SRMUN Board of Directors
SRMUN's Board of Directors consists of five voting members: three students or former students and two faculty members, all of whom are elected by their peers for one or two year terms during the annual conference. The voting members annually select the Board's president, vice president, and other offices it determines to fill, including the position of Executive Director(s). The Board president presides over Board meetings. Meeting three times each year, the Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the business aspects of the conference. These duties include ensuring the financial health and goals of the corporation as well as the educational mission and integrity for the conference. In addition, the Board selects and trains the Executive Staff of each conference. These offices are: the Secretary-General (SG), the Director-General (DG), the Deputy Director-General (DDG) and the Under Secretary-General of Conference Services (USG-CS). The SG and DG are charged by the Board of Directors to recruit the staff personnel for each year's conference, including the committee directors responsible for formulating and publishing committee background guides.
The members of the SRMUN Board of Directors are:
|Liz Wian, President||Earl Fields, Vice-President|
|Daniel Fuerstman, Secretary||Jessie Belk, Member at Large|
|Erica Little, Member at Large||Dr. Kevin Freeman, Member at Large|
|Paul Londrigan, Member at Large||Kate Moore, Member Ex-Officio|
|Dr. Cindy Combs, Member Ex-Officio||Dr. Martin Slann, Member Ex-Officio|
|Hether Scheel, Member Ex-Officio||Reggie Thomas, Member Ex-Officio|
|Michael B Gaspar, Executive Director - Finance||Dr. Wayne Pfeiler, Executive Director - Information Technology|
Liz Wian, Board President
Liz Wian graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with degrees in Political Science, with a concentration on International and Comparative Politics, and Mass Media Communication. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Charlotte, NC. Liz previously served as the Director-General and Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta and as the Secretary-General for SRMUN Charlotte 2013. She is excited to bring her love and experience within the SRMUN brand to the Board of Directors.
Earl Fields, Vice-President
Earl has participated in SRMUN for the past nine years first as a part of the delegation from Georgia State University, later as a member of the committee staff, and he served as the President of the Board of Directors of the SRMUN XXII and XXIII conferences, and as a student member of the SRMUN board of directors for SRMUN XX and XXI. Earl served as the Director of the General Assembly Plenary for the SRMUN XIX conference, Director for the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice for the SRMUN XVIII conference, and Assistant Director for the League of Arab States for the SRMUN XVII conference. Earl has been involved with various Model United Nations programs since high school where he served as a committee director for the Gulf States Model United Nations and in college as Director for Georgia State University High School Model United Nations and research assistant for the Under-Secretary General for Specialized Agencies for the 2007 National Model United Nations Conference. Earl received a Master's degree from Georgia State University in the field of Biochemistry, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Health Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Daniel Fuerstman, Secretary
Daniel Fuerstman is an instructor of political science at the State College of Florida - Manatee/Sarasota where has been since 2009. Daniel has a B.A. in history from Rutgers University - New Brunswick and an M.A. in political science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He teaches classes in international relations and American government. He founded the Model United Nations at State College of Florida in 2010 and has served as its adviser since.
Jessie Belk, Member at Large
Erica Little, Member at Large
Erica Little graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2008, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences. In June 2012, she graduated with a Master of Science degree in Higher Education and Organizational Management with a concentration in Student Development and Affairs from Drexel University located in Philadelphia, PA. In September of 2013, she will begin studying for a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University located in Malibu, CA. She currently works in student affairs at California Polytechnic State University located in San Luis Obispo, CA. She plans to continue working in a higher education setting striving towards the goal of becoming a university chancellor. This is her seventh year attending SRMUN holding five years as a committee staff member, and first as a member of the Board of Directors. Her hobbies include hiking, watching movies, going to the beach, running, traveling and studying foreign languages. She is currently becoming fluent in French. Shortly afterward she will begin studying Spanish and Italian.
Dr. Kevin Freeman, Member at Large
Dr. Kevin Freeman is the chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he has been since 2004. Dr. Freeman holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University, a M.A. in International Relations from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alabama. He teaches courses primarily in international relations and comparative politics, with a focus on the countries of the developing world, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. His current research agenda focuses on the role of sports in international politics, particularly as they relate to the use soft power. He has been the fortunate recipient of a Fulbright German Studies Summer Grant (2009), a Fulbright-Hayes Seminar Abroad Grant in China (2009), and a Freeman Institute Grant aimed at infusing Japan studies into undergraduate curricula (2006). Most recently, he was awarded a UNCP Outstanding Teaching Award (2010).
Paul Londrigan, Member at Large
Paul Londrigan is an adjunct professor at Pace University Westchester, where he serves as the faculty advisor to the Pace University Model United Nations team. Additionally, he specializes in conflict studies, political economy and international relations theory. Paul holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pace University and an M.A. in International Relations from the Whitehead School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. When Professor Londrigan is not teaching he enjoys cycling and cooking for his lovely wife.
