ALABAMA INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CLUB PRESENTS

ALMUN X ALUMNI PANEL

ALMUN X and the Alabama International Relations Club are proud to welcome to campus a number of original founding AIRC alumni, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the conference and club. Our alumni will be hosting two lunch panels during the ALMUN X Saturday lunch hour on the topics of careers in foreign relations, law, and policy; how participation in Model UN in college has guided their careers; and a Q&A for students.

 

The ALMUN X Secretariat encourages all delegations to attend. There will be two panels hosted in two separate rooms to accommodate all those interested in attending.

Panel One

Will Thomas

Moderator

AIRC Member 2006-2010

Will was the first President of Alabama International Relations Club after it rebranded from ALMUN from 2007-2009. He developed and executed a strategic plan that expanded the organization’s scope, budget, and diversity, including the formation of the programs now known as MUNOP and TILE. In 2009, he was awarded the William P. Bloom Award, a Premier Award given annually to a junior who has worked to improve relations between different groups. After Alabama, he received an MS in Agricultural Economics from Auburn University in 2013.

 

Will Thomas currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he has been working in nutrition policy for the past five years, including work on the restoration of sequestration cuts to programs like Meals on Wheels, and the most comprehensive overhaul of AARP’s nutrition policy positions in a decade.  Currently, he is the Director of Research, Policy, and Advocacy at Hunger Free America and is pursuing a Masters in Public Health from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. 

Tiffany Baccus

AIRC Member 2007-2011

Tiffany is originally from Madison, Alabama. While a member of AIRC, she acted as Treasurer (2008-2009) and Vice President (2010-2011). Tiffany was drawn to AIRC as it provided not only a window to the world for her while on campus but also allowed her to advocate for international issues to other students and faculty on campus, help local middle school students explore second language through TILE and encourage high school students to explore perspectives different than their own through ALMUN. Tiffany traveled to Model UN conferences across the country and around the world including in Singapore, Taipei and Montreal as a representative of AIRC and participated in ALMUN as a co-chair and photographer.

 

Following graduation, Tiffany lived in Seoul, South Korea for 3 years where she was the academic supervisor of a private English academy and volunteered with North Korean refugees. Most recently, Tiffany moved to Cleveland, Ohio from Jerusalem where she was working with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) as the Special Assistant to the Director of the West Bank Field Office and conducting research on how best UNRWA can give refugees a stronger voice in the programming they receive. The UNRWA West Bank Field Office provides education, health, relief and social services and emergency programs to nearly 775,000 Palestine refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Tiffany is currently working towards a master’s in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation and hopes to continue working with refugee populations following graduation. 

Ebony C. Smith

AIRC Member 2007-2011

International relations and law have always been Ebony’s passion so it was only natural that she would join the AIRC as a freshman in 2007. Ebony was a member of ALMUN and assisted with the high school ALMUN competition.  A native of Birmingham, AL, Ebony graduated from the University of Alabama in 2011. Ebony then attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. Ebony also had the opportunity to study European Union and British Common law at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Rome, Italy and Strasbourg, France as well as complete a research program with Universidad de Humberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile.

 

After law school, Ebony completed judicial clerkships with the Hon. Lewis M. Nixon in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois and the Hon. Cynthia Cobbs of the Illinois Appellate Court in the 1st District. Currently, Ebony is an associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP where she specializes in labor and employment litigation. 

Bryan Herren

AIRC Member 2010-2013

Bryan is originally from Ranburne, Alabama. Bryan found in AIRC what his hometown lacked--diversity. Growing up in a very homogenous rural Alabama town, Bryan didn’t get exposure different beliefs and cultures. His time in AIRC helped him become a more tolerant and compassionate person. While a member of AIRC, Bryan served as Communications Director (2011-2012) and Head Delegate (2012-2013) and represented the Club and University as a delegate at Model UN conferences. Bryan participated in ALMUN during his time with AIRC, serving in various roles, including Crisis Director for the very first ALMUN Crisis Committee, “Outbreak: The H1Z1 Summit at Atlanta.”

 

Bryan is currently living in Huntsville, Alabama. He is a Sales Product Manager for Curse Inc., the media arm of Twitch.tv. When he is not pitching, planning, managing, and broadcasting custom sales campaigns in the Esports video game industry, Bryan is playing video games. He loves what video games have to offer with unique stories and gameplay experiences.

Panel Two

Emily Brait

Moderator

AIRC Member 2008-2011

Emily is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She found her way to AIRC her freshman year because her experience in high school participating in MUN. While never the best debator, Emily enjoyed MUN for the opportunity to practice her diplomacy and oral advocacy skills as well as the opportunity to get to know people from across the country and the world with similar interests. While in AIRC, Emily participated in numerous MUN conferences, served as Treasurer (2009-2010) and President (2010-2011) for AIRC and Finance Director for ALMUN (2009-2010), and worked with students during the first two years of what is now MUNOP. Emily’s experience and the people she met in AIRC inspired her to move to China after graduation to teach English and then pursue a Master’s in International Law from China University of Political Science and Law.

 

Emily recently moved to New York City, New York after graduating from American University Washington College of Law Washington, D.C., and works at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP.  Emily is in her first year at the firm and works on a variety of matters in the firm’s corporate practice. In August, Emily will be moving to Memphis, Tennessee to serve as a clerk on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Bernice B. Donald. In her free time, Emily enjoys traveling and baking, and she hopes to one day own her own bakery.

Will Warren

AIRC Member 2009-2010

Will was born in Tuscaloosa, AL and grew up in Madison, AL, attending Bob Jones High School. He completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama, and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2012.

 

In 2010, while serving as Head Delegate for the Alabama Model UN team, Will led the first AIRC delegation to WorldMUN in Taipei, Taiwan. Will also volunteered through the TILE language program in Tuscaloosa where he worked as a French instructor for middle school students. Outside of AIRC, Will participated in the Alabama chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and helped plan and fund international infrastructure projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Peru, and worked local projects in Hale County, AL.

 

Will currently lives in Waco, Texas and works as a Test Engineer. His French is still not all that great.

Kelcey Armstrong-Walenczak

AIRC Member 2009-2012

Kelcey is originally from Port Orange, Florida. Her major in international relations led her to AIRC her freshman year, where she hoped to find new friends with shared interests. Her high school did not have a Model UN program, so her first experience with MUN was an internal mock debate at AIRC. Despite the learning curve, she quickly became hooked, and when AIRC gave her the opportunity to participate in the 2010 WorldMUN conference in Taiwan, they gained a member for life. While in AIRC, Kelcey also served as TILE Coordinator and participated in ALMUN.

 

After graduating from Alabama with degrees in International Relations and French, Kelcey received a Master’s in International Strategic Marketing from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland and works in communications at the Kofi Annan Foundation, an international NGO founded and chaired by former UNSG Kofi Annan. Its objective is to break down the barriers to peace through both global advocacy and thematic programs.

Alex James

AIRC Member 2006-2008

While in AIRC, Alex represented the Club and University in Model UN conferences in Montreal and Washington, D.C. He also participated in ALMUN as a chair of the committee on Turkey and Greece’s fight over Cyprus.

 

Alex is now living in Atlanta, Georgia, working as an Internal Consultant with Cox Enterprises.