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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 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.

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

img_11111Samer El-Amine graduated from Temple University in 2018 with a degree in Political Science. He studied modern standard and colloquial Arabic abroad in the summer of 2016 at the American University of Beirut. In his time at Temple University he was the co-founder and outreach chair to the black and brown coalition and the vice president of Temple Students for Palestine. Samer is Lebanese but was born and raised in DC. As a lifelong activist, he is very passionate about advocating for human rights, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and eradicating poverty around the world. Samer plans to pursue a career in advocacy right here in the Nation's Capital in a position where he can advocate for the advancement of human rights around the world. In his free time, Samer loves to travel, explore, and experience different cultures.  

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Thomas_Bio_PicThomas Carsten Oggier is currently finishing his last semester at Ohio Wesleyan University, where he is triple majoring in politics and government, international studies, and German, as well as minoring in European history. Thomas is a member of Ohio Wesleyan University’s Student Honors Board, the International Studies Student Board, as well as the Politics and Government Student Board. In his free time, Thomas enjoys playing the piano, reading books, and visiting museums. After graduating this May, Thomas plans to continue living in the D.C. area to pursue a career in foreign relations.

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

image1_2Aika Okishige is currently a graduate student at the George Washington University studying curriculum and instruction. After receiving a Master of Science from the Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, Aika became a high school teacher and taught science for four years. During her teaching career, she supported students as a student advisor and worked on promoting school innovation. She is enthusiastic about solving social issues, specifically gender and socioeconomic inequality, through education. Aika is seeking a career in the United States after graduating this May, and wants to focus on addressing social injustice through education. She has a black belt in karate, and likes to practice in her free time.

Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant -Rachel Brynien

Rachel Brynien is a current junior at the University of Maryland where she is majoring in International Relations with a minor in Sociology. She is also learning German and Hebrew as a part of her studies. After spending time as an exchange student in Germany and Morocco, she gained an appreciation for learning about other cultures and education. She is a part of the Global Communities Living Learning Program at Maryland, where she focuses on tolerance in the international community. In her free time, Rachel plays on the UMD Club Field Hockey team as well as is a dancer at the school's 12-hour dance marathon. In her future career, she hopes to work in conflict resolution, peace building, and the fight for social equality through the use of education.

Development and Advocacy Program Assistant - Sean Coffey

IMG-0201-1My name is Sean Coffey and I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Kansas. I am currently studying Political Science and French with a minor in Global & International Studies. I was raised by my Peruvian mother and American father in Lincoln, Nebraska. However, I have lived across the Midwest including Milwaukee and Kansas City and spent a year in Paris, France—the city where my parents first met. As a dual American and Irish citizen, I aspire to work across both sides of the Atlantic with a focus on international development.