AMUN Secretaries-General (1967-present)

 

Please email biographical information regarding the former AMUN Secretaries-General to Dr. Mark Mullenbach, AMUN coordinator, at markm@uca.edu.

 

1967 - David Gruber

David Gruber was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His family moved to Arkansas (Heber Springs) where he attended West Side High School in Greers Ferry, Arkansas.  In 1962, he was named by D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York as one of the nation's top ten talented young poets.  His entry in the national poetry contest was titled, "If Fire Could Talk."  He graduated from West Side High School in Greers Ferry in May 1965.  As a freshman at Arkansas State Teachers College (ASTC) in Conway, he participated as a delegate to the Midwest Model United Nations (MMUN) conference in St. Louis, Missouri in February 1966.  He served as the Secretary-General of the 1st Annual Arkansas Model United Nations (AMUN) conference held at State College of Arkansas (SCA) on January 7, 1967.  He also participated as a delegate to the MMUN conference in St. Louis, Missouri in February 1967.  He graduated from SCA in May 1969.  He owns and operates Gruber Enterprises in Little Rock.

1968 - Brett Newcomb

Brett Newcomb served as the Secretary-General of the 2nd and 3rd AMUN conferences in 1968.  He graduated from the State College of Arkansas (SCA) with a B.A. degree in Social Studies in 1969, and he graduated from Webster University with a M.A. degree in counseling services in 1982.  He taught for several years in the St. Louis, Missouri area, including social studies for the Rockwood School District, 1972-1989; public speaking, persuasion, and small group dynamics in the communications department at Meramec Community College, 1987-1988; general psychology, group techniques, and elementary school counseling at Missouri Baptist College, 2001.  He served as Site Director of the M.A. program (Counseling) at Webster University in Webster Groves, Missouri.  For several years, he worked as a licensed professional counselor (adolescent and family therapist) at West County Psychological Associates and Sutherland & Associates, P.C.

1969 - Charlene Coleman

1970 - Don Rhodes, Jr.

Donald E. Rhodes, Jr. was born to Donald, Sr. and Lavon Rhodes in DeQueen, Arkansas on April 12, 1950.  He graduated from Sylvan Hills High in Sherwood, Arkansas in 1968 and entered State College of Arkansas that year.  In 1973, he graduated from SCA in Conway, Arkansas with a B.S.E. in History with a double minor in Political Science and Journalism.  He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserves (USAR), and served with the Arkansas National Guard and with the USAR in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Command and Staff College.  He served in Southwest Asia for Operation Desert Shield/Storm and rose to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations for U.S. Army Central Command (Forward).  He retired from the USAR in 1996 as a Lt. Colonel.  His career in the banking and corporate sectors included employment with the Federal Home Loan Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas; Ninth District Federal Home Loan Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana; Hibernia National Bank in New Orleans, Louisiana; Shell Oil Credit Union; and Independent Community Bankers of American (ICBA Bancard), Vice-President of the Electronic Banking Division.  From June 2001 to March 2011, he worked as Policy Manager, eStrategies Division and Senior Director, Risk Management Policy for the American Bankers Association (ABA) in Washington D.C.  Donald E. Rhodes, Jr. died on March 15, 2011.

1971-1972 - Keith Vaughan

Keith Vaughan graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Central Arkansas in 1974, and earned a J.D. from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of Law in 1977.  He practiced law as a private attorney in Jacksonville, Arkansas from 1977 to 1991, and also served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Pulaski County from 1982 to 1986. In addition, he served as the elected City Attorney in Jacksonville, Arkansas for two terms from 1983 to 1990. After moving to Texas, he worked as City Attorney in Holiday Lakes from 1991 to 1993, and practiced law as a private attorney in Angleton, Texas from 1991 to 2007. During this time, he worked as City Attorney in Angleton, Texas from 1991 to 1997 and 1998 to 2008. In December 2008, he became the Special Assistant City Attorney, General Counsel Division, in Houston, Texas.

