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Executive Director - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Paula_Boland_Head_ShotPaula Boland is an attorney specialized in environmental law and international affairs. Although born in the United States, she received most of her academic and professional experience in Argentina. Paula worked for three years on regulatory and corporate compliance matters at the law firm of Klein & Franco in Buenos Aires. Her strong interest in the protection of the environment led her to the LL.M. program in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, from which she graduated cum laude. Following a clerkship with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice, Paula assisted a number of environmental nongovernmental organizations in the development of conservation projects to be carried out in Latin America.

Paula began her journey at UNA-NCA as a volunteer where soon she was appointed Chair of the Young Professionals, providing volunteer opportunities and engaging professionals and students in dialogue on the UN and international affairs. Paula joined the UNA-NCA staff, serving first as Program Director, and then as Executive Director. Paula received the UNA-NCA Evelyn Falkowski Volunteer Service Award and the United Nations Association of the USA’s 70th Anniversary Chapter Legacy Award. She has played a significant role developing and nurturing strategic partnerships, diversifying membership and expanding program activities. Paula serves as a regional representative of the UNA-USA National Council.


Global Education Managing Director - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NB_ProfileNicole Bohannon is the Managing Director for UNA-NCA's flagship education program Global Classrooms DC (GCDC). Before joining UNA-NCA and GCDC in 2017, Nicole worked on the fundraising team for a senatorial campaign in Florida.   

Nicole previously acted as the GCDC Program Manager, where she worked to organize the program's Model UN Conferences, to develop new and engaging curriculum for the year-round program, and to make Global Classroom DC more sustainable and dynamic. Nicole also served as the GCDC Program Coordinator, in addition to interning at various non-profits, think tanks, and consulting groups while studying at The George Washington University. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the Elliott School of International Affairs a semester early, and focused on European and Latin American affairs.

Nicole brings with her eight years of Model UN experience, serving as both a delegate and a conference organizer. She was born and raised in Washington, DC, and in her free time likes to watch classic movies and try out new restaurants in the District. 

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Managing Director of Programs & Membership - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Andrew_Doll_PortraitOriginally from Ohio, Andrew is excited to serve UNA-NCA as the Managing Director of Programs & Membership.  Previously, he managed international education-exchange programs working with South African, Israeli, and Palestinian young leaders helping them develop community service, entrepreneurship, and leadership talents.

From his time with these programs, and a master’s degree from the University of Kent in Brussels, Belgium, he brings a background in international relations, cross-cultural communication, mediation, and public speaking.  Previously, he has been responsible for event management, publicity, communications, team development, and curriculum management.  He leverages these experiences while at UNA-NCA working on UNA-NCA's events, programming, membership, and operations.

Prior to joining the UNA-NCA, Andrew has over 15 years of experience attending and staffing Model UN conferences.  In his spare time he enjoys movies, music, and trying out new restaurants.

Advocacy Associate -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shayna_VayserShayna Vayser joins the UNA-NCA's Advocacy team as an experienced storyteller, mobilizer, and facilitator. She is currently pursuing her Master's in International Relations from American University's School of International Service, where she focuses on public policy, social innovation, and global governance. Shayna has sought to integrate her background as a policy analyst and published researcher with her passion for social justice, working as a government relations liaison across various industries- from media development to refugee resettlement. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology, where her work explores the role of emerging technologies in shaping criminal justice reform, access to asylum, and sustainable development. Shayna hails from Southern California and enjoys documentaries, swimming, and exploring the DC arts scene. 


Development Associate -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lyndsie_WhiteheadLyndsie is a globally-minded educator.  She is the recipient of the Presidential Award of Service for providing technical assistance and professional development trainings for administrative staff at Adama University in Ethiopia.  In conjunction with Peace Corps volunteers, Lyndsie also implemented gender equity forums attended by more than 150 female students at Asela Preparatory Academy.   As a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at Howard University, Lyndsie’s research interests focus on how institutions increase philanthropic awareness among diverse constituents.  While interning at Columbia University, she collaborated with Major Gift Officers to achieve capital campaign objectives by conducting prospect research and identification, as well as outreach strategies to strengthen the development pipeline.  Lyndsie also serves on the Young Women’s Leadership Council for the YWCA National Capital Area to empower women and young girls through financial literacy events, leadership development, and advocacy.  


Graduate Fellows Program Assistant - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

headshotAprajita has spent a lot of time researching political topics ranging from the U.S. political system to broader political ideologies and collecting and analyzing information, such as data from public opinion surveys and election results. She uses qualitative and quantitative sources and methodologies to develop and test theories, evaluating how policies affect the public, individuals, businesses, or government agencies. She monitors events, policy decisions and trends, and other issues with implications for the political and policy landscape.



Programs & Membership Program Assistant -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IMG_6207Abby is a current graduate student at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service, pursuing her M.A. in Latin American Studies, with a concentration in Development and Political Economy. In May 2019, she graduated with her B.A. in Philosophy from Wake Forest University, in her home state of North Carolina. During her time at Wake Forest, Abby also pursued a double major in Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies, and spent time studying and gaining professional experience in Havana, Cuba and Santiago, Chile. She comes to this position at the UNA-NCA after another extended period in Santiago, where she worked at Corporación Opción, creating a repository on child protection systems across Latin America and Europe, and analyzing UN UPR reports for Chile. Outside of work and school, Abby enjoys traveling, being outside, and the arts.



Programs & Membership Program Assistant -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Nabeeha Shah is one of the two Programs & Membership interns at UNA-NCA. She graduated in May 2019 with a B.A. in Government and International Politics from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
Her time at George Mason University led her to study abroad in Amman, Jordan as part of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) Conflict Analysis program. While in Jordan, she got the opportunity to work on developmental and educational programs with Syrian refugees at women’s shelters as well as child rehabilitation centers/schools. She also got the opportunity to meet with high-level Jordanian politicians and religious leaders, and interview them about the current climate in Syria and their efforts towards conflict resolution. From her experience in school and abroad, she brings a background in international relations and cross-cultural knowledge. 
Nabeeha was born and raised in Maryland, and enjoys horseback riding and traveling in her free time.


Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jaiya_LallaJaiya Lalla is the intern for UNA-NCA’s Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) program. Jaiya is a senior at the George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a double concentration in security policy and Asia. She has previously interned in the Senate, at Peace Corps headquarters, the State Department, Women’s Watch-China and the National Endowment for Democracy. She also studied abroad in Beijing, China at Peking University in Spring 2019 as part of the China Studies Institute program.

At GW, Jaiya is the President of the Interfaith Council, focusing on the intersection of religion and international affairs, and GW Naach, a Bollywood dance group. After graduation, she is hoping to enter the Foreign Service or work in the field in a peacekeeping force, non-governmental organization, or service organization.

Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Caleb_YipCaleb Yip is a junior at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where he is majoring in International Politics with a minor in French and a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. He is very interested in international security, particularly the relationship between European security and Russia. Before coming to UNA-NCA, Caleb interned at the State Department's Bureau of International Security and Non-proliferation.

Outside of school, Caleb is very involved with Model UN at Georgetown. Last year, he had the privilege of serving as the undersecretary-general of the National Collegiate Security Conference and the North American Invitational Model United Nations, the world's largest high school Model UN conference. Caleb has also served as committee chair for Global Classroom's Fall and Spring MUN conferences.