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Members with a strong history of involvement in the organization are encouraged to apply to join the Board of Directors, CASIN’s governing body. The Board is comprised of several committees that oversee CASIN’s administrative and programmatic activities. A number of former Board members continue to advise the organization in an honorary capacity.

Members | Committee Structure & Assignments | Honorary Members

Amelia Mae Wolf, At-Large Board Member

Amelia Mae Wolf is a Research Associate in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), where she researches conflict prevention and national security. She is also a researcher for Wikistrat, covering Africa and counter terrorism, and an adjunct professor at St. John’s University, where she teaches a class on transnational advocacy in the International Communication master’s program. Previously, Amelia worked as Communications Coordinator at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), where she wrote articles on mass atrocity prevention and human rights crises, and as Video Specialist at STAND: The Student-led Division of United to End Genocide. Amelia has conducted conflict assessments for the International Peace Institute (Mali) and World Vision International (Sudan). She has a MS in Global Affairs from New York University, where she founded and served as President of the Human Rights and International Law League, and a BA in Communications from Loyola University Maryland. Her graduate thesis, “Deconstructing Prevention: The Missing Link in the Human Security Approach to Global Climate Change,” was nominated for Best Thesis Award and she presented her findings at the 2013 Dayton Human Rights Conference. She has also published articles on ForeignPolicy.com, Defense One, CFR Blogs Politics, Power, and Preventive Action and the Development Channel, International Justice Central, and ICRtoP’s blog.

Katy Ellis, Publications Committee

Katy Ellis is a practicing attorney in Colorado. She received a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While there, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, captain of the Jessup moot court team, and president of the International Law Society. She earned an M.A. in international studies from the Josef A. Korbel School of International Studies. While in law school, she assisted on a case in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Katy is currently a vice-chair of the International Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also the regional administrator for the Rocky Mountain Regional competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Before law school, Katy was a double-major in international affairs and foreign languages at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. While in college, she studied in Seville, Spain, and she is fluent in French and Spanish.

Andre McDonald, At-large Board Member

Andre McDonald is a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, pursuing a master’s degree in negotiation and conflict resolution with a dual concentration in ombuds practice and mediation. He also has a certificate in international law and justice from Fordham School of Law, where he was a Leitner Center Fellow.  During his fellowship, he analyzed human rights issues facing vulnerable populations, such as women and children, the LGBTQ community, and disabled persons. Andre’s human rights studies included fieldwork in India, where he investigated the Sonagachi Red Light District and the battle between the criminalization versus decriminalization of sex work. Additionally, while conducting field work in Cuba, he analyzed the international institutions and mechanisms for the protection of economic, social, and cultural rights. Andre has a special interest in gender and the LGBTQ community, and is dedicated to helping individuals overcome adversity in their lives.

Elizabeth Morlock, Delegations Committee

Elizabeth Morlock is a recent graduate of New York University-Center for Global Affairs where she earned a Master of Science in Global Affairs, focusing her studies on modern international relations theory and global policy development via multilateral institutions. She was involved in multiple, cross-concentration organizations with the graduate program, including as one of the founding members of The Human Rights and International Law League. Her thesis was a client-oriented project focused on international business ethics and cultural/human rights, in which she designed a development model (Anthro-Tourism Impact Assessment- ATIA) to assess the capacity for socially responsible execution of sustainable development in the anthrotourism sector. Additionally, in her time at NYU she eagerly pursued every opportunity to be involved in the United Nations, including participating in policy dialogues at high-level meetings and by interning with the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit.  Recently she has been working in the Executive Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations as a special event coordinator working with a team to coordinate the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum and the launch of the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy. Prior to joining the Board of Directors of CASIN, she served the organization both on the editorial staff of Eyes on the ICC and as a young professional delegate representing CASIN at the UN during the Commission on the Status of Women.

Oanh-Nhi Nguyen, Development and Outreach Committee

Oanh-Nhi Nguyen is an Associate at The Raben Group, a progressive public policy lobbying, consulting, and public affairs firm. She is currently working on NoVo Foundation’s Move to End Violence Initiative to end violence against women and girls in the United States. She is passionate about violence prevention, anti-trafficking, and youth development. Oanh-Nhi has interned at the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, AEquitas, and the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute. In 2012, Oanh-Nhi founded a youth violence prevention program for 120+ participants in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Dickinson College with a double major in International Studies and Policy Management. Oanh-Nhi was selected as a 2013 semi-finalist for the Peace First Prize, a Nobel for young people.

