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!

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.


2018 – 2020 UNA-USA National Council


Mid-Atlantic Region Representatives

New Jersey, New York
  • Marielle Ali
  • Marcia Brewster
  • Haris Melendez
  • Desiree Watson


Mid-East Region Representatives

Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Dr. Diane Adams
  • Paula Boland
  • Samantha Brew
  • Ellen Firestone
  • Teena Halbig


New England Region Representatives

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Miguel Arroyo
  • Himaja Nagireddy


South East Region Representatives

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Dr. Eileen Davis-Jerome
  • Tiffany Irene
  • Rebecca Kinney


Great Lakes Region Representatives

Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin
  • London J. Bell, J.D., LL.M.
  • Dr. Terence Blackburn
  • Farah Salim Eck



North Central Region Representatives

Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
  • Jay Shahidi
  • Dr. Karenbeth Zacharias, J.D.


South Central Region Representatives

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Hon. Teta V. Banks
  • Ralph “RJ” Johnson
  • Kai Stansberry


Mid-Pacific Region Representatives

California (north of Bakersfield), Hawai’i, Nevada (north of Las Vegas)
  • Herb Behrstock
  • Rashida Haveliwala


Rocky Mountain Region Representatives

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
  • Matthew Jernstedt
  • Evans Mensah


Southern California Region Representatives

California (Bakersfield and south), Nevada (Las Vegas and south)
  • Judith Harris
  • Bettina Hausmann
  • Isabel Treidl


Northwest Region Representatives

Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington
  • Coi Vu