The Board of Directors shall have a minimum of eleven and not exceed seventeen members. Nominees shall be presented to the board for approval by the nominating committee, with a majority vote of the board determining their election to serve. Each director shall be elected to a term of three (3) years.

The Board holds two regular meetings during the year. The winter meetings typically take place in February at a location to be determined by the Board. The summer meetings take place at the location of the NSA’s Annual Conference the day before the Conference.

Source: National Stuttering Association Bylaws (Amended February 2016)

Contact our Board of Directors at NSABoard@WeStutter.org

Current Members of the NSA Board of Directors

Gerald Maguire, MD

Chairman of the Board

Bob Wellington

Treasurer

Sarah Onofri

Secretary & Co-Chair Family Programs

Annemarie Whitesel

Co-Chair Family Programs

Barry Liben

Fund Development Co-Chair

Cameron Francek

Adult Programs Co-Chair

Kathleen Scaler Scott

Chair of Research Committee

Laura Plexico

Chair of Research Committee

Pamela Mertz

Co-Chair Special Projects

David Resnick

Co-Chair Special Projects

Lawrence F. Molt, PhD

Professional Relations Co-Chair

Katie Gore, SLP

Professional Relations Co-Chair

Róisín McManus

Adult Programs Co-Chair

Isabel Szilagyi

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Liaison
Gerald Maguire, MD

Gerald Maguire, MD

Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board. Gerald A Maguire, MD is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at UC Riverside School of Medicine. Dr. Maguire earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1991 and his residency in psychiatry in 1995 from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Maguire is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has been recognized by his physician peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” annually since 2009. Dr. Maguire is a person who stutters himself and has been a member of NSA since 1992. His research on the pharmacologic treatment of stuttering has appeared in numerous scientific journals and he is the author of the book, Without Hesitation: Speaking to the Silence and the Science of Stuttering.

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Evan Sherman, MS, CCC-SLP

Evan Sherman, MS, CCC-SLP

Vice Chairman

Evan Sherman – graduated in 2011 from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and his ultimate goal is to specialize in fluency disorders. Evan has presented at national conferences and local workshops in the area of stuttering. He was featured in local newspapers, on news stations and radio broadcasts in the Syracuse area during the opening week of The King’s Speech film. He produces the I Stutter, So What podcast and blog, and is the creator of IStutterSoWhat.com. He was also awarded Chapter Leader of the Year in 2011 by the National Stuttering Association. He is currently living in Ormond Beach, Florida where is employed by Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Evan takes great pride in the fact that he is a person who stutters and he has devoted his life to advocating for other people who stutter.

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Bob Wellington

Bob Wellington

Treasurer

Bob Wellington has been an active member of the NSA Jacksonville Florida Chapter since 2005. He is currently the interim chapter leader. Bob is active in three Toastmasters clubs and is recognized as a Toastmaster Advanced Communicator. Bob has been a Florida Licensed Certified Public Accountant for 25 years. After leaving a career of 20 years as an auditor for the State of Florida, Bob continues his accounting life by owning and operating Beaches Accounting & Auditing for the past eight years.

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Sarah Onofri

Sarah Onofri

Secretary & Co-Chair Family Programs

Sarah lives in Boston, Massachusetts and has been attending NSA conferences since 2006. In 2010, Sarah served on the Teen Advisory Council and since 2011, she has been a part of the Family Programs Committee. In 2012, she was named the NSA Volunteer of the Year. She is thankful she’s been able to meet so many other people who stutter through the NSA. Sarah loves working with the NSA kids at the annual conference and feels lucky to get to know so many of the amazing NSA families! She is also a member of the Boston North Chapter. Sarah teaches English as a Second Language in the Quincy Public Schools, where she works with elementary school students. Sarah also leads a Daisy Girl Scout troop and enjoys volunteering at Boomerangs, a thrift store run by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.

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Annemarie Whitesel

Annemarie Whitesel

Co-Chair Family Programs

Annemarie lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the parent of two children. Her daughter Brittany is a person who stutters. After attending her first NSA conference in 2013, Annemarie returned to Charlotte and felt compelled to raise awareness and support for families of children and teens who stutter. As a result, Annemarie founded the Charlotte, North Carolina NSA Family Chapter which she co-leads with her son, Seth. Shortly after starting the Family Chapter, Annemarie created NSA Carolina Day where each year, NSA chapter members, their family and friends from North and South Carolina can come together for a day of fellowship, fun, and celebration. Annemarie is truly passionate about families, stuttering advocacy and NSA community outreach.

