David Worth - President David Worth, President

Rice University

School of Humanities, Room MS 333 
6100 Main Street 
Houston, TX 77005


Office: 713-348-2482

Dr. Worth is the Director of the George R. Brown Forensics Society and Lecturer in the School of Humanities. He has been at Rice since 2002. He has been coaching intercollegiate speech and debate since 1993. He has taught a wide variety of students, from high school to traditional and "nontraditional" community college and university students, to military personnel both at home and abroad. His research interests are in pedagogy of forensics, critical-cultural studies of communication, communication and space, philosophy of communication, and rhetorical theory.

Contact David about:
General info, joining NPDA, procedural questions, and to register complaints under the NPDA Anti-Harassment & Violence Policy.

Wendell King - Vice President Wendell King, Vice President

Texas Southern University


Office: 713-313-7102

Amanda Ozaki-Laughon - Executive Secretary Amanda Ozaki-Laughon, Executive Secretary



Amanda Ozaki-Laughon graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History and Political Thought from Concordia University Irvine in 2015. She debated on Concordia's debate team for four years, during which time they won the 2013 and 2015 NPDA Sweepstakes National Championship awards. She and her partner Richard Ewell were undefeated with an 8-0 record at the NPDA national tournament, where she also received the All-American Award for debate and scholastic achievement, as well as 5th place speaker at both the NPTE and NPDA national tournaments.

For the past four years, she has coached CUI debaters to Quarterfinal finishes (or better) each year, as well as placing 2nd (2016), 2nd (2017), 7th (2018) and 2nd (2019) at nationals. As Director of Forensics, she looks forward to harnessing her genuine love for people to lead Concordia Forensics forward.

Contact Amanda about:
Season-long sweepstakes, tournament sanctioning, and business meeting items.

Shannon LaBove - Treasurer Shannon LaBove, Treasurer

Rice University

Forensics and Speech Communications
224 Rayzor Hall
6100 Main Street MS 36
Houston, TX 77005-1827


Office: (713)-348-3263

Shannon is the ADOF at Rice University. A former competitor in NPDA, she has coached students to collegiate out rounds at the American Forensics Association (AFA) National Tournament, The National Forensics Association National Tournament (NFA), the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, The National Parliamentary Debate Association National Tournament and the Phi Rho PI National Tournament. As a fifteen year collegiate competitive forensics coach she jokes that she loves coaching the “student” and not just the events.
Shannon graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Houston; M.A. in Communication from West Texas A&M University; and J.D. from Georgia State University, College of Law.

Contact Shannon about:
Membership applications and dues, trophies, and other financial matters.

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Adam Testerman - National Tournament Director Adam Testerman, National Tournament Director

Texas Tech University


Contact Adam about:
Invitation to NPDA Nationals, Nationals registration, or other business related to the National tournament

Lauran Schaefer - Sexual Harassment Officer Lauran Schaefer, Sexual Harassment Officer



Ted Torous - Tournament Ombudsperson Ted Torous, Tournament Ombudsperson



Contact Ted about:
Issues related to tournament appeals.