Desiree Kennedy: Secretary-General
Desiree Kennedy is both honored and proud to be serving as your Secretary-General for SRMUN Charlotte 2019! This is Desiree’s seventh time on staff with SRMUN, and the second time as a member of the Executive Staff, having previously served as the Director-General for SRMUN Charlotte 2018. Prior to her time on staff, Desiree was a SRMUN Charlotte delegate in 2013 and 2014. SRMUN is truly a valued part of her life, and she is grateful to be able to help shape and influence the conference experience for all of this year’s delegates. Desiree currently works in Health Policy and Government Affairs for a medical device company in Washington, D.C., and serves as a political campaign manager for local races. She graduated in May of 2016 with a Master’s Degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. Her undergraduate career provided her with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Legal Studies from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a love for Model United Nations that would continue well beyond her delegate days! She is looking forward to serving as your Secretary-General and yet another SRMUN experience!
Zach Grieger: Director-General
Zach Grieger is serving as the Director-General for SRMUN Charlotte 2019. Prior to serving as this year’s Director-General, Zach was the Director for the African Development Bank for SRMUN Charlotte 2018, Assistant Director for United Nations Environment Programme at SRMUN Atlanta 2017, and participated as a delegate at both SRMUN conferences. Additionally, in 2014-2015, Zach was the Director-General for the Model UN program at Winthrop University. In 2016, Zach graduated with his Bachelor’s in Mass Communication with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Winthrop University. Outside of Model United Nations, Zach has a strong love for all films, reading all genres of books, and records a weekly podcast available on YouTube. Zach looks forward to working with all the delegates and to another successful SRMUN Charlotte!
Keith Brannum: Deputy Directory-General
Keith Brannum is excited to be serving as Deputy Director-General for SRMUN Charlotte 2019. Keith has been with SRMUN for over six years, serving as a delegate for Atlanta 2013 in the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and Security Council in Atlanta 2014. Keith first served on staff as Assistant Director for the African Development Bank (AfDB) at SRMUN Charlotte 2015, and subsequently served as Director for SRMUN Atlanta 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Keith served as Deputy Director-General for SRMUN Atlanta. Keith holds a Bachelor's in History with focus in twentieth century U.S. foreign policy, and a Masters in Public Administration with emphasis in federal policy management. Keith is professional fundraiser for candidates for public office and has managed political campaigns across the South. In his free time, Keith enjoys traveling, reading, and strategy video games.
Kayla Bello: Under-Secretary-General
Kayla Bello is thrilled to be returning to SRMUN for the second time as member of the Executive Staff — this time as the Under-Secretary-General for SRMUN Charlotte 2019. Kayla graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Business Administration. She joined the Tyler Collegiate Model United Nations Club at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2012 and later served as Vice President of Service. While attending SRMUN Charlotte 2014 as a delegate, she fell in love with the SRMUN organization and has since served seven times on staff. She previously served as Assistant Director of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and World Humanitarian Summit 2016, Director of the General Assembly Fourth Committee, Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and the General Assembly Plenary, and was the Deputy Director-General of SRMUN Charlotte 2018. When Kayla is not working full time, she enjoys listening to music, dancing, reading, traveling, and indulging in the occasional Netflix binge. She looks forward to making this year’s conference an enjoyable and memorable experience for all delegates.
Allie Fowler: Assistant Under-Secretary-General
Allie is excited to get back into the world of MUN after spending a year away from SRMUN. She was a delegate for SRMUN ATL in 2014 and 2015, during which she was also a Chair and Rapporteur. Allie joined SRMUN staff for the first time as Assistant Director of UNEA at SRMUN ATL 2016 and continued on as Assistant Director of NATO at SRMUN ATL 2017. Allie has a BA in History from Berry College and currently works in the Education Department at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA. In her free time, she enjoys watching YouTube, playing with makeup, reading, traveling, and playing board games. Allie is very excited to come to SRMUN Charlotte for the first time and to be able to explore this amazing city.
General Assembly Plenary
Director: Vanessa DuBoulay
Vanessa DuBoulay is honored to serve as Director for the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2019! This is Vanessa’s second time on SRMUN Charlotte staff after previously having served as the Director for the Security Council in 2018. Vanessa currently works as a fifth-grade teacher through Teach for America, contributing to the fight for educational equity. Vanessa has been involved in efforts to advance human rights and justice for all, while working for an NGO and with local public officials. Vanessa is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with concentrations in International Law and International Relations. Her passion for Model United Nations stem from her first experiences as a delegate in Venezuela, and she has since participated in over 20 conferences!
