Ashley Dugas, President
Ashley is from Lafayette, Louisiana, and she has been the Episcopal School of Acadiana’s quiz bowl coach for the past 10 years. She has served as the first president of LQBA, and she wants to help build good quiz bowl programs across the state. In addition to her quiz bowl duties, she teaches Algebra I, Geometry, and AP Statistics. When she has a free moment, she loves to travel, read, bake, listen to oldies, and watch movies. She is married and has a two-year-old daughter that keeps her on her toes!
Ryan Southall, Vice President
Ryan is a Social Studies teacher from Zachary High School and has been the quiz bowl coach for the past eight years. He currently teaches AP US History and AP European History, but he has taught most other subjects in his time as a Social Studies teacher. He also serves as the school’s Social Studies department head and Student Government sponsor. Ryan has been married to his wife, Megan, for the past ten years, and they have four children together. He also has been serving in the US Navy Reserves since 2013. Ryan looks forward to serving another term as the LQBA Vice President to promote quiz bowl throughout Louisiana and to aid in growing the state’s program.
Mark Ebarb, Treasurer
Mark Ebarb teaches AP Literature and Composition and dual credit composition at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA. When he’s not buried in a stack of essays, he’s traveling the state and coaching his quiz bowl team, rooting for the LSU Tigers, or enjoying the terrific Louisiana cuisine one restaurant at a time.
Karin Goebel, Secretary
Karin Goebel teaches AP Art History, English III, and AP Seminar at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, LA.
J.R. “Rick” Barry, State Tournament Director
Rick is a retired teacher/quiz bowl coach who taught 36 years, 10 in Louisiana (Central Lafourche HS and East Ascension HS) and 26 in Georgia (Brookwood HS). He taught AP US History, AP European History as well as other social studies courses in his early career. Rick was the founding President of the Georgia Academic Team Association in 1989 and served as Georgia State Quiz Bowl Tournament Director for 16 years in the 1990s and 2000s. He is married and enjoys volunteering for his church’s ministries, reading, and politics. Rick has made himself available to assist Louisiana quiz bowl coaches in any way he can.
Stephen Goebel, Webmaster
Stephen Goebel teaches AP Physics and AP Computer Science at C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport, LA.
Tammy is originally from Chalmette but she now calls DeRidder home. She has been teaching at Leesville High School for 10 years. Two of her main roles at LHS are serving as the Quiz Bowl Coach and the FBLA Advisor. She also serves as a member-at-large for LQBA. In addition, she teaches AP Computer Science, BCA, and Principles of Business When she has a free moment, she loves to spend time with her family and watch movies. She is married and has a two-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.