Board of Directors

Dorothy (Daisy) Massey, President

A graduate of Bethesda’s Walt Whitman High School, Daisy is a second-generation debater who competed in Lincoln-Douglas from 8th grade through her senior year. Career highlights include attending the TOC twice (see 2013 TOC), 3 summers attending the National Symposium for Debate, and having her sister, Emily, as one of her team’s coaches. She worked at both NSD and the Texas Debate Collective during summer 2014. She enjoys violin, cooking, Kant, and human foibles, and hopes one day to study medicine. She will attend Yale University beginning fall of 2015. First, though, she is devoting a post-high school gap year to developing Access Debate.

Robin Steans, Advisory Board Member

As founding executive director, through 2016, of Advance Illinois, an independent statewide education advocacy organization, Robin established herself as one of the nation’s leading advocates for education reform. A former teacher with advanced degrees in education and law, she also boasts extensive experienced in the work of non-profit organizations, having served on boards including the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, the Community-based Service Learning Center at DePaul University and the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago, which she co-founded. As a trustee of the Steans Family Foundation, she has for decades played a prominent role in community development in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, particularly in the founding and direction of the College Preparatory Charter High School. Robin is also the wife and mother of former debaters. And when it comes to games, never bet against her in Whist, Boggle or Risk.

Tom Evnen, Advisory Board Member

As a highly successful past debater, longtime debate coach, and co-founder of the Texas Debate Collective, a non-profit summer institute that sets tuition on a sliding, income-based scale, Tom brings wide knowledge of debate philanthropy to the Access Debate board. Tom is pursuing a doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Ginger Young

Ginger Founder and Executive Director of Book Harvest, where she works tirelessly to pursue her dream that every child have what her own kids had: a home rich with books.

Ginger Young‘s own children were the inspiration for Book Harvest. “Reading books to my three young children had me enchanted by the power of stories to ignite imaginations – and yet just a half mile away from us were kids growing up in homes without books.” As her children outgrew their books, Ginger began puzzling over ways to share the hundreds of books in her home with children who needed books most. In January of 2011, she organized a book drive to test her ideas and the floodgates opened. “Suddenly 5,000 books were in my garage, waiting for their new forever homes. The utter generosity of our community continues to stun me today, with more than a half a million books donated to Book Harvest to date.”