PACE Officers & Members

PACE Board of Directors 2017-2018

President — David Reinstein
David Reinstein is a math teacher at New Trier High School in Illinois, where he coached the quizbowl team for 17 years. He chaired the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association for 10 years, during which time the organization improved the quality of its tournaments, started its Awards Dinner, created a Coaches Hall of Fame, and started a grant program for teams in need of money. David also has been the tournament director and head writer and editor for the New Trier Scobol Solo every year since it started in 2001, and he has played various roles, including tournament director, with the New Trier Varsity Tournament every year since it started in 2005. He is also the head writer and editor for the Illinois Masonic State Tournament.
David Reinstein
Treasurer — Michael Bentley
Michael Bentley played quizbowl at West Chester East High School in Pennsylvania and at the University of Maryland. He currently lives and works in the Seattle area and is involved with the quizbowl team at the University of Washington. Bentley has written and edited for numerous tournaments, including both iterations of College History Bowl and the projector-based tournament Eyes That Do Not See, in which players identify visual artworks from image slides.
Michael Bentley
Secretary — Michael Hundley
Mike Hundley has been involved in southwestern Virginia quizbowl since 2000. He currently lives and works in Blacksburg, VA, where he advises the Virginia Tech team.
Vice President of Editing — Rob Carson
Rob Carson has been involved in quizbowl more or less constantly since 2006, eventually winning a national championship with the University of Minnesota. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis, dividing his time between quizbowl projects and the hotel industry. His extensive history of editing experience includes the last two ACF Nationals and 2014 PACE NSC. Quizbowl basically saved his life in college, so he figures it’s the least he can do to give back to it!

Vice President of Tournament Direction — Ryan Rosenberg
Ryan Rosenberg played quizbowl for Ardsley High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently lives and works in Chicago. Ryan was the assistant tournament director of the 2017 NSC and served as Director of Communications for PACE in 2014-15. In addition to his work with PACE, Ryan directed five tournaments while at UNC and was an editor for ACF Fall in 2015 and 2017.


Vice President of Event Management — Bernadette Spencer
Bernadette Spencer has been a member of PACE since 2008. She has edited religion, philosophy, and social science for multiple NSCs. As Vice President of Event Management of the PACE board, she manages the logistical aspects of the NSC’s physical location and serves as PACE’s liaison with the hotel in which it is hosted.

Director of Communications — Alex Damisch
Alex Damisch played quizbowl at Lawrence University and DePaul University, where she is currently getting her Master’s degree. She joined PACE in 2017 and assisted outreach efforts before assuming the position of Director of Communications in January 2018.

