Secretariat Bios




Neil Rotta
Secretary-General

Neil Rotta is returning for a second year as Secretary-General of NWMUN in 2013 after his first year as SG in 2012 and serving as Chief of Staff in 2011. Neil has been involved in Model United Nations for 8 years, and has served in a variety of capacities at both the high school and collegiate levels. The majority of his experience comes from his involvement with Model United Nations at the University of Washington, where he served as President in 2010-2011 and Adviser in 2011-2012. Neil has previously served as a Director, Chair or delegate at over 25 collegiate-level conferences. Neil recently graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Economy and a B.A. in Latin American Studies, with a Minor in History.

Neil's email address is sg@nwmun.org.



Sasha Sleiman
Director-General
Sasha Sleiman has been involved with Model United Nations since 2006.  She has been involved with NWMUN as a delegate in 2007 and previously served as ASG-CS in 2008 and both ASG-L and DG in 2012.  Sasha also has experience staffing several other conferences, most recently as an Under-Secretary-General for National Model United Nations in New York City. Sasha graduated in 2009 from Western Washington University, where she served as Advisor of the Western Model United Nations program. She completed her MA in International Policy Studies, focusing on Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. 

To reach Sasha, please email her at dg@nwmun.org.




Sabrina Grover
Chief of Staff

Sabrina Grover joins the Secretariat as Chief of Staff this year after having served as a Director for NWMUN 2012. Sabrina has been involved with Model United Nations since 2006 in a variety of roles; she previously served for five years as the Secretary-General of the Calgary High School Model UN, as well as serving as a staff member at National Model United Nations - New York since 2010. Sabrina graduated from the University of Calgary with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She currently works at the University of Calgary in the Legal Unit.

Sabrina can be reached via email at cos@nwmun.org.



George Benson-Patterson
Assistant Secretary-General for Logistics
George Benson-Patterson is a fourth-year student in honors political science and history at the University of Victoria. He has been involved in Model United Nations since 2009 and has attended local conferences in the Pacific Northwest, as well as NMUN and WorldMUN. He also served as Assistant Secretary-General for Logistics for NWMUN 2011. George recently returned from living in Bangladesh for six months, where he was working for a local migrant workers' rights organization, the WARBE Development Foundation. Outside of work and school, George is an avid writer and amateur mountaineer.

You can contact George at asgl@nwmun.org.




Jesse Barnett
Assistant Secretary-General for Conference Services

Jesse Barnett has been an active participant in Model United Nations since his freshman year of college in 2009. Having previously served as a delegate on various NWMUN committees since then, Jesse joins the Secretariat as Assistant Secretary-General for Conference Services this year. Jesse’s academic interests center primarily upon the intersection of international relations and economics, with a specific focus on maritime trade in the Pacific. As student at Western Washington University, Jesse has led his University’s Model United Nations team and International Affairs Association for the past two years while simultaneously chasing two majors in Economics and Political Science.

Jesse's email address is asgcs@nwmun.org.