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2023 Model UN Judges

Model UN judges for 2023 were:

Badolato, Richie

Klinkhammer, Fred

Ryder, Richard

Crawford, Rollie

Korkoian, Craig

Schwartz, Betty

Crescenzi, Linda

Kovach, John

Smith, Michael

Flayhart, Lynn Litow

Leland, Ed

Anderson-Stojanovic, Dragan

Force, Jill

Long, Michael

Stojanovic, Virginia

Fowler, Joanne

Lockhart, Paula

Theisen, Chuck

Galliker, Steve

Malitz, Ileen

Tousignant, Mary

Gymer, Marianne

Mattingly, Patrick

Turner, Bill

Handy, Howard

Mitchell, Frank

Udell, Mary

Harrison, Richard

Mitsch, Ruthmarie

Van Egmond, Alan

Himowitz, Paula

Moses, Roy

Van Egmond, Julie

Heiman, David

Odeen, Philip

Veri, Lillian

Hunt, Edie

O’Gorman, Maureen

Vesce, Steve

Jackson, Pat

Palay, Judi

Walchak, Mark

Johnson, Jan

Psaras, John

Wallace, Nancy

Johnson, John

Roussel, Robert

Williams, Martha

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Thirty-six volunteers served as Model UN judges during the recent competition.

The 2022 Judges are listed below

Richard J  Badolato

Rich is counsel to the Walsh Law firm in NJ, a certified civil trial lawyer and former commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Banking and Insurance. Prior to that, he served as president of the Essex County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Rich Cowan

Rich is a retired orthodontist in his sixth year as a judge for Model United Nations. He feels that he is learning about current issues regarding the United Nations as he serves as a judge. He is impressed with the caliber of students who participate in Model UN and convinced that our future is secure with these young people. 

Rollin Crawford

Rollie is a retired lawyer, and his uncle, Harold, was a U.S. delegate to the Founding Conference of the United Nations. Rollie attended Macalester College, an international oriented school, and served on the college speech team with Kofi Annan, who subsequently served as Secretary General of the United Nations.

Jerry Flagel

Jerry graduated from Northwestern University and Ohio State Law School. He was both a CPA and a lawyer specializing in both income and estate tax planning. 

Jill L. Force

Jill is a CPA, attorney and former healthcare executive. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies and start-up organizations and prefers the latter.

Steve Galliker

Steve is a retired CPA who was a financial executive for several technology companies in the New England area.

Carole Greene

Carole has been a high-school and college English teacher, a full-time freelance writer, and a top-tier editor of more than 100 published books..and still counting.

Richard Harrison

Richard is a native Ohioan with a B.S. in psychology from the Ohio State University, a master’s degree from the University of Akron and a career in healthcare. He is a current and past judge of NCWA Model UN. 

Paula Himowitz

Paula earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She started her career in international banking, but spent most of her professional life as a senior intelligence officer and manager at the National Security Agency.

David Heiman

David is a retired partner from the international law firm of Jones Day, where he founded the business restructuring practice in 1984. He led the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy case, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Currently he is a "neutral" (mediator/arbitrator) with a national alternative dispute resolution firm (JAMS).

Edith Hunt

Edie is a retired partner from Goldman Sachs, where she spent more than 30 years in fixed income sales and trading and human resources. She lives in Bonita Bay with her husband, Gregor, who is also a MUN judge, and her non-profit endeavors include New Horizons (an after-school mentoring and tutoring program), local community association management, and Lee County politics.

Pat Jackson

Pat is a former attorney focused on labor relations, human resources and pensions and has lived in Singapore, Bali and Italy.  She taught conversational English in Spain and Germany.  Upon retiring, she got a legal certificate in immigration law and now volunteers with the Shelter for Abused Women and Children and with Southern Poverty Law Center on immigration issues.

Julie Klement

Julie is a retired USAID/Department of State foreign service officer with more than 40 years of international development work, primarily in public health. She has a B.A. in biology from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.S. in nutritional biochemistry from Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Fred Klinkhammer

Fred was an international senior executive in film and television. He has worked in many countries and visited more than 120.  He has extensive experience in international arbitration. 

Craig Korkoian

Craig is retired after 27 years with Boeing Defense and Space. He is a full-time resident of Estero.

Karen Leland

Karen spent 40 years in education as a high school English teacher, a college counselor and a therapist for dyslexic students. She enjoys tennis, travel, fitness, pickle ball, cooking, dining and people.

Paula Lockhart

Paula earned a degree in history from the University of Toronto. She taught history and physical education in a large high school in Toronto for 25 years and later pursued a career as a Certified Financial Planner. 

Michael Long

Mike is a professor of finance emeritus at Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick. He now lives in Bonita Springs, plays tennis and pickleball, and serves as treasurer of the Bonita Springs Historical Society.

Ileen Malitz

Ileen has a B.A. in political science from Penn State and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Maryland. She was a finance professor for 15 years at University of Illinois, Rutgers and Georgetown. In 1998 she became a personal financial advisor with her own business and retired in December 2019. 

Patrick Mattingly

Patrick is a retired corporate lawyer from Louisville KY, living in Estero. He studied political science and international affairs at Miami University during the last years of the Vietnam War.