Vice President of Outreach — Fred Morlan
Fred Morlan has been involved with quizbowl since he joined his junior high school’s team in 1996. He has helped found teams at West Virginia Wesleyan College and the University of Kentucky, organized several regional tournaments in West Virginia and Kentucky, served as chief administrator of the forums for several years, organized and edited the Introductory Collaborative Collegiate Tournament in 2014, occasionally writes questions for NAQT, and served as the president of PACE for the 2009-10 season. He currently runs the National High School Quiz Bowl Rankings at He was awarded the 2017 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award for his work regionally and nationally in different aspects of the game, which he considers his greatest achievement in quizbowl. He also graduated with a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 2017.
Vice President of Technology — Ophir Lifshitz
Ophir Lifshitz has been involved with quizbowl since 2007 and played on the 2017 ACF Nationals winning team at the University of Maryland. He continues to write, edit, moderate, and make valuable behind-the-scenes contributions for many question sets and tournaments. As part of his ambition to advance the state of quizbowl technology, he is creating the first advanced statistics datasets, producing live videos of NSC matches, and improving the Quizbowl Resource Database.
Current Membership List
Name School Affiliation [or latest affiliation] Current City
Ankit Aggarwal University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California
Sarah Angelo Virginia Commonwealth University ’16 Richmond, Virginia
Mike Bentley University of Washington Seattle, Washington
Jordan Brownstein University of Maryland ’17 College Park, Maryland
Rob Carson University of Minnesota ’11 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jason Cheng University of California-San Diego ’17 San Diego, California
Nick Clusserath Clemson University ’10 Denver, Colorado
 Alex Damisch DePaul University MS ’18 Chicago, Illinois
Ian Drayer University of Connecticut Hartford, Connecticut
Stephen Eltinge Yale University New Haven, Connecticut
Andrew Feist Duke University Newport News, Virginia
Julie Gittings State College High School (coach, 1997-2011) Taos, New Mexico
Jarret Greene (Inactive 2016-17) University of Vermont ’17 Burlington, Vermont
Christopher Greenwood University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario
Daniel Hothem (Inactive 2016-17) University of Virginia ’15 Charlottesville, Virginia
Ryan Humphrey Duke University Durham, North Carolina
Michael Hundley Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia
Roxanne Ilagan University of Michigan ’16 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ike Jose University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ’13 Champaign, Illinois
Gaurav Kandlikar University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
Athena Kern University of Chicago ’18 Chicago, Illinois
Eddie Kim California
Jasper Lee (Inactive 2016-17) University of Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee
Ophir Lifshitz University of Maryland College Park, Maryland
Jason Loy Harding ’08, Tuscumbia High School (coach) Tuscumbia, Missouri
Colin McNamara Boise State University Boise, Idaho
Aidan Mehigan (Inactive 2016-17) Columbia University ’16 Charlottesville, Virginia
Dylan Minarik Northwestern University ’17 Belvidere, Illinois
Fred Morlan University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy Lexington, Kentucky
Eric Mukherjee University of Pennsylvania MD/Ph.D ’17 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Joe Nutter Michigan State University ’14 Atlanta, Georgia
Niki Peters University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, California
Jonathan Pinyan WashU ’07; Bergen County Academies (coach) Hackensack, New Jersey
Victor Prieto Penn State University State College, Pennsylvania
Dan Puma (Inactive 2016-17) University of Maryland ’15 College Park, Maryland
Chris Ray Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio
David Reinstein New Trier High School (coach, 1994-2011) Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Aaron Rosenberg University of Illinois MA ’14 Illinois
Ryan Rosenberg University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’16 Chicago, Illinois
Max Schindler University of Chicago ’17 New York, New York
Joelle Smart (Inactive 2016-17) Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey
Mike Sorice University of Illinois; Champaign-Centennial HS (coach) Champaign, Illinois
Bernadette Spencer Minneapolis Community and Technical College Seattle, Washington
Cody Voight Virginia Commonwealth University ’14 Richmond, Virginia
Andrew Wang University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ’16 Winnetka, Illinois
Nathan Weiser (Inactive 2016-17) Stanford University ’18 Palo Alto, California
Richard Yu (Inactive 2016-17) Washington University in St. Louis ’16 St. Louis, Missouri
Ben Zhang (Inactive 2017-18) Columbia University ’18 New York, New York
Marianna Zhang University of Chicago ’18 Chicago, Illinois

