Naples Council
World Affairs
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2021 NCWA Members Serving as MUN Judges

Richard Badolato

Certified Trial Lawyer who is  admitted to practice Law in NJ & NY. He is of Counsel to The Walsh Firm in NJ & is The Former Commissioner of The Dept. Of Banking & Insurance for The State of NJ.   He also served as President of The NJ State Bar Association.


Peter Borre

Brought up in Italy; BA Harvard; MBA Harvard B-School; MA Johns Hopkins; military service USN in fleet and Mediterranean NATO Commands; career in energy sector, including government service in Department of Energy as head of Office of International Affairs and Senior Intel Officer; transplant from Boston, resident of Bonita Springs.


Gene Burke

Brought up in Italy; BA Harvard; MBA Harvard B-School; MA Johns Hopkins; military service USN in fleet and Mediterranean NATO Commands; career in energy sector, including government service in Department of Energy as head of Office of International Affairs and Senior Intel Officer; transplant from Boston, resident of Bonita Springs.


Rich Cowan

This is my fourth year to be a judge for Model Nations. I am a retired orthodontist and am learning about current issues regarding the United Nation as I serve as a judge. I am impressed with the caliber of students who participate in Model United Nations and am convinced that our future is secure with these young people. 


Linda Crescenzi

As a Boston College graduate, as I major in history, I taught social studies at the secondary level in public schools.  I worked and advocated for Fair School finance and promoted enrichment activities in public schools. Was elected to my local School Board.


Benjamin Glick

Originally from MA and CA.  UCLA grad in European history. Med school USC. Pathologist for 35 years.

Ron Gymer

BA Western Reserve University Cleveland Ohio dual major in history and english.  JD Case Western Reserve University.  Senior Vice President responsible for Wealth Management Division of a major US bank and founder and President of a regional Wealth Management Co.  Retired and living primarily in Naples.


Richard Harrison

PhD in Physics : Tulane University in New Orleans. Eight year career as a Spanish speaking Professor at the Universidad de Oriente in Venezuela. Began a second life as a research scientist at Naval Ordanance Laboratory in Washington, D.C. for the next twenty years. (30 publications and five patents)


David Heiman

Retired Partner of International law firm; founded Business Restructuring Practice in Jones Day in 1984 and chaired Business Practice Group. He most recently led the City of Detroit chapter 9 bankruptcy case, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.


Paula Himowitz

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her BA and MA degrees in International Relations. After a brief time in international banking she joined the National Security Agency and enjoyed her career as a Senior Intelligence Analyst and Manager.


Edie Hunt

Lives in Bonita Bay and retired from Goldman Sachs in New York at the end of 2013. She had global responsibility for all of recruiting, training and diversity initiatives of the firm. She has traveled extensively and is very involved with several non-profit organizations.


Jim Huskey

Retired from a thirty-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service at the Department of State at the rank of Minister Counselor.  His overseas tours included the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China; the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; the U.S. Consulate-General in Chennai, India; and the American Institute in Taiwan. He has a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Joanne Huskey

Joanne Grady Huskey is co-founder of Global Adjustment (India); of the American International School of Chennai (India); and of I LIVE 2 LEAD Young Women's Leadership Program.  Author of The Unofficial DiplomatMake It In India, and iCAN:  A Young Woman's Guide to Taking the Lead. She is a  Purpose Prize Fellow and has a Masters degree from Harvard University.


Pat Jackson

Attorney focused on labor relations, human resources, pensions.  Lived in Singapore, Bali, Italy.  Taught conversational English in Spain and Germany.  Upon retiring, got a legal certificate in Immigration law and now volunteer with the Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Volunteer with Southern Poverty Law Center on Immigration issues.


Des Keane

Irish citizen/resident. Seasonal visitor to SW Florida for last 10 years. Former long-term Board Member of Enterprise Ireland (Ireland Gov Development Agency). Investor/Owner/Board Member of a number of small manufacturing business in Europe and USA. Degrees Engineering and Finance.


Rob King

Manufacturing business in Europe and USA. Degrees Engineering and Finance.


Craig Kokorian

​Born and raised in St. Louis, MO and now lives in Estero. Engineering Degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology. MBA from Maryville University. Retired from Boeing, Military and Space. Wife Christine, 3 grown children and one grandchild. 


