Board of Directors: Climb the Mountain

The Board of Directors of Climb the Mountain are dedicated to the goal of making speech and debate an opportunity for all students at all schools.



Jared Phillips

Mr. Phillips is the chief executive officer and treasurer of the Foundation, handling many of the business functions of Climb the Mountain.  Mr. Phillips has been a nationally recognized All-American debater (placing thirty-third in the nation), coach of the 17th team in the nation, placed in late elimination rounds at multiple Northwest debate tournaments.  He is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Minutes.City, a company focused on improving civic engagement of citizens with local government.


Jim Hanson

As the Executive Director, Mr. Hanson is responsible for the instructional creation and organization of the Foundation.  Mr. Hanson has been a Professor of Rhetoric and Argument and speech and debate coach for most of his life.  As coach, his speech and debate team won 5 squad NDPA national championships, first place CEDA team in the nation (Jessica Clarke and Adam Symonds), first place NDT speaker (Charles Olney), and first place NPDA speaker (Miranda Morton) as well as over 1000 debate awards and 500 individual speaking events awards. More about Jim.

Char Main

Ms. Main serves as Vice President and Secretary of the Foundation and provides organizational goals and objectives advice. She is a litigation attorney with a nationwide practice, and she oversees the work of litigators across the country.  She is formerly a nationally competitive speaker and debater (placing fifth in the nation at CEDA Nationals and second in the nation at Pi Kappa Delta Nationals), an "All American" debater, and placed first and was awarded first speaker at many Northwest debate contests.  In law school, Ms. Main was a finalist and coach in national moot court competitions.  She has coached at both high school and college levels, including leading multiple teams to elimination debates. 

Rowland Hobbs

Mr. Hobbs serves as a board member, providing expertise in promotion and development. He is a nationally recognized, award-winning, product designer, marketer, and advisor to leaders of global organizations. He is currently CEO and Co-founder of Stake, providing return on rent. Previously, he was managing director at Teneo, a global CEO advisory firm, product design director at Accenture, board member at Firelight Foundation, founder and board member at Post+Beam, and was a nationally competitive debater advancing to elimination rounds at CEDA Nationals and the NFL National championship, placing ninth at the Heart of America, and earning first speaker in Washington State.