Executive Board

President: Emily Mercer


Emily Mercer is a junior studying Political Science and History. She is from Los Angeles, CA and has developed a passion for debate through her involvement in it for the last 8 years. This is her third year serving on the team’s Executive Board, and she is proud to be President this year. In her free time, she helps high school students develop their debate and public speaking skills. Her favorite topics to debate are often centered around education and various social issues; however, she loves to hear the diverse subjects the members of the debate team bring to the table each week.


Vice President: Lisa Robinson



Lisa is a senior political science major from Salem, Massachusetts. She has been on the debate team for four years now. She loves to transform everyday conversations with friends into competitive cases. Although Lisa had no experience debating prior to college, her mother always told her she was great at arguing. She has since honed those skills into becoming a cunning orator and she will look back on her time as Vice President fondly



Treasurer: Laney Ackley


Laney Ackley is a communication major from Milford, Connecticut. She began her debate career in her freshman year at UMass and was elected treasurer the following year. She enjoys debating social issues, as well as topics concerning art and film.





Secretary: Erin Crowell


Erin Crowell is a second year communications major from Scituate, MA. She debated for three years at the high school level, becoming captain of her high school’s debate team. As a freshman she joined UMass Amherst Parliamentary Debate team, where she was elected secretary. She enjoys debating moral and philosophical topics.





Novice Liaison: Francis Stipek

IMG_3195Francis Stipek is a senior resource economics major from eastern Massachusetts. He joined the debate team in his sophomore year and enjoys debating about economics and philosophy. During his first semester on the team he was elected to the to the position of Novice Rep/Debate education coordinator.





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