The role of the Advisory Board is to support the Board of Directors in their efforts to advance the NSA as the premier resource for improving the lives of people who stutter through outreach, education, professional support, advocacy and research. The Advisory Board is composed of individuals who are passionate about the mission of the NSA and who bring a valuable collection of expertise, experience and resources. Individuals are nominated, and then approved by the Board of Directors.
Diane Games served as an elected member and Coordinator for the ASHA’s SIG4 (Special Interest Group-Fluency) from 2010-2014. Prior to this position, she advocated for insurance coding for children and adults who stutter. She organized and developed an intensive treatment program called Fluency Friday Plus in the Cincinnati area. She is past president of the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association and received the Honors of OSLHA. In 2010, she was named National Stuttering Association’s Speech Pathologist of the year. In 2014 she received the Elwood Chaney Clinical Achievement Award from OSLHA. In 2014, the ASHA Foundation recognized her as a State Clinical Achievement Award. She continues to practice in the Cincinnati area.
Larry M. Games, received his PhD. In Biochemistry From Indiana University in 1975 and was a postdoctoral associate at MIT for two years. He retired from Procter & Gamble Co. in 2007 as Vice-President, Research and Development. During his career at Procter & Gamble he was responsible for their Global Technical External Relations organization, their Worldwide Human and Environmental Safety organization, and spent his last six years with the Company as head of the Pharmaceuticals R&D organization. He is past Chairman of the Industrial Health Council, past Chairman of the Alliance for Chemical Awareness, and past chairman of the Institute of Polyacrylate Absorbents. His wife, Diane Games, is a speech pathologist specializing in the treatment of stuttering and language disorders. Larry received an Award of Appreciation from the Ohio Speech, Language and Hearing Association for his work assisting Diane in her work to help children who stutter since his retirement from P&G. He has been active volunteer and supporter of NSA since 2007.
Former Board of Directors Chairwoman & Co-Chair of Family Programs; current member of the NSA Advisory Board. Sheryl lives in Tampa, FL with her husband Gabe who stutters and two children; son Logan (15) and daughter Aspen (13). Logan has stuttered since age 3. Sheryl founded and has hosted many of the NSA Family Radio shows and has participated in several Tampa Youth Days, King’s Speech panel discussions and TV interviews about stuttering. In 2011, Sheryl and her family established the Seckel-West Fluency Scholarship at University of South Florida to provide funds for graduate students focused on stuttering so that more people will be trained to research, study and provide effective therapies for stuttering. Professionally, Sheryl is an attorney and the founding partner of Hunter Business Law in Tampa, FL. A 1995 graduate of Georgetown Law Center and a 1991 graduate of George Washington University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Sheryl has practiced law for 22 years. She has served on several non-profit board positions over the years and is honored to continue serving the NSA as a member of the Advisory Board.
Gerald A. Maguire, MD, is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and the Director of the Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Maguire earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1991. He carried out his residency in Psychiatry at UC Irvine from 1991 to 1995, where he was Chief Resident his final year.
Dr. Maguire is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been recognized by his physician peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for the past five years. His research in areas such as stuttering has appeared in various publications, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, The Lancet Neurology, NeuroReport, Comprehensive Psychiatry, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, and the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. As a person who stutters himself, Dr. Maguire has dedicated his professional career to developing improved medical treatments for the disorder that he shares with millions of others. Dr. Maguire has been a member of NSA since 1992 and also serves on the board of the International Stuttering Association. He is the author of Without Hesitation—Speaking to the Silence and Science of Stuttering –published by the NSA. He has served as the principal researcher in numerous studies investigating medications for the treatment of stuttering. His research has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and on ABC News and CNN. Dr. Maguire has presented his research at various conferences and symposia, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Speech and Hearing Association, Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum, the American Speech and Hearing Association and The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Maguire also serves as the director of the Kirkup Center for the Medical Treatment of Stuttering based at UC Riverside School of Medicine.
Jim McClure served on the NSA board of directors from 1997 to 2003 and 2007 to 2013, and is the consumer member of the American Board on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. He was a chapter leader in Chicago for more than 20 years before retiring to Albuquerque, NM. Jim has worked as a newspaper reporter, corporate public relations manager, independent consultant and author, and is a retired Navy reserve officer. He was named to the NSA’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Lee Reeves is a veterinarian and is the owner/medical director of the Lancers Square Animal Clinic in Plano,Texas. Dr. Reeves has been actively involved with self-help and support for individuals and families affected by stuttering for over 35 years. He has served as a public member of the ASHA Council for Clinical Competence, the Specialty Board for Fluency Disorders, the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Stuttering Association. Dr. Reeves has authored or co-authored several articles or chapters on the subject of stuttering self-help and is a popular motivational speaker at meetings/ conferences for speech-language pathologists. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the Public Service Award from the Texas State Speech and Hearing Association, the Distinguished Consumer Award from the International Fluency Association, the Hall of Fame Award form the National Stuttering Association and the Charles Van Riper Award from the National Council on Communicative Disorders.
Nina Reeves, M.S. CCC-SLP, BCS-F is a licensed, certified Speech-Language Pathologist as well as a board certified specialist fluency disorders Presently, she is employed as a staff Fluency Specialist for Frisco ISD, and Fluency Specialist Consultant for San Diego Unified School District. Nina also provides stuttering therapy services to children and adolescents who stutter in her private practice. She is a nationally recognized workshop presenter in the area of fluency disorders, and is an author who has published materials for both the National Stuttering Association and the Stuttering Foundation of America. Most recently, Nina has co-authored several clinical manuals, including School Age Stuttering Therapy: A Practical Guide, and Minimizing Bullying for Children who Stutter: A Practical Guide for her new publishing company, Stuttering Therapy Resources, Inc. Nina, winner of the prestigious Rolland J. Van Hattum award for outstanding contributions in the public schools, is involved in numerous state and national committees and volunteers her time for professional and nonprofit organizations who serve children who stutter and their families.
Bill Wade is a Partner at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. He advises Fortune 500 corporations and leading non-profits on matters of strategy, growth and performance improvement. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar and Siebel Scholar. He also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University, graduating summa cum laude. Bill is the Chairman of the NSA Advisory Board and serves in leadership roles in other non-profit organizations. Bill resides in Southlake, Texas, with his wife Katy and two sons. Among other things he’s proud of, Bill is a life-long stutterer.