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Max Smith

Conference Sponsor

Mr. Smith serves as the Assistant Director of Governor's School.  Previous to this he taught in AP and IB education systems for twelve years in the RVA area.  He has traveled widely as a Korea Society fellow, a Goethe Institut scholar, and as the recipient of the Pat Taylor Teaching Award.  This is his tenth year as the sponsor of Governor's School Model UN and his second as the sponsor of the school's Honor Council.  His undergraduate degree is from the University of Richmond and his master's degree was conferred by the University of Virginia.  At home, his pride and joy are his three year old son and his five year old daughter.  August 2017 was his 10th wedding anniversary with his amazingly supportive wife.


Catherine Qian


Catherine first attended GSMUN as an 8th grader from Moody Middle School and has since been a part of the treasured institution as a vice-chair and chair. She has attended many conferences over the course of her high school career but always looks forward to this March weekend the most. In addition to Model UN, Catherine is the captain of the Quizbowl team, an intern at McGuireWoods, a volunteer for Music Orchard and her local library, a big sister to her little brothers, and president of Young Democrats, TJ History Honor Society, National French Honor Society, and MUS. Truth be told, more of her time is spent staying busy with enjoyable extracurriculars instead of the homework she should be doing; however, in the precious fragments of free time that remain, Catherine finds joy in Leonardo DiCaprio movies, food, Bertrand Russell's philosophy, and anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Will Larson


Will Larson is a senior at Maggie Walker and is enjoying his third year as a member of the Model United Nations Club. After volunteering at GSMUN in 2016 by passing notes in committees, Will is thrilled to be putting more useful skills to the test this year as Director-General. Other than Model UN, Will serves as captain on a tennis team that has won 4 consecutive state titles in addition to being an avid libero on the volleyball team. He also enjoys listening to classic rock music and going to bed sometime before 1 a.m.


Annie Wang

Director of Charitable Giving

Annie Wang is a senior at Maggie Walker and is thrilled to serve as Director of Charitable Giving for GSMUN XXI. This is her fourth year with GSMUN, having previously served as a fundraising staffer, vice chair of DISEC, and chair of QUAD: Uganda. Annie also serves as co-treasurer of Model UN club and co-president of Science National Honor Society. Outside of Model UN, she enjoys volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital and interning at the Goodwin Research Lab. In her spare time, you can find her baking, snacking on dark chocolate, traveling, or catching up on sleep.

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Liam Goble-Garratt

Charge d'Affaires

Liam Goble-Garratt, a senior at Maggie Walker, is very excited to be your Charge D’Affaires during this year’s Governor’s School Model United Nations Conference. He has previous experience chairing and vice-chairing GSMUN committees and has participated in many conferences as a delegate. He has chaired DISEC and QUAD Congo in the past two years, and had a lot of fun doing so. Having family spread all across the globe really helps in staying up to date on international issues, and he hopes to be able to do study abroad in college. In the time not spent writing background guides and papers, Liam enjoys playing on the Maggie Walker soccer team, playing basketball, and traveling.


Jenny Glazier

Undersecretary-General for External Communications

Jenny Glazier, a senior at Maggie Walker, is excited to serve as Director of External Communications for GSMUN XXI. Jenny began working at GSMUN as a freshman and has been part of all past conferences as a vice-chair and chair. Along with attending multiple college conferences, she serves as co-treasurer for the Model UN club. Outside of Model UN, Jenny serves as co-president of the English Honor Society, secretary of the Spanish Honor Society, an assistant director of the Music Orchard Program, and a legal intern at Tingen & Williams. In her rare free time, she loves to watch Netflix, Irish dance, and travel with her family.


Kate Lord

Undersecretary-general for logistics

Kate Lord is excited to serve as the Undersecretary-General for Logistics. This is her second year as part of Model UN. Last year she served as the vice chair of ECOSOC Africa. In school, Kate enjoys studying Physics and Chinese. She has a mentorship in Materials Science at VCU and hopes to become an engineer. Outside of school, Kate devotes precious time to running cross country and pole vaulting. She is also part of Maggie Walker Quizbowl. When she actually has free time, Kate is either reading Harry Potter or listening to music you’ve probably never heard of.


Evan Donnellan

Undersecretary-general for crisis simulations

Evan Donnellan is a senior at Maggie Walker and is excited to serve as the Undersecretary-General for Crisis Simulations. Evan has been an active participant in GSMUN since his freshman year when he served as a crisis staffer. Evan has had experience serving in committee and for crisis and looks forward to using those perspectives in the crisis room. When not dreaming up elaborate international crises, Evan serves as a co-President of Latin Honors Society as well as a member of French Honors Society. He mentors at VCU in the Emergency Department, and has aspirations to double-major in biology and music technology. When not at school, Evan enjoys biking around Richmond and playing music.


Aditya Kannoth

Director of Specialized Agencies

Aditya Kannoth is a senior at Maggie Walker and has been participating in Model UN since first attending GSMUN in the 8th grade. He has attended several conferences throughout high school, including those at the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins, but always looks forward to GSMUN the most. When not preparing for GSMUN, he serves as the co-president of the club with Liam Goble-Garratt. Outside of Model UN, Aditya serves as senior class co-president, captain of the MW golf team, an intern in the VCU Neurosurgery department, and a tutor with Music Orchard. With the little free time that he manages to find, he likes to try and improve his pitiful golf swing on the course and find the tastiest food that Richmond has to offer.


Michael Zmuda

Director of General Assemblies

Michael is the Director of General Assemblies for GSMUN this year. He is a senior at Maggie Walker, and, after joining Model UN his sophomore year, has served in multiple positions, as both a chair and vice-chair. Michael is a pitcher for Maggie Walker’s baseball team, and also enjoys fishing, martial arts, and running Spartan races. In the future, Michael hopes to practice law.


Andrew Shin

Director of Press & Publications

Andrew is a senior and has participated in Model UN since eighth grade. Currently, he is serving as co-secretary for Maggie Walker’s Model UN club. In addition to Model UN, Andrew has various other activities and interests. He plays viola in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra and is captain of the Maggie Walker Debate Team. He also has a deep interest in North – South Korean politics and actively raises awareness for Liberty in North Korea. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and binge watching shows on Netflix. Andrew is so excited to serve you all as Director of Press and Publications at GSMUN XXI.


Som Mohapatra

Director of technology

Som, a junior at Maggie Walker, is very excited to serve as the Director of Technology for GSMUN XXI. He has been involved in Model UN since the 8th grade, and joined the Model UN club at Maggie Walker in freshman year. Since then, he has gathered lots of experience as a delegate, vice-chair, and chair. Som is also an active member of many other clubs at Maggie Walker, serving as the head of finance in the robotics team, House Minority leader of Maggie Walker's Model Congress Conference, and an actively participating member of the debate team. In his free time, Som enjoys playing basketball, volunteering, hanging out with friends, and learning pretty much whatever he can.