Board

Julia Cook, PhD
Communications Chair
Julia Cook is an associate editor with the University of Rochester Press and Boydell & Brewer, an academic publisher based in the UK and in Rochester. She works particularly on scholarly books in the University of Rochester Press’s musicology and ethnomusicology series, and on books published by Camden House, Boydell & Brewer’s German studies imprint. Julia received her PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Virginia in 2013. She is a Rochester native and an alumna of the Association for Teen-Aged Diplomats’ high-school exchange program (Würzburg).
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Margaret Corbin
Vice President of Programs
Margaret Corbin is a Psychotherapist and health educator. Margaret believes that individuals, families and communities must be empowered in all areas of their lives. “As people learn to care for themselves they prevent serious illness and gain self-respect.” An independent contractor, Margaret directs a NYS DMV Impaired Driver Program and with her staff, has handled 20,000 motorist cases for NYS. A former SUNY Faculty Member in Health Sciences and Human Services Ms. Corbin has developed and published articles, books and curriculum on chemical abuse and communications. She has taught on and off campus in urban and rural locations, also inside Attica Prison. Margaret has an international family background and has traveled worldwide for business and pleasure. She lived one year in Great Britain, training and lecturing medical staff. Recently, she represented Rochester Sister Cities at a women’s conference in Wurzburg, Germany, The World Affairs Council in Taiwan, and traveled to Japan with SUNY Brockport on an arts and culture tour. Asian art is a special interest and Margaret has a collection including mixed media of 19th and 20th century of Japanese, Chinese and Central Asian origins. She enjoys learning about viewing Asian art and gardens wherever she can find them!
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Oliver Griffin, PhD
Advocacy Chair
I am a Professor at St. John Fisher College and I teach modern European history in the history department. My research and teaching focus on Germany since 1870, the Holocaust, the world wars, and Europe and world more generally since 1500. I joined the UNAR in August of 2013 at the suggestion of Margaret Corbin and have participated in Model UN Day in 2014 and 2015 on the Fisher campus and have helped to co-organize the UN Day Conference in 2015.
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Irene Likoudis
Great Decisions Co-Chair & Internship Coordinator
Irene has a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology Niagara University. Irene's research interests include Central American politics, immigration, and migration. Irene is also concerned with access to education for people with special needs and low-income, as well as animal and environmental rights. In her free time, Irene enjoys painting, sewing, horseback riding, hiking, cooking and traveling.
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Quan Quan
Treasurer
Quan Quan is a Systems Engineer at Xerox Corporation, after eight-year career as a Financial Analyst. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering at Clarkson University and Executive M.B.A. at St. John Fisher College. Quan has experiences in fundraising projects, training, budgeting and organization. She resides in Gates with her husband, Patrick, and two boys, Septon and Odin.
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Richard Sarkis
President
Richard has served on the board of directors of UNAR since 2005. He has travel to over 70 countries and has experiences a variety of cultures, not only through his travels, but through his work at Nothnagle realtors as a broker Associate for 31 years. His work with UNAR has helped raised people’s awareness in the Monroe county area through our various programs that have helped educate the Public on the UN’s Mission.
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Hinna Upal, JD
Corporate Secretary
Hinna Upal is an attorney at Littler Mendelson, P.C., a U.S. based international law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law. There, she represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters including complex business litigation, class action and regulatory issues. She has worked extensively in federal and state court, both at the trial and appellate level. Previously to joining Littler, Hinna was the deputy general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and an attorney in another New England law firm. Hinna received her bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Sociology from Queens University and her J.D. (magna cum laude) from Roger Williams University School of Law. She served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor on the Law Review and after law school, Hinna clerked for William Smith, chief judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and Hon. Francis Flaherty at the Rhode Island Supreme Court. She is past President of the South Asian Bar Association for Greater Boston.
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