Our Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board assists with fundraising and promotion of the Minnesota Urban Debate League throughout Minnesota.

Current Board Members

Adam Garen

RBC Dain Rauscher

Alex Thiele

Thiele Capital

Anthony Williams


Barb Schmitt


Brian Kennett

Star Tribune

Carl Cronin

Xcel Energy

Charles Bradley

Thomson Reuters

Christine Tucci Osorio

North St. Paul/Maplewood

Darren Tobolt

Ramsey County

David Prestwood

Target Corporation

Denise Royal

Thomson Reuters

Elisia Cohen

University of Minnesota

Justin Krypel

Allianz Life

Gwen Walz

First Lady of Minnesota

Jessica Khan

Community Volunteer

Jill Skogheim

Food Services, Inc.

June Hoidal

Zimmerman Reed LLP (Board Chair)

Kate Baxter-Kauf

Lockridge Grindal Nauen

Linnea Solem

Solem Risk Partners

Meg Luger-Nikolai

Education Minnesota (Past Chair)

Nevada Littlewolf

Our Children MN

Steven Liss

Community Volunteer

Surya Saxena

Greene Espel PLLP

Vanya Hogen

Hogen Adams (Vice Chair)

Wally Osman

Best Buy

Our Student Leadership Team

The Student Leadership Team is a student-run board whose goal is to improve MNUDL programming, provide leadership opportunities for our students, and further incorporate student voice into our organizational structure, while also promoting an agenda of youth agency and empowerment. Participants are compensated $15 per hour for their contributions. Interested in joining the Student Leadership Team? Contact your coach for more information!

Our Student Leadership Team has identified the following priorities:

Redesigning the MSHSL debate season opener:

Traditionally, our season opener, the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association (MDTA) Jamboree, has hands-on engagement opportunities, like a demonstration debate and workship, for novice debaters. Opportunities like this foster a sense of camaraderie and support with the chance to work and learn with peers from across the metro area. Next year, the SLT will be running the event! Their goal is to incorporate more of these learning, collaborative experiences for JV and Varsity debaters.

Planning next MSHSL season’s community building activities:

Over the last 2 years, we have incorporated fun activities into our tournaments that encourage debaters to work together outside their teams, such as Scavenger Hunts, Themed Dress Up days, and Get to Know You Bingo. Next season, the SLT will be in charge of designing and implementing the activities. We’re sure it will be the best season yet!

Volunteering at Middle School Debate Tournaments:

The SLT has also committed to being volunteer judges and recruiting other members of their HS debate teams to volunteer as well. Judging is a great way for our HS debaters to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at tournaments, get experience in an educator role, and be mentors to our MS students.

Help Promote Debate in Minnesota

Use your skills, connections, and vision to support our success in promoting debate in Minnesota. Contact Executive Director Amy Cram Helwich at cramhe@augsburg.edu to learn more about getting involved with the MNUDL Advisory Board.

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