Brittany Hubble - President Brittany Hubble, President

El Camino College


Brittany Hubble is an adjunct instructor of Communication Studies at several California Community Colleges and a forensics coach at El Camino College. Brittany received both her B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and CSULB respectively. She competed for El Camino College from 2013-2015 where Brittany was one of few community college debaters to qualify to the NPTE and break into elimination rounds of NPTE and NPDA in 2015. Brittany has helped El Camino win the NPDA Season Sweepstakes in 2019 and 2020, coach teams to deep elimination rounds at NPTE and NPDA, as well as numerous successes at Phi Rho Pi.

Brittany continues her to share her love of debate not only as a coach and a judge but also as the Vice-President of NPTE and the Debate Committee Chair of Phi Rho Pi.

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

Ashley Nuckels Cuevas - Vice President Ashley Nuckels Cuevas, Vice President

San Diego State University


Ashley Nuckels Cuevas has been a part of the NPDA community since 2005 when she competed in her first NPDA nationals as a freshman in college. After graduating from Point Loma Nazarene University, she earned her MA while acting as the Assistant Director of Forensics at the University of the Pacific (2011-2013) before creating and coaching a middle school/ highschool policy debate team. In 2015, Ashley returned to her alma mater to become a lecturer and coach as the Assistant Director of Forensics. In 2018, she accepted the position of Director of Forensics at San Diego State University where she runs a full service program that focuses on student wellbeing and success.

Contact Ashley about:
Elections for NPDA Officers, the Championship Tournament Committee, and the All-American Award.

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

Concordia University Irvine


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.

Sean Nowlan - National Student Representative Sean Nowlan, National Student Representative

Concordia University Irvine


Sean Nowlan is a current undergraduate at Concordia University Irvine, majoring in History & Political Thought and Minoring in Law and Politics. He has debated in National Parliamentary debate for two years, and is the Captain of Concordia's Parliamentary Debate Team. He has broken in both NPTE and NPDA.

Contact Sean about:
Contact Sean about student concerns regarding parliamentary debate or parliamentary debate access.

Joe Blasdel - National Tournament Director Joe Blasdel, National Tournament Director

McKendree University


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

Lauran Schaefer - NPDA Title IX Advisor Lauran Schaefer, NPDA Title IX Advisor



Ted Torous - Tournament Ombudsperson Ted Torous, Tournament Ombudsperson



Contact Ted about:
Issues related to tournament appeals.