Board Positions

Board Members

President & Association Director

Jacquie Blevins

Jacquie joined Odyssey of the Mind as a judge in Delaware in the Spontaneous competition approximately 10 years ago. In 2017, she was named President/Association Director of DELCAPS, Delaware Odyssey of the Mind after serving as a judge, Spontaneous Problem Captain, Regional Tournament Director, State Tournament Director and Director of State Tournaments. Jacquie was nominated to the Shadow Program at the 2015 World Finals Competition at Michigan State University. When she is not volunteering with Odyssey of the Mind, Jacquie is a Pupil Accounting Coordinator/Software Technologist with Smyrna School District in Delaware and an Adjunct Professor with Chesapeake College in Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis and is excited to join the MD/DC association as a PC and return to the Spontaneous Competition arena.

Director of State Tournaments

Stephanie Wagner

Stephanie became involved in OM when she coached her daughter’s team so they would be able to participate. She has been a coach, a judge, and an executive board member. Stephanie is a paraprofessional at Olive B. Loss Elementary School and in her spare time, she likes quilting.

Secretary, Director of Communications & Social Media, Problem 5 PC

Brea Prisco

Brea became involved in OM because her husband was a judge and always spoke so fondly of his days as a competitor. She tried it out as a judge and was a PC by the end of the season because she loved it so much! She has been a judge, a problem captain, and a board member. Brea is a high school English teacher and in her spare time, she loves reading, writing, arts & crafts, and napping.

Financial Director & Merchandise Coordinator

Christy Stafford

Christy became involved in OM when her son was in 2nd grade and she got roped into coaching, which helped her fall in love with the program. She has been a coach and an executive board member. In her spare time, Christy love spending time with her family and their horses.

Awards Coordinator

Joanne Gannon

Joanne became involved with OM when assisting her sister, Jacquie Blevins, during tournaments. Over the years she has worked as a runner, score room, team registration during tournaments, and currently adding awards to her responsibilities. She is currently employed as a supervisor of training at Chesapeake College in Maryland and has taught various classes over the years for both adults and college students. Prior to Chesapeake she worked in public education as a teacher for different grades. In her spare time she loves to read, cook, and just enjoy time outside.

Score Captain & Tournament Scheduler

Cathy Hill

Cathy became involved in OM because her husband was an Omer when he was in school. As adults, she suggested that he volunteer as a judge for a friend’s team. His former coach was also still a part of the board and drafted him. Once Cathy met the fabulous folks her husband was working with, she decided she wanted to be involved as well! She has been a coach, a judge, a problem captain, and is now on our board! Cathy is a homemaker and in her spare time, she likes lacemaking, sewing, and knitting.

Training Director & Division IV Coach

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca became involved in OM through coaching her daughter’s Girl Scout team, which scored 350 multiple times! She has been a coach a member of the executive board. Rebecca is the adult program coordinator and development director at the Lewes Public Library and in her spare time, she likes traveling and bicycling.

Division IV Representative

Desi Pilla

Desi became involved in OM in 5th grade when he joined his sister’s and mom’s team (Food Court 2010). He loved it and has never looked back! Desi is still competing in Division IV. He has also coached, judged, been a problem captain, and a board member. He is currently a mechanical engineering major at the University of Delaware, which also means he has no spare time. :)

Webmaster, Regional Tournament Director, and Judges Coordinator

Anthony Prisco

Anthony became involved in OM as a Division I competitor in New York. He competed for 8 years, including once at World Finals in 2001. After a brief hiatus during college, Anthony started judging in Delaware and then became a Problem Captain. He now also serves as the webmaster of both the Delaware and Maryland/DC Odyssey of the Mind association websites. Anthony is a high school physics teacher and in his spare time, he likes to watch movies and read.

If you find anything that doesn't work on this website, please let him know!

Awards & Merchandise

Tammy Raney

Tammy has been involved in Odyssey of the Mind since her son was in 5th grade and joined a team. She has been in every capacity, mom, cheerleader, coach, judge and now a part of the board. She even participated in a coaches competition at World Finals. She is a mom of 6 six and works providing Behavioral Therapy to children with Autism. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, reading and playing with the dogs!

