Governor's School Model United Nations Conference

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

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Special Announcement

We are excited to welcome Dr. Robert Mahoney as a guest speaker!

Dr. Robert Mahoney (Col, USAF, Retired)
Marine Corps War College Dean of Academics
Guest Speaker

Dr. Robert J. Mahoney is the Dean of Academics and Deputy Director of the Marine Corps War College.  Dr. Mahoney retired in 2008 after over 27 years of service in the Air Force.   As an active duty Colonel, he was the National Security and Joint Warfare Course Co-Director, the Marine Corps University Chief of Staff of the Air Force General George C. Kenney Chair and the Deputy Director from 2006-2008.  He came to the Marine Corps War College in 2006 from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) where he served as the Deputy Chairman and Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Studies for three years. Prior to that, he was an operations officer specializing in the National Airborne Operations Center in the CJCS Joint Staff J-3 directorate.  Colonel Mahoney was a command pilot with extensive operational and staff experience including the command of a KC-135 squadron.  During his flying years, he deployed overseas in support of combat operations in Panama, Bosnia, and Iraq (DESERT SHIEL, DESERT STORM and NORTHERN WATCH).  A lifetime educator and trainer, he also spent his first four years in the Air Force as an instructor for new Undergraduate Pilot Training students.  He holds a bachelors degree in engineering from the US Air Force Academy, a Masters in Management from Webster U., a Masters in National Resource Strategy from ICAF and a Doctorate in History from George Washington University.   

His areas of expertise include: 
• Early American History (Constitutional Foundations) 
• Leadership 
• National Security Strategy 
• US Military History (20th Century - Cold War, Vietnam)


Gabriella Cifu
A senior, Gabriella has been involved in Model UN since junior year and looks forward to being co-chair of NATO after serving as Press Corps chair last year.  When not assiduously doing her homework, she enjoys her mentorship in geriatrics, writing reviews for the school paper, hanging out with friends, and playing the piano.  To keep entertained and up-to-date with pop culture she also dedicates time to watching weekly TV shows like “Glee” and “Grey’s Anatomy” and loves to listen to all genres of music.

Jesse Zhao
Jesse is a junior at Maggie Walker and born in Alabama – but don’t worry, he doesn’t exhibit any of the stereotypes you may have come to associate with the Deep South.  This is his third year in the Maggie Walker Model UN club, and fourth year going to GSMUN in one form or another.  Foreign policy obsessions aside, Jesse enjoys playing the piano and tennis whenever he manages to finish the mounds of homework he has before midnight.  Some of his other interests include Facebook, Tumblr, and Georgia (the font, not the country/state).

Leon Jia
Leon is in his sophomore year of high school and has been a part of Model UN since 8th grade at Manchester Middle School.  When Leon is not doing homework or working on Call of Duty, he enjoys playing basketball and skiing.  Within the school, Leon is a co-secretary for the Sophomore Class and participates in a smattering of clubs.