Governor's School Model United Nations Conference
Ryan Johnson

Ryan, a senior at Maggie Walker, has been involved in Model UN since attending GSMUN X as a delegate from Manchester Middle School.  Since that conference, he has never looked back, attending conferences sponsored by William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown University.  Ryan has most recently been chair of SPECPOL at GSMUN XIII.  Although it would seem that all of his time should be devoted to GSMUN, Ryan is captain of Maggie Walker's Swim Team and is an EMT who rides with Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad.  With whatever free time is left, Ryan enjoys hanging out with his friends, watching TV, and traveling.

Maggie Chambers
Director General

Maggie is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been an enthusiastic member of Model UN since her freshman year.  Her favorite experiences with the club include working as the Director of Specialized Agencies for last year’s conference and serving as a member of the Chinese Politburo at VAMUN 2010.  Maggie also enjoys her time spent playing basketball for MLWGS, captaining Public Forum Debate, and arguing about the Constitution with her fellow members of the We the People team.  In what little free time she has, Maggie likes reading, training her Irish wolfhound, and trying new baking experiments.

Olivia Baumann
Under-Secretary-General for External Communications

Olivia is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been involved with Model UN since she was a freshman.  At past GSMUN conferences, she served as vice-chair for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and co-chair for the Human Rights Council.  Outside of Model UN, Olivia studies the Constitution with the We the People team, discusses contemporary issues with the Public Forum Debate Team, and tutors neighborhood children with the Newtowne Tutoring Program.  She is also working as an intern at CrossOver Ministry, a free clinic in the West End.  In her free time, Olivia enjoys dancing, cycling, and traveling.

Jessica Chaoul
Under-Secretary-General for Logistics

Jessica is a senior at Maggie Walker.  She brings experience from GSMUN XIII, for which she also served as Undersecretary-General for Logistics.  She has attended Model UN conferences at William & Mary, Georgetown University, and the University of Virginia.  Within the school community, she serves as the co-president of French National Honor Society and Arabic Club and secretary of the school's National Honor Society chapter.  When she is not working hard to stop the first signs of senioritis, she enjoys traveling to obscure places and having fun with friends.
Logan Ferrell
Under-Secretary-General for Crisis Simulations

Logan is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been a member of Model UN since he was a freshman.  He joins GSMUN this year after having served as Director General for GSMUN XIII and worked extensively as a crisis staffer.  In addition to his roles in Model UN, Logan currently serves as a captain of the debate team, opinion editor of the school newspaper, and president of the prestigious German Club.  When not involved in the everyday business of kicking down doors and planning mock invasions, Logan likes to divide his abundant free time between fishing anywhere possible and reading some relaxing political philosophy.

Carly Spraggins
Charge D’Affairs

Carly is a senior at Maggie Walker and began her Model UN career as a delegate at GSMUN in 8th grade!  Outside of her three years working on staff at GSMUN, she has attended conferences at William & Mary, the University of Virginia and Georgetown University.  In school she is a member of the We the People team, the President of Students Against Destructive Decisions, and a varsity field hockey player.  She also spends time interning with a local law firm and tutoring at the YMCA.  In her spare time she enjoys theater, youth group, and going to the beach.

Aya Kellam
Director of Specialized Agencies

Aya is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been a part of the Model UN club since her freshman year.  She has moved up the ranks of GSMUN’s staff in the past three years from a general volunteer to vice-chair to chair and is extremely excited to be working on the secretariat this year as the Director of Specialized Agencies.  Her favorite GSMUN moment was when she convinced her male co-chair to dress in a qipao in last year’s ASEAN committee.  Aya also participates in Public Forum Debate and is an intern at Children, Incorporated, GSMUN XIV’s sponsored charity.  She enjoys traveling, baking, watching Japanese soap operas, and collecting stuffed animals.
Jason Kong
Director of General Assemblies

Jason is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been a member of Model UN since his freshman year.  His previous MUN experiences seem to often deal with the spread of Communism – first he was a member of the Czech Cabinet at Prague Springs and then Chiang Ching-kuo during a simulation of the Chinese Civil War.  Outside of Model UN, Jason is a huge math aficionado, but also enjoys playing tennis and chess.  He is involved in a slew of other activities including being President of Club Asia and Co-Treasurer of the SCA.

Emlyn Crenshaw
Director of Press and Publications

Emlyn, a MLWGS senior, is psyched to be your GSMUN XIV Director of Press and Publications!  Emlyn was also the Director of Press and Publications for GSMUN XIII and couldn’t resist taking on the job for one more year.  She joined Model UN as a freshman, and has since represented all kinds of nations at WMHSMUN, VAMUN, and NAIMUN.   Besides being an avid Model UN enthusiast, Emlyn is an active member of multiple honor societies and clubs, writes for the school newspaper as News Editor, and is proficient at American Sign Language. 

Emily Ko
Directory of Technology

Emily is a senior at Maggie Walker and joined Model United Nations in her freshman year, and GSMUN has always been her favorite part of the Model UN experience.  Starting out on the fundraising staff, she has been involved with GSMUN technology since sophomore year and is excited for her second year as Director of Technology!  Outside of Model UN, Emily interns with Chippenham Pediatrics and is a classical violinist and a proud treehugger who loves coming to school on Mondays.


Cole Messersmith
Director of Charitable Giving

Cole is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been a member of the Model United Nations Club since freshman year, and has participated in previous GSMUN conferences as a member of the fundraising staff.  Outside of Model UN, Cole is completing an internship with a local physician, involved in various community service activities through Key Club, and a member of several honor societies.  In the rest of his free time Cole enjoys hanging with friends and above all, sleeping.

Mr. Max Smith
Mr. Max Smith is in his third year teaching Global Studies, AP European History and sponsoring Model UN at Maggie Walker.  He received his BA from the University of Richmond with majors in History and Drama, with a concentration on Western Europe and Russia/the Soviet Union.  He received his endorsement in Gifted Education in 2007 and his Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2010 from the University of Virginia. He has been on a teaching fellowship to Germany (2005) and another in Korea (2008).  In the past four years, he’s traveled to Croatia, Turkey, Italy, Greece, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, England, France and Spain.