1973 - Ursula Nunn Polk

Ursula Nunn Polk was born on December 20, 1952 at Fort Hood, Texas to Howard and Ilse Kalmering Nunn. As a child, Ursula lived in Germany and Turkey. Ursula graduated from Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas in 1971, and was married to 2nd Lt. Fred Lee Polk in West Point, New York on June 5, 1974. Ursula graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas in 1975, and she received her commission as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army in 1976. Throughout their careers in the U.S. Army, she and her husband were stationed in many locations, including Germany and Panama (where she participated in the planning and execution of Operation Just Cause and became one of the first post-Vietnam War female soldiers to earn a combat patch).  She received her master's degree in public administration from American University in 1983.   She served as an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.  She attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1990, and then served as an instructor at the college in 1991.  She later taught government, economics, and international relations at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Her final rank in the U.S. Army Reserve was Lt. Colonel.  Ursula Nunn Polk died of complications related to breast cancer on June 26, 2005 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She was survived by her husband Fred, son John, and daughter Jessica.

1974 - Ross Moore

1975 - Lionell Owens

After graduating from UCA with a degree in Political Science in August 1976, Lionell Owens attended law school at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  Upon graduating from law school in 1980, he worked as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force (U.S.A.F.) at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and Clark AB, Republic of the Philippines from 1980 to 1985. Subsequently, he worked as a Special Agent with the U.S.A.F. Office of Special Investigations (OSI) at various locations in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia until retiring from active duty in the U.S.A.F. in 2003. At that time, he began working as a civilian special agent with the U.S.A.F. OSI.  In June 2003, he was deployed to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom as Deputy Director of Counter-Intelligence for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad, Iraq. Shortly after returning to the U.S. in December 2003, he worked as an Instructor at the U.S.A.F. Special Investigations Academy in Glynco, Georgia (April 2004-February 2006); Force Protection Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen (February 2006-September 2006); and Chief of Counter-Intelligence/Warfighting, U.S.A.F. OSI, 4th Field Investigations Region (4 FIR), Randolph AFB, Texas (September 2006-present).

1976 - Larry Lanes

1977 - William A. Waddell, Jr.

William A. Waddell, Jr. graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in History and Spanish in 1978.  He earned a J.D. from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law in 1984.  He practices law at Friday, Eldredge & Clark in Little Rock.

1978 - Lisa Miesenbacher

1979 - Hadrian Hatfield

1980 - Paul W. Kimbrough

Paul W. Kimbrough graduated from Little Rock's Parkview High School in 1977.  He served as Secretary-General of the AMUN conference in 1980.  He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Political Science in 1981.  He served in the U.S. Army.  He earned a J.D. at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville School of Law, where he headed up the Black Law Students Association.  He worked on the worked on the staff of U.S. Representative Ray Thornton, and then unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.  He worked in the Inspector-General's Office in the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington DC. While serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, he was deployed to Afghanistan with the 416th Engineer Command at Bagram Air Base. On October 3, 2003, Lt. Colonel Paul Kimbrough was flown to Incirlik, Turkey for medical treatment.  He died of cardiac arrest en route to Turkey.

1981 - David Bolin

1982 - Carroll P. Lester, Jr.

Carroll Preston Lester, Jr. was born to Carroll Lester Sr. and Mary Frances Lester in DeWitt, Arkansas on December 16, 1960.  He graduated from DeWitt High School in 1979, and earned a B.S. degree in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in 1984.  Carroll Lester worked for Farmers Home Administration, and was elected mayor of DeWitt, Arkansas in 1990 and 1998.  Governor Mike Huckabee appointed Carroll Lester to two terms on the Arkansas County Quorum Court and to the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training.  Carroll Lester also served nine years as Chairman of the Arkansas County Republican Committee and the Arkansas County Board of Election Commissioners.  Carroll P. Lester died from complications of kidney cancer at St. Vincent Hospital in Zionsville, Indiana on March 19, 2010.  He was survived by his mother, Mary Frances Lester of Zionsville, Indiana and two sisters.

