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.

Within the first year of Beyond Resolved, the founders came up with a weekly blog, a Hall of Fame, a Hall of Shame, and a Mentorship Program as well as a Free Sticker Initiative.

Executive Team

Beyond Resolved has recently shifted to a new organizational system. Headed by Executive Director Yukiho Semimoto, the members of the 2019-2020 Executive Team each oversee a set of initiatives as well as participating in larger discussions about the organization as a whole.

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 102 staff members and 8 committees, pioneered the Hall of Appreciation initiative and the BR Educational Resources page, and directed the Beyond Resolved Free Online Workshop in the summer. She is excited to pursue more projects and oversee Beyond Resolved for the rest of the year.

Executive Team

Area One: Creative Content Committee, Mentorship Program, Beyond Resolved Institute

Zara Chapple is a 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 member of the Executive Team 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 forward 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.

Area Two: Research Committee, Congress, Community Outreach (Social Media)

Lydia J. Haindfield is a 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! 

Area Three: Organizational Management, Funding, “Hall of” Initiatives

Abby Meyer is a junior at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. This is her third year of Public Forum Debate. Last year, she participated in the BR Online Girls Round Robin, helped out with the Beyond Resolved Workshop, and was one the Directors of the Beyond Resolved Workshop Tournament. She has held leadership positions on her team for the last two years, and is currently the Vice President. Abby is so excited to have a more active role in Beyond Resolved this year, and cannot wait to help the organization continue to expand, especially when it comes to issues of education and intersectionality.

Area Four: Internal Communications and Organizational Effectiveness

Kristina Chiu is a senior at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, WA, and is in her third year of Public Forum Debate. It is her first year being involved in Beyond Resolved and she is incredibly excited to be a part of the Executive Team. She is serving as the Internal Communications Director for BR and is dedicated to making speech and debate a more accessible, accepting environment.

Area Five: Education, Free Coaching Service, AskBR

Camilla Green is a senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York, NY, and has been debating since her freshman year. During her time at Stuyvesant, she has served as the Assistant Novice Director of the Public Forum team and the President of the 250+ member Speech and Debate team. She serves as the head of #AskBR, the Mentorship Program and the Free Coaching Service, and oversees BR’s educational initiatives. Camilla is excited to channel her obsession with menial admin work into making the debate space more equitable!

Area Six: Web Design, Clothing Drive, Coaches Facebook Group

Ben Lee is a senior at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, NY. This is his fifth year of Public Forum Debate. At Horace Mann, Ben serves as the Research Director and Director of Outreach, volunteering for other schools in the New York City Urban Debate League. He’s a fan of debate, and as a member of the Executive Team, Ben is incredibly excited to help Beyond Resolved make debate a more inclusive space!

Area Seven: Tournament Ally Network, Quarry Lane Womxn’s Tournament

Cole Flaherty is a junior at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, IA, and is in their third year of Public Forum Debate. Cole is a motivated activist who is committed to fighting for gender non-conforming individuals and others who are oppressed within the community. They are a first-year member of Beyond Resolved and currently sit on the 2019-2020 Executive Team, and are charged with overseeing the Quarry Lane womxn’s tournament and the Tournament Ally Network.