Carol LaFontaine

Teacher specializing in Enrichment Programs . Interior Designer 20 years.


Roger LaFontaine

BSEE degree from WPI Worcester, MA. General Sales & Marketing Manager of a  power conversion products company selling into the defense and heavy industry in both domestic and international markets


Karen Leland

Originally from NJ, was a high school English teacher, college counselor and tutor to dyslexic students during a career that spanned over 40 years.  My interests now include tennis, cooking, fitness, travel and family.


Marvin Lender

Former owner of Lenders Frozen Bagels. Served on the Board of trustees for Syracuse University. Founder of The Lender Center for Social Justice at S. U. Former Chairman  of the Israel Policy Forum ( a pro Israel, pro peace org.)  Marvin Lender, Chairman, Baldwin Street Management, LLC

Michael Long

Professor Emeritus at Rutgers Business School – Newark & New Brunswick where he published over 40 articles and wrote one book.  I was also awarded the Alexander Hamilton Professorship in Entrepreneurship through the Fulbright Program. I taught in Hungary in 1996. I am currently the Treasurer of the Bonita Springs Historical Society and play tennis and pickleball.


Ileen Malitz

Undergraduate political science degree from Penn State and a PhD in finance from the University of Maryland.  Finance professor for 15 years at University of Illinois, Rutgers and Georgetown.  Currently a personal financial advisor with my own business and will be retiring at the end of this year.


Patrick Mattingly

Almost fully retired business lawyer from Louisville, KY living in Estero, FL.  Studied political science and international affairs at Miami University during last years of Vietnam War.  Forty year law practice centered around representation of entrepreneurs, management teams and investors at all stages of a business’s life cycle, including start-up, growth and exit.


Sara McFadden

Elected State Committeewoman for Collier County in 2016 for her political party; appointed Vice President of her state party 2017; Candidate for FL State Representative of House District 106 [Coastal Collier] in 2018 and 2020; former small business owner and regional administrator for a major international insurance corporation, graduated from Georgian Court University, attended F.I.T., resides in Naples; active in numerous charitable and public policy organizations.


Frank Mitchell

Frank has been retired in Fort Myers since 2005 following 30+ years of professional corporate finance experience as a Senior Manager with Sony, Ingram and other Fortune 500 companies.  Frank also served in the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence analyst with the National Security Agency.  Interests include daily tennis, extensive travel and mentoring high school students through the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program.   


Maureen O’Gorman

Naples resident since 2005. Masters Degree from  NYU, in Economics and Retailing, Senior V.P. Product Marketing and Product  Development, International China Co. located at 41 Madison Avenue NYC.  Traveled for business all over the United States and the world including Japan, China, Italy, The United Kingdom, Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan etc.  Today, works tirelessly as a charity Board Member or emeriti for 4 Boards, all to give young people the opportunity for an education or an experience that they would never have had the chance to have, without the support of the specific charity organization


Louise Orkin

An artist, a teacher, an activist and a supporter of important causes. I am always trying to learn more and I care about my community and my country.


Bobbi Polacheck

I am a happy retiree from Wisconsin and, along with my work with the Model UN, I volunteer at the Naples Botanical Gardens and Seagate Elementary School.  My career was as a middle school guidance counselor and a therapist for children and families.


John Psaras

25 years in the Chemical industry (Allied Chemical and Monsanto) in engineering management positions and another 25 years with DOE as nuclear chief scientific officer and later consultant. Retired in Naples in 2012 and active in many local organizations as well as, lecturing in Collier county libraries and other venues. John holds B.Sc and Ph.D engineering degrees from Imperial College, London UK and a MBA from the University of Richmond Va.


John Rittenhouse

Bachelors, Masters, and Honorary Doctorate degrees in Engineering. Responsible for Aerospace and Defense businesses at RCA and GE.


Robert Roussel  

B.S. in International Politics, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. 77.  MBA International Business, Arizona State (Thunderbird School) 79. 35 years in Corporate Insurance in New York and Europe. Speak 5 languages. Dual National British and U.S. Wife is Belgian.

