Noah Vetter: Secretary-General
Noah is honored to be serving as Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2020. A long-time Model UN participant and SRMUN attendee, this will be Noah’s fourth time on staff, having previously served as Under Secretary-General, Director of the United Nations Development Programme, and Assistant Director for the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development. Noah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2018 with Bachelor’s degrees in International Business and International Studies with concentration in Development and Sustainability. He recently completed a Master’s degree in Poverty and Development at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, located in the United Kingdom. With his academic and research background, Noah has a great passion for this year’s theme, “Understanding and Combating Global Multidimensional Poverty and Inequality,” and very much looks forward to seeing the solutions and resolutions that delegates will put forward to address their topics. When not doing work for SRMUN or looking for a job, Noah enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching reruns of his favorite sit-coms.
Ryan Baerwalde: Director-General
Ryan is honored to serve as the Director-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2020! This will be Ryan's seventh time on SRMUN Staff. He has previously served as Deputy Director-General, Assistant Deputy Director-General of Crises, Director of the League of Arab States, Director of the Security Council, and Assistant Director of the Security Council. Ryan received his BA in Political Science from Valdosta State University in 2014 and his MA in International Security from the University of Denver in 2017. Ryan is currently looking forward to starting his new job as a contractor working as a Declassification Analyst for the Department of Defense. Outside of work and SRMUN, Ryan enjoys spending time in the gym, watching sci-fi shows and movies, and cheering on his favorite Atlanta sports teams. Ryan is supremely confident in the talent of this year's staff, and looks forward to making this the best SRMUN yet!
Michael Engelhardt: Deputy Directory-General
Mike is excited to serve as Deputy Director-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2020! This will be Mike's fifth time on staff, having previously served as an Assistant Director in the Committee on Narcotics and Drugs and the International Atomic Energy Agency and as a Director in the United Nations Environment Programme and General Assembly Plenary. Mike has an Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master's degree from the University of Denver. In this free time he enjoys reading and traveling. Mike currently lives and works in Washington, DC.
Jessica Doscher: Under-Secretary-General
Jessica is thrilled and honored to be serving as the Under Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2020! This will be her fourth time on staff, having previously served as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary committee in 2017, an Assistant Director for the International Court of Justice in 2018, and as the Director for NATO in 2019. Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in English from Winthrop University. She has focused most of her studies on Eastern Europe, specifically on Russian-Ukrainian relations. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with her cat, and listening to true crime podcasts. Jessica is excited to help make this a wonderful conference for the delegates this fall!
Olivia Liska: Assistant Under-Secretary-General
Olivia is super excited to return to SRMUN Atlanta staff as AUSG! 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 UN conferences. She has staffed twice previously, once at the College of Charleston and the second at SMRUN ATL. Olivia graduated from College of Charleston with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Studies, and is currently in law school at the University of Indiana. In her free time, Olivia enjoys yoga and hiking.
General Assembly Plenary
Director: Helen Smith
Helen Smith is thrilled to be Directing the General Assembly Plenary for SRMUN Atlanta 2020. Helen has served as a Director for both Charlotte and Atlanta in the General Assembly Plenary, Organization of American States, and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons as well as Assistant Director for the African Development Bank at Charlotte 2018. Helen began her journey with SRMUN and Model UN as a delegate at SRMUN Atlanta 2016, and has since been to over 15 conferences both domestically and abroad. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science with a minor in International Affairs from Kennesaw State University, and is certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Helen now lives and works in Washington D.C. She currently works for an international non-profit campaign for youth advocacy and children's rights, running their U.S. branch. In her free time she enjoys going to parks, hosting movie marathons, and spending time with the friends she's made through SRMUN. Helen hopes to see delegates take away the incredible skills and experiences SRMUN has given her over the years at SRMUN Atlanta 2020!
Assistant Director: Meera Patel
Meera is excited to be serving as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary! She looks forward to building upon her experience last year serving as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Third Committee. Having initially joined Flagler College’s Model UN club as a delegate during her sophomore year, Meera has since transitioned into a variety of staffing and coaching roles. During her senior year, Meera co-founded Flagler’s first Model UN conference for local Title 1 high schools and currently volunteers as an advisor for the YMCA Berkeley delegation. In 2018, Meera graduated from Flagler College with a BA in Criminology and Law and currently works in non-profit development in San Francisco. In her spare time, Meera enjoys coaching and playing soccer, running, learning new languages, and reading an endless list of books. Meera welcomes new and returning delegates and advisors to SRMUN Atlanta 2020!
Assistant Director: Ella Schalski
Ella is honored to be serving on SRMUN Staff for the first time as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Atlanta 2020! She has two years of experience with Model United Nations, serving as a delegate and then Director at the Mississippi Model Security Council and as a delegate at SRMUN Atlanta 2019. Ella graduates from Mississippi State University in May 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in both English language and literature and German language and literature. She will be pursuing her Master of Arts in English starting in fall 2020, with her research concentrating on early-modern British women writers. She is so excited for this opportunity and cannot wait to engage with delegates!
