Leadership

President: Cameron Chacon. Cameron is a junior in Berkeley College studying Classical Civilizations and History of Art. They are from San Antonio, Texas. Outside of debate, Cameron enjoys really bad/really good TV, ranking all the New Haven coffee shops, and cooking. They can be reached at cameron.chacon@yale.edu.

Director of Membership: Matt Song. Matt is a sophomore in Morse College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He most recently lived in Shanghai, but he is still unreasonably proud of his Michigan roots. He loves cheesy Tumblr quotes and dad jokes nearly as much as he loves photos of red pandas. He usually spends his free time napping or bragging about how long he just napped for. He can be reached at matt.song@yale.edu.

Director of Development: Maia Decker. Maia is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is from Missoula, Montana; although she missed nature, she is happy to have access to East Coast bagels. In her free time she enjoys writing, painting, and listening to horror podcasts. She can be reached at maia.decker@yale.edu.

Director of Tournaments: Lelan Hu. Lelan Hu is a sophomore in Morse College studying Political Science and Economics. She grew up in Shanghai, China. Outside of debate, she likes to ask people how crazy it is that we all exist, read blogs, and study note-taking systems. She can be reached at lelan.hu@yale.edu.

Treasurer/Director of Finances: Joanna Ding. Joanna is a junior in Pierson College studying ethics, politics, and economics. She currently lives in Shanghai, China, but competed actively in the New England area where her high school was located. Outside of debate, Joanna enjoys embroidery, drawing/painting, browser-shopping, and true-crime podcasts, in addition to languishing her life away on YouTube. She can be reached joanna.ding@yale.edu.

2021
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                President: Alexander Gordon. Alex is a junior in Grace Hopper College majoring in political science. He is from Boca Raton, Florida and competed in Congressional Debate in high school. 
                Outside of debate, Alex serves as President of the Hopper College Council; enjoys playing on Hopper’s intramural sports teams; and spends time with his friends, family, and dog. He can be reached at alexander.gordon@yale.edu.
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                Director of Membership: Cameron Chacon. Cameron is a sophomore in Berkeley College studying Classical Civilizations and History of Art. They are from San Antonio, Texas and competed in 
                Lincoln-Douglas debate in high school. Outside of debate, Cameron enjoys really bad/really good TV, New Haven coffee shops, and cooking. They can be reached at cameron.chacon@yale.edu.
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                Director of Development: Amaris Hester. Amaris is a sophomore in Trumbull College majoring in Economics. She is from Ellicott City, MD and competed in Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous 
                Speaking in high school. Prior to joining board, she was the Tournament Director of the Adams Cup and a member of the Development Committee. In her free time, she loves knitting and watching rom coms. She can be reached at amaris.hester@yale.edu.
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                Director of Tournaments: Michael Ning. Michael is a sophomore in Morse College pursuing a double major in Statistics & Data Science and Economics. He is from New York City, New York, and 
                competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate in high school. Outside of debate, he enjoys Yale Dining, playing soccer, and thinking every year will finally be Tottenham Hotspur F.C.’s year. He can be reached at michael.ning@yale.edu.
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                Treasurer/Director of Finances: Joanna Ding. Joanna is a sophomore in Pierson College studying ethics, politics, and economics. She currently lives in Shanghai, China, but competed 
                actively in the New England area where her high school was located. Outside of debate, Joanna enjoys embroidery, drawing/painting, browser-shopping, and true-crime podcasts, in addition to languishing her life away on YouTube. She can be reached at joanna.ding@yale.edu.
                2020
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                President: Ellie Singer. Ellie is a junior in Benjamin Franklin college majoring in political science. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ellie debated in public forum and world schools 
                debate with Team USA in high school. Before serving as President, Ellie was the YDA’s Development Director and an assistant tournament director for the Yale IV. In her free time, Ellie enjoys 
                coffee, naps, and looking at dog and baby Instagram accounts. She can be reached at ellie.singer@yale.edu.
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                Director of Membership: Jack Kelly. Jack is a junior in Morse College majoring in Economics and Mathematics. He is from Swampscott, Massachusetts and competed in Public Forum debate in high school. 
