Meet E-Board

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Katy
Haden

President

Katy Haden is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Creative Writing at Columbia University. She is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Katy is passionate about international relations, human rights, and politics. Because of this Katy has done MUN since 6th grade and is now a member of the Columbia travel Model UN team, and is the Chief of Operations for CESIMS. Outside of school and clubs you can find Katy on runs through Riverside and Central Park or searching for the best bagels in NYC. Feel free to contact her at ksh2157@columbia.edu!

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Andi
Honeycutt

Head Delegate

Andi Honeycutt is a senior in Columbia College majoring in history. She is from Magnolia, Delaware. Andi is the current head delegate of Columbia’s Model UN Travel team, and has been an active member of the team since her freshman year. Outside of CIRCA, Andi has also served as the Head Advising Fellow for the 2022 Cohort of the on-campus non-profit Matriculate. When she’s free, you can usually find her taking a walk through Riverside Park, chatting with friends on Low steps, or brainstorming yet another creative project to work on. She is excited to spend her last year with CIRCA as a member of E-Board and running the Travel Team.

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Irakli Bezhuashvili

Director-General of CMUNNY

Ika is a sophomore at Columbia College, majoring in Economics-Political Science and concentrating in Psychology. He is from the fascinating capital of Georgia – Tbilisi; he has also lived in Ukraine and Turkey, and has been to more than 50 countries on every continent! Ika is involved in a few organizations on and beyond the Columbia campus. In addition to being Director-General for CMUNNY, he serves as a European representative at CAFA. Outside CIRCA, Ika serves as Vice President of the Columbia European Society and as Deputy Director of Public Relations at European Horizons. When (if ever) he’s free, Ika loves to dissect historical maps or dives into a rabbit hole of psychological-thriller novels and true crime documentaries. Ika is excited to get to know everyone at and beyond CIRCA!

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Kailin
Huang

Secretary-General of CMUNCE

Kailin Huang is a senior at Columbia College studying Biochemistry and Economics. While she grew up in Fuzhou, China, she spent the last 10 years in sunny Sarasota, Florida, and now considers it a second home. Kailin is the Secretary-General of CMUNCE, the high school MUN conference, and has been involved with CMUNCE since her first year as a Conference Operations Fellow. Outside of CIRCA, she is a manager for Columbia Daily Spectator, a student interviewer, and part of the co-ed business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. In her free time, she enjoys trying out new restaurants and cafes, binging kdramas, going to pilates classes, and exploring the city.  

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Natasha 
Salmi

President of CAFA

Natasha Salmi is a sophomore at Columbia College majoring in Sustainable Development and concentrating in East Asian Languages and Cultures (Mandarin Chinese). She grew up mostly in San Francisco, but has also attended school in six countries on four continents. Her family now lives in Zurich. Natasha loves international relations and politics and has been involved with Model UN since middle school. At Columbia, Natasha is involved with various branches of CIRCA. In addition to leading CAFA, Natasha is a USG of committees for CMUNCE and CMUNNY. Outside of following international relations, her hobbies include learning new languages, skiing, surfing, exploring cities, reading books, and trying new foods.

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Paul
Padilla

Director-General of CESIMS

Paul Padilla is a sophomore at Columbia University, majoring in Economics and Political Science with a concentration in Education. This year, he is thrilled to serve as the USG of Outreach. Hailing from bubbly Perth Amboy, NJ, Paul loves organizing educational initiatives in the New York City area and Perú. At CESIMS, he values community and celebrates in creating a thrilling, collaborative experience that sparks smiles and forges long-lasting friendships. You will find him either dining on Peruvian food, chasing his blue soccer ball, or praying that he was not such a mediocre dancer. He is excited for CESIMS 2022 and cannot wait to meet you! Please feel free to email Paul at paul.padilla@columbia.edu!

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Ariana
Eftimiu

Vice President of Social Affairs

Ariana Eftimiu is a Sophomore at Barnard College studying Political Science, also interested in Psychology. She is from Bergen County, New Jersey. Ariana is passionate about international relations, sustainable development, and environmental law. Ariana is very excited to be the VP Social for the 2022-23 school year, and is also involved in the Columbia Political Review. Outside of CIRCA, Ariana is a member of the Columbia Daily Spectator, the Athena Mock Trial Team, and the Athena Pre-Law Society. In her spare time, Ariana can be found maximizing her caffeine intake, working on her zine, Potted Purple, or putting an absurd amount of effort into her Spotify playlists (something she does NOT also do in Butler).