Assistant Director: Cecilie Barmoen
Cecilie Barmoen is excited to be serving as one of your Assistant Directors for the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2019. This is Cecilie’s third time on staff with SRMUN, previously a highly valued Research Assistant for both the Commission on Science and Technology for Development and the Security Council. Previously, Cecilie participated in SRMUN as a delegate for three years. Cecilie is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, University of London, where her focus has been on conflict prevention and power relations in the Security Council. For her undergraduate career, she obtained a BA in Global Studies from Pace University at Westchester, where she also fell in love with Model UN and SRMUN.
Assistant Director: Nina Matkava
Nina Matkava is beyond excited and proud to be serving as an Assistant Director for the General Assembly Plenary at SRMUN Charlotte 2019! This is Nina’s first time on staff with SRMUN, but has previously attended the conference as a delegate. Nina currently works at the Embassy of Georgia for the United States as an Assistant to a Political Counselor. Through her work, she engages primarily with the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government and has gained valuable experience in foreign affairs. Nina graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies from Bridgewater College and is currently pursuing her law degree. Nina is looking forward to being part of an amazing SRMUN experience!
General Assembly First
Director: Maureen Johnston
Maureen Johnston is excited to be serving as the Director for the General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security (DISEC) Committee at SRMUN Charlotte 2019. Maureen looks forward to working with everyone and seeing innovation and cooperation between delegates at the upcoming conference. She has been participating in Model United Nations programs since 2015, serving as a delegate on committees such as the United Nations Environmental Programme, the United Nations Development Programme Executive Board, and the World Humanitarian Summit. She has also previously served as the Director for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) at SRMUN Charlotte 2017. Maureen is a graduate with a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is fully certified to teach English as a foreign language, and is currently working and teaching in South Korea.
Assistant Director: LeAnna Christensen
LeAnna Christensen is proud to be serving as one of the Assistant Directors for the General Assembly First Committee at SRMUN Charlotte 2019. This is LeAnna’s first time on staff with SRMUN. She has, however, served as Director for her university’s high school conference for the past four years. LeAnna has also attended SRMUN Atlanta as a delegate for the past four years, as well as attended three different conferences abroad. LeAnna is currently finishing her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in International Business at Kennesaw State University. She will graduate in May 2019, and further hopes to go on to complete her Master’s of International Business soon after. She currently works as a freelance artist and student assistant at her university. LeAnna is looking forward to working with students and faculty at SRMUN Charlotte.
Assistant Director: Hayden Venable
Hayden Venable is excited to serve as one of two Assistant Directors on the General Assembly First Committee. This will be Hayden’s first time serving on SRMUN staff after participating in SRMUN Atlanta 2017 and SRMUN Charlotte 2018 as a delegate. Hayden is an Eagle Scout who graduated from the University of North Georgia in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with an East Asia Concentration and a minor in Chinese Language. While earning his degree, Hayden participated in the Corps of Cadets Reserve Officer Training Corps and received a commission as a second lieutenant into the Georgia Army National Guard quartermaster branch. In the coming years, Hayden is planning on attending law school and reaching a higher level on the Chinese fluency exam. Hayden’s hobbies include fly fishing, archery, and long-distance running. He is looking forward to working with both the delegates and staff of SRMUN Charlotte 2019.
Group of 77
Director: Prix Berry
Prix is thrilled to serve as the Director for G-77 at SRMUN Charlotte 2019. This will be Prix’s fourth time serving on staff; she most recently served as Assistant Under Secretary-General for Charlotte 2018. Previous roles include Director for CSTD at SRMUN Charlotte 2017 and Assistant Director for NATO at SRMUN Charlotte 2016. Currently, Prix works as a Senior IT Analyst for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., as well as an Adjunct Professor. Prix received her MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2018 and recently moved to Indiana to be with her husband and son. Prix’s interests include traveling to other countries, spending time with her family, attending sporting events, baking, and playing racquetball. Prix is looking forward to serving as Director for G-77 and wants to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience for all.
Assistant Director: Yara Al Bayyari
Yara Al Bayyari is proud to be serving as your Assistant Director for the G-77 at SRMUN Charlotte 2019! This is Yara’s first time on staff with SRMUN, prior to which she was a delegate at both SRMUN Atlanta and Charlotte. Yara is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After graduating in December 2019, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in the neurosurgical field. During her free time, she enjoys watching classic Disney movies and baking desserts with her friends. She discovered her love for the Model UN world during her time at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and has chosen to continue exploring this passion! She is looking forward for yet another amazing SRMUN experience!