                Before his service on board, Jack was a tournament director of the Yale IV and a social chair of the YDA. Outside of debate, Jack enjoys cooking, playing Bananagrams, and listening to and watching opera. He can be reached at jack.kelly@yale.edu.
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                Treasurer/Director of Finances: Ko Lyn Cheang. Ko Lyn is a junior in Grace Hopper College majoring in Philosophy. She is from Singapore, Singapore. Ko Lyn debated in World Schools Debate and Asian 
                Parliamentary debate with her secondary school and junior college. Prior to her serving on board, Ko Lyn was a tournament director of the Yale IV and equity officer for the YDA. Apart from debate, Ko Lyn enjoys 
                writing, journalism and photography. She can be reached at kolyn.cheang@yale.edu.
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                Director of Development: Trent Kannegieter. Trent is a junior in Saybrook College studying History and Human Rights. Born and raised in Daphne, Alabama, he competed in Congressional Debate in high school. Before 
                serving on board, Trent was a director for the Yale Invitational high school speech and debate tournament. Outside of debate, he enjoys listening to New Orleans brass bands and playing racquet sports for 
                Saybrook IMs. He can be reached at trent.kannegieter@yale.edu.
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                Director of Tournaments: Alexander Gordon. Alex is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College majoring in political science. He is from Boca Raton, Florida and competed in Congressional Debate in high school. 
                Outside of debate, Alex enjoys playing on Hopper’s intramural sports teams, spending time with his dog Dexter, and watching the New England Patriots. He can be reached at alexander.gordon@yale.edu. 2019
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                President: Shruti Baxi. Shruti is a junior from Naperville, IL majoring in Cognitive Science with a focus in Behavioral Economics. She participated in JSA in high school, but had little competitive debate experience until she 
                joined the YDA. Outside of debate, you can find Shruti giving tours through the Yale Admissions Office, streaming way too much TV from shady websites, and playing foosball in the Silliman basement. She can be reached at shruti.baxi@yale.edu.
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                Director of Membership: Charlie Barton. Charlie is a junior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Economics. He comes from Queens, New York and competed in extemporaneous speaking during high school. When he isn't debating, he enjoys reading, yoyoing, 
                and thinking about elephants. He can be reached at charlie.barton@yale.edu.
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                Director of Tournaments: Lorenzo Pinasco. Lorenzo is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College studying economics and philosophy. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, he represented his country as a high schooler in the World Schools Debating Championship. Outside
                of debate, Lorenzo spends time playing chess and losing against the Yale Debate Association's webmaster. He can be reached at lorenzo.pinasco@yale.edu.
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                Director of Development: Ellie Singer. Ellie is a sophomore majoring in political science from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She debated in public forum and world schools debate with Team USA in high school. Prior to her time on board, she served as ATD for 
                the Yale IV. Outside of her work on board, Ellie enjoys blowing her paychecks on Blue State, watching Desperate Housewives, and being a lonely voice for non-economics majors on the YDA. She can be reached at ellie.singer@yale.edu.
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                Treasurer: Karina Franke. Karina is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Economics with Energy Studies. She is from Cortlandt Manor, NY, and competed in public forum debate during high school. Before serving as Treasurer, Karina was 
                outreach director for the Yale Invitational. In her free time, she enjoys running and all things coffee. She can be reached at karina.franke@yale.edu. 2018
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                President: Michael Mao. Michael is a junior in Pierson College majoring in Economics. He’s from Melbourne, Australia, and competed in a 3 vs. 3 style of debate in high school. Before serving as President, he was Director of Tournaments. Outside 
                of debate, Michael likes soccer, brunch, and shrimp on the barbie. He can be reached at michael.mao@yale.edu.
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                Director of Membership: Xavier Sottile. Xavier is a junior in Silliman College majoring in Economics. Before college, Xavier debated with New Haven’s Urban Debate League where he was coached by former members of the YDA. Outside of debate, he likes 
                to read the Financial Times, play Civilization VI, and think about/watch/read the novels which inspired HBO’s critically acclaimed series Game of Thrones. He can be reached at xavier.sottile@yale.edu.
