Speech and Debate Coach/Mentor Information

About our speech and debate coaches/mentors and Team Members:

Our philosophy behind our coaching is a little unique. We want to come along side you or your student, or even as you a parent or coach! This more than a tour guide, this becomes a relationship. Our goals, are your goals…

Are you wanting to take your speech to the next level? Are you looking to brain storm? Need help coming up with ideas? We can help guide you in picking your piece or provide feedback on your platform. We can help work choreography or characterization in your Interp… we can do it all! But most importantly, we do it with you!

Check out our awesome group of coaches that would love to help! Most coaching sessions last approximately an hour. Due to Heather Neumann’s high demand, her sessions are approximately 50 minutes.

Please take the time to read our coaches bios. When you contact us for coaching, we will help you find the right fit. However, here is a coaching guide at a glance…


– Heather Neumann, Aj Neumann, Ellen Neumann, Joey Ooi


– Heather Neumann, Ellen Neumann, Annie Rogers, Adrian King

Limited Prep 

– Hope Rawlson, Annie Rogers, Joey Ooi, Adrian King, Emalyn Sharp


– TP – Eric Meinerding, Jackson Zomer, Emalyn Sharp

– LD – Hope Rawlson, Adrian King, Eric Meinerding



Heather Neumann

Heather Neumann is the founder of Lasting Impact! She empowers her clients to find their inner voice through public speaking. Heather says, "There is a power your voice has. It has the ability to make a lasting impact. All you have to do is use it." In addition to coaching Speech and Debate students across the country, she is also a speaker coach for TedX. Heather has been blessed to have coached thousands of students, including National Championship speakers.

AJ Neumann

AJ competed in Speech and Debate for five years, qualifying to The NCFCA National Championship each year. In 2016, he became the National Champion in two events- Original and Biblical!! AJ prefers to coach Platform and Interps, he wants to help you to create complexity, as well as characterization into your Speeches.

Annie Rogers

Annie Rogers competed in speech and debate for seven years. In 2015, she earned the title of NCFCA National Impromptu Champion, her favorite category, and was in the top five debate teams in the nation for 2017. As a sophomore at Wheaton College in Illinois, Annie competes on Wheaton’s British Parliamentary debate team, and got 2nd place at the 2019 Pan Pacific Debate Championship. Annie has been coaching limited prep for three years, and loves watching her students tackle challenges and grow in skill and character.

Adrian King

Adrian King is a Stoa alumni who competed from 2017-2020. She competed in and qualified for NITOC in all three forms of debate: Parliamentary Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate, and Team Policy Debate. She also competed in every speech event except for Expository. She earned the Founders Award three years in a row. At NITOC 2019, she was a silver medalist in Lincoln Douglas. In the 2019-2020 season, Adrian was eighth overall on Speech Ranks, fourth overall in Apologetics, and seventh overall in Extemp. She placed third at Fall Into Debate and fifth at Veritas Veterans Day Challenge in Lincoln Douglas, earning first and third in speaker awards respectively. That same season, Adrian and her Parli partner, Madelyn Fritz, placed in the top ten at every tournament they attended. In Team Policy debate, Adrian and her partner, Eugene Kong, placed first at Point Loma Classic. With another partner, Dylan Jacobs, Adrian placed second in Team Policy Debate at NIHD’s National Virtual Debate Championship. She is dedicated to mentoring the next group of debate competitors and hopes to assist them in growing and flourishing in their skills.

Hope Rawlson

Hope competed in speech and debate for 7 years. She was the 2018 national champion in moot court, Lincoln Douglas, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Hope is now attending Gordon college where she is double-majoring in international affairs and political science. Hope has been coaching speech and debate for two years and loves helping people access their full potential! She can help students from beginner to experienced unlock the tools for success!

Emalyn Sharp

Emalyn competed in the NCFCA for four years from 2017-2020. During that time, she competed in 11 different speech categories (Biographical Narrative, Informative*, Persuasive*, Original Oratory, Digital Presentation, Illustrated Oratory**, Open Interpretation*, Duo Interpretation*, Apologetics*, Impromptu, and Extemporaneous*), with the privilege of qualifying for the National Championship each year and becoming an IO finalist in 2017. She qualified in seven categories overall, denoted above with an asterisk. She also Iron-manned to Regionals two years in a row. For the 2020 season, Emalyn was the Speech Sweepstakes Champion at one of her regional qualifiers, as well as the Anderson SC Mixer. She also competed in Lincoln Douglas for one year, and Team Policy for three. While she appreciates LD, Team Policy really felt like home for her, and she enjoyed getting to debate alongside her brother. She loves working on TP case structure and building sound policies. Subsequently, she also enjoys figuring out how to dismantle poorly built cases. She feels immensely blessed by all of the support, advice, and guidance provided to her from friends, parents, and coaches over the years, and is excited for this opportunity to pour back into others!

Lynda DePasacreta

Lynda comes to us with a BFA in Directing for the Theatre and completed her degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic art in London England. She has a passion for helping students find their voice as having lost her own for a while made her see that it doesn’t matter how talented you are, but how passionate you are for the subject you are speaking about. This is her 6th season with NCFCA and loves her role as lead speech coach for SNOW club in the great state of NH where she now resides with her husband and 4 children, the last of which, thankfully, has many years left to compete.

Team Members

Joey Ooi

Joey Ooi participated in speech and debate for three years, competing in all three types of speech- Limited Prep, Interp, and Platform. She also competed in team policy debate with her brother. She is grateful for the opportunity to have qualified all three years to nationals through regionals in various speech categories and prequalifying at mixers in several events. Joey loves connecting with other competitors. Her biggest accomplishment is coercing her anti-interp brother into a duo interp and placing in finals at their first tournament. Throughout her speech and debate career, she has coached younger students in nine speech categories, and she is honored to walk alongside her students' journeys in pursuing Christ through communication. Joey will be helping in Online Apologetics for the 2020-21 Season.