BOARD MEMBERS

Jason Jordan

Jason Jordan

President University of Utah

Jason Jordan is currently the assistant director of forensics at the University of Utah. Prior to coming to the U, Jason was the director of forensics at Ranger College, Richardson High School, and Decatur High School (all in Texas). As a high school coach, he has worked with students that have had competitive success at NDCA and NFL nationals and at the Texas state tournament in policy debate, LD, PFD, extemporaneous speaking, and congressional debate. On the collegiate level, Jason has coached multiple teams to first round NPTE bids, NFA LD Debate championship qualifications, and late elimination round appearances at NPDA nationals and the NPTE. Most recently, Jason coached Utah to the 2017 national season long championship in parliamentary debate. As a high school competitor, Jason debated at the Texas state policy debate tournament. In addition to his success in forensics, he has also presented his original research in the fields of legal studies, race studies, and ruralism both nationally and internationally.

Rebecca Sietman

Rebecca Sietman

Vice President Wheaton College

Rebecca Sietman is an Assistant Professor of Communication and has been the Director of Forensics at Wheaton College since 2008. Rebecca graduated with an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University where she specialized in political communication, media effects, public opinion, and survey research. Her current research examines the spiral of silence in the context of communication about infertility. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading, singing, going for a run, and traveling with her family, especially to the beach. Rebecca has served on the NPTE board since July 2015. She began serving as vice president in July 2017.

Zach Schneider

Zach Schneider

Treasurer-Secretary McKendree University

Zach Schneider graduated from Southern Illinois University in 2015 with a degree in computer science. He was a successful collegiate debater and one-half of the 2015 NPTE championship team. Zach is now a professional software engineer and has also worked as Director of Technology for the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. He has continued to pursue his passion for debate, both through coaching and judging and by developing the current NPTE website and rankings code.

Joe Blasdel

Joe Blasdel

At-Large McKendree University

Joe Blasdel is currently the Director of Speech and Debate and an Instructor of Political Science at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL. A graduate of McKendree University (2000) and Syracuse University (2003), Joe began his coaching career at McKendree in 2003. Under his direction, McKendree students have reached the final round at the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship Tournament, the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament, and the National Forensic Association Championship Tournament. In 2012, Joe received the inaugural Gina Lane Advocate Award from Sisters and Allies Against Inequality in Debate. Joe currently serves as an At-Large Member of the Board and has previously served as President (August 2013-May 2015) and Vice President (April 2012-July 2013 as well as July 2015-August 2016).

Jeannie Hunt

Jeannie Hunt

At-Large Northwest College

Jeannie Hunt is the Director of Forensics at Northwest College, where she is also a full time faculty member. Jeannie provides a unique perspective as the only community college representative on the NPTE board. In addition to coaching and teaching, Jeannie provides Sexual Violence Prevention programming on her campus and is a PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership. In her spare time, she likes to travel with her family and friends, bake and nap.

Ashley Nuckels-Cuevas

Ashley Nuckels-Cuevas

At-Large Point Loma Nazarene University

Ashley Nuckels Cuevas has a MA in Political Communication from UOP and has since worked with multiple institutions as a Professor and Coach; including Palomar Community College and Point Loma Nazarene University. She served as Vice President and President of PSCFA during 2016-2018.

Kyle Dennis

Kyle Dennis

At-Large William Jewell College

Kyle Dennis (he/him/his) is the Director of Debate at William Jewell College. Kyle is the only active director in parliamentary debate that has won NPDA/NPTE national championships as a student, graduate assistant, assistant director and director. Kyle debated at Southern Illinois, went to graduate school at Texas Tech University and believes in short bios.

FORMER MEMBERS

  • Jim Hanson - May 2000 to March 2018 (At Large, May 2000-June 2001; President (and Chair), July 2001-July 2008; Treasurer, July 2008 to June 2015; Treasurer-Secretary, July 2015 to March 2018)
  • Joe Gantt - January 2009 to March 2018 (Executive Secretary, January 2009-May 2015; President, May 2015-March 2017; At Large, March 2017-March 2018)
  • Kathryn Starkey - August 2015 to March 2018 (President, March 2017-March 2018)
  • Derek Buescher - May 2008 to June 2017 (At Large, May-June 2008; President, July 2008-July 2013; At Large, August 2013 to June 2017)
  • Kevin Garner - July 2015 to August 2015
  • Konrad Hack - July 2006 to July 2015 (At Large, July 2006-June 2013; President, July 2013; At-Large, August 2013-July 2015)
  • Gina Lane - May 2005 to April 2015
  • Charles "Chuck" Walts - July 2013-Feb 2015 (Vice President, July 2013-Feb 2015)
  • Kristine Clancy - July 2011-July 2012
  • Jason Steck - April 2000-March 2011 (Executive Secretary, April 2000-May 2005; Vice President, May 2005-March 2011)
  • Patty Steck - April 2000-March 2011
  • Glenn Prince - May 2008-January 2009 (Executive Secretary, May 2008-January 2009)
  • Matt Stannard - April 2000-May 2005 (Chair, April 2000-July 2001)
  • Kate Huetteman - July 2002-July 2006
  • Scott Gratson - April 2000-July 2002
  • Michelin Massey, Kristy Cote and John Meany served during the initial creation of the NPTE during the Spring and Summer of 2000.

FORMER CONTRIBUTORS

  • Adam Astley - April 2000-August 2017, NPTE Web Hosting and Rankings Coder