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                Director of Tournaments: William Arnesen. William is a sophomore in Branford College majoring in Economics & Mathematics. He’s from Bethesda, Maryland and debated in Public Forum debate before coming to college. Outside of debate, he enjoys playing 
                ping pong and eating oatmeal. He can be reached at william.arnesen@yale.edu.
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                Director of Development: Charlie Barton. Charlie is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College majoring in Economics. He comes from Queens, New York and competed in extemporaneous speaking during high school. When he isn't debating, he enjoys reading, yoyoing, 
                and thinking about elephants. He can be reached at charles.barton@yale.edu.
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                Treasurer: Karina Franke. Karina is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Economics with Energy Studies. She is from Cortlandt Manor, NY, and competed in public forum debate during high school. Before serving as Treasurer, Karina was 
                outreach director for the Yale Invitational. In her free time, she enjoys running and all things coffee. She can be reached at karina.franke@yale.edu.
                2017
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                President: Adela Lilollari. Adela is a junior in Davenport College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She’s originally from Albania, but has lived in St. Petersburg, Florida for most of her life. Before serving as President, she was the 
                team’s tournament coordinator. Apart from debate, Adela likes to read, binge watch bad reality tv shows, and binge watch good reality TV shows. She can be reached at adela.lilollari@yale.edu.
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                Director of Membership: Justin Katz. Justin Katz is a junior in Ezra Stiles College majoring in Economics and Math. Originally from Durham, NC, he competed in Public Forum debate in high school. Before serving as Membership Director, Justin was the 
                team’s Director of Development and the Judges Director at the 2015 Yale Invitational. When he's not debating, he likes reading Russian literature, hiking, and shopping at Uniqlo. He can be reached at justin.katz@yale.edu.
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                Director of Tournaments: Michael Mao. Michael is a sophomore in Pierson College majoring in Economics. Michael is from Melbourne, Australia, and competed in a 3 vs. 3 style of debate in high school. Before serving on board, he was Concessions Director 
                at the Yale Invitational High School Tournament. Outside debate, Michael enjoys soccer, TV and brunch. He can be reached at michael.mao@yale.edu.
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                Director of Development: Miles Saffran. Miles Saffran is a junior in Morse College planning to major in Computer Science.  Originally from Winter Park, FL, he competed in Extemporaneous Speaking in high school.  Before serving as Development Director, 
                Miles was the Tournament Director for the Yale IV.  Outside of debate, Miles enjoys going to Mory’s, playing Halo, and looking at pictures of baby pugs.  He can be reached at miles.saffran@yale.edu.
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                Treasurer: Marina Tan. Marina is a junior in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She hails from Penang, Malaysia, and while she did not do much debate then, enjoys both the American and international flavors of British Parliamentary 
                and American Parliamentary debate now. She spends most of her time working in a lab and debating, but has newly discovered America’s greatest contribution to the world, Netflix. She can be reached at marina.tan@yale.edu. 2016
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                President: Henry Zhang. Henry is a senior in Ezra Stiles College from Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He has been involved with debate since middle school, competing primarily in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Before serving as 
                president, he was the team's membership director and the judging director for the Yale Invitational. Outside of debate, he enjoys playing soccer, programming, eating, and beatboxing.
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                President/Director of Membership: Evan Lynyak. Evan is a senior in Morse College majoring in History. Originally from Los Angeles, she misses the California winters a great deal. She did not do much debate in high school, but is making up lost time 
                in both the American and British Parliamentary styles in college. Before serving on board, Evan was one of the two assistant tournament directors for the Yale IV. Outside of debate, Evan enjoys watching basketball, cooking, and looking at pictures 
                of fat animals (bulldogs, walruses, etc).
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                Director of Tournaments: Adela Lilollari. Adela is a junior in Davenport College from St. Petersburg, Florida, majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Before serving as the tournament director, Adela was the Director of Hospitality for the Yale 
                Invitational High School Tournament. Apart from debate, Adela likes to read and binge watch the Bachelor(ette).
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                Director of Development: Justin Katz. Justin Katz is a junior in Ezra Stiles College planning to major in either Ethics, Politics, and Economics or Economics and Math. Originally from Durham, NC, he competed in Public Forum debate in high school. 
