This year we are pleased to welcome a selective panel of highly successful professionals to share their stories about the challenges and triumphs of stuttering in the working world. Join us on July 3rd to be both inspired by their courage and to benefit from their advice. This session is a must-see for anyone considering opening up about stuttering in their professional lives.
Chris works for a government agency as an intelligence analyst, enjoys triathlons and endurance sports, is a person who stutters, and is an aspiring writer. Christopher is in the process of writing a memoir on stuttering and the impact it has had on his life. He enjoys spending time with his family, his fiancée Maria, and their dog, Auggie.
Frank T. Flannery, M.D., J.D.
Dr. Flannery, a physician-attorney, is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Flannery’s clinical practice experience includes emergency medicine, family medicine, and allergy and immunology. Following a long and distinguished career in the United States Army, he retired from the military in 2003 after 31 years of service at the rank of full Colonel.
Dr. Flannery now holds an Assistant Professor faculty appointment at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and he currently serves as a full time medical liability consultant to the Department of Defense. As a recognized national medical malpractice expert, Dr. Flannery has authored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters in numerous publications, including the Journal of the American Medical Association and the American Journal of Cardiology. He has also frequently served as a panel member and speaker at various national legal and medical meetings.
Dr. Flannery and his wife, Christine, have four grown children. The couple resides in Rockville, Maryland.
Jenny graduated cum laude from Georgetown University. She worked for two years as a production coordinator at The Discovery Channel before returning to school for a Masters Degree in Art Therapy at George Washington University. During graduate school she got to practice “coming out as a PWS” by giving countless presentations, speaking at professional conferences, and stuttering among the halls of the state psychiatric facility where she interned. After receiving her MA, she worked as an Art Therapist in the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology unit at Georgetown University Hospital. Working with kids and families in crisis gave her the opportunity to learn to allow herself to stutter even when listeners seem “not to have the time.” More importantly, working in this intense environment helped her to gain a broader perspective on struggle and hardship in general. She has temporarily left the professional world to be a stay-at-home mom, where she gets to have her preschool daughter complete her disfluent sentences on an hourly basis.
Edward W. Neufville, III
Edward is is a 1999 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a 2003 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, as well as the founder and principal of the Law Office of Edward W. Neufville, III, LLC., practicing U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law and Transnational Law. He is a person who stutters as well as an experienced trial lawyer, skilled negotiator, and passionate advocate. He has argued before the United States Federal Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Immigration Courts across the United States. Edward represents clients in complex immigration matters involving immigration fraud, terrorism and security related immigration issues, family immigration, worksite enforcement compliance, waivers of inadmissibility, immigration consequences of criminal convictions and citizenship. He has also represented clients under investigation or sanctioned by the United States Department of Treasury. In 2006, he argued the landmark defense of terrorism case in Matter of S-K-, 23 I&N Dec. 936 (BIA 2006) and Matter of S-K-, 24 I&N Dec. 475 (BIA 2008).
For the past five years Edward has been named as a Maryland Super Lawyer’s Rising Star and Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer’s Rising Star. Edward also represented Liberia at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and is an inductee into the University of North Carolina’s Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Carlos A. Vegh
Carlos is the Fred H. Sanderson Professor of International Economics at SAIS (Johns Hopkins University), and holds a joint appointment with the Economics Department. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1987. He spent the early years of his career at the IMF’s Research Department. From 1995 to 2013, he was a tenured professor first at UCLA and then at the University of Maryland. He is the recipient of several teaching awards. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and is the author of a graduate textbook on open economy macroeconomics published by MIT Press. He has been a consultant to the IMF, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and numerous central banks around the world.