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

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.

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Contact TBD for the 2020 Tournament about:
Invitation to NPDA Nationals, Nationals registration, or other business related to the National tournament

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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.