                Before serving as Development Director, Justin was the Judges Director for the Yale Invitational. When he's not debating, he likes reading Russian literature, hiking, and shopping at Uniqlo.
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                Treasurer: Shirley Kuang. Shirley is a senior in Timothy Dwight College double majoring in Political Science and East Asian Studies. Originally from Long Island, New York, she attended Syosset High School, where she competed in Public Forum debate. 
                Before serving as treasurer, she co-directed the 2015 Yale ProAms Tournament, assistant-directed the 2014 Adams Cup Tournament, and served as webmaster. Beyond debate, she loves to travel, is an aspiring photographer, and sometimes tries to dabble in film. 2015
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                President: Edwin Zhang. Edwin is a senior in Morse College from Akron, OH double majoring in Applied Math and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, watching Suits, and reading science fiction. 
                He has really bad taste in music and will sing trashy pop ballads if you let him. Olive Garden is his favorite restaurant, and he highly recommends the unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks deal. Prior to serving as president, he was the team's tournament coordinator. 
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                Director of Membership: Henry Zhang. Henry is a junior in Ezra Stiles College from Los Angeles. He has been involved with debate since middle school, competing primarily in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Prior to serving as membership director, he was the 
                judging director for the Yale Invitational and also currently serves as a novice mentor for the American Parliamentary league. Outside of debate, he enjoys playing soccer, programming, eating, and watching House of Cards. 
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                Director of Tournaments: Lauren Blonde. Lauren Blonde is a senior in Branford College. 
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                Director of Development: Evan Lynyak. Evan is a junior in Morse College from Los Angeles, California majoring in History. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, traveling, napping, and playing volleyball. Prior to serving as Development Director, Evan 
                was an Assistant Tournament Director for the Yale Intervarsity (IV). 
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                Treasurer: Tony Nguyen. Tony is a senior in Davenport College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate throughout high school in Arizona. Before serving as treasurer, he was convener for the Yale Intervarsity 
                (IV) tournament. Outside of debate, he enjoys traveling, tech, and reading The Onion. 2014
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                President: Diana Li. Diana is a senior in Davenport College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Originally from Brooklyn, she has been involved in debate since high school, where she competed in the Lincoln-Douglas format. Before serving as president, 
                she was the team's tournament coordinator. Beyond debate, she enjoys photography, biking, writing for the local newspaper, napping, and telling people she will get her driver's license eventually. 
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                Director of Membership: Allison Douglis. Allison is a senior in Berkeley College majoring in Philosophy. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Ridge High School, where she competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Upon joining the YDA, she co-directed the 2013 
                Yale Intervarsity Tournament and assistant-directed the 2012 Osterweis Tournament, served as the team's Equal Opportunity Facilitator, and was a novice mentor for the American Parliamentary league. Apart from debate, she enjoys working on the Yale Philosophy
                Review, binge-watching Netflix, and (very occasionally) reading for pleasure.
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                Director of Tournaments: Edwin Zhang. Edwin Zhang is a junior in Morse College from Akron, OH planning to double major in Applied Math and Ethics, Politics, and Economics. In his free time, he enjoys playing pick-up basketball, watching Suits, and 
                reading science fiction. He has really bad taste in music and will sing top 40 hits to you if given the chance. Prior to serving on board, he was an assistant tournament director for the Yale Intervarsity tournament. 
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                Director of Development: Nathaniel Rubin. Nathaniel is a senior in Saybrook College. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, he is a philosophy major who competed in Lincoln-Douglas and British Parliamentary debate in high school. Today, Nathaniel enjoys 
                debating on both the British and American Parliamentary circuits, where he has reached the elimination rounds of multiple domestic and international championship tournaments. Before serving as the YDA's development director, Nathaniel directed the Osterweis 
                high school parliamentary debate tournament. When not debating, Nathaniel enjoys making bad puns, hiking, skiing, and discovering new types of cheese. 
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                Treasurer: Anirudh Sivaram. Anirudh is a senior in Calhoun College hailing from Dubai. An Ethics, Politics, and Economics major, he helped launch his high school's debating program and today competes in both the British and American Parliamentary styles. 
                In the past, he has served as a convener for the Yale Intervarsity tournament. 
