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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. 

 

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 join UNA-NCA as the new Manager 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 hopes to leverage these experiences while at UNA-NCA.

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.


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

Bonnie_Bio_PictureBonnie Worstell graduated Spring 2018 summa cum laude with honors in Political Science from Austin College, located in Sherman, Texas. She earned her B.A. in International Relations, minoring in Non-Profit Organizations and Public Service (NPOPS) and German. She studied abroad in fall 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland, where she completed an independent study project in human trafficking policy. She was a delegate of Austin College’s Model United Nations for two years, in which she represented her delegation in the UNEA and IOM committees. She is a Hatton W. Sumners scholar, as well as a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. She plans to work in Washington DC for a few years before attending graduate school. In her free time, she loves reading, hiking, traveling and yoga.

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

samers_pictureSamer El-Amine translates to: "The trusted friend you tell your secrets too" in Arabic. Samer Lebanese but was born and raised right here in DC (Columbia Heights). He attended Temple University where he studied Political Science. As a lifelong activist he is very passionate about advocating for human rights, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and eradicating poverty around the world. He loves playing basketball and is a huge Miami Heat fan. He's obsessed with Game of Thrones, loves to travel, try new types of food, and experience different cultures.   



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

IMG-0380Katy DeLeon graduated from Texas A&M University in Spring 2018 cum laude with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Global Public Health at The George Washington University. During her undergraduate career she developed valuable skills outside of the classroom by investing time in student organizations and by serving as a student leader.

She hopes to use her time with the Global Classrooms DC to help her gain experience in a field she is very passionate about and learn more about the UN and its various organizations. She plans to gain work experience in Washington DC while attending graduate school. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, visiting friends and family, and exploring the DC area.


Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - Elisa Acosta

IMG_7234Elisa Acosta, originally from New York, is currently pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Organizational Sciences from The George Washington University. She hopes to use this degree in project management and consulting at Non- Profit Organizations. With an interdisciplinary degree like Organizational Sciences, Elisa is acquainted with coursework in psychology, economics, leadership and development, and communication.

Elisa currently works on the Database Team of Ambassadors for the Honey W. Nashman Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement. In this position, she works with her team to engage GW's student organizations to participate in and track community service and community involvement in D.C. In her free time Elisa is a part of CHAARG, an all women's fitness club, and Campaign GW, a campus wide sustainability initiative. 

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

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Keriden Harrington is eager to join UNA-NCA as a new Program Assistant. She is a senior at Assumption College in Worcester, MA where she majors in International Business and minors in Global Studies. Keriden is currently attending the Washington Semester Program at American University to expand her knowledge through an experiential learning program. She previously studied abroad at Assumption College’s campus in Rome, Italy. While there, she furthered her intercultural competencies and attained proficiency in Italian. At Assumption, she has been involved in on-campus clubs and community service organizations. She is an active Peer Member of the Best Buddies Worcester Chapter and was recently appointed as an executive board member of Assumption’s Habitat for Humanity Club. In her free time, she enjoys travel, yoga, and time spent with friends and family.