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Board Members

dsc_0687Lucinda White (Freeport) Lucinda White is an artist (oil painter) and an attorney, as well as an avid supporter of the UN and the earth. She served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Maine Department of the AG for over 20 years. Prior to that she was a staff counsel at the Maine Health Care Finance Commission (hospital rate regulation). In her first decade as an attorney, she worked at Pine Tree Legal Assistance representing low income Maine residents with civil problems. Lucinda’s interest in global affairs began as a Government major at Smith College, where she specialized in Comparative Government. She and her husband Tom Kelley have two adult children and two young grandsons. Lucinda joined the board in 2014, and currently serves as President.

 

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Bruno Yomoah (Auburn) Until he retired in 2016, Bruno Yomoah was the English Language Learners (ELL) Coordinator at Deering High School, Portland. He has taught English at high school and college levels in Africa, Europe, and North America. As a Model UN Moderator for over 20 years, he helps Model UN students develop skills of negotiation, collaboration and consensus building. He has Masters degrees both in English and in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He holds a variety of certificates in education: Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management; Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, ESL, English Language Arts, Adult Education, Curriculum Coordination, and Building Administration. Bruno is a member of the Education Committee of the World Affairs Council of Maine; the Advisory Council of Community Financial Literacy; and is Secretary to the Board of Greater Portland Health.

 

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Trudi Schneider (Georgetown) Trudi Schneider returns to the board after several years as an Advisor. She was first appointed to the board almost two decades ago by the League of Women Voters. Trudi also served for several years as our chapter’s liaison to MEMUNC at the University of Southern Maine. When Trudi came to the US from Germany, she had hoped to work at the UN Headquarters, but marriage changed her plans. Instead, she taught at the University of Maine, Farmington. Over the years, Trudi regularly attended NGO conferences at the UN, and the goodwill among NGO attendees deepened her commitment to the UN’s mission. She and her husband Jack are ardent world travelers.

 

 

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Alfred Niese (Brunswick) Al Niese is an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church and affiliated with St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick. Al is a graduate of Rutgers University and the General Theological Seminary in New York City, with a post-graduate degree in counseling psychology. Al served four urban and suburban churches in New Jersey for more than 35 years. As a UNA board member for 15 years, he has served many roles, including Editor of our newsletter, and chair of the Membership Committee. Al has also served on the board of Hospice Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and for three years was board chair of the Brunswick region’s Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program.

 

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Andrea Keushguerian (Damariscotta) A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, Andrea Kueshguerian taught high school and then traveled through Europe before settling for over a decade in Berkeley, California, where she owned a Lighting Studio and Lalime’s Restaurant. Shen then moved to Florence, Italy for 12 years before returning to Maine. Andrea is the faculty leader of the Model UN program at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. She and her family normally live part of their summer in Armenia. At one time they spent an entire academic year in Armenia, and Andrea initiated Armenia’s Model United Nations Conference program. Andrea has been on our board since 2009, and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer.

 

 

Donald Lawson-Stopps (Bath) An attorney with law offices in Bath, Don came to Maine after graduating from the University of Richmond in 1974. In 1979 he began an apprenticeship in traditional wooden boat building at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, a career that expanded into custom home building, cabinetry and architectural woodwork. He and his wife Ruth, who led our executive committee in its strategic planning several years ago, bought a home in Bath in 1981 where they raised two daughters. Don is a graduate of the Maine School of Law. He has served on several non-profit boards, including the Southern Mid Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Timothy Ruback (Hiram) Dr. Timothy J. Ruback is the new director of the Maine Model United Nations Program (MeMUNC) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where he is also Lecturer of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science. He has previously taught at Dartmouth College, Smith College, and Arizona State University. Professor Ruback is teaching courses on the United Nations and on Border Politics, as well as an introductory course on International Relations. Other courses he has enjoyed teaching include: US Foreign Policy, Global Terrorism, International Theory, and The Global Politics of Soccer. A graduate of Bates College, Class of ’98, he earned his M.A. in 2000, and his doctorate in 2008 from Arizona State University.

Eleanor Brown (Brunswick) Eleanor “Lollie” Brown, a mother of 4 children and grandmother of 7 grandchildren, was a member of Angus King’s executive team when he was Maine’s governor, serving as his Director of Constituent Services. Born in New York, Lollie attended Columbia University and holds a degree from Vermont College. Her previous roles include: Director, Freeport’s K-12 Student Aspirations Partnership; Bowdoin College Research Assistant; and co-chair of Action for Nuclear Disarmament in Weston, MA. Lollie has received several awards for engagement in community service and improving the position of women in society. She is currently Program Committee Chair, and has served on our board since 2010.

 

Elizabeth Wilson (Lewiston) Elizabeth is the founder and director of Way of Life Mission in Portland, a nonprofit which serves the unmet needs of Maine’s international community. Elizabeth’s passion for areas of conflict and forced migration led her to enroll at the University of Southern Maine as a nontraditional student. She had the honor of being selected as USM’s 2016-17 Maine Policy Scholar. She expects to graduate in 2018 with a double major in history and political science/international studies. Her particular interest is the Middle East, along with East and Central Africa. Elizabeth loves culture, languages, and travel. She had the opportunity to visit Cambodia and Thailand in 2006 and spent three recent summers in Rwanda and Burundi. Those adventures included visits to genocide memorial sites, refugee camps, prisons, and hospitals. Elizabeth has joined the UNA because of her heart for the displaced.

 

Peter Cole (Topsham) Peter Cole is a retired educator from 40 years in California’s multicultural, multilingual schools where he felt that he was living a UN experience. Peter graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual major in Economics and History and received his Master’s from UCLA in Educational Administration. Peter taught all grades during his tenure in education and most recently served as an elementary school principal for 20 years. Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, taught English language learners (ELs) in the U.S. and Japan and served as a school district’s EL coordinator. She still does linguistic consulting work. Their daughter, Sarah, is in the Master’s Program at Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California where she is specializing in International Policy Studies and Arabic.

 

 

 

Victoria Rodriguez (Portland)  Victoria is the Community Organizer and Program Assistant for the Maine Women’s Lobby, an organization focused on protecting Maine women and girls from violence and discrimination, improving their economic security, and increasing their access to health care services. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University at Albany, SUNY. While there, she was the graduate student liaison with the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA) and created NYSPHA undergraduate and graduate student chapters at her alma mater to help connect students to mentors and internship opportunities. In 2015, Victoria served in an internship at the UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, through Duke University. She worked in data analysis and evaluation of national budgets allocated to improving HIV/AIDS services to at-risk populations including women and children. This March she is serving as a UNA-USA delegate to the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Victoria assists the Chapter with our website and Facebook page.