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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 a 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.

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CaptureSydney Spencer is finishing her final year at the George Washington University where is completing her Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Sydney began as a Program Assistant with the UNA-NCA at the beginning of the year and as an aspiring global health professional, she is excited to be a part of the UNA-USA family. Having interned on the Hill and with nonprofits such as the Sierra Club and Friends of the Global Fight, she has a colorful experience in government and advocacy. She has a passion for volunteering and has worked in the D.C. public school system, with refugees in the West Bank, and with Alaskan Natives. After her undergraduate career, she hopes to pursue her Masters of Public Health with a focus in Global Health to someday work abroad supporting foreign aid efforts. Sydney is originally from Seattle and in her free time she enjoys reading and practicing yoga.

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VedranaAs a recent graduate with an M.A. in International Relations and 15 years of living in California where she volunteered with two of the UNA chapters, Vedrana moved to Washington DC joining the Program Assistant Internship with the UNA-NCA. With a focus on human rights, Vedrana has over five years of experience working in the non-profit sector. From a case manager at the International Rescue Committee in the anti-human trafficking department to her internship in Bosnia at the Post-Conflict Research Center and assisting with the Syrian refugees in Istanbul while conducting surveys and providing direct aid; she is very passionate about the work she does. Completing her Bachelors of Global Studies, Vedrana studies a semester abroad in Lille, France where she had a chance to travel throughout Europe. Additionally, during graduate school, Vedrana studied a semester abroad in Istanbul, Turkey with an ability to travel through different parts of Turkey and the Middle East getting to know diverse cultures and multicultural environments. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vedrana moved to California with her family in 2002; she is a native speaker of Bosnian and Serbo-Croatian languages.

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

JennetAkmyradovaPreviously a Program Assistant, Jennet Akmyradova is currently working on curriculum development for the year-round educational program for Global Classrooms DC (GCDC). Jennet is from Turkmenistan and has recently earned 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.

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

Ting is a Program Assistant for UNA-NCA’s flagship education program Global Classroom DC (GCDC). She is a full-time student pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. Ting is originally from Guangzhou, China, and moved to the States 7 years ago for college. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Davidson College in North Carolina, where she discovered the beauty of sweet tea and the Appalachian Trail. Before moving to D.C, she lived in New York City and worked for Street Soccer USA, a non-profit organization that fights poverty and empowers underserved communities through soccer. She wants to explore a career in international development upon completing her degree. Last year, Ting visited 10 different countries and she hopes to travel to Africa this year. 



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