Meet the SLUDL Team

The St. Louis Urban Debate League brings together an active community of students, teachers, administrators, and community leaders devoted to improving the academic and life skills of youth attending urban-St. Louis schools.


Since 2008, SLUDL has been delivering programming to multiple Saint Louis Public Schools District schools and one public Charter school, including the following:

Carr Lane Middle School:  Barrett Taylor, Principal; Coach TBD

Central Visual and Performing Arts High School:  Dr. Kacy Seals, Principal; James Korte, Coach

Cleveland NJROTC Academy:  Dr. Victoria Shearing, Principal; Coach TBD

Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience:  Frederick Steele, Principal; Deborah Riggs, Head Coach; Carmen McDavid, Assistant Coach

Compton-Drew Middle School:  Susan Reid, Principal; Jacqueline Person, Coach

Confluence Preparatory Academy:  Michael Powers, Principal; David Dickerson, Coach

Clyde C. Miller Career Academy:  Michael Brown, Principal; Jason Criveau, Coach

Fanning Middle School:  Lisa M. Brown, Principal; Jay D. Mitchell, Coach

Gateway Middle School:  Nakia King, Principal; Coach TBD

Gateway STEM High School:  Dr. Amy Phillips, Principal; Lauren E. Gentsch and Marie Lucero, Coaches

McKinley Classical Junior Academy Middle School:  Steve Warmack, Principal; Kelli Rao, Head Coach; Jacob Lewis, Assistant Coach

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy:  Steve Warmack, Principal; Kelli Rao, Coach

Metro Academic and Classical High School:  Steven Lawler, Principal; Colyn Gremaud and Laura Trieschmann, Coaches

Northwest Academy of Law:  Christopher Crumble, Principal; Coach TBD

Charles E. Sumner High School:  Mwalimu Sean Nichols, Principal; Coach TBD

Roosevelt High School:  Enna Dancy, Principal; Coach TBD

Soldan International Studies High School:  Dr. Thomas Cason, Principal; Skye Reichert, Coach

Vashon High School:  Brenda M. Smith, Principal; Coach TBD

The St. Louis Urban Debate League’s Board of Directors, a committed group of professionals from St. Louis’ legal, corporate, nonprofit, and education communities, supports the League’s efforts through planning and advocacy, coordinating staff, and private fundraising.

Chairman of the Board • Mary H. Karr • Attorney

Co-Vice Chair • Andrew Johnson • Attorney-at-Law • Littler Mendelson, PC

Co-Vice Chair • Joseph Kilpatrick • Partner • Husch Blackwell LLP

Treasurer & Secretary • Philip G. Louis, Jr. • Partner • Armstrong Teasdale LLP


Felicia Campbell • Parent of SLUDL Alumna • Normandy Schools Collaborative

Kathleen Farrell, PhD • Communications Department Faculty, Saint Louis University • Retired

Scott Jensen • Professor of Sports Communication and Speech Communication Studies and former Director of Forensics • Webster University

Latieke M. Lyles • Counsel • Macy’s, Inc.

Laura McAllister • Director of Corporate Communications • Maritz

NAUDL – National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

NAUDL supports the 22 urban debate leagues around the country, and hosts the Urban Debate National Championship Tournament every spring. Their mission is to facilitate the participation in organized debate activities for as many urban debate students as possible.