SRMUN Board of Directors
SRMUN's Board of Directors consists of seven voting members: four students or former students and three faculty members, all of whom are elected by their peers for one or two year terms during the annual conference. The voting members annually at the Atlanta conference meeting 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 four 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:
|Cortney Moshier, President||Earl Fields, Vice-President|
|Daniel Fuerstman, Secretary||Dr. Kirill Bumin, Member at Large|
|Matthew DeSantis, Member at Large||Reggie Thomas, Member at Large|
|Hether Scheel, Member at Large||Matt Smither, Member Ex-Officio|
|Dr. Cindy Combs, Founding Member||Dr. Martin Slann, Founding Member|
|Michael B Gaspar, Executive Director||Dr. Wayne Pfeiler, Executive Director - Information Technology|
Cortney Moshier, Board President
Cortney Moshier lives and works in upstate New York. She graduated from Pace University with a B.A. in Political Science and History and got her M.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Non-profit Management. She currently works for a small non-profit providing educational resources and services to families with special needs children, most specifically with a diagnosis of autism. Cortney has been on staff with SRMUN since 2007 and has most recently been the Secretary General for Charlotte 2014. When not working on something SRMUN related Cortney loves to bake and has a dream of opening a bakery of her own one day!
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.
Dr. Kirill Bumin, Member at Large
Kirill Bumin grew up in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in the mid-1990s. He received his doctorate in comparative politics and international relations from the University of Kentucky. He currently serves an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to coming to the UNC Pembroke, Dr. Bumin was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for International Studies in Georgia Southern University. Dr. Bumin specializes in post-communist politics, with particular focus on political transitions, ethnic conflict, and comparative judicial politics.
Matthew DeSantis, Member at Large
Matthew DeSantis is an associate professor of Political Science at Guilford Technical Community College (NC). Previously, Professor DeSantis taught at the University of Texas - El Paso and High Point University. At GTCC, Professor DeSantis has cultivated a strong membership in both the Political Science and Model United Nations Club. Over the last several years he has received the Excellence in Teaching Award in addition to the President's Award for Outstanding Service and Innovation. In 2014, he was one of five statewide finalists for the North Carolina Community System Excellence in Teaching Award. Professor DeSantis received in Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Furman University and his Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. He is also a former Model United Nations delegate from his time at Muhlenberg High School in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Hether Scheel, Member at Large
Hether Scheel graduated from Berry College in 2010 where she studied Government and lead the Model UN club to SRMUN, NMUN, and WorldMUN. After graduation, Hether did the unthinkable (as one who grew up a stone's throw from UGA) and moved to Atlanta to attend Georgia Tech. She received a MS in International Affairs in 2012. Currently, she works for the CDC Foundation where she is responsible for building public-private partnerships to support critical public health needs in the US and abroad. Hether previously served as a director, Under Secretary-General, and Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta, as well as a director at SRMUN Charlotte. When she's not trying to change the world, Hether likes to travel, cook, and explore hidden gems in Atlanta.
Matt Smither, Member Ex-Officio
Matt Smither has been with SRMUN since 2008 as a delegate, staff member, and most recently as Secretary-General for SRMUN Atlanta 2014. In 2010 Matt graduated from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Honors History and Political Science, where he lead the university's Model UN team to regional, national, and international conferences. In 2012 Matt moved to Washington DC to attend American University, and graduated with an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution in 2014. Matt has been a Fellow, independent consultant, and field researcher in the field of environmental peacebuilding. Currently, Matt is working for an international development firm on a workforce development project in Jordan.
Dr. Cindy Combs, Founding Member
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, Founding Member
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.
Michael B Gaspar, Executive Director
Michael B. Gaspar was raised and is currently living in the New York City area. He graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville, New York with his Bachelor 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 specializing in corporate and partnership taxation at such firms as Arthur Andersen, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP. Currently, Mike is an owner of a construction firm in New York specializing in urban grounds improvements and site development. Mike has been attending SRMUN since 1998 where he started as a first time Model UN delegate. He has also served on the staff of several other conferences including the National Model UN (NMUN) where he was on staff for six years including being a Chief of Staff in 2009 and as a Director at NMUN-Latin America hosted in Ecuador in 2010. 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. At SRMUN, Mike was a four time director, including committees such as the General Assembly Plenary and World Bank. After being in committee, he decided to run for the Board of Directors and became the Secretary of the Board in 2005. He then worked as the Executive Director of Finance from 2006 to 2014. The Board, in 2015, moved Mike to his current position, Executive Director. Mike continues to love the organization which has given him so much. He looks forward to bright future at SRMUN including moving back to downtown Atlanta, the growing of SRMUN Charlotte, and continuing the promotion of SRMUN to make it available to all students. Outside of Model UN, Mike intends to return to graduate school to study real estate development.
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.