Houghton Mifflin HarcourtHistory Channel

National History Bee and Bowl – Varsity & JV Division Staff

David Madden – Founder and Executive Director

David Madden is the founder and Executive Director of The National History Bee and Bowl. Having played quiz bowl for four years at Ridgewood High School from 1995-1999, college quizbowl for two years at Princeton University, and been involved on a full-time basis overseeing NHBB since 2010, he is well-versed with all the formats, concerns, and issues surrounding academic competition. He is committed to high standards for tournaments, well-written questions, and the growth of academic quiz tournaments throughout the world. He is a former 19-day champion on Jeopardy, a published art historian, and a runner and skier in his spare time. He was taking courses to become a high school history teacher himself when he had the idea to run a history-themed quiz bowl tournament: the Tri-State History Bowl attended by 34 teams in May 2010. Soon after that, he put his teaching plans on hold to establish The National History Bee and Bowl. Aside from NHBB, he also has established the other member competitions in the International Academic Competitions network, including the International Geography BeeUnited States Geography Olympiad, the United States History Bee, and the US Academic Bee and Bowl, among others. He is also the founder of the International History Olympiad which brings together the best history students from around the world every two years. He can be reached at director@historybowl.com

Brad Fischer – Director of Question Production

brad-fischerBrad Fischer is The National History Bee and Bowl’s Director of Question Production, where he serves as lead editor for all NHBB question sets, coordinates writer teams, and assists with all other aspects of question production as needed. Brad brings over twelve years of experience in the academic competition community to NHBB as a player, tournament director, coach, organizer, and question writer and editor. He is a co-recipient, together with his wife, of the Rob Grierson Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award in Illinois, where he is based in the city of Rockford. He can be reached at brad@historybowl.com


Nolwenn Léon Madden – Executive Director, International History Bee and Bowl

20130824_174554Nolwenn serves as the Executive Director of our international tournaments, or IHBB, helping to establish tournaments throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada as well as the International History Olympiad. She has a master’s degree from the French grande école EM Lyon, and has traveled extensively throughout the world in support of IHBB’s operations which coordinates tournaments in over 25 countries. Within the USA, Nolwenn also assists with planning and outreach, especially with regards to the National Championships. She can be reached at: nolwenn@historybowl.com

Jason Russell – Director of Operations, Varsity and JV Divisions, NHBB

Jason serves as the Director of Operations for the Varsity and JV Divisions for The National History Bee and Bowl. His passion for quiz bowl started at Lee University, and he has been a player, coach, tournament director, writer, editor, and moderator all over the United States for some 30 years. He served in the US Air Force and Air National Guard for ten years and was a two-time Jeopardy champion. He also has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in organizational leadership. He believes that quiz bowl develops integral skills in players and is a benefit to the schools and communities in which it is played and is committed to seeing the game grow to its fullest potential. Jason also serves as the Staff Director at our National Championships and as the Director of the Parents, Family Members, and Coaches Program at the International History Olympiad. He can be reached at jason@historybowl.com.

Marshall Mullins – Director of Logistics & Lead Tournament Coordinator

marshall-mullinsMarshall is the Director of Logistics for International Academic Competitions, and NHBB. He also serves as Lead Tournament Coordinator where he is responsible for tournaments throughout a wide stretch of the country, including all of the Midwest and South Central states. He has long been active as a director and volunteer in the Missouri and Illinois quiz bowl circuits. He is based out of the Illinois suburbs of Saint Louis and he can be reached at marshall@historybowl.com

Raynell Cooper – Capital Regional Coordinator

RAYNELLRaynell Cooper is an urban planner. He received his master’s degree at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s at George Washington University, where he majored in geography. He is the Capital Regional Coordinator, which gives him primary responsibility for tournaments in the Greater Washington DC area. In 2011, while a student at Richard Montgomery High School, Raynell was a National Quarterfinalist in The National History Bee; and in the same year, he was also the Teen Tournament champion on Jeopardy! He can be reached at raynell@historybowl.com

Shravan Balaji – Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Shravan is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for NHBB. He is a former champion as a solo team in the Varsity Division of the Northern New Jersey History Bowl (as “Team Millenium Falcon A“…), and is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. His area of responsibility includes Delaware, Pennsylvania and Southern and Western New Jersey. He can be reached at shravan@historybowl.com

Niki Peters – Western Regional Coordinator

Niki is the Western Regional Coordinator for NHBB. She is a former quiz bowl and NHBB player at Homestead High School in Sunnyvale, CA and the Treasure Valley Math and Science Academy in Boise, ID and is now an active player and organizer in the Northern California circuit while a senior studying Integrative Biology at the University of California Berkeley. She is responsible for tournaments in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah. She can be reached at niki@historybowl.com

Michael Borecki – Northeast Regional Coordinator

Michael Borecki is the Northeast Regional Coordinator, with primary responsibility for tournaments in New England and New York. He is a freshman at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. A four year player and former team captain for Darien High School in Darien, CT, Michael holds the record for preliminary score at an NHBB regional bee, scoring 42 points at the 2016 Bergen County History Bee. He also appeared on the 2016 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, placing 3rd out of 15 contestants. He can be reached at michael@historybowl.com.


Mary Russell – Outreach Coordinator

Mary serves as the Outreach Coordinator for The National History Bee and Bowl. She brings broad experience to the role as she has served as a business manager and office manager in multiple organizations and business environments across the USA. Her proudest accomplishments are her four amazing children. She can be reached by email at: mary@historybowl.com



Danielle Hobeika – Webmaster

Danielle Hobeika is the chief webmaster for NHBB and International Academic Competitions. She has worked for over ten years as a web designer, and helps to maintain and develop the different websites used by NHBB. Her personal website can be viewed here, which contains her contact information if you are interested in hiring her to work on your projects.