Meet the Directors

smjeddSarah Meinen Jedd
SFI Director

Sarah Jedd graduated from Bradley in 2000 and has a PhD in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the associate course director for the university's large public speaking course.

 At Bradley, Sarah won 2 national titles in oratory, and she placed in 13 national final rounds of competition in both interpretation and public address events (dramatic interpretation, prose reading, duo interpretation, persuasion, after dinner speaking, and informative speaking).  Additionally, Sarah had over 2 dozen semi-final and quarter-final rounds at nationals in interp, public address, and limited preparation events, and she placed in the top four overall speakers in the nation 3 times, taking second place in 1999.  Sarah is a member of the National Forensics Association Hall of Fame, and she has coached camps at SFI, Florida Forensics Institutes, the University of San Francisco, and Logan High School. Sarah is a mom of 4 and met her husband, Ben, at SFI in 1994.  This will be Sarah's 9th summer at camp.

abodkinAlison Bodkin
SFI Assistant Director

Alison Bodkin graduated from Bradley in 2001 and has a PhD in speech communication  from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she is an associate professor in communication studies at James Madison University.

 At Bradley, Alison placed in several national final rounds of competition in interpretation events (poetry interpretation, prose reading, and duo interpretation).  Additionally, Alison had over a dozen semi-final and quarter-final rounds at nationals in interp and after-dinner speaking.  Alison has coached camps at SFI and Illinois State University. Alison resides in Virginia with her husband, Derrick and hound dog, Richie. This will be Alison’s 6th summer at camp.

legreco_marianneMarianne LeGreco
SFI Assistant Director

Marianne LeGreco graduated from Bradley in 2000. After earning her PhD at Arizona State University, she became an Associate Professor in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Marianne is a national finalist in Informative Speaking and a 2019 inductee into the National Forensics Association Hall of Fame. She has also coached multiple national champions in both public address and limited preparation events (persuasion, communication analysis, and extemporaneous speaking). Marianne's current work focuses on engaging community members in conversations around local food. She has helped create urban farms, mobile farmers markets, and community kitchens, and she was recognized with the Greensboro Rising Star Award in 2018 for her work to promote food access. Marianne is a veteran SFI coach, and she looks forward to returning to Bradley's campus this summer.

dlovecchioDana LoVecchio
SFI Assistant Director

Dana LoVecchio competed for Chabot College from 1996-1998 and for Bradley University during the 1998-2000 seasons. She received her BA in Communications from California State University and MA in Education from the University of the Pacific.

At Bradley, Dana won a national title in After Dinner Speaking. Over the course of her forensic career, she finaled in both interpretation and public address events (dramatic interpretation, poetry reading, duo interpretation, persuasion, reader’s theater, and after dinner speaking). She has competed in multiple quarter and semifinal rounds.

Dana taught speech and debate at San Marino High School and has coached at Chabot College and the James Logan High School speech camp. She has performed stand-up across the country, and sketch and improv at The Second City. She now entertains her classroom of first graders in Santa Clara, CA.  She and her boyfriend have started making educational videos that focus on helping students read.

This will be Dana’s first summer at SFI and she couldn’t be more excited.

pierce_vanceVance Pierce
SFI Assistant Director

Vance Pierce graduated from Bradley in 2003 and 2005 and with a Masters in Leadership in Human Services Administration. He currently serves as the Associate Director for the Center for Center Student Involvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago working with over 350 student groups,  as well as the Director of UIC’s Speech team.

 At Bradley, Vance placed in several national final rounds of competition including oral interpretation (poetry) and limited preparation (extemp and impromptu). Additionally, Vance has over a dozen semi-final and quarterfinal rounds at nationals in interp, public address and limited preparation and has placed in the top 10 overall speakers in the nation his senior year. Vance is veteran to the SFI and looks forward to exciting summer at Bradley.