Coleen Reyes- Executive Director

Coleen Reyes currently serves as BUDL’s Executive Director. As a former classroom teacher, school administrator, coach, facilitator and youth developer, Coleen leads an amazing team that helps teachers successfully engage in argumentation and debate inside and out of the classroom. Joining BUDL first in 2012, Coleen served as Director of Professional Development and Director of Programs. For many years, she has also worked to connect education and community partners to better serve the needs of students. While working as a coach, Coleen has assisted school leadership teams, trained instructional coaches, and helped after school coordinators/providers to strategically use their resources to meet student needs. Coleen felt immediately connected to using debate as a tool to engage students in critical thinking, critical consuming, and engaged learning. Coleen’s higher education endeavors began at Howard University and continue even now at George Washington University as she pursues her Ed.D. in Education Leadership and Administration. As a leader, Coleen supports her co-worker’s endeavors by helping them strive for success, strengthening BUDL’s mission and the greater community.

Yary Lim – Director of Development

Yary holds a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law and brings with her various experiences in non-profits, foreign education, and policy debate.  She is an alumna of the Bryce Harlow Institute on Business & Government Affairs at Georgetown University. Yary is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Omicron Delta Kappa graduating from Jacksonville University as Outstanding Division Student of the Year in both English and Social Sciences.


Dipa Moktan- Office Manager

Dipa Moktan joined the Baltimore Urban Debate League as Office Manager in February 2006. She oversees office administration as well financial processing at the League and has 28 years experience including 25 years working for INGO/NGOs. Dipa’s career includes working as a Consultant at HELVETAS documenting/archiving photographs. Treasurer at Merlion Club Nepal under the aegis of the Singapore Gurkha Pensioners’. Administrative Officer at The Asia Foundation (TAF), Kathmandu. Executive Assistant/Office Manager to the Representative of The Asia Foundation. Office Secretary to The Chief Technical Advisor, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Work includes handling correspondences to TAF headquarter office in San Francisco and South-East Offices. Worked closely with Food and Agriculture Organization, headquarters, Rome and field office – Pakistan, Bhutan and India. Overall career includes preparing monthly and quarterly reports and submission of budget plans, financial reports and accounting controls for the project income and expenditures. Undertake administrative responsibilities for regional seminar, meeting, and workshop, establishing offices and training courses. Work on personnel procurement and local travel policy.  Managed supplies and equipment management. Liaison with various Government Departments, Ministries and Line Agencies. Educated in Singapore and Nepal, Dipa and her family have settled in Baltimore.

Jen Wheeler, Teaching and Learning Manager, English

Jen joined the BUDL team in the Summer of 2012 after working as a teacher in Baltimore City for seven years. During her teaching career she worked as a Social Studies, Humanities, and Life Skills teacher, in addition to coaching debate with BUDL’s middle school league. A graduate of the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University, Jen also has experience developing curriculum, leading professional development workshops, and mentoring new teachers.

Leslie B. Stanton, EMS Program Manager for Competitive Debate

Leslie began working for BUDL in January 2014. Over the course of her time with BUDL Leslie has nurtured her passion for supporting teachers and working with kids in late elementary and middle school. Leslie is passionate about creating meaningful and supportive programming for teachers and students in Baltimore City and loves that she gets to do that while working with some of the most fantastic young people in Baltimore. Leslie holds a M.S. Educational Studies with a certificate in Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University and earned her teaching credentials at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She has taught English/language arts and history/social studies in small town Grinnell, rural Lesotho in southern Africa and urban Albuquerque, NM. In addition to her work with BUDL Competitive Debate, Leslie is an avid practitioner and teacher of Bikram Yoga and loves sharing yoga with children, including our debaters from time to time!

Aram C. Boykin, HS Program Manager for Competitive Debate

Aram is back at BUDL to lead High School Competitive Debate. Aram first worked with BUDL in June of 2012 as Teaching and Learning Manager with BUDL’s Professional Development team. Excited to return to BUDL, Aram is looking forward to growing High School debate throughout the city with the goal of “empowering Baltimore’s youth through debate opportunities”. Aram holds a Bachelor of Science from The Lincoln University in Biology, a Masters of the Arts from Morgan State University and is currently pursuing his Ed.D in Urban Educational Leadership.


Board of Directors

Chairperson: Sharon Kroupa – Partner, Venable, LLP

Vice Chairman: Timothy Reuling – Regional Director, Vice President, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Secretary: Tanika M. Davis – Vice President, The Hatcher Group

Treasurer: Carim V. Khouzami –  SVP, Chief Financial Officer, Exelon Utilities

Tim Thompson – President and CEO, AKJ Books

Judge Andre Davis Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Anna Dopkin – Portfolio Manager, Director of Equity Research, T. Rowe Price Associates

Michelle Lipkowitz – Partner, Saul Ewing, LLP

Barbara Stewart – Bowe-Stewart Family Foundation

Steve Schumacher Vice President, Operations, Allegis Global Solutions

Keith Dysarz Director of K-12 Practice, The Education Trust  

MaryBeth Hyland  Founder, SparkVision