General Assembly First Committee
Director: Austen Brennan
Austen is proud to serve as the Director of the General Assembly First Committee at SRMUN Atlanta 2020. Austen’s previous Model UN experience includes two appearances at SRMUN, in 2018 as the Assistant Director for the League of Arab States committee and in 2019 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 a former editor of the Journal of International Service and a former 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.
Assistant Director: Claire Hodges
Claire is delighted to be serving as the Assistant Director for the General Assembly First Committee. After twelve years of Model UN this is only Claire’s second time on SRMUN staff, having previously served as the Assistant Director for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. She recently graduated from the University of Florida with majors in International Studies and Sustainability Studies and a minor in Mathematics. When not dancing in the hallways, Claire can usually be found in a tree, on a trail, or exploring somewhere new. Nothing makes her more excited than creating idealistic solutions for realistic problems, and she hopes that the delegates will be inspired to go out and save the world.
Assistant Director: Hunter Nimmo
Hunter is excited to serve as Assistant Director for the General Assembly First Committee. This is his first time staffing SRMUN, although he has staffed several other conferences. He is currently pursuing majors in Economics and Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida (UF). He became involved in Model UN during his first year at UF where he found a home and many of his closest friends in college. His favorite part of Model UN is staffing conferences because of the rewarding feeling he gets from putting on a weekend of competition and relationship building for others. To escape the stress of school and work he often goes outdoors or finds a good book. He is often found biking around the city, hiking in the forest, or reading a fantasy novel. He cannot wait to see the creative arguments and solutions this year’s delegates will find!
Food and Agriculture Organization
Director: Rachael Wnuk
Rachael is honored to serve as your Director for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for SRMUN Atlanta 2020. With over ten years of experience in the world of Model UN, Rachael is excited to return to SRMUN Staff for her fourth year. After spending time teaching abroad in countries such as Belize and Uganda, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of North Florida with minors in both Psychology and Health Education. After moving back to New England, Rachael returned to her project management roots and transitioned into a position in the tech industry. With her diverse background, and long history with Model UN, Rachael is looking forward to mentoring the delegates of the FAO at SRMUN 2020. She is anxiously awaiting the reveal of the complex and compelling resolutions that the delegates of the FAO will create in response to the world’s issues they will face at SRMUN 2020.
Assistant Director: Kathleen Naruzshka Conow
Kathleen is honored to be serving as an Assistant Director for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) at SRMUN Atlanta 2020. This will be Kathleen’s third time on SRMUN staff, having served as the Assistant Director for the Security Council at SRMUN Atlanta 2019 and an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2020. Kathleen is currently pursuing a B.S in Political Science and International Studies at Santa Fe College. Currently, she is employed as an Account Manager and Mobile App designer at Modernized Mobile. In her free time, Kathleen enjoys traveling, painting, working out, and spending time with family and friends. Kathleen is looking forward to seeing what resolutions the delegates will bring to the table.
Assistant Director: Daniel Felberg
Daniel is excited to be serving as an Assistant Director for the Food and Agriculture Organization at this year's SRMUN Atlanta conference! He was born in the UK, lived most of his life in Brazil, then moved to Canada in 2016 for university. In 2019, Daniel transferred to UNC Charlotte, where he is currently double-majoring in International Studies and Political Science, and hoping to minor in Latin American Studies. Daniel has been doing Model UN since his freshman year of high school and has been fortunate enough to attend 34 conferences (!!!) throughout his academic career. Daniel is looking forward to meeting you all at SRMUN!
Economic and Social Council
Director: Kristina Drye
Kristina is very excited to be returning to SRMUN Atlanta Staff to serve as Director of ECOSOC! She is the Strategic Communications Manager at Giant Oak, Inc., where she focuses on science communication, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the future of the human in an automated world. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, an M.A. in Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and graduate credit from the American University of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kristina’s expertise includes the security intersection of statebuilding, conflict resolution, peacebuilding processes, cultural heritage, and diplomacy, with a strong area expertise of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. Kristina’s previous employment includes positions at the European Parliament and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte. Kristina has served on several SRMUN Atlanta staffs, most recently as a Director in the General Assembly Plenary in 2017 and the Peacebuilding Commission in 2016. She looks forward to seeing delegates hard work and collaboration in committee this year!
Assistant Director: Kadijah Cormier
Kadijah is thrilled to be serving as Assistant Director of the United Nations Economic and Social Council for SRMUN 2020! She is an International Global Studies major at the University of Central Florida. Kadijah previously participated as a delegate at both SRMUN Atlanta and SRMUN Charlotte and this her second time on SRMUN Staff! She previously participated in such committees as the General Assembly Second and The Commission on the Status of Women. After graduation, she is looking to pursue her Master’s degree in international law and human rights. Outside of community service, she enjoys traveling, music, and being a foodie. Kadijah is looking forward to seeing what all delegates have prepared for a groundbreaking SRMUN Atlanta 2020!
