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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 since 2004.

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.

Clayton L. Johnson

Board Member

Masters in Communication Studies from Kansas State University, 2000. Director of Speech and Debate at the University of Nebraska from 2000-2004; Instructor of Communication Studies at James Madison University in Virginia from 2004-2012.

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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Payton Shudak


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. Since 2013, Payton has worked as a debate judge and assistant debate coach at Millard West while taking classes full time. She also has been first an intern and then a full staff member at the Nebraska Debate Institute each summer. In her spare time, Payton has also given over 150 hours of volunteer service for a variety of non-profit organizations.

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Jackie Chavez

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