Maverick Forensics Staff

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Dr. Leah White, Director of Forensics

Dr. White received her BA degree in Communication from Concordia College, her MA in Speech from Kansas State University, and her Ph.D. in Communication from Arizona State University. As an undergraduate competitor she was an AFA national finalist in Communication Analysis and quarter-finalist in Impromptu Speaking. As a coach she has been honored to work with several national champions. Leah’s academic interests include performance studies, feminist theory and autobiography.

Professor Jim Dimock, Assistant Director of Forensics

Professor Dimock received his BA degree in Speech Communication and History from Black Hills State University in South Dakota, his MA in Communication Studies from the University of South Dakota and his MFA in Forensics from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Jim began his forensic career competing for Rapid City Stevens High School and continued while an undergraduate at Black Hills State. He actively competed in extemporaneous speaking, impromptu, persuasion and debate. He was not so successful at duo and prose. His academic interests include ethics and rhetoric.

Justin Helmley, Graduate Assistant

Justin received his BA in English with a minor Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. He competed for three years for Seton Hall’s forensics team, where he qualified for AFA each year in all five interpretation events. He was a quarterfinalist in Prose and Poetry at the 2009 NFA National Tournament, and placed 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation at the 2010 AFA-NIET. He is currently pursuing an MFA degree in Forensics.

Chris Outzen, Graduate Assistant

Chris graduated in Spring 2011 from the University of Northern Iowa with his BA degree in Communication Studies. His undergraduate honors thesis focused on apologia trends among political figures. During his time at UNI, he competed on the Individual Events speech team, specializing in platform address. He was twice a participant in the Interstate Oratory Association national competition and was a quarterfinalist in After Dinner Speaking at the 2011 American Forensics Association national tournament. Although pursuing his MFA-Forensics, Chris' other interests include critical/rhetorical studies and gender in communication.

Elizabeth Stoltz, Graduate Assistant

Elizabeth received her BA in Speech Communication and Psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN in Spring 2009. She competed and was a leader for three years for SMSU’s forensics team. She actively competed in after dinner speaking, communication analysis, duo, impromptu, informative speaking, program oral interpretation, and prose. She also tried debate. She is currently pursuing and MFA degree in Forensics.

Luke Youngvorst, Graduate Assistant

Luke received his BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. He has been competing for the past 11 years, having participated in all three genres of forensics. As a collegiate competitor, Luke placed 6th in individual sweepstakes at the 2012 Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament, advanced to the Quarterfinal round in Persuasion at the 2012 AFA-NIET, and qualified for the 2012 Interstate Oratorical Association National Tournament. Luke is currently pursuing his M.A. in communication studies.