Secretariat Bios

Mary Moeller

Mary Moeller has been involved with Northwest Model United Nations - Portland for four years, and is the Director-General for 2019. She most recently served on the staff of the Human Rights Council - Universal Periodic Review in 2018, and is a Director at NWMUN-Seattle 2018 as well. This is Mary's seventh conference on staff, following a lengthy Model United Nations career as a delegate from Western Washington University. Mary recently graduated with a BA in Economics from Western Washington University. She is now the Data and Reporting Specialist at the Center for Domestic Peace, which is a domestic violence NGO in the Bay Area. In her free time, Mary enjoys writing music, gardening, and road trips.

Katie McNall
Chief of Staff
Katie McNall is excited to jump into the action at NWMUN-Portland 2019. This is her 10th NWMUN conference, with 5 as a delegate and 5 on staff. She caught the Model UN bug in high school, attending conferences in Tokyo for two years. Katie graduated from Western Washington University in 2016 with a degree in Exceptionality and Disability, a degree combining Special Education and Human Services coursework. This degree has allowed her to focus on her passion, working with nonprofits like the Arc of Whatcom County. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management to further this work, and working at her local library. 

Ali Heinisch
Assistant Secretary-General for Logistics

Ali Heinisch has been involved with NWMUN in some capacity since 2011, and is excited to join the Executive Secretariat for NWMUN-Portland 2019. Ali received her education from Western Oregon University, majoring in Criminal Justice. While at Western Oregon University, she also served as the president of the WOU Model United Nations team. She is passionate about women's issues and peace and security. In her personal life she enjoys hiking with her three rescued pitbulls, riding horses, watching basketball and football and reading. Ali currently works for Brookdale Senior Living as a Residents Programs Coordinator and an Executive Director in training. 

Bianca Amira Zanella
Assistant Secretary-General for Conference Services
Bianca Amira Zanella is ready to explore another coast and dive into NWMUN-Portland 2019! Bianca was struck with the MUN spell in 2011, and joined the National Model United Nations - NY staff in 2015. Bianca lives in a small vibrant city in Vermont, after falling in love with the surrounding mountains. After graduating from Green Mountain College with a BA in English with a focus on education and a BFA in Creative Writing, Bianca worked to organize and revitalize her community. Today, she serves as Systems Advocate for NewStory Center, a local nonprofit supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as facilitates men’s violence accountability programs for probationers. Additionally, she helps manage several art and alternative galleries, serves on the board for Stone Valley Arts, and runs a poetry open mic at Phoenix Books. Bianca is a spoken word and visual artist in the wee hours and prefers dusk to dawn any day.