PACE Officers & Members

PACE Board of Directors 2015-2016

President — Michael Bentley
Michael Bentley is serving his fourth term as president of PACE. He 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
Treasurer — 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
Secretary — Joe Nutter
Joe Nutter played high school quizbowl in Ohio, before attending Michigan State University, where he ran dozens of high school tournaments and promoted the development of the already strong Michigan circuit. He currently lives and is employed in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he helps to staff local high school and collegiate tournaments. While a PACE member, he has helped with outreach to Michigan high schools, coordinated staffer travel to the 2014 NSC in Reston, VA, and served as a panelist at the inaugural 2015 coaches’ conference. As secretary, he intends to streamline PACE’s internal communications and organization.
Joe Nutter
Vice President of Editing — Jordan Brownstein
Jordan Brownstein is the co-president of the quizbowl team at the University of Maryland. As a writer, he has contributed extensively to sets such as VCU Open 2014, 2014 National History Bee and Bowl, NASATs 2014-15, and HSAPQ’s 2014-15 regular season sets. As an editor, he has worked on 2014 SUBMIT, 2015 STIMPY, ACF Fall 2014, and NSC 2015.
Vice President of Tournament Direction — Mike Sorice
Mike Sorice is serving a second term as Vice President of Tournament Direction for PACE. A native of Forest Park, Illinois, Mike played quizbowl at Oak Park’s Fenwick High School (class of 2000), then at the University of Illinois. In addition to a long tenure in PACE working with the NSC, Mike has written for, directed, and edited for a number of tournaments including Illinois Novice Tournament, Illinois Open, Illinois Earlybird, and ACF Regionals and Nationals. Mike currently lives in Champaign, Illinois, where he researches theoretical plasma engineering, is the coach of Centennial High School Scholastic Bowl, and maintains an informal advisory role with the University of Illinois Academic Buzzer Team.
Mike Sorice
Vice President of Outreach — Nicholas Karas
Nicholas Karas is a founding member of the Northern California Quizbowl Alliance and is involved with promoting middle school, high school, and college quizbowl to new schools around Northern California and across the West Coast.
Director of Communications — Marianna Zhang
Marianna Zhang plays quizbowl at the University of Chicago, where she studies psychology and philosophy. While at Hunter College High School in New York City, she edited two iterations of the Prison Bowl question set and played on a team that finished 13th at 2013 PACE NSC. She served as staff coordinator for 2015 PACE NSC, and worked on the Question Set Certification Committee for the 2014-15 year. She’s excited about the work PACE does, and looks forward to serving as a point of contact between PACE and the public.
Marianna Zhang
Vice President of Technology — Andrew Feist
Andrew Feist is a graduate of Central Missouri State University (BA) and Duke University (MA/PhD) with degrees in mathematics, and has taught mathematics, statistics, and occasional related subjects at ECPI University in Newport News since 2005. In addition to working for numerous weekend tournaments and several ICT/HSNCT/NSC, he has written the online scoring interface for NHBB and all the ancillary bits to keep their results online for the last three years.

Board Member At-Large — Bernadette Spencer
Bernadette Spencer has been a member of PACE since 2008. She has edited religion, philosophy, and social science for multiple NSCs. As Member-at-Large 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.

Current Membership List

Name School Affiliation [or latest affiliation] Current City
Sarah Angelo Virginia Commonwealth University ’16 Richmond, Virginia
Mike Bentley University of Washington Seattle, Washington
Matt Bollinger (Inactive 2015-16) University of Virginia MBA ’15 Charlottesville, Virginia
Jordan Brownstein University of Maryland ’17 College Park, Maryland
Rob Carson Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jason Cheng University of California-San Diego ’17 San Diego, California
Nick Clusserath Clemson University ’10 Denver, CO
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 University of Vermont ’17 Burlington, Vermont
Christopher Greenwood (Inactive 2014-16) University of Ottawa Ottawa, Ontario
Auroni Gupta (Inactive 2016) University of Michigan ’17 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Benjamin Herman Penn State University ’20 State College, Pennsylvania
Daniel Hothem University of Virginia ’15 Charlottesville, Virginia
Michael Hundley Virginia Tech Graduate School Blacksburg, Virginia
Roxanne Ilagan University of Michigan ’16 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Matthew Jackson (Inactive 2015-16) Yale University ’14 Washington, DC
Gaurav Kandlikar University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, California
Nicholas Karas University of California-Berkeley Carmichael, California
Athena Kern University of Chicago ’18 Chicago, IL
Jasper Lee University of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee
Jason Loy Harding ’08, Tuscumbia High School (coach) Tuscumbia, Missouri
Colin McNamara Boise State University Boise, Idaho
Aidan Mehigan Columbia University ’16 New York, New York
Fred Morlan University of Kentucky School of Pharmacy Lexington, Kentucky
Eric Mukherjee University of Pennsylvania MD/Ph.D ’17 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allison Murner (Inactive 2016) University of Kentucky ’16 Lexington, Kentucky
Andrew Nadig Carnegie Mellon University
Joe Nutter Michigan State University ’14 Norwalk, Connecticut
Jonathan Pinyan WashU ’07; Bergen County Academies (coach) Hackensack, New Jersey
Victor Prieto Penn State University State College, Pennsylvania
Dan Puma University of Maryland ’15 College Park, Maryland
Chris Ray University of Chicago MA ’16 Chicago, Illinois
David Reinstein New Trier High School (coach, 1994-2011) Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Aaron Rosenberg University of Illinois MA ’14 Champaign, Illinois
Ryan Rosenberg University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ’16 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Max Schindler University of Chicago ’17 Chicago, Illinois
Joelle Smart University of Washington ’14 Seattle, Washington
Mike Sorice University of Illinois; Champaign-Centennial HS (coach) Champaign, Illinois
Bernadette Spencer Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cody Voight Virginia Commonwealth University ’14 Richmond, Virginia
Nathan Weiser Stanford University ’18 Palo Alto, California
Richard Yu Washington University in St. Louis ’16 St. Louis, Missouri
Ben Zhang Columbia University ’18 New York, New York
Marianna Zhang University of Chicago ’18 Chicago, Illinois

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
(2014-2015) Olivia Murton
(2014-2016) Adam Silverman
(2015-2016) Rahul Annabathula