                2013
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                President: Michael Barton. Mike is a senior in Berkeley College double - majoring in Economics and Political Science. Before coming to Yale, Mike grew up in Queens and attended Regis High School, where he also participated in competitive debate. 
                Before serving as President, Mike was an APDA Novice Mentor, co-director of the 2012 Yale Intervarsity, and an assistant tournament director at the 2011 High School Tournament. Aside from debate, Mike enjoys listening to and attempting to sing all forms of pop music, watching movies, and reading as much as he can. 
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                Director of Membership: Zach Bakal. Zach is a senior in Calhoun College. He hails from the great town of South Barrington, Illinois, but because it is so small, he usually just says he's from Chicago. Before his term as Membership Director, Zach Co - 
                Directed the 2012 Yale Invitational and served as the Yale Debate Association's Equal Opportunity Facilitator (EOF). Zach is majoring in Cognitive Science, which is kind of like psychology, but better. When not debating, studying, or applying to jobs, 
                Zach enjoys cooking and hiking up to East Rock.
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                Director of Development: Sesenu Woldemariam. Sesenu is a senior in Berkeley College from Houston, Texas. He is majoring in English and enjoys stage acting and classical guitar. He was involved with debate throughout high school, where he competed 
                primarily in Extemporaneous Speaking. Before serving as Director of Development, he was Co-Director of the 2012 Yale Invitational, Assistant Director of the 2011 Yale Invitational and Social Chair. 
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                Tournament Coordinator: Diana Li. Diana is a junior in Davenport from Brooklyn, New York majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She has been involved in debate since high school, when she competed in Lincoln -Douglas debate. Before serving 
                on the board, she was an assistant tournament director of the 2012 Yale High School Invitational. Beyond debate, she enjoys photography, biking, and journalism. 
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                Treasurer: Sam Ward-Packard. Sam is a senior in Saybrook College hailing from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. He is the lone Humanities major on the YDA, and is especially into Edmund Burke. Before being elected treasurer, he served as Deputy Chief 
                Adjudicator for the 2012 Yale Intervarsity. He also serves as team webmaster. Despite having never debated before college, he won top speaker at the US Universities Debating Championships as a Sophomore. Outside debate he runs a not -for -profit web startup and farms chickens. 2012
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                President: Robert Colonel. Robert is a senior in Saybrook College from Winter Springs, Florida. He has been involved in debate since high school, where he competed in Student Congress. He was an assistant tournament director for the 2010 High School Tournament. 
                When not debating, he enjoys ultimate frisbee, penguins, economics, politics, and thrash metal music. 
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                Director of Membership: Andrew Connery. Andrew is a senior in Pierson College from Norman, Oklahoma majoring in Political Science with a focus in American Politics. He has been involved with debate since high school, where he competed mainly in Policy debate and 
                US extemporaneous speaking. He served as Treasurer on the 2010 Executive Board and an Assistant Director for the High School Invitational in 2010. 
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                Director of Tournaments: Stacey Chen. Stacey is a senior in Saybrook College from Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania majoring in Political Science. She has been involved in debate since high school, when she competed in extemperaneous speaking. before serving on the board, she 
                was a co-tournament director for the 2010 Osterweis Debate Tournament and assistant tournament director of the 2011 Yale High School Invitational. Beyond debating, Stacey enjoys baking, animal photos, and political science experiments. 
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                Director of Development: Ben Kornfeld. Ben is a senior in Davenport College from Auckland, New Zealand. He is majoring in Economics and Mathematics and in his spare time enjoys obscure sports knowledge. In high school he debated for the New Zealand national team at the 
                World Schools' Debating Championships. Prior to being on board he served on the development committee and as Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the Yale IV. 
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                Treasurer: Maxwell Dovala. Max is a senior in Silliman College from Boulder, Colorado, majoring in Economics and Political Science. He was involved with debate throughout high school, where he competed in Lincoln-Douglas debate. Before his term as Treasurer, Max was 
                the Co-Director of the 2011 Yale High School Invitational, andA ssistant Director of the 2010 Yale Invitational, and served for two years as the team webmaster. In his free time, he enjoys hiking with his friends and spending time with his Golden Retriever, Molly.