DEBATE INSTITUTE FACULTY

Summer 2017


Brett Bricker

Assistant Debate Coach at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and the University of Kansas, Seven Week Seniors

As a debater at the University of Kansas, Brett won the 2009 National Debate Tournament. He won multiple other tournaments including Harvard, the University of Southern California, West Georgia and the Kentucky Round Robin. Brett was also Top Speaker at Georgia State, Harvard, the University of Southern California, West Georgia, the Kentucky Round Robin and twice at the Dartmouth Round Robin. In three years coaching at the University of Kansas, he coached four teams to first round at-large bids to the National Debate Tournament, the winner of the 2010 Wake Forest University Tournament and semifinalists and the 2010 and 2011 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament. In three years coaching at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Brett helped coach multiple Georgetown champions, finalists of the Harvard Round Robin, and semifinalists at St. Mark's, The Glenbrooks, Michigan and Montgomery Bell Academy. His previous workshop experience includes the Spartan Debate Institute, Jayhawk Debate Institute and Arizona Debate Institute. This will be Brett's third summer working with the Seven Week Seniors Program.

Josh Clark

Policy Debate Coach at Montgomery Bell Academy, Michigan Seven Week Juniors Lab Leader

Josh is the former Director of Debate at Notre Dame High School and Juan Diego Catholic high schools, where he coached the 2009 University of California at Berkeley Champions. His teams have reached the elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions, Montgomery Bell Academy, St. Mark’s, Greenhill, The Glenbrooks, Michigan, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Meadows, La Costa Canyon, Fullerton, Long Beach, Arizona State University and Alta. Josh was a quarterfinalist at the National Debate Tournament and semifinalist at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament. He coached the University of Michigan to the semifinals of the 2008 and 2011, and finals of the 2014 and 2015 National Debate Tournaments. Josh is a former assistant debate coach at Damien High School. He has previously worked at the Spartan Debate Institutes. This will be Josh’s ninth summer working at Michigan and eighth summer working with the Seven Week Juniors Program.

Jordan Foley

Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Michigan and Juan Diego High School, Seven Week Seniors

At Michigan, Jordan has helped coach teams to the semifinals at the University of Kentucky and quarterfinals at Harvard University. He was the third seed and Octafinalist at the 2010 National Debate Tournament and a Quarterfinalist at the 2010 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament. Jordan received a First Round Bid to the National Debate Tournament and participated in elimination rounds at most major national tournaments in 2009-2010, including the Octafinals of Georgia State and the University of Texas as well as the Quarterfinals of Wake Forest. He also helped coach Westminster at 2010 Tournament of Champions. In previous summers, Jordan has worked at the Missouri State Debate Institute. He debated at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. This will be Jordan's third summer working with the Seven Week Seniors Program.

Eric Forslund

Associate Director of Debate at Greenhill School, Seven Week Juniors

This year, Eric's teams have won St. Mark's and The Glenbrooks. Last year, his teams won the NDCA Baker Award, Harvard, Montgomery Bell Academy, The Glenbrooks, Blake, Georgetown, Bronx Science, Grapevine and the Northwestern University Round Robin. He is a former Assistant Coach at Damien High School, where his teams appeared in the late elimination rounds at Greenhill, Berkeley, USC, Arizona State, Meadows, New Trier and Golden Desert. In two years at the University of Wyoming, Eric coached teams to the elimination rounds at nearly every major college tournament, including Harvard, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Texas, the University of Southern California, California State University at Fullerton, Gonzaga, Georgia State University and CEDA Nationals. He has previously worked at the Michigan Classic, the Spartan Debate Institutes, the Cal National Debate Institute and the Wyoming Forensics Institute. This will be Eric's third summer at the Michigan Debate Institutes and second summer working with the Seven Week Juniors Program.

Michael Greenstein

Director of Debate at Glenbrook North High School, MNDI

Michael is the Director of Debate at his alma mater, Glenbrook North High School. At the NSDA National Championship, he has coached the winning team twice and the top speaker. At the Tournament of Champions, Michael has coached multiple teams to the final round and two top speakers. He's coached 6 of the last 7 Illinois State champions and coached over 10 total state champions in his career. Michael's team has either won or reached the final round at every major national tournament. As a debater in high school, he twice advanced to the elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions and won top five speaker awards at nearly every tournament he attended. While debating at Emory University, Michael reached the semifinals of Georgia State University, Wake Forest University and CEDA Nationals, as well as the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament three times. This will be his ninth summer working at the Michigan Debate Institutes.

