Nebraska Debate Institute Staff

Most staff expected to return for 2020!

Policy Staff

Halli TripePolicy Director

Halli Tripe competed in policy debate for Kearney High School and earned a scholarship to Baylor University, where she qualified twice for the National Debate Tournament. As a graduate student, she coached for the University of Texas at San Antonio and Kansas State University. Before moving back to Nebraska, Halli coached debate at Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas. She is now the speech and debate coach at Marian High School.

Rachel StevensNDI Staff

Executive Director of, former Debate Central administrator, former college debater reaching elim rounds at major tournaments in 3 college debate events (Policy, LD, & Parli), 2011 National Quarterfinalist in college LD, 2-time Nebraska State finalist in Policy debate, 2-time NSDA Nationals qualifier advancing to late elims in Policy debate in 2007. Experience coaching debaters at all skill levels in all stylistic approaches.

John HolenNDI Staff

Head coach at Lincoln East, Coach Holen has qualified policy teams to NSDA nationals for 5 consecutive years and they have won 2 of the last 3 state policy championships. As a competitor in college, he was an octafinalist at the 2011 National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship and an out-round participant in the college LD national championship for the University of Nebraska.

Makayla GillPolicy Staff

Assistant Debate Coach, Millard West High School, student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Scott WikeTopic Lecturer

Former Millard South Head Coach.

Gavin GravesPolicy Intern

Competed in policy debate for two years at Millard North. Was runner-up in 2018 and Champion in 2019 at the Nebraska State tournament. Will be competing for UNL in the fall.

Lincoln-Douglas Staff

Colten WhiteLD Director

Head coach at Lincoln North Star. National Collegiate LD Champion. 2015 Nebraska state champion, Lincoln-Douglas. University of Nebraska-Lincoln debater. Assistant debate coach, Lincoln East High School.

Matthew MatuszeskiNDI Staff

Assistant Coach, Millard North LD. 2017 Lincoln-Douglas NSDA qualifier, Millard North H.S.

Madelyn MoenNDI Staff

3 year Norfolk LD Debater. 2018 NSDA National Tournament Qualifier. 2018 Nebraska State runner-up.

Izzi OsarioNDI Staff

Coach at Washington High School, Four-time NSDA National Qualifier, South Dakota State Champion and State Semi-Finalist, Top 50 at NSDAs and Top 8 at NCFLs.

Ben LampmanLD Intern

Currently a senior Lincoln-Douglas debater at Millard North High School, Ben is consistently one of the top competitors in Nebraska.

Public Forum Staff

Aarron SchurevichPF Director

Head Debate Coach, Millard North High School (2012-Present); Former Assistant PF Coach at Millard West (2006-2012); coach of the three-time and defending Nebraska state champion (2015-2017); coach of the 2017 TOC PF Silver Division champions (Millard North SN)

Renee WehrleNDI Staff

Former debater at Millard North, 2 time state champion and qualifer to the Tournament of Champions. 2 time NSDA Nebraska District Champion and National Tournament outround competitor. Current student at U Chicago.

Joe HowardNDI Staff

Former debater at Millard North, earned a total of 7 bids to the Tournament of Champions. Debating for Simpson College, he was a finalist at the PKD National Tournament.

Payton WinterhofPublic Forum Intern

Former debater at Millard North, 2017-2018 state champion, 2 time qualifier to the Tournament of Champions, 2 time qualifier to the National Speech and Debate Tournament and National Tournament out round competitor. Freshman at Loyola University Chicago in the fall.

Charles FisherNDI Staff

Former assistant coach at Millard North High School (2012-2018); 3 Nebraska State Champion PF Teams. 5 NSDA District Champions. Numerous National Tournament showings. 2006 TOC Top Speaker in PF.

Building Host

James Constantino

Building Host, Head Debate Coach, Millard South

Administrative Staff

Fred RobertsonCamp & Food Director

NDI Camp Founder and Director, NFL (NSDA) Hall of Fame Coach, world class chef. Purveyor of taco salad.

Victoria FreemanNDI Chow Wizard

Head coach of Lincoln High. Truly a champion of tasty treats.

Mike BrownNDI Saucier

Head coach of Omaha North. Cooks up tasty vittles.