UT Dallas Debate Team Alumni

Former members of the UT Dallas Debate Team have excelled in their academic and professional lives. If you are a former member of the UT Dallas debate team, we want to hear from you!

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Mayu Takeda BA’13

UT Dallas Debate: 2013

Academic: BA from EPPS

Bio: Mayu is working with Teach for America in Kansas City, Mo.

Collin Roark BA’12

UT Dallas Debate: 2012

Academic: BA Political Science

Bio: Collin is a MA student in the Department of Communication Studies and debate coach at the University of North Texas.

Wes Dwyer BA’12

UT Dallas Debate: 2012

Academic: BA Finance

Bio: Investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, a part of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Wes works in the New York based Global Energy & Power Group, focusing on Global Power & Utilities.

Brittany Leach BA’12

UT Dallas Debate: 2012

Academic: BA cum laude, Political Science

Bio: Brittany is currently an MA student in political theory at The University of Georgia.

Brian Rubaie BA’11

UT Dallas Debate: 2011

Academic: BA Political Science

Bio: After spending a year in Dallas working as director of the National Center for Policy Analysis’, Debate Central, Brian is now the head coach of the Niles West High School Debate team in Chicago, Illinois.

Trevor Andreas BSTE’07

UT Dallas Debate: 2003-07 as debater; 2007-10 as coach

Academic: BS Telecommunications Engineering
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship

Bio: Andreas works for Ericsson in Richardson, Texas.

Andrew Baker BA’11

Academic: BA Government and Politics

Bio: After a successful career debating at UT Dallas, Baker is now an assistant debate coach at Dartmouth College.

Christa Bieker BA’06

UT Dallas Debate: 2003-05

Academic: BA magna cum laude, Government and Politics

Bio: Bieker is a policy analyst with the National Center for Policy Analysis. She provides resources and topic analysis for NCPA’s Debate Central website initiative, a free online resource for high school debaters.

Ryan Blodgett BS’09

UT Dallas Debate: 2005-09

Academic: BS magna cum laude, Business Administration
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship

Bio: Blodgett is a student at Harvard Law School.

Britt Clark BA’06

UT Dallas Debate: 2002-06; member of first UT Dallas team to be invited to compete in the National Debate Tournament

Academic: BA cum laude, Government and Politics
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship
JD from Baylor Law School (2008)

Bio: Administrative Law Judge for the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation in Fort Worth.

Jason Courville BA’03

UT Dallas Debate: 2001-03

Academic: BA, Interdisciplinary Studies

Bio: Courville is a teacher and the director of debate at Crosby High School in Crosby, Texas. He married Leah Courville in 2003, and they have three children.

Derek Denman BA’07

UT Dallas Debate: 2004-07

Academic: BA magna cum laude, Political Science
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship

Bio: Derek is currently a PhD student in political theory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Terri Easley BA’03

UT Dallas Debate: 2001-03

Academic: BA, Literary Studies; MA, Communications, Baylor University (2005)

Bio: Easley currently is an instructor and the director of debate at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

Aaron Fuqua

UT Dallas Debate: 2000-02

Bio: Fuqua works as professional photographer and website designer. He lives in the Dallas area.

Brandon Garrett BA’10

UT Dallas Debate: 2005-07

Academic: BA, Political Science

Bio: Garrett current lives and works in North Dallas. He has returned to UT Dallas to complete the requirements for a second major in historical studies.

Stephen Garrett BA’09

UT Dallas Debate: 2005-09

Academic: BA cum laude, Political Science with a minor in Criminology
Teacher certification from UT Dallas

Bio: Stephen Garrett currently is a law student at the University of Houston. He also is a teacher and an assistant debate coach for Crosby High School. He is married to Ana Garrett, and they have one son.

Krysha Gregorowicz Heavner BA’04

UT Dallas Debate: 2000-02

Academic: BA magna cum laude, Government and Politics

Bio: Krysha Gregorowicz Heavner is married to Brent Heavner. She is a PhD student in political communication at the University of Michigan.

James Howard

UT Dallas Debate: 2004-05

Academic: BA, Political Science, History, and Sociology from Louisiana State University – Shreveport (2008)

Bio: Currently a law student at Baylor University.

Jason Jordan BA’00

UT Dallas Debate: 1996-2000

Academic: BA Summa Cum Laude, Sociology; PhD, Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder (2006)

Bio: Jordan is currently a political science instructor at Florida State University. He is married to Lisa Jordan.

Lisa Anselmi Jordan BS’99, MS’00

UT Dallas Debate: 1996-2000

Academic: BS magna cum laude, Economics and Finance; MS, Applied Economics; PhD, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder (2006)

Justin Kirk BA’04, MA’07

UT Dallas Debate: 1999–2001 as debate; 2004 – 2010 as coach

Academic: BA, Government and Politics; MA, Humanities – History of Ideas

Bio: After eight years serving as an assistant coach to the UT Dallas debate team, Justin has moved on to the University of Kansas where he is in the communication graduate student and a coach.

Lauren Muñoz BA’04

UT Dallas Debate: 2001-03

Academic: BA summa cum laude, Literary Studies
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship
JD, Northwestern Law School (2010)

Bio: Muñoz currently is an attorney in Chicago.

Wayne Myers BA’04

UT Dallas Debate: 1999-2001

Academic: BA magna cum laude, Government and Politics with a minor in Philosophy
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship
JD cum laude, Northwestern Law School (2007)

Bio: Myers is an associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis, focusing his practice in commercial litigation.

Laura Rashedi BA’05

UT Dallas Debate: 2001-02

Academic: BA cum laude, Literary Studies with minors in Government and Politics and Biology;
McDermott Scholar
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship
MBA, 2006;
JD, Emory University (2010)

Bio: Rashedi currently is an associate at Schiff Hardin LLP in Atlanta.

Tim Schweitzer BA’09

UT Dallas Debate: 2005–07

Academic: BA, Political Science

Bio: Currently a law student at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.

Sara Stephens BA’08

UT Dallas Debate: 2004-08

Academic: Member, Collegium V honors and enrichment program; BA cum laude, Political Science (2008)
Attended UT Dallas with an Academic Excellence Scholarship

Bio: Stephens is a law student at Southern Methodist University, where she also is a member of both the mock trial team and the law review. She plans to practice law in Dallas upon graduation.

Gabriela Stevenson BA’06, MS’09

UT Dallas Debate: 2002-06

Academic: BA, Government and Politics with minor in Literary Studies; MS, Sociology

Bio: Stevenson currently is a PhD student in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.