Shunta Jordan, Pace Academy (GA)

Position: Interim Chair of the Executive Board.

Bio: Shunta is the Fuqua Chair of Speech & Debate at Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to serving on the NDCA Board, Shunta currently serves as the Director of Operations on the Georgia Forensic Coaches Association Executive Committee. In 2014, she was named the state of Georgia Debate Coach of the Year. During her time at Pace, she has coached two NDCA National Champions (2015, 2013), a number of state champions and winners of many regional and national tournaments.

Elected Term: October 2015 to October 2018

Role: Questions and input regarding Board elections, membership votes, agenda items for the NDCA and general inquires should be directed to Shunta:


Greg Achten, The Harker School (CA)

Position: Tournament Liaison


Bio: Greg Achten is the Upper School Debate Teacher at the Harker School in San Jose, CA. The former Director of Forensics at the University of California-Berkeley and Pepperdine University, Greg was an extremely successful college policy debate coach before moving to the high school ranks in 2010. He coaches Lincoln-Douglas and Policy Debate at Harker.

Role: The Tournament Liaison works with the Tournament Director to administer the NDCA National Championships. Questions about the tournament should be directed to Greg.

Elected Term: October 2011 to October 2014.: October 2011 to October 2014.

Aaron Timmons, Greenhill Academy (TX)

Aaron W. Timmons is the Director of Debate at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas (near Dallas), in addition to serving as the Head Coach of the USA World Schools Debate team. Mr. Timmons has taught at debate workshops for over thirty years at a variety of workshops across the country and in recent years, internationally as well. He has coached several national champions domestically in both policy and Lincoln Douglas debate. Mr. Timmons is a true advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion debate. 

Role - Coordinator of the Open Evidence Project

Elected Term: October 2014 to October 2017.


Christina Tallungan, Notre Dame High School (CA)

Position: Membership Coordinator

Bio: Christina Tallungan is currently the Director of Debate at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA. Previously, she was the Director of Debate at Glenbrook North High School (2005-2009), an assistant coach for Glenbrook South High School (2004-2005), and an assistant coach at California State University, Northridge (2003-2005). She also serves as part of the Tournament of Champions Policy Advisory Board and briefly served in an advisory role to the NFL's WSDC Team USA. She has worked at several debate institutes as an instructor since 2005, including the University of Michigan, Emory University, Southern California Urban Debate League, and the Chicago Urban Debate League. 

Role: The Membership Coordinator works with the Board to maintain and increase membership. Questions about membership should be directed to Christina at  

Elected Term: October 2015 to October 2018

Adam Torson, Marlborough School (CA)

Since 2012, Adam Torson has been the Debate Program Head at Marlborough School, a prestigious girls school in Los Angeles. Previously, he was the Director of Debate at Hopkins High School in Minnesota (2004-2010), and was an assistant coach at Harvard-Westlake School in California (2010-2012). He has taught at various summer debate institutes, including UC Berkeley and DebateLA, and was a Director of Student Life and a Curriculum Director at the Victory Briefs Institute. He also served as the managing editor for Victory Briefs Publishing from 2010 to 2013. Before coaching, Adam competed for Fargo South High School in North Dakota (1998-2003).

Adam is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has a J.D. from the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has coached students to competitive success at the local, regional, and national levels. He takes pride in helping students to cultivate habits of thoughtfulness and respect, and in empowering them to effect change.

Elected Term: October 2015 to October 2018

Jim Menick, Hendrick Hudson HS (NY)

Position: Web and Online Presence Coordinator


Bio: Jim Menick is the former director of forensics at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY, coaching LD and more recently PF since 1996. In his local region, he is an officer of the NYCFL, a founding officer of the New York State Debate Coaches Association, and a director of the Metro-Hudson League. He originated the “Modest Novice” project in the northeast, the repeating early season use of the Civil Disobedience topic for novices that was lately adapted by the NFL. In addition to his own school’s tournament, he directs/advises the Princeton and Columbia tournaments, and works the tab rooms at Yale and UPenn, plus the NYC Invitational and many other major high school tournaments. He is, in his day job, an Executive Editor of Reader’s Digest Select Editions books, and the author of two novels, “Lingo” and “The House on Summer Street.”

Role: Coordinating website and internet communications.

Elected Term: October 2013 to October 2016

Mike Shackleford, Rowland Hall (UT)

Position: Curriculum Coordinator


Bio: Mike Shackelford is the Director of Forensics at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, UT. In addition to serving as a member of the NDCA Board, Mike has also served as the President of the Utah Debate Coaches Association and is currently the Chair of the Great Salt Lake NFL District. In 2011, he was named the Utah Debate Coach of the year. During the summer he teaches at the Cal National, Sun Country and the University of Michigan debate institutes.

Role: The Curriculum Coordinator improves the availability of curriculum for speech and debate instructors of diversifying knowledge levels.

Elected Term: October 2013 to October 2016

Shane Stafford, The Blake School (Mn)

Position: Online caselist wiki and tournament calendar Coordinator


Bio: Shane is the Director of Forensics at The Blake School, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he coaches policy, public forum, and Congressional debate and speech events. During his six years at Blake, his students have won the Minnesota state tournament twice in policy debate and once in Lincoln Douglas. In 2009, Blake was the first school to qualify students in all four debate events to the TOC. Lovingly named “Mama Duck” by his debaters, Shane, who has been coaching for 35 years, believes that debate provides students with a safe environment to experiment with ideas, build their “failure resumes,” and develop critical thinking skills. Prior to Blake, Shane coached at Orono High School (ME), University Liggett School (MI), Hopkins HS (MN), High Point Andrews HS (NC), Wake Forest University (NC), Stuyvesant HS (NY), Bronx HS of Science (NY), and Pace University (NY). During the summer, Shane teaches at the Harvard Public Forum Debate Workshop and has, in past summers, taught at the Dartmouth, Georgetown, Wayne State, and American policy and Victory Briefs Lincoln Douglas workshops.

Role: Answer questions on case wiki and updates tournament calender.

Elected Term: October 2013 to October 2016



Position: Chief Financial Officer


Tim Mahoney, St. Mark's, (TX)

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Position: Tournament Director

Tim has been the Director of Debate at St. Mark's for over a decade. Prior to that he was the Director of Debate at Pace University and the University of Notre Dame. As a part of his job at St. Mark's he is the Director of the Heart of Texas Invitational one of the largest nationally competitive speech and debate tournaments in the country.

Role: Tim has served as the Director of the NDCA National Championships for the last several years.