Staff

Adam Powell: Executive Director
In July of 2014, The Dallas Urban Debate Alliance welcomed Adam Powell as its new Executive Director. With over ten years of experience in education, Adam brings a broad array of skills including fundraising, evaluation, marketing, and program design and implementation. Previously, Adam served as the Chief Operating Officer, as well as the Director of Strategic Planning for Education is Freedom (EIF). In these roles, Adam worked closely with Dallas ISD Administrators to implement program enhancements, as well as facilitate college and career readiness processes. Prior to these roles, Adam also spent substantial time working directly with high school and college students in various locations across the South.

Additionally, for three years, Adam served as the Program Manager for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Intern Fellows Program. Adam was instrumental in helping to redesign the intern program, making it one of the largest most comprehensive high school intern programs in the country. This redesign lead to the rapid growth of the Intern Program, serving 59 students and 38 companies in 2011 to over 230 students and 150 companies in 2013. Adam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Jackson State University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Adam is currently completing a Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in higher education.

Cameron O’Bannon: Programs Coordinator
A Dallas native, Cameron comes to Dallas Urban Debate with extensive experience in both debate and education. As a student at the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, Cameron was an accomplished debater, an experience he has put to use academically and professionally for over a decade.

Cameron holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame.

Karla Lainez: Volunteer Coordinator
Karla Lainez joined the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance as a Volunteer Coordinator in August 2016. Karla began her internship with DUDA in 2014 as a Volunteer Assistant intern. Karla has been part of the debate community for over 5 years as a judge, debater and an administrator. As an alum of Conrad high school, Karla received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Spanish at the University of North Texas. In her spare time, Karla enjoys reading post-civil war Spanish literature and watching Spanish films.

Sullivan McCormick: Office Manager
Sullivan McCormick joined the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance as an office manager in August of 2016. Sullivan first worked with DUDA as an intern during the summer of 2012. Born and raised in Dallas, Sullivan attended Dallas Jesuit and later attended Boston College with a B.A. in English and Philosophy. Sullivan was a member of the Dallas Jesuit debate team for four years and a member of the Fulton Debating Society at Boston College for two years. After graduating from Boston College in 2015, Sullivan worked as a member of the Alumni Service Corps (ASC) at Dallas Jesuit. The service program allowed Sullivan to give back to Dallas Jesuit and work with the Jesuit debate team as an assistant coach.

Schools and Coaches

  • Adamson High School – Vanessa Perez
  • Ann Richards – Ravonne French, Larry Patterson
  • Atwell – Yolanda Simpkins
  • Balch Springs – Brian Hennig
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy – Robert Edison, Harlan Reece
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School – Vanessa Forisha, Andrew Forisha
  • Billy Earl Dade Middle School – Andre Curtis Ross
  • Booker T. Washington – Melody Townsell
  • Browne MS – Stephanie Adams, Chastity Sheppard
  • Bryan Adams – Michelle Read, John Kendrick
  • Carry Middle School – Benjamin Miller
  • Comstock Middle School – Brandy Runnels-Dhakal, Tabitha Obets
  • Dallas Environmental Science Academy – Musa Haroon, Adriane Davis
  • D.A. Hulcy Middle School – Ivory Welcome, Ramena Williams
  • E.D. Walker Middle School – Stanley Haines
  • Emmett J. Conrad – Andrew Eddy, Janay Harvey
  • Francisco Medrano – Traci Morton
  • Gaston Middle School – Adrienne McCann, Arianne St. John
  • Hector Garcia Middle School – Michael Skrobeck
  • Hillcrest – Christina Adebowale, Maxwell Miller
  • Hill Middle School – Joan Smith
  • James Madison HS – Krystle Jones
  • Kathlyn Gilliam Collegiate Academy – Leslie Nfodjo
  • Kennedy Middle School – Alfred Roberts
  • Kimball – Thomas Hammonds
  • Law Magnet High School – Derek Liles, Eric Melin
  • Lincoln High School – Mary Smith
  • Longfellow Middle School – Tracey Thornton Willis, Sammy Williams
  • Long Middle School – Karimot Jinadu, Leslie Kennon
  • Marsh – Isaac Freeman
  • Molina High School – Heather Pettis, Jessica Griffith
  • North Dallas High School – Jo Rohde, Ryan Davenport
  • Oliver Holmes – Maurice Williams
  • Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy – Jacquede Moore, Keyshay Mozee
  • Pinkston High School – Johnitta Williams, Kenric Narcisse
  • Quintanilla Middle School – Lashonda Roberson, Rojean Land
  • Rangel Girls High School – Myra Whitlock
  • Roosevelt – Ryan Smits
  • Rosemont Middle School – Klaudia Vega, Maria Martinez
  • Sam Tasby Middle School – Robert Hopson, Margaret James
  • Samuell – Don Cheatum, Christopher Burrow
  • Science and Engineering Magnet – Mary Greg, William Moore
  • Seagoville HS- Mark Harrington, Matthew Frost, Teresa Carrasco
  • Skyline – Daniel Taylor, Reginald Sterling
  • Smith New Tech HS – Wendy Jackson, Tracy Smith
  • South Oak Cliff – Marques Cameron
  • Spence – Patricia Hay, Mary Turner Rudes
  • Spruce High School – Daniel Sharp, Sean Haley
  • Stockard Middle School – Brandi McGruder
  • Stone Montessori – Jesse Lopez, Arnell Sherman
  • Storey Middle School – Samantha Salinas, Carrie Gentry
  • Sunset – James Dees, Dudley Hughes
  • TAG MAG – Jose Correa
  • Thomas Jefferson – Matt Summers
  • Travis – Karen Graves, Michael Goff
  • Trinidad Garza – William Kuykendall
  • Wilmer Hutchins – Amanda Callaway
  • Woodrow Wilson – Bob Hearne, Joseph Reyes
  • White High School – Hayley Morrison
  • Young Men LDSP AC – Yolanda Woolen, Darryl Rudd
  • Zan W Holmes Middle School – Jeannette Glass