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Fred Robertson

Founder, President, Director and Teacher

Retired teacher/debate coach; National Speech and Debate Association (formerly National Forensic League) Hall of Fame member; finished career by coaching four consecutive state champion debate teams at Millard West; founder and director of the Nebraska Debate Institute, providing educational opportunities for high school debate students 2004-2021.  He works as an assistant debate coach at Omaha Marian and judges debate tournaments during the competitive season in Nebraska.

Nathan Dallon

Co-Founder of Guided by Kids

Former extemporaneous speaker and policy debate competitor at Millard West High School; assistant policy debate coach at Millard West 2011-2014; graduated from Brigham Young University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and Spanish; graduated Creighton Law School in 2014; currently works as an Immigration Attorney for Jason Finch and Associates in Omaha.

Jennifer Jerome

Board Member

Millard West High School Head Forensics Coach; Coordinator, Millard West Mock Job Interviews; National Catholic Forensics League Omaha League Moderator; National Speech and Debate Association Board of Directors, inducted into the National Speech Debate Association Coaches' Hall of Fame 2022.

Zachary J Turner

Board Member

Graduated University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2006 with bachelor's degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering; former Millard West policy debater and assistant policy debate coach at Millard West High School; 2008-2014; President - Anderson Industrial Engines Co, Inc.

Chris Schultz

Board Member, Treasurer

Former Lincoln-Douglas debater and extemporaneous speaker at Fremont High School; speech/debate judge since then for various programs; works at Genesys Innovations as a Health Care Entrepreneur.

Board Member

A University of Nebraska at Omaha graduate, Jackie is the Co-Founder and President of non profit organization 'LIVE Leadership Camp', a Latina youth camp for 7th-9th grade girls in Omaha and surrounding communities. Currently she works as a Marketing Events Supervisor at North America's largest retailer, Nebraska Furniture Mart and is pursuing her MBA at Bellevue University. 

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Jackie Chavez

Payton Evans


Payton is a 2017 graduate of UNO with a major in Criminal Justice and co-minors in Political Science and English. She was the Nebraska State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas debate in 2012 and was also an NFL and NCFL national qualifier. Each team Payton competed on at Millard West was a state championship debate team. Payton worked as a debate judge and assistant debate coach at Millard West while taking classes full time., and also was a staff member at the Nebraska Debate Institute.. Payton is the Director of Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities of Omaha.

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