Richard Ryder

University of Rochester  BS Mechanical Engineering. Columbia University Medical School. Taught and practiced Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont. IBM and GE. Past President Vermont Medical Society. Columbia University Club of SWFL. Currently volunteer patient and family  advocacy University of Vermont Médical Center.


Jim Schmotter

Ph.D. at Northwestern University, he served as Associate Dean and Director of International Studies at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.  He later held appointments as dean of the business colleges at Lehigh University and Western Michigan University and as President of Western Connecticut State University.  During these assignments he consulted for multinational corporations and U.S. government agencies and developed and managed international education academic programs in Malaysia, India, Japan, Singapore, Pakistan and China.  


Michael Smith

Worked in the US Intelligence Community for 32 years as an Army Officer, intelligence analyst, attorney and senior executive both in the US and abroad.  He has undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and is a graduate of the National War College.  He and his wife split time between Naples and Ellicott City, Maryland.  


Wally Stimpson

Harvard Business Scholol MBA 1964, vice-president of staff development for Temple, Barker & Sloan. Past-President of Naples Council on World Affairs and a member of the winning squash team at Harvard 1959. 


Charles “Chuck” Theisen, Jr. 

Served 23 years active duty in the US Navy, started a successful business with his wife and was an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Rutgers University.  Presently teaching an introductory course in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at FGCU.


Mary Udell

I developed my passion for international affairs as an expat in Japan in the 1980s.  By profession I was a Microbiologist and served as Chief Microbiologist and Chief Technologist at St. Louis University Group Hospitals.  I have been a volunteer for the SWFLMUN since 1996 and have held positions as committee assistant, judge, chairman and now back to judging. 


Julie Van Egmond

Masters in Environmental Management of Toxics, from American University. She represented several companies over a period of 38 years, spending the last 21 years with Bayer Corporation on energy, environment, tax and trade before Congress and the Executive Branch.


Steve Vesce

Steve has served as President and CEO of three pioneering companies, and is currently an Executive Partner of New York Private Equity Firm, Post Capital Partners. Vice Chair of this Model UN 2017-2019


Carol Vesce

Spent the last 25 years working with Non-Profit organizations that empower women and children and served on many boards that provide funding for those in need. Member of the Naples Council of World Affairs, a Great Decision Group for the past 4 years, and Model UN Judge.


Nancy Wallace

Nancy visited Naples in 1967 when her father  built his home here. In the 90’s she became a resident and since then joined the Naples Council on World Affairs which is involved in giving out scholarships for overseas programs as well as organizing “The Model UN”, for Naples. Both the Navy and John’s Hopkins Hospital sent Nancy and her physician husband overseas to Asia and the Middle East to diagnose and treat infectious and tropical diseases for much of their married life.


Helge Wehmeier

Born in Germany, Alumnus of IMEDE, Lausanne and INSEAD Fontainebleau. Executive BOD member of German- Belgian Comp., worked 4 yrs in the UK, 20 in the US. Retired as CEO of the US sub of a Chemical and Pharmaceutical Comp. 


John Weiser

Veterinarian with a PhD in basic sciences. Private practice for 4 years,taught at Purdue, U of Ga. and Mi. State U. Vice President Agricultural Research, The UpJohn Co. which became Pfizer. 


Gregor Zore

Gregor grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia and was trained in economics and international economic relations. He was a diplomat of former Yugoslavia and after 1991 of his native Slovenia ending his diplomatic career in 2002 as Slovenia's ambassador to the UN in Geneva. Until retirement in 2012 he directed projects in South East Europe for the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.


Dick Zounes

Retired after 40 years with Navistar International (formerly International Harvester) as Vice President - Global Operations for the Parts Group. Responsible for logistics operations, customer service and labor negotiations.  Earned a B.S. in Economics and an M.B.A. from Siena College in Albany, N.Y. Currently  President of our H.O.A. for the past 2 years after serving as Treasurer the  previous  4 years. 


LuAnn Zounes

I retired after owning my own insurance company, Armored Financial Group, which specialized in life, health, dental and disability insurance for small to mid size businesses.  During that time, I served as Treasurer on the Board of DuPage Health Underwriters. I was also involved as Vice President on the Board of Family Shelter Service which provided support and counseling for women who experienced domestic violence. 


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