Kate Moore, Member Ex-Officio
Kate Moore is delighted to be returning to SRMUN on the Board of Directors. This will be her fifth year with the conference; she has previously served in several committees as well as Conference Services. Kate graduated from Clemson University with honors in 2004 and from the George Washington University Law School in 2009. She currently lives and works in Washington, DC as an attorney in immigration law.
Dr. Cindy Combs, Member Ex-Officio
Cindy Combs received her doctorate in Political Science from George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1984. She is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, teaching at the University since 1988. She became the faculty advisor for the University's Model UN organization in 1990. Cindy has served as a member of the SRMUN Board of Directors since the conference conception in 1991, as well as on the board of the National Model UN and the Carolinas Model UN Conferences. Dr. Combs is the author of the text, Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century, (Prentice-Hall, in its 4th edition, 2006), and with Martin Slann has co-edited the Encyclopedia of Terrorism (Facts on File, revised edition, 2007). She has been the recipient of the Bank of America Teaching Award (1997), the Bonnie Cone Distinguished Professorship of Teaching (2003), and in 2005 the Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for North Carolina Award. She has served as a member of a national Task Force on Terrorism; a consultant for local, state, regional, and national law enforcement agencies on terrorism; and a resource person for more than eighteen years with a wide range of educational, religious and media groups seeking to deal with the role of terrorism in the contemporary world.
Dr. Martin Slann, Member Ex-Officio
Martin Slann received his doctorate in political science from the University of Georgia. He is a long-time member of the American and Midwest Political Science Associations. He is a former member and chair of the political science faculty at Clemson University and a former faculty member and Director of Academic Affairs at Pennsylvania State University Wilkes-Barre. He has served as the chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Macon State College. After Macon State, Martin moved to UNC Pembroke but now works at The University of Texas at Tyler. Dr Slann has been the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations student organization at all three institutions. With Cindy Combs, he has co-edited the Encyclopedia of Terrorism (Facts on File, revised edition, 2007) and is the author of Introduction to Politics: Governments and Nations in the Twenty-First Century, 4th ed. (Thomson Learning, 2006). He has received awards for advisement excellence at Clemson University and Penn State. Teaching and research interests include Middle East Politics and political terrorism. Along with Cindy Combs, Dr. Slann has served on the SRMUN Board of Directors since the conference's genesis in 1991.
Hether Scheel, Member Ex-Officio
Reggie Thomas, Member Ex-Officio
Michael B Gaspar, Executive Director - Finance
Michael B. Gaspar was raised and is currently living in the New York City area. He graduated from Pace University with his combined Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in public accounting and minors in political science and history. After graduation Mike went to work in the public accounting field concentrating in corporate and partnership taxation at such firms as Arthur Andersen, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP. Mike has been attending SRMUN since 1998 where he started as a first time Model UN delegate. Since then, he has attended close to forty Model UN conferences across North America. Mike has served at SRMUN as a four time director, including committees such as the General Assembly Plenary and World Bank and then as Secretary of the Board of Directors in 2005. This is currently his second year as the Executive Director of Finance for SRMUN, Inc. Mike has also served on the staff of several other conferences including the National Model UN where he recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff. In addition, Mike has also assisted in many Model UN conferences for middle school and high school students, including conferences that were held in such places as the United Nations Headquarters and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Currently, Mike is an owner of a construction firm in the tri-state specializing in urban grounds improvements. In the near future, Mike intends to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam and return to graduate school to study real estate development and eventually move to The South.
Dr. Wayne Pfeiler, Executive Director - Information Technology
Dr. Wayne Pfeiler is an engineer in Raleigh, NC. He currently works as an NIEHS government contractor for Attain, LLC. Previously, he worked at Duke University after completing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering in the joint graduate program at UNC - Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. Wayne received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville in May 2002, and a Master of Science degree from the same institution in Engineering Science in May 2004. Although his academic work has focused in science, Wayne has worked with Model UN in different capacities since 1994, when he began as delegate in high school. In 2001, he helped establish UTHSMUN, a new Model UN conference at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville for high school students. Wayne began his SRMUN experience in 2000 as a delegate. The following three years he served on staff as the Assistant Under Secretary-General for Conference Services. Wayne was hired as the Under Secretary-General of Conference Services in 2003 and served in the position for two years before being elected in 2005 to serve on the Board of Directors. Wayne served as Secretary for the SRMUN Board of Directors for two years until 2007, then President of the Board for two years before being appointed as the Executive Director for Information and Technology in 2009. Dr. Pfeiler's current EDIT position extends through the November conference in 2015.