Meet the Directors
SFI Director and Interpretation Curriculum Director
Ken Young is the Director of Forensics at Bradley University. Ken has coached multiple students to national and state championships at both the high school and collegiate levels in every oral interpretation event. In 2010, Ken was awarded the Outstanding New Forensic Coach Award by the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. Ken has worked with high school students from all across the country serving as a consultant and the head of oral interpretation curriculum for teams and institutes in Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and California.
Public Address Curriculum Director
Tanya Melendez is an Alumni and the Interim Assistant Director of Forensics for the Bradley University Speech Team. Tanya has coached multiple high school and college national finalists and champions over the last fifteen years in all three genres of competition, including Illinois State Finalists in SOS and OO and NFL finalists in OO. She emphasizes developing strong research and writing skills in addition to being a great speaker, and enjoys teaching the process to young forensicators.