NAQT Member Biographies
As a limited liability corporation, NAQT is effectively a partnership run by members who divide the responsibilities of writing questions, organizing tournaments, and running a business. This page lists NAQT’s current members. We also maintain biographies of members emeriti who are still involved in an advisory capacity and former members who have moved on to other things.
R. Robert Hentzel
Chief Technical Officer
R. Robert Hentzel graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Physics and Mathematics. An avid and successful academic competitor since high school, in 1992 Robert founded the Iowa State Academic Quiz Bowl Club. Robert won the 2006 N. Gordon Carper Lifetime Achievement Award “for meritorious services in sustaining and enriching collegiate academic competitions” and the 2010 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award “for his dedication to popularizing pyramidal questions in high school quiz bowl in new regions around the United States.” Robert and his wife Emily Pike and their children Nathaniel, Timothy, Eleanor, and Margaret currently reside in Bloomington, Minnesota. He became a member of NAQT in 1997.
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Community College Programs
Chad Kubicek grew up in Columbus, Nebraska, where the lack of quiz bowl opportunities led him to join the forensics team, and he became Columbus High’s first-ever double-ruby member of the National Forensic League. Matriculating at Iowa State University, he joined the quiz bowl team as a freshman, was a teammate of Rob Hentzel for five years, and served as the club’s treasurer and tournament director before graduating with a degree in mathematics. He became a full member of NAQT in 2000 and was elected CFO in 2003. Chad and his wife Shelly and their handsome kindergartener Matthew currently reside in the Kansas City area.
Vice President of Operations
Emily’s dream of playing quiz bowl was sparked in middle school by the television show Head of the Class. Highlights of her ten-year playing career include captaining the DeKalb High School team in the Illinois state championships and captaining Carleton College’s “Surge Squad” to the 1999 NAQT Undergraduate National Championship. Emily graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Carleton and earned her M.D. from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine at the Fairview-University Medical Center and Smiley’s Clinic in Minneapolis and is now a part-time physician for Fairview Urgent Care. Emily’s love of children’s books and education inspired her to become an Usborne Books consultant in 2012. Emily became a member of NAQT in 2000.
Seth grew up in Northern California, and began competing in quiz bowl while attending the University of California-Berkeley, where he played on teams that won an ACF and an NAQT national title. He continued competing while in graduate school at the University of Chicago, where he played on teams that won three NAQT and three ACF national titles. He received the 2011 N. Gordon Carper Lifetime Achievement Award, and he became a member of NAQT in 2012.
Vice President for Logistics
Joel Gluskin grew up in Buffalo Grove, IL, where he played on the quiz bowl team at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, including the team that won the school’s first state championship in 2000. Joel has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in mathematics, political science, and economics. Currently, Joel lives with his wife Talya in Houston, where he is a senior refined products trader at Shell Trading (US) Company. Joel became a member in 2006.
Vice President of Marketing
Jonah grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago, where he won two state championships with New Trier High School. In college he played at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. He became a member in 2013, and currently works full-time for NAQT, primarily focusing on software development, marketing, and question editing.
Vice President for Communication
Jeff played quiz bowl for four years at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. During his undergraduate years at Princeton University, he helped lead its team to three NAQT undergraduate titles. He moved on to graduate school at the University of California-Berkeley, where his teams won one ACF and two NAQT national titles. Jeff became a member of NAQT in 2009. He received the 2012 N. Gordon Carper Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award.
Director of New College Programs
Dwight Kidder graduated from Cornell University with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering. Dwight played one year for Chartiers-Houston High School in Pennsylvania, and still holds the league’s record for individual scoring. While a player at Cornell University, Dwight founded the Academic Quiz Organization and appeared in six national championship tournaments. When not writing for NAQT, Dwight advises several western Pennsylvania college teams and maintains the Reference Desk, the largest list of question writing resources for academic competition teams. Though he doubts the truth of the statement, Dwight is widely regarded as the greatest active player in the country in “Trash” (popular culture- and sports-only) tournaments. Dwight was a founding member of NAQT.
Eric Bell holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. Eric won two state Academic Bowl titles at Broken Arrow High School and was a five-time Nationals All-Star as the co-founder of the Oklahoma Academic Team. Eric founded the Oklahoma Quiz Bowl Alliance series of high school tournaments. In 2010 Eric moved to Las Vegas where he works as a tournament director for the American Contract Bridge League. In his free time, Eric still plays bridge (holding the rank of Silver Life Master) and is a militant Oklahoma Sooners fan. Eric was a founding member of NAQT.
Matt grew up in Tulsa and led the Booker T. Washington High School Academic Bowl Team to a national championship in 1992. At Harvard he was part of the only sibling pair ever to play on opposite sides of a college quiz national championship final (his side won). He now works at Facebook and lives in Alameda with his wife, Julia, and two sons, Simon and Aaron. He has created the playoff brackets displayed at NAQT’s past several high school and middle school championships.
Andrew grew up in Minnesota and first played quiz bowl at Chaska High School. From 2006 to 2013, first as an undergrad and then as a law student, he competed for the University of Minnesota, where he won five undergraduate championships and the 2011 NAQT overall national title, and was runner-up at ACF Nationals in 2010 and 2011. He has edited over two dozen college tournaments, and has previously served in leadership roles in every major national quiz bowl group. He works as an attorney in Minnesota.
Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, Korea and then played quiz bowl for BYU for three years before graduating with a degree in computer science. In 2004 he took advantage of a recent rule change on Jeopardy! and appeared on the show 75 times, earning $2.5 million and more than his allotted 15 minutes of fame in the process. He is the author of seven books, most recently the Junior Genius Guides for young readers. He and his wife Mindy live in Seattle with their son Dylan and daughter Caitlin.
Larissa grew up in Massachusetts, where she played on the Science Bowl team at Newton North High School. At Princeton University, she was part of three quizbowl teams that won NAQT undergraduate titles. While earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of California-Berkeley, she became the first woman to win more than five games on Jeopardy!. Larissa became a member of NAQT in 2016.
Nathan Murphy spent his childhood first in Pittsburgh and then in Boise, where he captained Bishop Kelly High School to its first state quiz bowl title. He played at Gonzaga University, and in 2007 he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. Later that year he joined The Boeing Company and volunteered at his first HSNCT; he continued to work at various NAQT championships and became Logistics Director for the HSNCT and ICT in 2014. Nathan works as a structural analyst on Boeing commercial aircraft mechanical systems, officiates various sports including women’s collegiate basketball, and lives near Seattle with his wife, Eileen, and their two children, Annika and Russell. Nathan became a member in 2015.
Andrew grew up in Virginia, and became involved in academic competition while attending Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in the early 1990s. As an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, he led his team to two ACF titles, and won three more while a graduate student in English at the University of Chicago, where he also picked up two NAQT championships. While attending Stanford Law School, he won his sixth ACF national championship in 2010. Formerly the director of operations for the Academic Competition Federation, he received the 2007 N. Gordon Carper Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the quiz bowl community. Andrew works as an attorney in California.