Ina Wanca, At-large Board Member

Ina Wanca is an adjunct professor in the Department of Security, Fire, and Emergency Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she teaches computer and data security. She is also a contributing analyst for Wikistrat’s cybersecurity and international crime desk. Ina has worked with various international and diplomatic organizations including the United Nations, the International Peace Institute, and the U.S. Mission to the European Union, examining the role of governments and private enterprises in securing cyberspace. Her independent work focuses on public–private partnerships for cybercrime cooperation. Previously, Ina enjoyed a successful career with multinational insurance and financial data companies where she managed intellectual property, lobbying, and regulatory compliance matters for more than 120 countries. She recently founded a next-generation IT hybrid company, Hybera LLC, which provides solutions from software development to education, research, and private management consulting.  She holds a master’s in global affairs from New York University, where she was also president of the Transnational Security Committee, and a law degree from VFU Chenorizetz Hrabar, in Bulgaria.

Ornesha Watson, At-large Board Member

Ornesha Watson is a high level events consultant for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative at the United Nations Executive Office of the Secretary-General. She previously served as assistant communications coordinator for the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum. Ornesha has significant experience in consular affairs, having served as communications and research specialist at the Jamaican Consulate in New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and art from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and a master’s degree from New York University, where she studied international relations with a focus on development through cultural awareness, educational resources, and improved healthcare. She presented her thesis, “Resort Rastas and Hotel Hula”–a  comparative research project on the commercialization of the indigenous Jamaican and Hawaiian cultures by the global tourism industry–at the UNESCO and ICOMOS International Conference, in Taiwan in April 2013, and it was published by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham. The project was also selected for presentation at the 38th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference. Ornesha continues to be actively engaged in the field of international relations and development though her involvement with Social Tap Inc., working on an asset mapping project. She is also a member of the UN Young Professionals Program (New York Chapter).

Maimoona Zia, Chair of the Delegations Committee

Maimoona Zia is an attorney with a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Saint Peter’s University. Maimoona has served as Managing Editor of Eyes on the International Criminal Court and as associate editor for the same publication for the preceding two terms before her managing role. She has also served as Senior Comments Editor for the Seton Hall Circuit Review. As Chair of the Delegations Committee, Maimoona has led delegations to the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court and the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She maintains an interest in international law and is fluent in Urdu.


Board Chair

The Chair is elected every six months. The Chair is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors responsible for board member work product and deadline compliance.  The Chair is also responsible for compiling monthly committee updates and quarterly reports.  These updates and reports are approved at quarterly meetings.

Development & Outreach Committee

The Program Development Committee is responsible for researching and implementing new program areas and developing pre-existing programs.  The Program Development Committee works on the Leadership Training Program including delegations, CASIN Publications, Events, and the Embassy Program.  The Program Development Committee also assists student delegations with the accreditation process.


The treasurer tracks and disburses the organization’s material resources, manages the annual budgeting process, provides internal and external reports on the organization’s finances, and supports development activities.

Compliance Director

The Compliance Director will investigate issues of potential non-compliance with local, state, federal, and other rules and regulations as pertain to the work of the board and the operations of the organizations.  The Director will also investigate compliance issues referred by senior staff or other board members.

Publications Committee

Chair: Katy Ellis

The Publications Committee is responsible for managing CASIN’s publications, which currently include two peer-reviewed journals, Eyes on the ICC and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law. The committee determines all matters that fall outside the purview of the journals’ editorial staffs, including but not limited to publishing conventions, subscription rates and availability, and circulation and distribution.

Delegations Committee

Chair: Maimoona Zia

The Delegations Committee is responsible for organizing delegations to various international conventions. Each year the committee selects four high-profile international conventions to send delegations of American students and young professionals interested in multilateral policymaking. The committee recruits and trains delegates, preparing them for various roles, and supervises their experience at the conventions.

Nominating & Selection Committee

The Nominating and Selection Committee is responsible for screening, evaluating, and nominating potential candidates for positions within CASIN. The committee will conduct background reviews, organize interviews, and nominate potential members based on competency and collegiality.

Board Members Emeritus

Guillermo J. Aviles-Mendoza, JD

Christina M. Hartman, MPH

Irina Kebreau

Rebecca Landy

Ted Lechterman

William Lim, JD

Amber Patel

Mohammed Rahman, MS

Sarah Repucci

Harry Rhea

Debbie Sharnak

Esti Tambay

Angela-Jo Touza-Medina