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Barry Liben

Barry Liben

Fund Development Co-Chair

Barry, along with his family, has been a member of the NSA since 1998. Barry’s primary focus has been in securing the financial stability of the NSA and fundraising, enabling more energy to be used for outreach, education and support. The Alvin Liben Fund, created in memory of Barry’s father in 2005, has raised almost $400,000 since its inception. These funds are used for scholarships for families who would otherwise be unable to attend the Annual Conference and for special projects and NSA initiatives. Additionally, Barry has been instrumental in ensuring that our Annual Conference live auction is a success. Barry is Chairman of Tzell Travel/Travel Leaders Group, an international travel management company with headquarters in New York City. Since 2002, Tzell Travel has donated the NSA’s office space, infrastructure and support within their New York office. Barry lives in Manhattan his wife Sindy, and often finds his home filled with his 3 beautiful children and their spouses.

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John Tetnowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA-F

John Tetnowski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-F, ASHA-F

Fund Development Co-Chair

John A. Tetnowski is the Ben Blanco Endowed Professor in Communicative Disorders at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He is the coordinator of the PhD program in Applied Language and Speech Sciences, where he has brought many doctoral students to the NSA. He was the 2016 Distinguished Professor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and is a Board Certified Fluency Specialist. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and was the 2006 NSA Speech-Pathologist of the Year. He is a long time member and supporter of the NSA. This is his second stint on the NSA Board where he previously led the Professional Relations and Research Committees. His goal as the Fund Raising Chair is to narrow the gap between NSA income and expenses through a fundraising and awareness campaign that includes a large portion of the NSA membership that so greatly benefits from its mission.

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Cameron Francek

Cameron Francek

Adult Programs Co-Chair

Cameron lives in Royal Oak, Michigan and has been attending NSA conferences since 2009. Cameron has served on the 20somethings committee, presented workshops and stays active in NSA chapters across the Metro Detroit area. He was awarded the 2013 NSA Volunteer of the Year for his creation of the “100stutterProject” which was featured in USA Today, The Detroit Free Press and in media across the country. Cameron has a Bachelors Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Michigan State University and is now pursuing a career in Actuarial Science. He strives to be a leader in his community and the corporate world, helping to change the way people perceive stuttering.

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Kathleen Scaler Scott

Kathleen Scaler Scott

Chair of Research Committee

Kathy lives in Flemington, NJ, and has been a member of the NSA since 2002. She is a speech-language pathologist and Board Recognized Fluency Specialist. A practicing SLP for 20 years, Kathy received her PhD in stuttering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008. She was vice president of the Lafayette, LA chapter of the NSA from 2005 to 2008. Kathy is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Misericordia University and maintains an active caseload of stuttering and cluttering clients. She has written articles, book chapters, and books, and presented nationally and internationally on the topic of fluency disorders. Her research interests include cluttering and disfluency in autism spectrum disorders.

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Laura Plexico

Laura Plexico

Chair of Research Committee

Dr. Laura Plexico is an Associate Professor and certified Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in the area of fluency disorders. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of Montevallo in 1999, her master’s degree from The University of Memphis in 2002, and her doctorate from The University of Memphis in 2006. She currently lives in Auburn Alabama and teaches courses at Auburn University in the Department of Communication Disorders. Laura’s research interests include understanding the cognitive and affective consequences of stuttering, factors that influence successful stuttering management, and the nature of conversational interaction in typical and disordered populations. She has published in the area of fluency and voice disorders and has presented at regional, national and international meetings. Laura has been a member of the NSA since 2006 and is also a chapter leader for a local NSA chapter.

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Pamela Mertz

Pamela Mertz

Co-Chair Special Projects

Pamela has been involved with the National Stuttering Association since 2006. She has presented regional and national workshops, and for the last several years has co-coordinated the First Timers programming at Annual NSA Conferences. Pam has also served as a Stutter Social host for 3+ years, facilitating conversations about stuttering with people from all parts of the world. She writes the blog, Make Room For The Stuttering and hosts and produces the only podcast exclusively for women who stutter, called Women Who Stutter: Our Stories.  Through the podcast, Pam has interviewed more than 160 women from 32 countries around the world.

