Jeannie Hunt - President Jeannie Hunt, President

Northwest College

Department of Speech Communication
Yellowstone Building, Room 210
Powell, Wyoming 82435


Office: 307-754-6422

Jeannie Hunt is the Director of Forensics at Northwest College. She has been teaching and coaching for the past 19 years at the high school and college level. She began her education at and competed for Northwest College, where her passion for access to education and competition through the community college began. In addition to teaching and coaching, she is responsible for providing bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention training on her campus.

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

David Worth - Vice President David Worth, Vice 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:
NPDA All-American Awards, submitting Nationals topics, NPDA officer elections/nominations, Nationals hosting bids and Harassment/Violence Awareness & Prevention Training

Kyle  Cheesewright - Executive Secretary Kyle Cheesewright, Executive Secretary

The College of Idaho

The College of Idaho
2112 Cleveland Blvd.
Box 61
Caldwell, ID 83605


Office: 208-459-5368

Dr. Cheesewright is an Assistant Professor of Speech and Debate at The College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID. Dr. Cheesewright has been involved with competitive forensics since 1996, and has spoken, judged, or coached teams and individuals ever since. Their primary areas of interest include Critical Communication Pedagogy, Rhetoric, Performance Studies, and Critical-Cultural Theory (placing emphasis on gender and race based lenses) across a wide variety of mediums, including literature and new media. Dr. Cheesewright strongly believes that debate is critical to healthy well-functioning deliberative democratic structures, and appreciates a wide variety of conflict resolution mechanisms that are designed to avoid violence. Finally, they would like to remind you, with Octavia Butler, that "everything you touch you change, and everything you change changes you."

Contact Kyle 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.

Fiker Tesfaye, National Student Representative

Texas Tech University

Michael Middleton - National Tournament Director Michael Middleton, National Tournament Director

University of Utah

Department of Communication
255 Central Campus Drive, Room 2512
Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Office: 801-581-6454

Dr. Middleton is the Director of the John R. Park Debate Society at the University of Utah. Mike has over twenty years of forensics experience, including experience competing and coaching at both high school and collegiate levels. Over the last five years, Mike has helped revitalize the over 150-year-old tradition of forensics at the University of Utah.

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

TBA for 2020 tournament  - Sexual Harassment Officer TBA for 2020 tournament , Sexual Harassment Officer


Mikel Steinfeld - Tournament Ombudsperson Mikel Steinfeld, Tournament Ombudsperson



Mikel debated for Northern Arizona University from 1999 to 2003. After graduation, Mikel went to law school at Arizona State University, where he continued to compete in oral advocacy competitions. He now puts the lessons he learned from debate to use as an appellate criminal defense lawyer in Phoenix, Arizona. In his free time, he coaches a moot court team for the Arizona State University law school.

Contact Mikel about:
Issues related to tournament appeals.