in which every delegate can gain new perspectives on global issues and international relations and make SRMUN 2019 the best conference yet.
Assistant Director: Meera Patel
Meera Patel looks forward to her first time serving on SRMUN staff as the Assistant Director of General Assembly Third Committee! Meera graduated with honors from Flagler College in December 2018 with a degree in Criminology and Law. There, she served as the Vice President of the Model United Nations Club and Deputy Secretary-General of a student-led conference. With a passion for social justice and law, Meera will begin law school in the fall where she will be studying international human rights. She currently spends her time volunteering for several local organizations and tutoring children in high-risk areas. When she is not lending a helping hand in the community, Meera is either catching a game of pick-up soccer, running, or curled up with a stack of books. Meera welcomes all delegates and advisors, and is excited to recreate the fun and educational environment of SRMUN conferences!
Assistant Director: Sonia Qureshi
Sonia Qureshi is humbled and excited to serve as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Third Committee at SRMUN Atlanta 2019. Sonia is currently a Senior at Georgia State University (GSU) pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. Furthermore, Sonia has been a core member of the Model United Nations team at GSU for four years with experience at eight conferences: GSUMUN '16, SRMUN '16, NY NMUN '17, GSUMUN ’17, SRMUN ’17, CANADA NMUN ’17, NY NMUN ’18, and SRMUN ‘18. She has also served on the Executive Board of the organization. What began as a hobby quickly became a passion as Sonia rose through the ranks and served as the rapporteur, Assistant Director, and Director of Security Council at consecutive GSUMUN conferences and played an instrumental role in helping the conference become the largest high school MUN conference in the southeast. After competing as a delegate and helping host multiple conferences, Sonia also served as the Chair in the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Atlanta 2018 and found it to be a rewarding experience. Sonia firmly believes in the crucial role negotiation and diplomacy play in creating lasting peace and looks forward to working with delegates to engage them and enable them to think critically.
International Atomic Energy Agency
Director: J.B. Desselle
J.B. Desselle is proud to serve as the Director for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for SRMUN 2019. J.B. has had a long history with SRMUN and wouldn’t miss it’s 30th anniversary! Previously J.B. has served as the Director of the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Atlanta 2015 and 2018, Director-General at Atlanta 2016 and even Secretary-General at Atlanta 2017. J.B. graduated in 2014 from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors degree and from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2015 with a Masters degree in International Conflict Resolution. J.B. is an Atlanta native and is an avid sports fan of all of the sports team in the Atlanta area. As this will be his last SRMUN conference on staff, J.B. is ready to make sure the IAEA committee and SRMUN Atlanta 2019 will be one of the best and most enjoyable conferences.
Assistant Director: Michael Bovi
Michael Bovi is excited to serve as Assistant Director in the International Atomic Energy Agency at SRMUN Atlanta 2019. Michael participated in Model United Nations for three years at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte. During that time, Michael participated in SRMUN Atlanta every year as a delegate and he also served as Director-General for a UNC Charlotte run conference. Michael graduated in December of 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with a concentration in Software, Systems and Networking. He is currently working in Charlotte, North Carolina as a Software Analyst. Michael is excited to help delegates learn as much as possible at SRMUN Atlanta 2019!
UN Habitat Governing Council
Director: Nicole Calcagno
Nicole Calcagno is honored to be serving as the Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This is her fourth year on staff and she’s delighted to be returning. She has previously served as the Director of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) at SRMUN Atlanta 2018, Assistant Director of the Group Of 77 (G-77) at SRMUN Atlanta 2017, and Assistant Director of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at SRMUN Atlanta 2016. Also, in March, Nicole will be serving as the Director of the Human Rights Council (HRC) at SRMUN Charlotte 2019. Nicole graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and a minor in Political Science. She has spent most of her adult life building her radio career. Currently, she is on-the-air at a country radio station in downtown Chicago on the weekend, and manages Social Media at Groupon during the week. In her free time, Nicole is in the process of planning her wedding. She loves volunteering, coffee, live music, reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family, including her cats. She truly believes in the value of this organization and the impact it has on people's lives. She is looking forward to working hard, meeting staff and delegates, growing as a person and as a staffer, and most importantly, helping SRMUN Atlanta 2019 be an amazing experience for all of those involved.