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Gayoung
Lee

Treasurer

Gayoung Lee is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Political Science. In addition to being CIRCA’s Deputy Treasurer, she is also a USG of Committees for CMUNCE and a teacher for CESIMS. Outside of CIRCA, Gayoung is a co-coordinator and mentor for the Asian Youth Program, the treasurer for the Korean Students Association, and a Columbia College Student Ambassador. She has an enormous sweet tooth, so exploring different cafés and dessert spots in NYC has quickly become one of her favorite activities. Gayoung is super excited to serve on E-Board, and she can’t wait to meet everyone!

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Serena 
White

Editor-in-Chief of CPR

Serena White is a junior in Columbia College, double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. She is the editor-in-chief of the largest political publication on campus, the Columbia Political Review. Serena is a Chicago native and is passionate about ending mass incarceration, abolishing the death penalty, and Chicago local politics. Outside of CPR, Serena is the Vice President of Columbia Women in Law and Politics and is the Vice President of Operations for Kappa Alpha Theta. You can probably find her drinking ice coffee with her friends on Low Steps or geeking out about Bryan Stevenson to anyone who will listen. She is excited to serve on CIRCA’s E-Board this year.

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Laila
Cruz

Secretary-General of CMUNNY and DEI Officer

Laila Cruz is a Sophomore at Columbia College majoring in American Studies. Although she grew up in New York City, she now considers Laguna Beach her new home, a town most famous for its reality TV series creatively titled Laguna Beach. However, she still refuses to eat any pizza made on the West Coast. Laila has been involved in Model UN since her freshman year of high school. As a crisis enthusiast, she has chaired and directed multiple committees and enjoys an intense crisis update (and seeing how the delegates respond). She formerly served as Chief of Staff for CMUNNY and is a Junior Editor on Columbia Political Review. Outside of Model UN, Laila always chooses a history course where she likes to explore the ancient civilizations’s art and religion. On the weekends, Laila loves to explore public art in the city while listening to an audiobook or podcast. She is a Crooked Media enthusiast and can talk for hours about her favorite podcast hosts. Laila is incredibly excited to be the Secretary-General for CMUNNY XVI, and cannot wait to welcome everyone in the fall!

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Gabriel
Klass

Director-General of CMUNCE

Gabriel Klass (Gabe) is a senior at Columbia College majoring in political science and minoring in computer science. In addition to being CMUNCE's Director-General, Gabe is on the Columbia University Club Soccer Team, co-captains an intramural soccer team, travels throughout the city to find hidden gem restaurants, and endures endless hardships as a Giants, Knicks, and Manchester United fan. Gabe is thrilled to serve on E-Board and is excited to meet everyone in the fall!

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Astrid
Liden

Secretary-General of CESIMS

Astrid Liden is a Junior in Columbia College from Minnesota studying Human Rights and Latin American & Caribbean Studies with a focus on migration and politics. She is the Secretary-General of CESIMS for the 2021-22 year, and she has been involved with CMUNCE, CMUNNY, and Travel Team along with pitching for CPR. Outside of CIRCA, Astrid is involved with Matriculate, Columbia Catholic Ministry, her Acapella group— the Columbia Metrotones, the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), in undergraduate research as a Mellon Mays Fellow, and the Undergraduate and Multicultural Recruitment Committee Leadership team. She is passionate about issues of representation, recognition, and justice for Venezuelan migrants. In her free time, Astrid loves her cafecito and finding all the best places around New York to get her daily sip, taking walks and running through Central Park, and discovering new hole-in-the-wall restaurants wherever she is. Astrid is excited to be representing CESIMS on CIRCA E-board this year and helping to continue CESIMS’s work for educational equity in MUN!

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Vicky
Melkonyan

Vice President of Marketing

Vicky Melkonyan is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Political Science and languages (for those interested: Russian, French, and Armenian!). She is from Lanesboro, Massachusetts, but has also lived in Cape Cod and proudly identifies as a Masshole. Vicky is CIRCA's VP Marketing for the upcoming year, as well as Chief of Staff for Columbia Educational Simulations (CESIMS) and a staffer for many other conferences. Outside of CIRCA, Vicky is also President of the Columbia University Armenian Society and a freelance journalist. In her free time, you can find her freaking out about Survivor, watching any number of eclectic films, or listening to Mitski.