Meet the Team
J. Scott Wunn
Executive Director, National Tournament Director
Assistant Executive Director, National Tournament Director of Operations
Assistant Executive Director, National Tournament Director of Operations
(see bio above)
Web Content Specialist
Graphic Designer and Publications Assistant
Video and Tech Support Specialist
Education and Recognition Coordinator
Director of Development
Big Questions Grants Administrator
Marketing Communications Specialist
Business and Finance
Director of Business and Finance
Trophy Shop Manager
Director of Technology
Paul Searcy joined the NSDA in 2019. From 2010-2018, Paul spent eight years in the National Guard where he gained valuable people and leadership skills obtaining a rank of SGT. He earned a BA in Computer Science from the University of Iowa. Prior to the NSDA, Paul has worked on a variety of projects and in technical roles ranging from general coding to system administration and software architecture. His current responsibilities entail assisting with all levels of software and network infrastructure maintenance, front-end and back-end optimizations, and network analysis.
Board of Directors
Pam Cady Wycoff
Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr.
Byron R. Arthur
Adam J. Jacobi
Jennifer M. Jerome
Renee C. Motter
Timothy E. Sheaff
Robert W. Runcie
Upon joining BCPS in 2011, Mr. Runcie developed a strategic plan focusing on high-quality instruction, continuous improvement, and effective communication. As part of these goals, Mr. Runcie has spearheaded initiatives to maximize student learning. This includes creating a digital classrooms program to provide blended, personalized learning environments for students. BCPS became the first district to partner with the non-profit organization Code.org to increase computer science in schools. Computer science courses, curriculum, and activities are now offered at 100% of District schools. Mr. Runcie also has been instrumental in bringing debate to every school in the District. In addition, under his leadership, BCPS became a national model for ending zero tolerance policies for non-violent offenses in schools.
Mr. Runcie is president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents and serves on the board of numerous organizations. His honors include: 2016 National Alliance of Black School Educators Superintendent of the Year, 2016 Florida Superintendent of the Year, 2015 ALAS Hispanic Serving Superintendent of the Year, 2014 Florida Virtual School Superintendent of the Year, 2014 Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Superintendent of the Year, Champion District Superintendent of the Year for Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools, the Florida Department of Education’s District Data Leader of the Year Finalist, and a 2014 Leader to Learn From by Education Week.
Mr. Runcie previously held leadership positions with Chicago Public Schools and founded a management and technology consulting company.
Dr. Mike Edmonds
Thomas M. Rollins
After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable James L. Oakes of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then practiced law as a litigator in Houston with the firm of Susman Godfrey.
In 1985, he became Chief of Staff and Chief Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, which enjoyed a broad jurisdiction over federal domestic policy, including federal education spending.
While at Harvard, pressed to prepare in a short time for his final examination in Evidence, he managed to obtain videotapes of 10 one-hour lectures by a noted authority on the subject, Professor Irving Younger. “No more boring subject has been crafted by the mind of man than the Federal Rules of Evidence. But I had no other way out,” Rollins says. Rollins planted himself in front of the TV and played all 10 hours nearly non-stop. The lectures, he says, “were outrageously insightful, funny, and thorough.” Watching Professor Younger’s lectures was one of Rollins’ best experiences as a student. It sparked his desire to build a company that would bring the best teachers in the country to anyone who wanted to learn from them.
Rollins left government service in 1989 to found The Teaching Company. The Teaching Company recruits the country’s best university, college, and high school teachers, records their lectures in audio and video, and sells these recordings to the public. The great majority of the nearly 6,000 hours of material sold by the Company cover the liberal arts and sciences; more than 10 million courses have been sold. The Company has been described by The New York Times as “a force in continuing education” and by The Wall Street Journal as “the colossus of its field.” Rollins served as CEO and Chairman of the Company until he sold most of his interest in 2006; he served as one of its Directors until 2011.
Rollins is married to law school classmate Victoria Radd Rollins. They live with their children Tom (2000) and Kay (2002) in Mclean, Virginia. Rollins coached Virginia State Champion debaters at The Potomac School, and supports debate programs at Georgetown University and through the National Urban Debate League. He received the National Speech & Debate Association’s Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He is also the 2012 recipient of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni Merrill Award for promotion of the liberal arts. He has set two Virginia state weightlifting records in the bench press, and won the competitive shotgunning “A Class” World Championship at the World English Sporting Clays tournament in 2011.
Prior to her current role, Monica worked in various human resources roles across different divisions that have earned her the ability to grow into more senior roles. She began in Telemundo Network, Spanish Language Television as an HR Director, then transitioned to a global role and focused her efforts in Latin America and Europe. She was promoted to The Flagship Television Station in New York located in 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
For most of her career, Monica’s expertise has been in national and multinational corporations such as British Airways, Levi Strauss, and Sheraton hotels, among others. As the human resources leader, she has been a member of executive teams in which she developed strong partnerships and influenced the achievement of organizational goals. She has had a broad exposure to different industries and HR models, employee relations, and legal schemes. Her strong leadership style coupled with her technical, analytical, and problem-solving skills have been an asset to the organizations with which she has been affiliated. Her multi-cultural background has been key to her commitment to diversity, employee engagement, and inclusion in the corporate environments.
Additionally, she is a founding member of the Employee Resources Group for NBC Sports, Corporate Diversity Initiative. She is involved with the Hispanic, Women, and Veteran Networks at NBC Universal. Her passion is coaching and mentoring individuals from high school and college through executive levels.
Monica earned her BA in Human Development and Business Administration from the George Washington University. She has a Life/Executive coaching certificate from the College of Executive Coaching. She attended the Columbia University Graduate Certification Program in Organizational and Leadership Development. Born and raised in Guatemala, Monica is bilingual in Spanish and English.