Public Forum Curriculum Coordinator
Peter Paik has been the head coach of the University School speech and debate team for 18 years. He is also a teacher of history and religious studies. His public forum debate team won the NSDA national championship in 2010. Under his leadership, University School has won the NSDA School of Excellence in Debate Award in seven of the last ten years. Mr. Paik's teams have been equally successful at the state level, winning the Ohio state championship in PF in 2006, 2007, 2015, 2017, and 2019. University School has hosted workshops for novice debaters and national qualifiers from all over Ohio. In 2016 Mr. Paik and Mr. Lewis launched Classic Debate Camp at Kenyon College with Leslie Muhlbach, Edith Lui, and Aidan Brandt. Mr. Paik is committed to sharing with everyone both his expertise and his vision for the debate community.
Assistant Camp Director
Instructor - Public Forum
Leslie Muhlbach currently coaches at Gahanna Lincoln High School, where she also teaches speech and debate classes. She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Massillon Washington and then became the head coach at Jackson. During her tenure at Jackson, she built her program into a powerhouse that won numerous district championships and claimed two OSDA team sweepstakes titles. In 2012, Ms. Muhlbach's public forum team won the Ohio state championship and her Lincoln-Douglas debater won 2nd place at the NSDA national tournament. In 2015, Ms. Muhlbach was inducted into the OSDA Coaches Hall of Fame. She believes that debate is the best way to teach young people the listening and speaking skills they need to become collaborative, ethical, and productive problem-solvers.
Ann Pierce has worked for nearly 20 years in the nursing field. She earned her practical nursing degree at the Knox County Career Center in 2002. She has extensive experience in Medical/Surgical post operative units, Developmentally Disabled Care, Allergy Clinic, and Ear Nose and Throat, among other specialties. Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, kayaking, reading, and playing with their Yorkshire Terriers. During camp, students who need to take medication will meet privately with Ann in her office in the dorm. She will also be on campus and available to campers in the morning and in the evening every day.
Director of Logistics and Transportation
Jeff Gottke taught at Mount Vernon High School and coached its speech and debate team for 12 years. His team's accomplishments include dozens of state qualifiers and three national qualifiers, including a Public Forum team that made it to round 12 in 2014. Mr. Gottke served as a PF instructor at CDC for 2 summers. In 2019, he joins the administrative staff, and his duties will include airport transportation.