Allison Harper

Director of Speech and Debate at North Broward Preparatory School, Classic for Juniors/Seniors Allison is in her first year as director at NBPS, and has 7 years of coaching experience at George Mason University. At GMU, she coached a First-Round team, the Octafinalists of the National Debate tournament, winners of the Pittsburgh Round Robin, quarterfinalists at Wake Forest, American Debate Association national champions, and multiple Junior Varsity and Novice National Champions. At NBPS, Allison’s teams have already won several local tournaments. As a debater at GMU, Allison cleared at every major national tournament, including the NDT and CEDA Nationals. She would also be happy to tell you all sorts of nerdy things about her dissertation on mutual preference judging.

David Heidt

Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Michigan and Assistant Coach at Westminster, Seven Week Juniors

This will be David's eighteenth summer working at the camp and ninth summer working in a Seven Week Juniors Lab with Jason Peterson. He has helped coach four Tournament of Champions winners and one finalist. David helped coached the Top Speaker at the TOC and second speaker three times. He has helped coach the winner of nearly every major high school debate tournament multiple times, including three of the last six NDCA Baker Award winners, four of the last seven Greenhill Round Robin winners and three of the last six winners of St. Mark's. As a college assistant, David coached the winner of two National Debate Tournaments and two CEDA National Debate Tournaments. As a college debater, he won the National Debate Tournament.

Megan Johnson

Director of Debate at Iowa City West High School, Seven Week Juniors

Megan has been a coach at Iowa City West since 2009 and previously coached at Dowling Catholic High School. While at Iowa City West, she has helped coached teams that won three state championships and reached the elimination rounds of many regional and national tournaments. In 2012, Megan coached the winners of both the Tournament of Champions and NFL Nationals and the Top Speaker at The Glenbrooks. Her debaters have won the University of Michigan Tournament, the Iowa Caucus and the Valley Mid-America Cup, been finalists at Berkley, reached the semifinals at The Glenbrooks, and reached the quarterfinals at both Greenhill and St. Mark's. This is Megan's sixth summer working at the Michigan Debate Institutes.

Melanie Johnson

Assistant Debate Coach at Niles West High School, MNDI

This will be Melanie's sixth summer working at the Michigan Debate Institutes. Prior to coaching at Niles West, she was the Director of Debate at Iowa City West High School. While there, Melanie coached the 2012 Tournament of Champions winner and the NFL national champion. Her teams have reached the elimination rounds of many regional and national tournaments and earned numerous top ten speaker awards, been invited to national round robins and won three state championships. Melanie's debaters have won Michigan, the Iowa Caucus and the Valley Mid-America Cup, reached the semifinals at The Glenbrooks, and reached the quarterfinals at Greenhill and St. Mark's. She is a former college debater and National Debate Tournament qualifier.

Shunta Jordan

Director of Speech and Debate at Pace Academy, Seven Week Juniors

This year, Shunta has coached the finalists at The Glenbrooks and Michigan. She coached the 2009 and 2007 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalists. Shunta also coached the 2007 St. Mark's Champions and Top Speaker at the 2008 St. Mark's and Glenbrooks Tournaments. Over the past five years, she has coached teams to the elimination rounds at Greenhill, Montgomery Bell Academy, Berkeley, The Barkley Forum, Harvard, Wake Forest, Lexington, Blake, and Georgetown. Shunta has worked at the Emory National Debate Institute, Stanford National Forensic Institute and Bates Forensic Institute. She is a former debater at the University of Georgia and National Debate Tournament participant. Shunta has twenty plus years of debate experience. This will be her eighth summer as a faculty member at the Michigan Debate Institutes and third summer in the Seven Week Juniors Program.

Aaron Kall

Director of Debate at the University of Michigan

Coach of the Finalists and Fifth Speaker at the 2002 National Debate Tournament and Semifinalists at the 2011 and 2008 NDT. Coach of the University of Kentucky Semifinalists, University of Southern California Semifinalists and Georgia State University Finalists. Coach of the Top Speaker at the Wake Forest University and University of West Georgia Tournaments and Second Speaker at Harvard University and Georgia State University Tournaments. Quarterfinalist at the 2001 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament. Formerly coached at the University of Kentucky and worked at the Kentucky National Debate Institute. A past participant and returning faculty member to the Michigan Debate Institutes.

