About Us

The SHUMUN XVIII Secretariat and Staff is compromised of the very best students and leaders who are committed to making this year’s conference the best yet! We are so excited to work with delegates to make this not only a learning experience, but a weekend to be remembered! By the end of the conference, we anticipate delegates will have a better understanding of how civil conflicts past and present have redefined our world. 

Secretary General: Liza Bell

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Liza Bell is a senior at Seton Hall University and will be serving as Secretary-General for SHUMUN XVIII. Liza studies Diplomacy & International Relations and Economics and minors in Art History and Political Science. She has been involved in Model UN since her first year of high school and has loved every moment of it. Liza has staffed numerous conferences, both in the United States and Canada. Recently, Liza has interned at the UN Mission of Honduras and the Institute of International Education, while also working for the Model UN resource website, Best Delegate. When not doing MUN-related things, Liza loves to go see Broadway shows and visit museums. She hopes everyone enjoys their experience at SHUMUN XVIII and strives to motivate students to make an impact in their communities from their involvement.

Director General: Jenna Leis

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Jenna is a Junior, Diplomacy and International Relations major at Seton Hall and will be serving as the Director General. She is from Long Island where she has been attending and staffing conferences since her freshman year of high school. Once at Seton Hall she continued in the school’s Model United Nations team, SHUNA and has been a part of staffing SHUMUN in previous years. In addition, she has had the privilege of staffing Global Classrooms International Conference for the last two years. In her free time she is the coffee house chair for the Seton Hall Student Activities Board, where she works to bring fun events to the students of the school. In her free time she likes to take naps and watch Netflix.

Under-Secretary General of External Relations: Ana Figueiredo

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Ana Figueiredo is a third-year diplomacy graduate specializing in International Law/Human Rights and International Organizations. She will be serving as Under-Secretary General of External Relations. Ana holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Fundação Educacional Dr. Raul Bauab in Brazil and has been a UN Online Volunteer since 2003. In her free time, she enjoys the company of family and friends as well as immersing herself in Art, Music and other Cultures. Ana is very excited to be part of SHUMUN XVIII.

Under-Secretary General of Committees: Noelle Sorich

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Noelle is currently a Sophomore at Seton Hall studying Diplomacy and International Relations. She will be serving as the Under-Secretary General of Committees. Noelle has been involved with Model UN since her sophomore year in high school, and is currently a member of the Seton Hall delegation. She has staffed a conference in Canada, and in her Senior Year of High School helped to create a new High School student-run conference in Seattle with her friends. When she’s not doing Model UN, she likes to play her trumpet in the University’s Pep Band,  watch unnecessary amounts of romantic comedy movies or Parks and Rec, or rap the entirety of “Hamilton – an AMERICAN Musical” soundtrack. She is absolutely ecstatic about SHUMUN XVIII and hopes to “Help make SHUMUN great again” along with the rest of the SHUMUN XVIII staff. 

Under-Secretary General of Crisis Committees: Kevin Belanger

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Kevin Belanger will be the Under-secretary General of Crisis Committees for SHUMUN XVIII. He is a senior economics major who enjoys delving into the worlds of math and computer science. In past summers, he has taught students about Model U.N. at academic summer camps. When not reading about economics or politics, he enjoys running and going for hikes. Model United Nations was where he learned to love studying the world and he can’t wait to make SHUMUN XVIII an inspirational and rewarding weekend for every student in attendance!

Under-Secretary of Conference Services: Jacob Simpson

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Jacob Simpson is a Senior at Seton Hall studying Diplomacy and International Relations, Economics, and French.  He will be the Under-Secretary General of Conference Services at SHUMUN XVIII.  Jacob has been participating in Model UN since his freshman year of college.  He has staffed previous SHUMUN conferences as well as Middle School MUN in New York.  He is from Omaha, Nebraska and is very much used to hearing questions asking where exactly that is located and if it is within the United States.  Jacob has interned at the United States National Central Bureau (USNCB) of INTERPOL in Washington DC and First National Bank of Omaha in his hometown.  Outside of SHUMUN, Jacob loves conversing with friends he made while he was an exchange student in Paderborn, Germany back in his Senior year of high school and watching Netflix with friends.  He is very excited for SHUMUN XVIII and cannot wait for all of the delegates to have a great time!

Under-Secretary General of Logistics: Trevor West

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 Trevor West is a sophomore at Seton Hall University, double majoring in International Relations & Diplomacy and Modern Languages (with emphasis in Chinese and Japanese). He has studied Chinese for one year at Seton Hall and studied at Peking University in Beijing in the summer of 2016. Trevor enjoyed this experience because he was able to greatly improve his Chinese language abilities, visit many famous sites, meet lots of students, and experience China and Chinese culture firsthand. Trevor has studied Japanese for three years and plans to study abroad in Japan this summer.   Trevor is a part of SHUNA, Seton Hall University’s United Nations Association, acting as the secretary this academic year. He has been involved with Model UN since the beginning of his freshman year at Seton Hall, and has learned quickly, earning an honorable mention at PUNC 2016. In addition to SHUNA, Trevor is involved with the Seton Hall Anime Club, Asian Student Association, and Honors Program Student Association.  He is very much looking forward to helping to orchestrate SHUMUN XVIII, as he has seen first hand how Model UN can help individuals grow both intellectually and emotionally. As he continues to become a better delegate in future Model UN conferences he hopes to offer the same great experiences to delegates at SHUMUN XVIII.

Under-Secretary General of Technology: Tela Wittig

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Tela Wittig is a sophomore majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations with minors in Criminal Justice and Modern Languages. She is from Watkins Glen, New York and will be serving as the Under-Secretary General of Technology for SHUMUN XVIII. She has been attending and staffing MUN conferences since the beginning of her freshman year and remains a part of the Seton Hall delegation. On campus Tela is involved with SHUNA, the Student Alumni Association, the ROTARACT club, Stand Up Be Loud, Alpha Phi International Fraternity, The Diplomatic Envoy, and works as a Writing Center Tutor. In her free time Tela enjoys volunteering with DOVE and the NextGenClimate organization. Tela is really excited to make SHUMUN XVIII preparation as easy and fun as possible by ensuring that information is made readily available for delegates!