Christopher Menendez is a fourth year, double majoring in Economics and Political Science with a minor in History. Born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban parents, Chris has always been interested in Model UN and other forms of debate. Chris previously served as the Director of Conference Logistics, planning the club’s travel teams and help making sure everyone is prepared to compete. Previously, Chris directed the WTO committee last year at GatorMUN and served as Crisis Coordinater for the AdHoc at FLCS. Chris spent the last summer in D.C. as a senate intern and writing the background guides for his FLCS and GatorMUN committees which he is directing this year. Outside of MUN, Chris enjoys reading The Economist, watching Netflix (Frasier and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are the best, anyone who says the Office can fight me), and watching the dogs stroll by in life. He cannot wait to continue to travel the circuit this year and get to know some new people along the way.
John McWhorter DIRECTOR OF CONFERENCE LOGISTICS
John McWhorter is a second-year student, double majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. Born in Miami, Florida, John is Cuban-American and was no stranger to political discussion growing up. This upbringing led John to join his high school’s Model UN team and has loved MUN ever since. John is currently the Director of Conference Logistics, which basically means he’s in charge of making sure you have a flight to catch and a hotel to stay in whenever its time to compete at a conference. Previously, John served as a crisis staffer at both FLCS and GatorMUN, in addition to traveling to various conferences throughout the year. He also looks forward to being a director for the first time at this year’s installment of GatorMUN. Outside of MUN, John can found either watching soccer, playing guitar (ask him about his SoundCloud) or testing out new recipes to make for his friends. He is extremely excited to get to work as Director of Conference Logistics and looks forward to meeting everyone as the year goes along.
Robert Beatty SECRETARY-GENERAL OF GATORMUN XVII
Robert Beatty is from Naples Florida and misses it every day that he lives in Gainesville. He is a Junior majoring in International Studies with a focus in the Middle East. In his studies of the Arabic Language and Middle Eastern politics, Robert has traveled to both Jordan and Morocco. This year, Robert will serve as the Secretary General of GatorMUN XVII, a conference he attended three times as a delegate during high school. Outside of Model UN, Robert enjoys playing piano, cooking, and following Soccer, Football, and Formula 1.
Zola Hoehn SECRETARY-GENERAL OF FLCS IX
Zola is a fourth year at the University of Florida, double majoring in International Studies and Art History with a minor French. She will be serving as the Secretary-General for FLCS IX after serving on FLCS Secretariat and she is so excited to see the culmination of this past year’s work into the upcoming conference. She previously served as the Chief of Staff and USG of Committees at the past iterations of FLCS. Zola regularly travels around the circuit competing in any committee that she can vaguely relate back to France. When not doing anything and everything MUN, you can find her behind the desk at the Reitz Union Hotel as she basically lives there at this point. She enjoys watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Grey’s Anatomy and any other new show she can find to escape the reality of figuring out life past college.
Renee Hancock TREASURER
Renee is a junior pursuing a dual-degree in Public Relations and Political Science. She is from Gainesville, so the University of Florida has always felt like home to her. Renee has been in Model United Nations since her first year of college. Ever since then, she has served as the USG of Finance for FLCS VIII, a director for GatorMUN XVI, and has been a competitive traveler for the organization. Renee is excited to tackle this year as the organizations Treasurer, with goals centered around efficiency and transparency. When not in the world of Model United Nations, Renee works as a server at Cracker Barrel, is a part of UF’s Actively Moving Forward, and re-watches Bob’s Burgers.
Sloan Stephens DIRECTOR OF MEMBER DEVELOPMENT
Now entering his fourth year at UF, Sloan Stephens serves as Director of Member Development for UFMUN. He served in this position last year, helping our competitive team to our best results in years, and loved it so much he thought he would give it another go. Over his college career, he has traveled numerous times and directed several committees, and hopes to continue doing so in his last year of school. He is originally from Orlando, Florida, and currently is majoring in both International Studies (Europe concentration) and Music. In recent summers, he has gained international experience by previously studying abroad twice (in Belgium and Austria) and interning at an international nonprofit in Washington, D.C. When not coming up with ideas for the team’s next competitive training, Sloan can be found playing French horn, watching soccer, reading about European politics, or working on his pancake flipping technique.
Marcos Damian-Noyola DIRECTOR OF MEMBER RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
Marcos Damian-Noyola is a second year at the University of Florida pursuing a Bachelors of Public Health and minor in Health Disparities. He has been involved in Model UN since his sophomore year of high school and is excited to continue this career. Last year he was an assistant director in the International Labor Organization at GatorMUN and is excited to be directing the World Health Organization this upcoming year. Marcos has recently found a new interest in competing in crisis committees this past year on the college circuit and cannot wait to travel to more conferences throughout the next few years. He enjoys working out, volunteering, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. As the new Director of Member Recruitment and Retention, he hopes to create a welcoming experience for new members and create a MUN family vibe.
Makenzie Leonard SECRETARY
Makenzie is a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in Political Science and dual minoring in Innovation and Aerospace leadership. Her involvement in MUN began during her sophomore year of high school, and she has been obsessed with it since. UF model UN has become her family on campus. Makenzie grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, but her family now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. She is the eldest of three children and can’t escape being the mom friend in every friend group. Outside of Model UN Makenzie is alumni of the Freshman Leadership council and a part of Air Force ROTC on campus. After graduation she aspires to go to law school for Air and Space Law and work as an Air Force JAG. As you can see, she is as much of a nerd about space as she is about MUN. As Secretary she aspires to get the club working as smoothly as possible, and she hopes you like the new website.