Problem Captains

Problem 1 - Vehicle

Dean Dey

Board Representative

Dean became a team-provided judge when his son joined a team about 25 years ago. After a couple of years, he decided to keep on judging with Odyssey of the Mind. He has always been with Problem 1, the Vehicle Problem. He has also judged Problem 1 in MD, and at World Finals. He started as Problem Judge, and moved on to Head Judge, and has been a Problem Captain over 10 years. Dean is a retired Marine Biology researcher, and Technology Specialist from the University of Delaware. He also worked for the state library system, and served on the Cape Henlopen School Board. Currently, in addition to DE OotM, Dean Volunteer as Webmaster for the Coastal Camera Club, and the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) group, which responds to marine animal strandings. In his spare time, he and his wife enjoy cruising on historic tall ships in the Caribbean.

Robert Fries

Robert started as a judge for Problem 1 in 2010, when a co-worker began a conversation with this question: "I know you're into weird things - would you be interested in judging for my child's OotM competition?" Since that fateful question, Robert has been involved in every tournament since - including a few years judging at the World Finals!

In Delaware, Robert has held the positions of Long Term Judge, Head Judge, and Problem Captain, all for Problem 1.

When he's not volunteering with OotM, Robert doesn't say "no" to adventures. He follows the competitive BBQ circuit as a Certified BBQ Judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, is a volunteer bartender at the Freeman Stage outdoor music venue, has hiked the Appalachian Trail with Buddhist monks, and even been invited to be a beard model & Brand Ambassador for a popular beard product company features on Shark Tank!

Bob Jamison

Bob has been involved in OM as a coach, a coordinator, and a problem captain. He is the owner of Nite & Day Laundry and in his spare time, he has many, many hobbies.

Problem 2 - Technical

Mike DeSantis

Board Representative

Mike became involved in OM in 1992 as a 5th-grader when he was part of the Independence School’s brand new OM team. His experience influenced him to then become a judge, a problem captain, and a board member. Mike is a trial attorney and in his spare time, he likes to play with his son, Max (or try to keep up) and improve his golf game.

Desi Pilla

Jill Street

Problem 3 - Classics...

Joe Ambrosino

Adrienne Brendlinger

Deb Hansen

P3PC, Board Representative, and DOE Liaison

Deb became involved in OM because she was a former visual arts’ teacher. As such, she was “pressured” by her children and their friends to coach. After they all graduated from high school and moved on to college, Deb moved on to judging and board membership. She has been a coach, a judge, a problem captain, and an executive board member. Deb is an Education Associate for Visual and Performing Arts as well as Gifted and Talented programs and services for the Delaware Department of Education. In her spare time, she likes gardening, kayaking, upcycling, and playing with her pets.

Problem 4 - Structure

Sarah Celestin

Denese Lindsey

Roger Raney

Board Representative

Roger became involved in OM when his son’s team needed a judge. He love it so much that he judged for 5 years before becoming a problem captain and board member. He is a paralegal for the State of Delaware in the Department of Corrections. In his spare time, Roger likes building legos and puzzles, coaching sports, and volunteering for the Little League World Series.

Problem 5 - Performance

Nick Bair

David Miller

Brea Prisco

P5PC, Secretary, and Director of Communications & Social Media

Brea became involved in OM because her husband was a judge and always spoke so fondly of his days as a competitor. She tried it out as a judge and was a PC by the end of the season because she loved it so much! She has been a judge, a problem captain, and a board member. Brea is a high school English teacher and in her spare time, she loves reading, writing, arts & crafts, and napping.

Sue Shore

P5PC, Board Representative, and International PC

Sue became involved in OM because she coached her children’s team. Once she started, she could not get enough and also became a judge and then a problem captain and board member. Sue is happily retired and enjoys spending time with her grandson, taking vacations, reading, and walking.

Spontaneous

Bruce Bair

Shant Karkashian

Board Representative

Shant became involved in OM when his son was a competitor in 3rd grade (2007). He was so intrigued with the competition that in 2008 he volunteered as a spontaneous judge. He fell in love with spontaneous and became a problem captain in 2011 and he has not looked back. All of his sons competed and made it to World Finals! He finally joined the board to round out his OM experience. In his spare time, Shant love playing and watching soccer.

Janet Stephens

Natalie Way

Primary

Sue Zebley

Board Representative

Sue became involved in OM when she was invited by a school administrator. She has been a coach, a judge, a problem captain, and a board member. Sue is a 1st grade teacher at Caravel Academy and in her spare time, she enjoys reading.