Kristen Lowe

Debater at Emory University and Assistant Coach at Calhoun High School, Seven Week Seniors

Kristen Lowe is currently a debater for Emory University in Atlanta, GA as well as an assistant debate coach at Calhoun High School. As a debater at Emory, Kristen has consistently appeared in elimination rounds at major national tournaments, and was an octa-finalist at the 2015 National Debate Tournament as a sophomore. As a freshman, she was also the winner of the 2014 Lafayette Public Debates. Before attending Emory, Kristen debated for four years at Sage Ridge School in Nevada and was a two time state champion, National Forensic League Championships semifinalist, and qualifier to the tournament of champions. Kristen also volunteers as a judge and coach with the Atlanta Urban Debate League and has previously worked as a debate instructor at the Emory National Debate Institute.

Kevin McCaffrey



Assistant Debate Coach at Glenbrook North High School, MNDI, Classic This is Kevin's second year coaching at Glenbrook North High School. At GBN, his debaters have won the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association National Championship as well as individually ranking as the top and 4th speakers, the Illinois State Championship, the Pine Crest Round Robin, and placed in the Semifinals or better of the Greenhill and St. Mark's tournaments. He was previously the Assistant Debate Coach at Berkeley Preparatory for four years, and at Gulliver Preparatory School for five years prior. During that time, his teams have won three Florida State Championships, the 4th speaker and Quarterfinalist of the Tournament of Champions, and reached the Finals of Ohio Valley, Alta, and Lexington, and late elimination rounds at other major national tournaments. He has also assisted coaching teams as an independent contractor for Lexington High School to the Finals of the Tournament of Champions, for Pine Crest Preparatory to the Quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions, and for the University of Michigan to the Finals of both the 2014 and 2015 National Debate Tournament. He has previously taught for three summers at the University of Miami Hurricane Debate Institute.

Val McIntosh

Assistant Debate Coach at Niles West High School, MNDI, Classic

Val McIntosh has been coaching high school debate for six years. As an assistant coach at Niles West, her teams have received speaker awards and reached the elimination rounds of every major high school tournament in the country, including NDCA, NSDA Nationals and the TOC. She has had teams qualify to the TOC the last four years in a row, receiving 34 bids, winning or receiving top speaker at several bid tournaments and her teams have consistently been ranked in the top 25 of the high school coaches' poll. Val is considered one of the top argument coaches in the country and she judges hundreds of rounds a year including the late elimination rounds of every major high school tournament. This is her fourth year teaching at the Michigan Debate Institute and she has also taught at the Wake Forest Earliest Bird Institute.

Jason Peterson

Assistant Coach at St. Mark's and Assistant Director of Debate at the University of California at Berkeley, Seven Week Juniors

This will be Jason's thirteenth summer working at the camp and ninth summer working in a Seven Week Juniors Lab with David Heidt. He received the 2009 Acolyte Award, given to the top assistant coach in high school debate. As an assistant coach at St. Mark's, Jason's teams have reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions, won The Glenbrooks, Berkeley, New Trier and Grapevine, and were in the finals of The Barkley Forum, Greenhill, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas. He was previously the Director of Debate at Notre Dame High School, where he coached a team to the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions. As a debater at Pace University, Jason reached the quarterfinals of the National Debate Tournament.

Sheila Peterson

Director of Debate at Wayzata High School, Seven Week Juniors

Sheila's teams have earned Tournament of Champions bids at Montgomery Bell Academy, The Glenbrooks, St. Mark's, Blake, Emory, Greenhill, Michigan, Harvard, Maine East, Valley, Gonzaga, Iowa Caucus and Dowling. Her debaters have also won Top Speaker Awards at Blake, Michigan, Iowa Caucus and Valley. Sheila has coached three teams to the Top 15 at NFL Nationals. At Concordia College, she consistently reached elimination rounds at tournaments such as Northwestern, Baylor and Redlands. As an Edina High School debater, Sheila was one of the first Minnesota debaters to qualify for the Tournament of Champions, winning both the Blake Tournament and Little Nationals her senior year. She formerly coached at Edina and Highland Park (MN) and this is her seventh year working at the Michigan Debate Institutes and sixth year working with the Seven Week Juniors Program. Sheila is also a past participant of the Michigan Debate Institutes.

Scott Phillips

Assistant Debate Coach at The Meadows School of Las Vegas, Seven Week Juniors

This will be Scott's eleventh summer working at the Michigan Debate Institutes. In high school, he was the Top Speaker at the Tournament of Champions and CFL National Champion. While debating for Emory University, Scott won ADA nationals, the University of Kentucky Round Robin, Harvard University, Northwestern University and West Georgia. He is a former debate coach at Pace Academy, Notre Dame High School and The Potomac School. Scott has previously worked at the Emory National Debate Institute. He is a co-founder of The 3NR, a collaborative blog about high school policy debate.

