Danielle Wiese Leek, PhD is an Associate Professor of Communications at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. She is a member of the National Debate Tournament Board of Trustees, and works with high school debate programs in the Grand Rapids, MI area. Professor Leek began her debate at Kimball High School in Royal Oak, MI. She debated for four years in high school and along with her partner, Lauren Korn, won the 1991 Michigan State Championship tournament. Since that time, she has coached multiple state and national, high school & college, champions. Her previous positions include: Director of Debate at Florida State University, Co-director of the summer high school debate institutes at Northwestern University, and Curriculum Director for the Chicago Debate Summer Institute for urban debate league students. Dr. Leek is also proud to be the 2005 recipient of CEDA’s Galentine award recognizing outstanding contributions to women in the activity.