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.
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 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!
Rafael recently joined the BUDL team after working over 20 years as the Chief Financial Officer for several non-profits in the DC Metro Area. Rafael holds a BS from Howard University and an MBA from American University. His experience in grants management, budget management, operations, and financial analysis will aid in moving BUDL’s mission forward.
Board of Directors
Chairperson: Timothy Reuling – Regional Director, Vice President, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
Vice Chairperson: Tanika M. Davis – Vice President, The Hatcher Group
Secretary: Keith Dysarz – Director of K-12 Practice, The Education Trust
Anna Dopkin – Vice President, T. Rowe Price & Associates
MaryBeth Hyland Founder, SparkVision
Sharon Kroupa – Partner, Venable, LLP
Michelle Lipkowitz – Partner, Saul Ewing, LLP
Steve Schumacher –Vice President, Operations, Allegis Global Solutions
Kristen Walsh – BGE
Michelle White Principal, Western High School