Stephen Pipkin

Assistant Debate Coach at Glenbrook North High School, MNDI, Classic

Stephen is an assistant coach at Glenbrook North High School and previously coached at Gulliver Prep in Florida. He has coached teams to late elimination rounds at every major national tournament including finals of the TOC and two NFL national championships. Stephen's teams have won the Illinois State Championship in each of his first 3 years at Glenbrook North. His debaters have received top 5 speaker awards at St Marks, MBA, NDCA, Emory, Blake, Greenhill, and the TOC, including top speaker at the NSDA National Championship tournament.

Dana Randall

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Seven Week Seniors

Dana is the architect and Director of the debate program at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida. As an argument coach, she has led her teams to late elimination rounds at every major national tournament and coached teams to the semifinals of both the National Debate Coaches’ Association Championship Tournament and the Tournament of Champions in Policy debate. Dana is especially proud to have coached young women to being named both 1st and 2nd speaker at the TOC in recent years. In addition to competitive success, Dana has built a program with a commitment to community involvement, creating a program that offers debate training to highly motivated but under-resourced student populations in Miami. As a coach, Dana has taught labs at Michigan and Michigan State as well as the Women’s Debate Institute, Whitman National Debate Institute and Impact Coalition. In addition to serving as chairperson of the NDCA, Dana is also a member of the TOC Policy Advisory Committee and a board member of Dade Debate Inc., a non-profit debate organization in Florida.

Brian Rubaie

Assistant Debate Coach at Niles North High School, Seven Week Seniors

Brian has seven years of experience as a high school debate coach. He has coached high school teams to several deep elimination debates, including the 2012 Tournament of Champions final round, and led Coppell High School to its first four qualifications to the TOC. Brian helped lead college teams to the Kentucky Round Robin and the late elimination debates at the National Debate Tournament. As a college debater, he won Georgia State University and reached the semifinals of Harvard, Berkeley and CEDA Nationals, and earned speaker awards his last two years at the NDT. Brian has previously worked at the Gonzaga University Scholars, University of North Texas, Baylor University, University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Vermont. This will be his fourth summer working at the University of Michigan.

Michael Shackelford

Director of Debate at Rowland Hall, Classic

In his seven years of coaching at Rowland Hall, Mike has qualified eight teams to the TOC, including two quarterfinalists. His teams have received bids at almost every major national tournament including championships or top speaker awards at Grapevine, Meadows, USC, Alta, Blake, Stanford, and Berkeley. He has also coached multiple state champions and three Top 5 finishers at NFL Nationals, including the 2010 runners-up. In college, Mike was a four-time NDT qualifier for Weber State University and won a number of tournaments. Mike also serves in a variety of community leadership positions including being the district chair of his NFL District and an Executive Board Member of the NDCA. In the past, he worked at Jordan High School, Pepperdine University, UC Berkeley, the Cal National Debate Institute, and the Sun Country Debate Institute. This will be Mike’s second summer working at Michigan.

Christina Tallungan

Director of Debate at Notre Dame High School, Classic for Sophomores and MNDI

Christina's Notre Dame students have reached the elimination rounds at St. Mark's, The Glenbrooks, Montgomery Bell Academy, Blake, Berkeley, Meadows, USC, Damien, Alta, Victory Briefs, Golden Desert, and Long Beach. Three of her teams have qualified to the Tournament of Champions in the last two years. Christina also coached the 2011 Second Place and 2010 Third Place International Public Policy Forum teams. As the Director of Debate at Glenbrook North High School (2005-2009), she coached the winner of the 2007 Tournament of Champions and NFL Nationals, the Top Speaker and Semifinalists at the 2006 Tournament of Champions, and the Top Speaker of the 2006 NFL Nationals. She was a four year CEDA/NDT debater at the University of Southern California. Christina has previously taught at the University of Southern California National Debate Institute, Southern California Urban Debate League Camp, Chicago Urban Debate League Camp, the Michigan Debate Institutes, and the Emory National Debate Institute.

Jon Voss

Assistant Debate Coach at Glenbrook South High School, Seven Week Juniors

Now in his 7th year as a debate coach at Glenbrook South, Jon's teams have achieved tremendous success, reaching the late elimination rounds of virtually every major national tournament in the country. Prior to coaching at GBS, he was the director of debate at Sheboygan North High School (WI) for three years before coaching the 2009-2010 NFL National Champions from Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Jon was the recipient of the NDCA's 2012 Rising Star Award as well as the 2011 Acolyte Award, given to the top high school assistant coach in the country. He has previously instructed at debate institutes hosted by North Texas, Marquette University, California-Berkeley, and Dartmouth College.