MEET THE TEAM

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Founders

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Sara Catherine Cook graduated from The Altamont School in Birmingham, AL. She did PF for three years and was the cooler co-captain of her team. She founded Beyond Resolved and was the 2018-2019 Executive Director and now serves as a strategic advisor for the organization. She now attends Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Anna Kate Lembke graduated from The Altamont School in Birmingham, AL. She did Public Forum for four years and was actually the cooler co-captain of her team. She also started Beyond Resolved and pioneered ideas for the Blog and Hall of Fame. She now attends Brown University in Providence, RI.

Executive Director

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Yukiho Semimoto is a senior at Edgemont in Scarsdale, NY. She is in her fifth year of Public Forum debate, and has been the JV and Novice captain of her PF team for the past three years. Last year, she was part of the 18-19 Beyond Resolved Advisory Board, wrote articles for the BR blog, participated in the BR All-Girls RR, and served as a mentor in the Mentorship Program. This year, she has organized the transition of Beyond Resolved from a smaller 20 girls initiative to a full organization with 89 staff members and 8 committees, and directed the Beyond Resolved Workshop in the summer. She is excited to pursue more projects and oversee Beyond Resolved for the rest of the year.

 

Northeast Director and Mentor Program Director

Zara Chapple is a rising Junior at The Dalton School in New York, NY and will be in her third year of Public Forum Debate. She was an active participant on the 18-19 BR Advisory Board and is excited to be a regional director this year! Last year, she worked to organize the mentor program, coaching database, and NYC meetup and wrote and edited blogposts. She is now also the Director of the Mentor Program! Going forwards she wants to help develop free educational content, work with existing leagues, create anti-bias training guides, and in general make all styles of debate more inclusive and accessible.

States in the Region: New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island

Southeast Director

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Dori Schurr is a rising senior at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, FL and is in her third year of Public Forum Debate.  She is also the President of her speech and debate team.  Dori is the author of BDE, What Really Matters, We Can Handle It, and more.  She was part of the 18-19 advisory board and cannot wait to share more with the debate community!

States in the Region: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina

Eastern Director

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Clara Koritz Hawkes is a rising senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD and will be in her fourth year of Public Forum Debate. She is one of four PF captains of her team. Going forward, she plans to expand outreach further, especially in states that have minimal BR presence right now, and amplify as many voices as possible to ultimately create a more open and understanding community. She’s looking forward to a very exciting year!

States in the Region: Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, (District of Columbia)

Central Director

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Sophia Khan is a rising senior at Chaparral High School in Parker, CO. This is her second year of debate and she is the overall debate caption of her schools speech and debate team, overseeing varsity and novice CX, LD, and PF.

States in the Region: Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Montana

Midwest Director

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Silvia Aydinyan is a rising senior entering her fourth year of Public Forum Debate. Last year, she was a mentor in the Mentorship Program and participated in the Online Womxn’s Round Robin. She is Co-President of her debate team this year. Silvia is very excited to help make the debate community a more equitable, welcoming space through BR. She wants to focus on making debate less elitist and cost-prohibitive, as well as promoting awareness of the statistical disadvantages minority groups in the debate community face. 

States in the Region: Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas

Western Co-Directors

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Riya Bindlish is a rising senior entering her fifth year of public forum debate. Last year, she was a writer for Beyond Resolved, emphasizing the importance of action along with awareness, in addition to publicizing Beyond Resolved in the nation’s first feminist magazine, Ms. This year, she is captain of the Public Forum team and Vice President of the debate team. Riya is ecstatic to breaking more barriers through Beyond Resolved this year, with a keen focus on making sure all minority groups, in addition to womxn, feel welcome to express their views on its platform.

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Lydia J. Haindfield is a rising senior at Mount Si high school in Snoqualmie, Washington and will be in her fourth year of Public Forum Debate. She has been a very active member in her debate team as part of the board for the last three years, two of which as co-captain. She looks forward to bringing new initiatives to Beyond Resolved such as providing free training to womxn who face discriminatory actions or comments in round. She is very excited to be a part of Beyond Resolved and making Debate more inclusive! 