Former Boards of Directors

YearPresidentTreasurerSecretaryVP TDVP EditingCommunicationsVP OutreachVP TechVP EventAt-Large
2017David ReinsteinMichael BentleyMichael HundleyGaurav KandlikarRob CarsonMarianna ZhangVictor PrietoAndrew FeistBernadette Spencer
(position created)
(position abolished)
2016Michael BentleyDavid ReinsteinJoe NutterMike SoriceJordan BrownsteinMarianna ZhangNicholas KarasAndrew FeistBernadette Spencer
2015Matt JacksonMichael BentleyJacob WassermanMatt Weiner / Sarah AngeloAuroni GuptaRyan RosenbergNicholas KarasStephen EltingeBernadette Spencer
2014Michael BentleyBrian MongilioAidan MehiganSarah AngeloRob CarsonMichael HundleyMatt JacksonStephen EltingeMatt Weiner
2013Michael BentleyAaron RosenbergJulie GittingsMatt WeinerEric MukherjeeSarah AngeloLily Chen / Matt JacksonDan GoffFred Morlan
2012Michael BentleyAaron RosenbergGeorge BerryMatt WeinerChris Ray / Eric MukherjeeSarah AngeloIsaac HirschDan GoffFred Morlan
2011Trygve MeadeDonald TaylorCarsten GehringGautam Kandlikar (and Andrew Hart)*Andy WatkinsHannah KirschCharlie DeesDan GoffIan Eppler
2010Fred MorlanDonald TaylorCarsten GehringMike SoriceChris RayTrygve MeadeEric DouglassChris CarterMatt Weiner
2009E. Thomas ChuckEvan Silberman (and Matt Weiner)Andrew Hart
2008Jessie Connolly FrancisMatt Weiner
2007Dan GreensteinMatt Weiner
2006Dan GreensteinMatt Weiner
2005Dan GreensteinMatt Weiner
2004Dan GreensteinMatt Weiner
2003Allison ManzukMatt Weiner
2002Brian SaxtonMatt Weiner
2001David BykowskiAnthony de Jesus
2000Samer IsmailE. Thomas Chuck
1999Samer IsmailSamer Ismail
1998Samer IsmailSamer Ismail

*Matt Weiner elected and immediately resigned. GK/AH ticket ran in special election and won, with GK to cast votes on board matters.

Former Members

(1997-1998) Jonathan Lazar (Founder)
(1997-2003) Samer T. Ismail (Founder)
(1997-2013) Emil Thomas Chuck (Founder)
(1998-2000) Darrah Densmore
(1998-2000) Shawn Pickrell
(1998-2001) Anthony de Jesus (Trustee)
(1998-2009) David Bykowski
(1999-2002) Brian Saxton (Trustee)
(2000) David Balsiero
(2000) Eric Huff
(2000?-2004) Allison Manzuk
(2000?-2009) Patricia Southard Greenstein
(2000-2003) Edmund Schluessel (Trustee)
(2000-2010; 2012-2015) Matt Weiner
(2002?-2009) Jessie Connolly
(2003?-2009) Dan Greenstein
(2003-2009) Derek Winkler
(2004-2011) Ahmed Ismail
(2006-2010) Eric Douglass
(2006?-2014) Steve Yang
(2007-2009) Evan Silberman
(2008-2009?) Evan Nagler
(2008-2010) Charlie Dees
(2008-2010) Dennis Jang
(2008-2010) Ted Gioia
(2008-2011) Andrew Hart
(2008-2011) Gautam Kandlikar
(2008-2011) Jonathan Magin
(2008-2011) Trygve Meade
(2008-2012) Mehdi Razvi
(2008-2013) Kyle Haddad-Fonda
(2008-2014) Dan Goff
(2008-2015) Carsten Gehring
(2009) Chris Carter
(2009-2010) Ike Jose
(2009-2011) Andy Watkins
(2009-2011) Donald Taylor
(2009-2011) Ian Eppler
(2009-2011) Matt Chadbourne
(2009-2012) Daichi Ueda
(2009-2012) Dwight Wynne
(2009-2013) Cameron Orth
(2009-2013) Guy Tabachnick
(2009-2013) Hannah Kirsch
(2009-2014) Will Butler
(2009-2015) George Berry
(2009-2015) Jeffrey Hill
(2010-2011) Chris Chiego
(2010-2013) Wes Austin
(2011-2014) Isaac Hirsch
(2012-2013) Lily Chen
(2012-2013) Sharad Vikram
(2012-2013) Tanay Kothari
(2012-2014) Brian Mongilio
(2012-2015) David Riley
(2012-2016) Jacob Wasserman
(2012-2016) Matthew Jackson
(2014-2015) Olivia Murton
(2014-2016) Adam Silverman
(2014-2016) Nicholas Karas
(2016) Andrew Nadig
(2015-2016) Rahul Annabathula
(2015-2016) Benjamin Herman
(2009-2017) Auroni Gupta
(2011-2017) Matt Bollinger
(2015-2017) Allison Murner