Human Rights Council
Director: Nicole Calcagno
Nicole Calcagno is honored to be serving as the director of the Human Rights Council (HRC) for SRMUN Charlotte 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) in 2018, Assistant Director of the Group Of 77 (G-77) in 2017, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 2016. Nicole graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield with a B.A. 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. Nicole is recently engaged and so, in her free time, is 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 Charlotte 2019 be an amazing experience for all of those involved.
Assistant Director: Ashleigh Titre-Barnor
Ashleigh Titre-Barnor is excited to serve as the Assistant Director for the Human Rights Council at SRMUN Charlotte 2019! Although this is Ashleigh’s first time on staff at SRMUN, she has participated as a delegate at SRMUN and MUN conferences numerous times before. Ashleigh graduated in May 2018 with dual B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science and a minor in History from Pace University. Her upcoming plans involve working as real estate paralegal and applying to law school. When she is not studying for the LSAT, Ashleigh enjoys spending time with her fur-baby Lola Anastasia and creating care packages for active duty military members. Ashleigh is looking forward to witnessing passion, communication, and knowledge in all of the HRC delegates.
Commission on the Status of Women
Director: Ann Cox
Ann Cox is honored to serve as the Director of the Commission on the Status of Women. In Spring of 2018, Ann was representing her school at SRMUN Charlotte and is thrilled to experience this conference from the other side. Ann recently graduated with her B.A. in International Studies from Meredith College, where she wrote her Honors Thesis on women’s rights provisions in peace treaties. In the Summer of 2019, she will be relocating to Northern Ireland to pursue her Master’s Degree in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queens University Belfast. This is her first year on staff for SRMUN, and she is very excited to serve as a Director of a committee whose focus is near and dear to her heart.
Assistant Director: Desmond Woods
Desmond (Des) Woods is more than excited to be given the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Director for the Commission on the Status of Women at SRMUN Charlotte 2019! While this is his first time on staff, he is certainly no stranger to SRMUN, as this will be his sixth time participating since the fall of 2015. Des is pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and History at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). During his time at UNCP , Des has been very active, initiating the campus chapter of the American Association of University Women, serving as a senator for the Student Government Association, and serving as Secretary for UNCP Spectrum, the campus LGBTQIA+ organization. He is looking forward to the opportunity to be the Assistant Director for CSW, and to enrich your experience here at SRMUN!
Organization of American States
Director: Helen Smith
Helen Smith is thrilled to be serving as the Director for the Organization of American States (OAS) at SRMUN Charlotte 2019. This will be her second time on staff, after serving as the Assistant Director for African Development Bank in 2018, and having participated as a delegate in SRMUN Atlanta for three years. She has also participated in the Bucharest International Student MUN conference, Harvard World MUN, and served as her school’s Secretary-General for High School Model United Nations for two years. Helen will be graduating in May from Kennesaw State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, a minor in International Affairs, and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Helen is looking forward to the solutions her delegates will be producing this year in the OAS!
Assistant Director: Alyssa Jaime
Alyssa Jaime, a junior at the University of Central Florida, is ecstatic to serve as the AD for the Organization of American States this SRMUN Charlotte. Alyssa has previously served on the Dais at SRMUN Atlanta for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (2017), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (2018), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (2019). Alyssa currently works two jobs and attends 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.
Director: Lindsay Pendleton
Lindsay Pendleton is excited to be your Director for Security Council for SRMUN Charlotte 2019. Lindsay is currently a junior working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy. Lindsay has served on staff for SRMUN three times and participated as a delegate in countless conferences. Lindsay is looking forward to seeing what the delegates bring to the Security Council in March!
Assistant Director: Makayla McDermott
Makayla McDermott is honored and excited to be serving as your Assistant Director for the Security Council at SRMUN Charlotte 2019! This is Makayla's first time on staff with SRMUN, prior to which she was a delegate at both SRMUN Charlotte and SRMUN Atlanta. Makayla currently works as a paralegal at a personal injury and insurance defense law firm and will be attending law school in the fall of 2019. She is a proud alumna of Pace University at Pleasantville, where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in Religious Studies. Makayla is looking forward to giving delegates the same wonderful experience she had and to again be a part of the SRMUN family!