Frank Mitchell

Frank has been retired in Fort Myers since 2005 following 30+ years of professional corporate finance experience as a senior manager with Sony, Ingram and other Fortune 500 companies.  He also served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence analyst with the National Security Agency. His interests include daily tennis, extensive travel and mentoring high school students through the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program.   

Roy Moses

Roy is a retired executive of a major tier-one worldwide automotive component supplier for both the domestic and foreign automotive industry. He has held a number of different positions throughout the organization during his career. In addition, he retired after over 37 years as a military officer and pilot on active duty and as a member of National Guard and Reserves.

Maureen O'Gorman

Maureen received her M.A. from  New York University in economics and retailing. She was senior Vice President for product marketing and product development for International China Co. and traveled for business all over the United States and the world. She currently serves as a charity board member or emeriti for four boards, all to give young people the opportunity for an education or an experience that they would never have had the chance to have. 

John Psaras

John has 25 years of engineering and top management experience with Allied Chemical and Monsanto and spent an additional 25 years with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  He holds B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK, and an MBA from the University of Richmond, VA.

Diane Richards

Diane is a Canadian who spent her career of  35 years as an educator, secondary school principal and principal of adult and continuing education. After retiring from the school board, she worked for the Ministry of Education as a professional coach for secondary school principals in the province of Ontario, as well as taking the leadership role at the Independent Learning Centre, Ontario’s long-distance learning initiative. Recently, she sat on the board of directors as vice chair at an independent private school. 

Robert Roussel

Robert was a senior executive with extensive international experience in market research, business development, marketing, underwriting, brokerage and general management. The majority of his career was spent in Europe.

Richard Ryder

Richard has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester, and a M.D. degree from Columbia University Medical School. He taught and practiced medicine in Burlington, VT, University of Vermont. He also worked at IBM and GE. He is past president of the Vermont Medical Society and the Columbia University Club of SWFL. Currently, he is a volunteer in patient and family advocacy, University of Vermont Medical Center.

Michael Smith

Michael served in the U.S. intelligence community for 33 years as an Army officer, intelligence analyst, lawyer and senior executive. He holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the National War College.

Dragan Stojanovic

After 45 years of full-time work, Dragan is semi-retired and does infrastructure and federal work as a construction executive. He is a Life Governor on the Board of Governors of Associated General Contractors of America and one of 115 members inducted into the Consulting Contractors' Council of America. He coaches and mentors young construction people helping them to learn and advance their careers and has helped many Bosnian refugees to settle in the U.S.

Chuck Theisen

Charles J. Theisen Jr., Cdr MSC USN (retired), PhD., served 23 years active duty in the U.S. Navy, and then started a successful business with his wife. He was an associate professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Rutgers University and presently teaches an introductory course in artificial intelligence and robotics at FGCU.

Mary Udell

Mary developed her passion for international affairs as an expat in Japan in the 1980s.  By profession she was a microbiologist and served as chief microbiologist and chief technologist at St. Louis University Group Hospitals. She has been a volunteer for the SWFL Model UN since 1996 and has held positions as committee assistant, judge, chairman and is now back to judging.  

Julie Van Egmond

Julie retired from Bayer Corporation after 21 years as a leader in government relations for her company and represented the industry’s major public policy issues, including environment,  trade, energy, tax and health policy. She has a master’s degree in environmental management of toxics from American University and has worked on air, water, solid and hazardous waste emissions, radioactivity, and deep well injection.

 Lillian Veri 

Lillian was born and raised in Toronto and received her MBA from the University of Toronto. She has lived and worked in many cities around the world after starting a career in the IT world for various industries, becoming a management consultant, and sitting on many charity boards.  

Steve Vesce

Steve has a 30+ year track record of entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. During his career Steve served as the president and CEO of three pioneering companies and is currently an executive partner of New York Private Equity Firm. 

Carol Vesce

Carol spent the last 25 years working with non-profit organizations that empower women and children and served on many boards that provide funding for those in need. She is a member of the Naples Council of World Affairs and a Great Decision group for the past four years and has been a Model UN judge.

Mark Walchak

Mark is a retired engineer who worked in consumer goods and the pharmaceuticals industry.  He headed the worldwide stardardization of bar codes used in hospitals.

Nancy Wallace

Nancy visited Naples in 1967 when her father built his home here. In the '90s she became a resident and since joined the Naples Council on World Affairs. Both the Navy and Johns Hopkins Hospital sent Nancy and her physician husband overseas to Asia and the Middle East to diagnose and treat infectious and tropical diseases for much of their married life.

Martha L. Williams

Martha is an author and conference organizer on digital, data and AI strategy for media companies around the world. She was a researcher at the University of Oxford on data and artificial intelligence for media. She has lived and worked in several countries and has served on multiple international boards focused on digital media and press freedom. She currently consults for Google and other tech companies.

Gregor Zore

Gregor grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and was trained in economics and international economic relations. He was a diplomat for the former Yugoslavia and after 1991 of his native Slovenia, ending his diplomatic career in 2002 as Slovenia's ambassador to the UN in Geneva. Until retirement in 2012, he directed projects in South East Europe for the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

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