States in the Region: California, Arizona, Hawaii, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada

State and Local Coordinators

Feel free to contact any members of our board, especially if you want an administrative member to talk to about issues regarding your debate experience. Beyond Resolved is here to be a community for you and to empower femxles and gender minorities in the debate sphere. Find the Contact Info here— we recommend looking for a Coordinator/ Director closest to your location!

Please visit our Apply page if you want to join our team!

Alabama

State Director: Ariel Zhou – Vestavia Hills

Local Coordinator (Birmingham): Suneeti Chambers – Altamont

Arizona

State Director: Sreya Pattipati – Corona Del Sol

California

State Co-Directors: Cindy Xu – Lynbrook, Jocelle Lauron – Flintridge Sacred Heart

Local Coordinators: Rachel Wu – Milpitas, Julia Chang – Los Altos, Rhyen Hunt – La Salle, Maddy Cahill – La Salle, Sophia Jansen – Fairmont, Jennifer Cresap – Fairmont, Delisha Kumar – Irvington, Noah Tavares – Nueva

Florida

State Director: Fabi Sepulveda – Cypress Bay

Local Coordinators: Peyton Ronkin – NSU, Camille Luong – St. Petersburg, Stephanie Odum – Bishop Moore, Michelle Mally – Miami Beach, Filomena Selvanik – Nova, Leah Edwards – Ft. Lauderdale, Alexis Huang – Trinity Prep

Georgia

State Director: Noor Abdallah – Columbus

Idaho

State Director: Zoe Simon – Wood River

Iowa

State Director: Mo Marks – Theodore Roosevelt

Local Coordinator: Cole Flaherty – Des Moines Lincoln

Maryland

State Director: Michelle Zhao – Richard Montgomery

Local Coordinators: Jennifer Lin – Richard Montgomery, Carina Guo – Richard Montgomery, Shevani Tewari – Richard Montgomery

Massachusetts

State Director: Dana Silvian – Newton South

Local Coordinator: Nicholas Resnik – Arlington

Michigan

State Director: Lindsiann Shi – Cranbrook

Minnesota

State Director: Evan Jiang – Edina

Mississippi

State Director: Breanna Masterson – Petal

Nebraska

State Co-Directors: Rosalina Anderson – Hastings, Mary Kate Boyle – North Star

Local Coordinator – Avani Nooka – Lincoln

Nevada

State Director: Abigail Spencer – Coronado

New Jersey

State Director: Kailey Zhao – Westfield

New York

State Co-Directors: Ben Lee – Horace Mann, Camilla Green – Stuyvesant

Local Coordinators: Abby Meyer – Poly Prep, Divya Sarma – Bronx Science, Illeana Baquero – Byram Hills, Suhani Agrawal – Stuyvesant, Anna Ast – Stuyvesant

North Carolina

State Director: Esme Longley – Durham

Local Coordinators: Adriana Kim – Durham, Margaret Bolt – Myers Park

North Dakota

State Director: Erica Flores – North

Ohio

State Director: Ana Kevorkian – Chagrin Falls

Oregon

State Director: Kacey Lee – McMinnville

Local Coordinator: Hannah Smith – McMinnville

Pennsylvania

State Director: Daisy Qiu – Unionville

Local Coordinator: Marie Lowry – Strath Haven

Texas

State Co-Directors: Avnika Dubey – Duchesne Academy of the Sacret Heart, Trisha Motupalli – Flower Mound

Local Coordinators: Neha Satish – McNeil, Amanda Yates – McNeil, Brooke Blanton – Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sophia Wang – Westwood

Utah

State Director: Momina Sial – Hillcrest

Virginia

State Director: Irene Do – Oakton

Washington

State Director: Kristina Ming-Xiu Chiu – Mount Si

Local Coordinators: Paytan Murray – Mount Si, Hannah Christensen – Mount Si, Manasa Lingireddy – Interlake

Wisconsin

State Director: Akashdiya Chakraborty – Madison West

Local Coordinators: Sugeeth Sathish – James Madison Memorial, Josie Ronk – Madison West, Julia Amann – Madison West

Committee Members

Sam Goldstone – Wayland

Inko Bovenzi – Hunter