1983 - Tim Troup

1984 - David C. Allen

1985 - Stephen W. Lea

1986 - Lisa C. Carver

1987 - Preston Scroggin

Preston Scroggin graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Central Arkansas. He has been the owner of Scroggin Farms near Vilonia since 1989. Preston served two terms on the Vilonia city council, and served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2000 to 2006. Preston was elected Faulkner County Judge in 2006.

1988 - Jody Webb

1989 - Randy L. Grice

1990 - Felicia C. Scholl

1991 - Robin C. Hudson

Robin C. Hudson (Gifford) graduated from Rogers High School in 1990, and served as Secretary-General of the AMUN conference in 1991.  She spent ten years in the field of law enforcement as both a 9-1-1 dispatcher and as a police officer.  During that time she worked for several different departments.  She graduated from the Police Academy of the Little Rock Police Department.  After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. in Public Administration in August 2005, she went to work for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management in December 2005.  She worked as the CSEPP (Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program) Planner and then later as a Natural Hazards Planner.  She served as Deputy Director for Administration and Director of the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a program for at risk youth who have dropped out of high school, from 2007 to August 2010.  At that time, she served as the Emergency Services Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of County Operations.  She was transferred into the Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support where her role in emergency management shifted to that of State Voluntary Agency Liaison-VAL.  As State VAL, she continued her work with the ARVOAD (Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) from her previous position.  She expanded her role and edited and taught Volunteer Reception Center training, designed to manage unaffiliated volunteers following disaster.  She accepted a promotional position with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality where she will serve as the Enforcement Coordinator for the Hazardous Waste Division beginning in September 2013.

1992 - Mike May

1993 - Casey Semmler

1994 - Kevin Rogers

1995 - Christopher Jenkins

1996 - Tobias J. Vancil

Tobias J. Vancil graduated from Rogers High School in 1995, and from the University of Central Arkansas in 1999.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, AR with a M.D. degree in 2004, and completed his internship in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at UAMS in 2004-2005.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at UAMS in 2005-2008.

1997 - Jenny Shelton

Jenny Swensen (Shelton), formerly of Springdale, Arkansas married in 1999 while attending the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville to obtain a fashion merchandising degree. She left school in 2001 to become a stay at home mother. After several moves around the country, she now resides in Joplin, Missouri with her husband and two children.

1998 - Michael Hopkins

Michael Hopkins, formerly of Russellville, Arkansas and a graduate of Russellville High School now resides in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the owner of Max Motors, Inc., an independent automobile dealership near downtown North Little Rock.

1999-2000 - Kylie Neal

2001 - Angela Weber

2002 - Rachel Price

2003 - Sarah Post

2004 - Molly Smith

2005 - Hristijan Gjorgievski

2006 - Jose Guzzardi

Jose Guzzardi graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2007.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock with a Masters degree in Public Service in May 2009.  He served as President of Heritage Care, Inc. in Hyattsville, Maryland from May 2009 to September 1010.  He currently works as Manager of Wal-Mart's eCommerce Retail Market in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

2007 - Timothy Hurley

Tim Hurley graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in Political Science in May 2008.

2008 - Ryan McCormack

Ryan McCormack graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2010.  He currently serves in the U.S. Army.

2009 - Anatoliy Shatkovskyy

Anatoliy Shatkovskyy graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2010.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock with a Masters degree in Public Service in May 2012.  He worked for Heifer International in Little Rock from 2011 to 2012, and he has worked for Danone Corporation in Ukraine since 2012.

2010 - Tyler Bittle

Tyler Bittle graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. degree in Public Administration in August 2013.

2011 - Willis Arnold

Willis Arnold graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2013.

2012 - Jake Logan

Jake Logan graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2013.  He is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock School of Law.

2013 - Logan Spurlock

Logan Spurlock graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2014.  He is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

2014 - Stephanie Gray

Stephanie Gray graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. degree in International Studies in May 2014.

2015 - Breanna Wilbanks