United Nations Development Programme
Director: Alyssa Jaime
Alyssa is eager to take on the role of Director for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at SRMUN Atlanta 2020. This will be Alyssa’s fifth time serving on staff, having previously served as Assistant Director for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in 2017, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in 2018, the Organization of American States at SRMUN Charlotte in 2019, and as Director for the United Nations Children’s Fund at SRMUN Atlanta in 2019. Alyssa is currently working full time for a leading personal injury law firm in Orlando while pursuing her B.A. in International and Global Studies with a certificate in Intelligence and National Security at the University of Central Florida. When not at school, work, or taking naps, Alyssa can be found spending time with her loved ones. All in all, Alyssa is most excited to ensure that UNDP delegates have their most rewarding and productive conference experience yet!
Assistant Director: Mia Baxley
Mia is overjoyed to be the Assistant-Director for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at SRMUN Atlanta 2020. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations. She is a first-year graduate student at Wake Forest University, pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration on strategy & management. This is her second time on staff but her first time serving on the dais itself. Her first experience on staff was serving as the Research Assistant for the United Nations Development Programme at SRMUN Atlanta 2019. She was an active delegate for three years between the fall of 2015 and the spring of 2018. During those six conferences, she served as a head delegate three times and each team she led was hard-working and well-decorated. She loves the comradery that comes along with being at SRMUN. Outside of SRMUN, she has varied interests. She enjoys reading, listening to K-pop, and watching classic comedies; her favorite K-pop groups are EXO, SHINee, Blackpink, and Twice, and her favorite classic comedians are Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and the Marx Brothers. She also enjoys spending time with her fiance and two pet rabbits, Dipper and Honey.
Commission on the Status of Women
Director: Asha Coutrier
Asha is ecstatic to be back for another SRMUN conference and to be serving as your Director for the Commission on the Status of Women at SRMUN Atlanta 2020! She is currently a first-year graduate student at American University, where her studies pertain to Global Governance, Politics, and Security. She’s been a part of the Model UN culture since 2016,and has attended over ten conferences both internationally and nationally. When not participating in SRMUN, she can be found either reading, doing a face mask, or a combination of both.
Assistant Director: Marisa Laudadio-Weaver
Marisa is excited to serve as Assistant Director for the Commission on the Status of Women at SRMUN Atlanta 2020! This will be her fourth time attending SRMUN Atlanta and her first time serving on staff. Marisa is a recent graduate from Mississippi State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Communications with concentrations in public relations and international studies. When not working on SRMUN projects, Marisa can be found traveling, playing board games with family and friends, or reading a historical fiction novel.
Director: Chantel Hover
Chantel is thrilled to return to SRMUN Staff as the Director of the Peacebuilding Commission at SRMUN Atlanta 2020! This will be Chantel's fourteenth Model United Nations conference, her fifth SRMUN, and her second time on SRMUN Staff. A student at Columbia University, Chantel studies Political Science and Slavic Studies, and is also involved in her University's MUN team, student government, and various campus social justice groups. Chantel enjoys sharing study time with her two adorable felines and exploring the museums of New York, whenever time permits. She credits Model UN as the launchpad into her current field of study, and hopes to help create the atmosphere of learning, comradery, and inspiration that makes SRMUN Atlanta such a memorable conference each and every year!
Assistant Director: Emily Bowen
Emily is so excited to be serving as Assistant Director for the Peacebuilding Commission! Emily is a graduate student at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, studying International Security with a concentration in Peace Operations. This will be her third time on staff, having served as a Research Assistant for the World Health Organization at SRMUN Atlanta 2018 and Assistant Director for the United Nations Children’s Fund at SRMUN Atlanta 2019. Before her time on staff, Emily was also a delegate at SRMUN Atlanta three times with the University of Montevallo. When not helping prepare for committee, Emily likes to watch funny YouTube videos, hang out with her friends, and spend too much time finding the restaurant with the best salsa in town. Emily can't wait to see the work done by the delegates at SRMUN Atlanta 2020!
Director: LeAnna Christensen
LeAnna is excited to be serving as your Director for the Security Council at SRMUN Atlanta 2020! LeAnna graduated from Kennesaw State University and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business in May 2019. While she is a Georgia native, she has been living in Washington, DC since July of 2019. She has participated in Model UN for more than seven years now and attended four SRMUN conferences as a delegate. This will also be her fourth time on SRMUN Staff, having previously served as the Director for the Group of 20 at Charlotte 2020, Director for the United Nations Population Fund at Atlanta 2019, and Assistant Director of the General Assembly First at Charlotte 2019. When she is not doing Model UN, she can be found traveling, going to concerts, and hanging out with her friends. Overall, LeAnna cannot wait to work with the delegates of the Security Council and create a great SRMUN experience!!
Assistant Director: Taheerah Smith
Taheerah is delighted to be serving as Assistant Director for the Security Council! This is her first time serving on SRMUN staff, although she has participated as a Chair/Rapporteur and delegate in several conferences over the years. Taheerah will graduate from UNC Charlotte in May of 2021, with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Systems Management and Sociology. She is an active member of the Advanced Model UN team at UNC Charlotte and hopes that her continued participation in conferences will allow her to continue to learn and grow. In her free time, she loves to hang with friends, play ultimate frisbee, and binge Netflix shows.