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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 regional representative of the UNA-USA National Council.

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NicoleProfilePictureNicole 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 completed a Bachelor of Arts from the Elliott School of International Affairs as 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 go for runs in Rock Creek Park. 


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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.


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FullSizeRender_7Jess is part-time UNA-NCA staff, and a full time student at American University. She is double majoring in Economics and International Studies with a minor in Chinese. After graduation, Jess hopes to enroll in the Peace Corps and attain a Master's Degree in International Relations. Previously, Jess has interned at Destiny Rescue, an international humanitarian aid organization, life-guarded, been a camp counselor, and nannied. She hopes that her passion for youth education is related to her future career. Jess is originally from northern Indiana, and loves to explore D.C. with friends in her free time.

Program Assistant - Rhynell Christopher

20170831_140652_1Rhynell is a senior at Westfield State University in Westfield Massachusetts and a Massachusetts resident. She is a Political Science major with a double concentration in International Relations and Law, as long with two minors: Sociology, and Communication. She is a member of the Westfield State Model United Nations Club as well as a former Student Government Association Representative.  This fall she will be interning with UNA-NCA while participating in The Washington Center Program and hopefully attend law school following her graduation. She hopes to work for the United Nations later in life after law school or possibly an international organization. She is excited to see where this new experience takes her as well as to learn and grow.

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Rosa is a Program Assistant and a full time student at the UCDC Washington Program. She is double majoring in Psychology and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She's in the D.C. area for this semester only and will return to UC Santa Cruz to graduate. After graduation, Rosa hopes to enroll in grad school to attain a Master's Degree in Social Work. Previously, Rosa has interned at Community Legal Services, a non-profit legal aid organization that assists low-income families. Her passion is helping disadvantaged communities, therefore, she hopes to find that spark to pinpoint her future career around the realm of the Sustainable Development Goals. During her free time she enjoys trying new foods and attending cultural events. 

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JennetAkmyradovaJennet Akmyradova is an international graduate student at Syracuse University, School of Education. She moved to the United States from Turkmenistan last year to pursue her Master's degree in Educational Leadership which incorporates both American Educational System and International Education. Jennet obtained her Bachelor's Degree in English Philology, Translation, and Pedagogy at Turkmen National Institute of World Languages. She has seven years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language starting at Turkmen schools and "Hemayat" Business Development Organization to Ashgabat International School. Her accomplishments consist of co-authoring a handbook, "Teaching Ingredients" for teacher interns, organizing annual Teacher Conferences, and developing an English teaching program for the business development organization approved by Ministry of Education in Turkmenistan. Although Jennet grew up in a small town with limited exposure to international education, she was lucky to participate in one of the few MUN conferences organized by Peace Corps in Ashgabat. In her free time, she likes to go out to nature, do yoga and exercise. She also loves painting, photography and all kinds of art.

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Esthers_Bio_PicEsther is a Program Assistant for UNA-NCA’s flagship education program Global Classrooms DC (GCDC). She is a junior studying International Studies with thematic concentrations in Development and Human Rights at American University in Washington, D.C. Esther is passionate about women’s rights and development in Eastern Africa. After graduation, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and be involved in serving women and children. Prior to joining the UNA-NCA, she has interned at the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian American and Pacific Islander’s Affairs and worked as a barista at a local coffee shop in Los Angeles, California. Esther was born in Seoul, South Korea but she was raised in Los Angeles, California. In her spare time, she loves drinking coffee on a nice sunny day.

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