Assistant Director: Asha Coutrier
Asha Coutrier is ecstatic to be at SRMUN and serving as the Assistant Director for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for SRMUN Atlanta 2018! She is a Brooklyn born Political Science and Global Studies graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a penchant for research, words, and people. She’s been apart of Model United Nations since 2016, and has attended a combined total of 9 conferences both internationally and nationally. Prior to this conference, Asha was the Assistant Director of the General Assembly Plenary for SRMUN Atlanta 2018. She cannot wait to help compile comprehensive sources of delegate information and guide delegates through the intricacies of development in the UN-Habitat!
UNICEF Executive Board
Director: Alyssa Jamie
Alyssa Jaime, a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in International Global Studies, is ecstatic to be returning to SRMUN Atlanta for her third time on staff and fourth SRMUN overall. Alyssa has previously served on the dais for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, as well as for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Alyssa currently works two jobs and goes to school part-time. She acquired the majority of her diplomacy experience while serving as a teacher’s assistant for an International Relations course in Belgium and France, and as a full-time employee with the Mexican Consulate based in Orlando. She expects to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in 2020 and apply for a Masters program involving either International Relations or Intelligence and Security. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys writing, researching, sharpening her language skills, and traveling with friends. She looks forward to seeing the hard work and collaboration that delegates will bring to the table this conference.
Assistant Director: Emily Bowen
Emily Bowen is excited to be the Assistant Director for the United Nations Children's Fun (UNICEF) Executive Board for SRMUN Atlanta 2019! This is Emily's second time on SRMUN staff, having previously been a Research Assistant for the World Health Organization, but she has been involved with SRMUN as a delegate for the past three years. Emily will graduate from the University of Montevallo in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, with minors in History, Pre-law, Journalism, and Human Rights and Public Service. Post-graduation, Emily plans on attending graduate school for international security in terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and human rights. Outside of SRMUN, Emily enjoys helping run her university's Model United Nations program, watching cheesy comedies and drama shows on Netflix, and eating copious amounts of chips and salsa. Emily is thrilled to be assistant directing at the Model United Nations conference that started her love for international relations!
UN Population Fund Executive Board
Director: Melissa Nelson
Melissa Nelson is honored to be the Director for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) at SRMUN 2019! She has a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and International Relations and a Masters of Arts in Human Rights and Global Ethics. She has traveled all over the world and loves learning other cultures and lifestyles. She began her Model United Nations career in 2013 at NMUN NY where she was a delegate. From then on, she has always been involved with Model United Nations, either as a delegate or staffer at SRMUN. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching cooking shows and playing with her dog.
Assistant Director: Jehojada (JJ) Merilan
Jehojada (JJ) Merilan is ecstatic to be returning for his second consecutive year staffing for SRMUN - this time as Assistant Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). His time with SRMUN began three years ago as a delegate for Atlanta 2016 in the General Assembly Plenary and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Atlanta 2017. At SRMUN Atlanta 2018, JJ served as an Assistant Director for the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). JJ majors in International and Global Studies and minors in Intelligence and National Security at the University of Central Florida. In his free time, JJ enjoys video games, reading, writing, and traveling for food. JJ is thrilled to be joining fellow staff and delegates once again for the SRMUN experience!
Commission on Crime Prevention and
Director: Sam Compagno
Sam Compagno is thrilled to be serving as a Director for the first time at SRMUN. As a delegate, he attended three SRMUN Atlanta conferences as well as one SRMUN Charlotte conference. Overall, he has been participating in Model United Nations programs for over six years. Last year, Sam was the Assistant Director for the United Nations Environmental Programme- Committee of Permanent Representatives, which gave him an even deeper appreciation for all that Model United Nations and SRMUN can do for students both during and after college. He graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, so he will be bringing considerable subject matter expertise to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. While Sam very much enjoys volunteering with SRMUN, he pays the bills through his employment with Distribution By Air (DBA), a freight broker located near the Atlanta airport. As a Director, Sam hopes to ensure delegates in his committee have the same rewarding experiences he has enjoyed at previous conferences, as well as to provide a unique committee to explore the complex, diverse world of international criminal justice policies.
