Staff Information






Craig Ihnen, Executive Director

Craig came to the Iowa High School Speech Association in 1994 from the teaching and coaching ranks in Iowa and Kansas. His last position was an IHSSA coach and educator at LeMars Community High School in LeMars, Iowa from 1981 - 1994. At LeMars, his IHSSA programs were successful with the LeMars Large Group students receiving 7 Sweepstakes Trophies and 5 Banners at the All-State Festival. In Individual Events the LeMars students received the first Sweepstakes Trophy at the IE All-State Festival.

At the IHSSA, he is responsible for the overall aspects of the IHSSA programs in Debate, Large Group, and Individual Events. He handles the Judge Certification programs, Coaches Convention, and the All-State Festivals. Craig, also works for the IGHSAU and the IHSAA with their tennis programs.

Craig and his wife, Susan, have three grown children: Megan , Courtney, and Rebecca.



E-mail at: Craig@IHSSA.org


Debra Robbins Administrative Assistant

Deb came to the IHSSA in 2017. She has 25 year's of experience working in the Administrative Assistant field. Before that she worked as a Cosmetologist after receiving her State License. After having her second child she decided to go to DMACC and take classes and develop computer skills in order to become more skilled in this area for work as an Administrative Assistant.
At the IHSSA, she is reponsible for assisting the Executive Director with many aspects of the IHSSA such as judge certification records, Coaches Conventions, all records for every contest that the IHSSA sponsors. She is the primary bookeeper for all records and financials of the IHSSA.
Deb also works as the receptionist for the IHSSA and the IGHSAU. Deb lives and grew up in Des Moines. She has two children. A daughter , Nicole who lives in Florida with her family. Her son Samuel lives in Des Moines with his family. Shes two grandson's and one granddaughter.

E-mail at: Deb@IHSSA.org