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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. 

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

Jaiya_LallaJaiya Lalla is the Deputy Manager for UNA-NCA's Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) program. She is currently finishing her Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she focuses on Asia and Security Policy. 

In addition to previously acting as the GCDC Program Assistant, she has experience in the Senate, at Peace Corps headquarters, the State Department, Women's Watch-China, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan DC. Jaiya hails from Southwest Florida and enjoys Bollywood dance and exploring the interfaith landscape of 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.

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.

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

Sara is a current graduate student at George Washington University's Graduate School of Education and Human Development, pursuing her M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Learning. In May 2019, Sara received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Auburn University. While at Auburn, Sara pursued leadership opportunities on and off of campus to give back to her community and further develop her leadership skills. Her time at Auburn led her to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Here she studied leadership and civic engagement while developing a passion for global education. Sara continued to explore this passion by teaching Kindergarten in Australia at Hillcrest Primary School and interning with LeadAbroad, a study abroad program, in Rome. This upcoming summer she will be working with this company as an academic assistant teaching leadership and civic engagement. From her experience in school and abroad, Sara is hopeful to share her knowledge to educate others while continuing to learn about global education.