Rich Haber

Curriculum Coordinator - Public Forum

Richard Haber is an award-winning civil trial lawyer in the state of Ohio. In addition, he has has served as the Coach of Public Forum Debate at Chagrin Falls High School for the
past eight years. Mr. Haber began coaching for the sake of his daughter Victoria, but has continued to coach since her graduation. His PF team of Sasha Haines and Maggie Mills won the 2020 NSDA national championship and the 2020 OSDA state championship. He also coached a different team to the Ohio state championship in 2018. Mr. Haber brings a real-world perspective to coaching debate based upon his 29 years of convincing juries as a trial attorney. Whether students go into law or another profession, he believes that the research, writing, and communication skills that they learn in debate will serve them throughout their lives.  

Sasha Haines

Instructor - Public Forum

Sasha Haines competed in Public Forum Debate for Chagrin Falls High School, serving as captain of the PF team during her junior and senior years. She qualified for the Ohio state tournament all four years of her career, placing 4th her sophomore year and winning the state championship her senior year. On the national circuit, she broke at nearly every tournament she attended and was a three-time qualifier to the TOC. Her junior year, she came from behind and broke at the TOC after starting 0-2. Her senior year, Sasha and her partner won the 2020 NSDA national championship. Outside of debate, she enjoys listening to music, skiing, golfing, and spending time outdoors. Sasha plans to study Philosophy, Politics & Economics, as well as Computer Science, at The Ohio State University in the fall. She believes that debate teaches skills that are often not taught in school, yet invaluable in all walks of life. 

Maggie Mills

Instructor - Public Forum

Maggie Mills participated in Public Forum debate all four years of high school. Maggie served as President and Vice President of Chagrin Falls High School’s Speech and Debate team. She is a four-time qualifier for the Ohio state tournament and a three-time qualifier for the Tournament of Champions. During her senior year, Maggie and her partner won both the Ohio state tournament and the NSDA national championship. When she is not debating, Maggie enjoys playing the piano, reading, spending time with friends, and golfing (badly). She plans to study Economics and Political Science as a member of the University of Chicago’s class of 2024. Maggie is incredibly excited to pass on everything she has learned from debate to the campers of CDC!

David Lyons

Instructor - Public Forum

David Lyons competed in Public Forum Debate for Hawken School for four years, serving as captain of the PF team in his senior year. With his leadership, three Hawken teams broke at the 2019 Ohio state tournament and two qualified for the TOC. David himself is a two-time state qualifier who reached the semifinal round at states in his senior year. David has also been successful at national-circuit tournaments, advancing to quarterfinals at Stanford, UK, and the NCFL Grand Nationals. David and his teammates won the national championship in World Schools Debate at the 2019 NSDA national tournament. David enjoys debating with a combination of logic, evidence, and humor, and he believes that what makes PF unique is its focus on conversational argumentation.

Bella Willhite
Instructor - Public Forum

Bella Willhite was a four year Public Forum competitor on the La Cueva High School team in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was PF Captain during her senior year. Over her career, Bella won two NM state championships in PF. Bella is also a two-time NSDA national qualifier, in PF and World Schools Debate. She broke at several national tournaments including Golden Desert, ASU Mountainview, and the Toro Country Classic. Bella was also selected to represent the United States at the 2019 Mock International Criminal Court in Poland where she served as a member of the Nuremberg prosecution team. Bella won 2nd place in the camp tournament when she attended CDC in 2018, and she looks forward to returning to CDC now as an instructor.

Madelynn Einhorn
Instructor - Public Forum

Madelynn Einhorn competed for Oakwood High School for four years in Public Forum and Policy debate. She served as the PF team captain her junior and senior years and qualified to both the NSDA national tournament and the Ohio state tournament three times. In college, Madelynn competes in Lincoln-Douglas, Extemporaneous, and Impromptu for Western Kentucky University. Her freshman year, she earned top speaker and finished in the top eight at the most prestigious college LD tournament, the LD Grand Prix. As a sophomore, she championed three of the six tournaments she attended and won three speaker awards. Madelynn is currently studying economics and political science. She believes that the research and critical thinking skills acquired from debate are essential to one's future success. Madelynn taught at CDC in 2018 and is excited to return to her roots in Ohio debate in 2020!

Nikki Peter

Instructor - Public Forum

Nikki Peter was a four-year Public Forum debater at Vermilion High School. During her career, she served her speech and debate team as Vice President her junior year and President her senior year. In her junior year, Nikki was part of the first PF team from her school to qualify to the Ohio state tournament. She ended up qualifying again and breaking her senior year. She is also a two-time national qualifier in World Schools Debate. Nikki is studying international relations at Tufts University. She attributes much of her debate success to the skills she learned as a student at CDC in 2016 and is now thrilled to be an instructor!

Anish Ganesh
Instructor - Public Forum

Anish Ganesh was a Public Forum debater at University School. He was a four-time state qualifier, NSDA national qualifier, and Tournament of Champions (TOC) qualifier. In the elimination rounds at nationals, Anish and his partner were the only team that gave a loss to the eventual national champions in 2019. At the Ohio state tournament, he was a semifinalist his junior year. In his senior year, Anish finished with a 44-2 record in the state of Ohio (with his only losses against other University School teams). Anish believes that debate provides an outlet for community discussion on important social issues and teaches many transferrable skills that can be used in future careers.

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