Meet the UNA-USA National Council

The National Council consists of just over 30 people: two, three, or four representatives elected from each region, consistent with the number of members. Meet your Regional Representatives!

*An asterisk identifies a youth representative.

About the National Council

The National Council meets twice a year, once during the June Leadership Summit and once in New York in early February; its working groups and subcommittees conduct business year-round by email and conference call in preparation for their semi-annual meetings.  In addition to overseeing these elections, the National Council works on issues of membership, legislative advocacy, web and social media, external communications, education, WFUNA, and the Council of Organizations. It makes recommendations to UNA-USA staff and to delegates at the Annual Meeting. Regional Representatives also work with staff to assist chapters and to help resolve issues that may arise during the year.


2020 – 2022 UNA-USA National Council


Mid-Atlantic Region Representatives

New Jersey, New York
  • Marielle Ali*
  • Marcia Brewster
  • Rory Mondshein*
  • Jasmin Cowin
  • Aaron Etra (appointed)


Mid-East Region Representatives

Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia


New England Region Representatives

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont


South East Region Representatives

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee


Great Lakes Region Representatives

Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin



North Central Region Representatives

Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Igho Ekakitie*
  • Jay Shahidi
  • Jay Sjerven


South Central Region Representatives

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Aditi Joshi
  • Akash Patel*
  • Bonita Green Gambrell
  • Hon. Teta Banks (appointed)


Mid-Pacific Region Representatives

California (north of Bakersfield), Hawai’i, Nevada (north of Las Vegas)
  • Melinda Howard-Herrarte
  • Joshua Cooper
  • Denis Lemeshchenko*


Rocky Mountain Region Representatives

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
  • Peter Corroon
  • John Dalton*


Southern California Region Representatives

California (Bakersfield and south), Nevada (Las Vegas and south)


Northwest Region Representatives

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
  • Coi Vu
  • Rituraj Yadav*
  • Charu Nair