The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is a group of highly motivated and respected teens that are an integral part of the NSA family. The role of the TAC is to exhibit strong leadership qualities and to serve as role models and mentors to their peers and younger members of Family Programs within the NSA. The TAC is also responsible for providing support and presenting a positive attitude to NSA teens and kids at the Annual Conference and throughout the year.
NSA Family Programs is honored to have the TAC as a part of the Family Programs team. They are expected to be excellent representatives of the NSA and its mission. TAC members will be featured on the website and may also be featured in various communications and publications. The TAC works at the discretion of the Family Programs committee.
For more information, check out our TAC Guidelines.
TAC member terms are 3 years. A member may only serve more than 3 years if they are elected to the TAC Chairperson position after serving on the council. The TAC Chairperson term is 3 years however if the Chairperson turns 21 years old prior to the conclusion of their 3 year term, they will be required to step down.
Isabel lives in Kirkland, Washington. Starting Fall 2017, she will be attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She believes in advertising her stutter to everyone she meets, and loves to keep connected to the amazing teens of the NSA all throughout the year. Her main goals as a member of the TAC are to influence how the world views stuttering. Isabel 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 such a life changing organization, and is excited to keep making a difference as the leader of the TAC. (updated 3/2017)
Lauren has stuttered since the age of 6 and believes it has changed her for the better; meeting other people who stutter she feels, has given her a positive spin on stuttering. She is proud to represent the NSA and hopes to learn more about stuttering in future years. She attends Patriot High school, and has started a club called “Twst Talk” for people who stutter! She is excited to spread the word about how stuttering should be supported, not neglected, through a future career in speech pathology or the culinary arts. Lauren has been a part of the NSA since she was in 8th grade, and says that hearing other peoples’ stories and experiences inspires her to advertise her own stutter and become more confident in the long run. (updated 3/2017)
Caden attends Phoenix Country Day School in Arizona. He has stuttered as long as he can remember, and Atlanta was his 5th NSA conference. Caden’s passion is playing football. He has played for nine years and now plays quarterback on his high school team. Caden enjoys Chemistry, History, and is interested in Graphic Design. He believes stuttering is not something to be ashamed of, nor is it something to hide, and hopes to inspire others to become confident speakers. Caden is looking forward to bringing a diverse set of interests to the TAC and is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people in Dallas. (bio updated 3/2017)
JD is 17 years old and currently a senior at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Kentucky. He has stuttered since the age of four and has been involved with the stuttering community since a child. He used music to help his stutter and friends he has made through conferences. He has made numerous YouTube videos concerning stuttering and plans to keep sharing his experiences. This will be his first year on TAC and his fifth year at the NSA. ( updated 8/2016)
Garrett McDevitt is the middle of three boys, and has been involved with the NSA for the last 10 years. He was raised in Texas, and has lived in Monument, CO for the last four years. Garrett thoroughly enjoyed his involvement in the Dallas NSA TWST Chapter before moving to Colorado, and co-founding the Colorado Springs TWST Chapter. He loves country music, the outdoors, and his Jeep. (updated 3/2017)
Samantha is a college freshman at Dallas Baptist University. Samantha is currently majoring in Biblical Studies and hopes to become a youth minister. She loves BBQ and coffee. The conferences has changed her approach on life and is a big reason on why she wants to be a youth minister. She serves with the BSM Kids Club and also the Awana’s at her church. Samantha is very excited for her third year as a TAC member and can’t wait for the Dallas conference with it being in her home town. (bio updated 3/2017)