Pam has stuttered since early childhood and struggled with trying to hide it for many years. Today, she stutters freely and openly and educates people about stuttering whenever possible. She works as a recruiter/outreach specialist for a career technical high school in Troy, NY and spends much of her time doing public speaking for her job. Pam was a Toastmaster for 9 years and earned its’ highest distinction, DTM or Distinguished Toastmaster. Pam was also recently elected to the Board of the International Stuttering Association and currently serves as Secretary.

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David Resnick

David Resnick

Co-Chair Special Projects

David Resnick is an entrepreneur who uses technology to build empathy. He has spoken about his work at the White House, the United States Institute of Peace, TEDxCulverCity, and as the keynote speaker at the 33rd Annual NSA Conference. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Bestr, a software platform that delivers personalized “bests” on any topic. With Bestr, David aims to create an empathy engine that is powered by shared excitement.

David is also involved in other technology enterprises and non-profit oriented projects. He is the lead user experience designer at Pegasus Solutions, the world’s third largest hospitality software company. With Pegasus, David is designing the future of how hotel rooms will be booked.

David is the co-founder of Stutter Social, an online community of people who stutter, hosting virtual support group meetings across 50 countries since 2011. David co-founded Stutter Social after he was inspired by the transformative work the NSA does, with the goal of bringing that experience to stutterers worldwide.

David is an avid meditator and spiritual explorer, as well as an accomplished artist and performer.

David served on the Board of Directors of the International Stuttering Association from 2013-2015, as co-chair of the Internet Committee.

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Lawrence F. Molt, PhD

Lawrence F. Molt, PhD

Professional Relations Co-Chair

Associate Professor, Auburn University Communication Disorders Department and Director of Auburn’s Neuroprocesses Research Laboratory.  Dr. Molt is dual certified in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and was in the inaugural cadre of Board-Recognized Specialists in Fluency Disorders. He has received teaching awards at several universities and from ASHA and is an ASHA Fellow.  Dr. Molt has presented and published journal articles and textbook chapters in various areas of motor or neuromotor functioning and neurological processing in several different populations, including stuttering, cluttering, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.  A PWS, Larry is a past president of the International Fluency Association, the National Council of State Boards of Examiners in Audiology & SLP, and a former Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 4: Fluency and Fluency Disorders. He currently serves as chair-elect of ASHA PAC Board of Directors, an ASHA-GRPPB member, and on Special Olympics Alabama Board of Directors.

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Katie Gore, SLP

Katie Gore, SLP

Professional Relations Co-Chair

Katie is a speech-language pathologist and proud NSA member since 2013. She is the Director of speech IRL, LLC, a private firm specializing in stuttering and professional communication skills based in Chicago, IL. She founded and leads the City of Chicago NSA chapter, and was named Chapter Leader of the Year in 2015. Katie frequently collaborates and speaks with multiple Chicagoland university programs, including training and supervision of SLP graduate students in the area of stuttering treatment. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to stuttering, and has been a featured guest on StutterTalk. Katie is thrilled and honored to serve on the current NSA BoD. She is grateful for the opportunity to continue advocating, empowering, and educating those both inside and outside the stuttering community, creating a better world for stuttering!

When not doing stuttering-related activities, Katie enjoys practicing yoga, reading Marvel comics, playing Minecraft, and exploring Chicago restaurants with her husband John.

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Róisín McManus

Róisín McManus

Adult Programs Co-Chair

Róisín McManus lives in New York City and has served as co-planner of the NSA 20-Somethings Program and co-leader of the Brooklyn NSA Chapter since 2011. In addition to her work on behalf of the NSA she has been involved in numerous stuttering advocacy organizations, serving as co-host of the StutterTalk “B-Team” Podcast, contributor to StutterTalk’s first published book of essays in 2012 and conference presenter for FRIENDS: The National Association for Young People Who Stutter. In her professional life, she is a healthcare provider. In January 2017, Roisin will complete her work as an ER nurse at NYU Medical Center and move on to work as a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Isabel Szilagyi

Isabel Szilagyi

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Liaison

Isabel is 17 years old, and lives in Kirkland, Washington, right outside of Seattle. The NSA 2016 conference in Atlanta will be her 6th, and she can’t wait to attend her second conference as a member of the Teen Advisory Council! She attends the Running Start program at Bellevue College, and believes in advertising her stutter to everyone she meets. Her main goal as a member of the TAC is not only to change for the better how the world views stuttering, but how people who stutter view stuttering. She has met her best friends at the NSA, and firmly considers her stuttering as a gift to lift her up as a person rather than something to bring her down. She is so thankful to be part of an organization so life changing, and is excited to keep making a difference as part of the TAC

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