Assistant Director: Joshua Perry
Joshua Perry is honored to serve as the Assistant Director for the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at SRMUN Atlanta 2019! Joshua has participated in SRMUN conferences before, as a delegate, chair, and even as a staffer. Last year, Joshua was the Assistant Director for the Security Council. Aside from SRMUN, he has participated in Harvard WorldMUN several times, as well as several other conferences. Joshua has also previously served as the Director-General of a smaller collegiate conference. Joshua is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he studies both Political Science and History. Aside from academics, he works at Target as a Guest Service Manager, loves spending time with his friends and family, and is a huge pop culture nerd. Joshua is thrilled to serve as a staff member at SRMUN Atlanta 2019 so he can create a fulfilling, yet challenging, experience to remember for a lifetime.
Organization for the Prohibition of
Chemical Weapons Executive
Director: Aanchel Shah
Aanchel Shah, a senior at the University of Florida, is excited to spend her fifth year with SRMUN. What originally was just an excuse to travel with friends turned into two years of competing, two years of serving as the Assistant Director of G-20 (2017) and GA Plenary (2018), and a fifth year as the Director of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council at SRMUN Atlanta 2019. During her collegiate experience, she served as the Secretary and the Vice President of her Model United Nations club while at Valencia College, and later served as the Chief of Staff for the University of Florida's High School Model United Nations conference known as GatorMUN. All of her experiences with Model United Nations have only made her appreciation for it grow. Aanchel looks forward to meeting delegates and helping them grow and love SRMUN (and Model United Nations in general) as much as she does!
Assistant Director: Chantel Hover
Chantel Hover is delighted and humbled to serve as this year’s Assistant Director for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Executive Council. Chantel’s previous committee staff experiences include the position of Assistant Director on the Security Council (SC) at the Florida Model United Nations conference at Santa Fe College, as well as the Assistant Director on the Committee on the Proper Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) at the GatorMUN high school conference, hosted by the University of Florida. This will be Chantel’s ninth Model UN conference and her fourth at SRMUN. She credits Model UN for having the biggest impact in pushing her to explore foreign policy and diplomacy in her early years of college, and is excited to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for the organization with new and returning delegates this year!
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Director: Jessica Doscher
Jessica Doscher is honored and delighted to be serving as the Director of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for SRMUN Atlanta 2019. This will be her third time serving on SRMUN staff, previously having served as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary and an Assistant Director for the International Court of Justice. She is a graduate of Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English. She enjoys good podcasts and hanging out with her roommate’s cat. She is excited to celebrate the 30th year of SRMUN and looks forward to a great conference!
Assistant Director: Olivia Liska
Olivia Liska is super excited to be returning to SRMUN Atlanta staff as Assistant Director for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization! Olivia served as Assistant Director to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at SRMUN Atlanta 2018 and has participated in a total of nine Model United Nations conferences. She has staffed twice previously, once at the College of Charleston and the second at SMRUN Atlanta, and attended as a delegate to seven. Olivia has interned for the Department of State in the Bureau of International Organizations and gained valuable insight into the workings of the United Nations. Olivia graduates from the College of Charleston in May 2019 as a double major in Political Science and International Studies with a Spanish minor.
Director: Austen Brennan
Austen Brennan is very excited to be serving as the Director of the Security Council. Austen is currently pursuing a master’s degree in United States Foreign Policy and National Security from the School of International Service at American University. He is an editor of the Journal of International Service, and a member of American University’s Cyber 9/12 team. In his spare time, Austen loves hiking and writing. He is in the process of writing a novel that will be published later this year. Austen’s previous Model United Nations experience includes two appearances at SRMUN, in 2017 as a NATO delegate, and in 2018 as the Assistant Director for the League of Arab States.