You’ve graduated high school or college – now what? You may be heading to college or entering the work force, but what about stuttering? How will it affect the choices you make? Will you allow it to hold you back from what you really want to accomplish? Find people in the NSA who have been there. Our NSA Young Adults program bridges the gap between the experiences of ’20-somethings’ and ’30-somethings’, focusing on issues that young adults who stutter may face including job interviews, dating, career, and more.
Courtney Luckman is founder of the Charlottesville NSA chapter and has served as co-chapter leader of the City of Chicago NSA chapter. She is a graduate student studying speech-language pathology at the University of Maryland.
As a graduate of Salisbury University, Jeff was hired by an assisted living/retirement home as the Director of Human Recourses. He also helps with his family’s dog rescue, Lonely Hearts Animal Rescue. Jeff attended his first NSA Annual Conference in 2011.
Hayden Lambert is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology. He has been attending NSA conferences since 2011, and this is his first year on the Young Adult Committee. Hayden is also involved in Passing Twice, a group for LGBTQ people who stutter.
David Lieblich is a person who stutters and has been involved with the NSA for the past four years. He is currently working on his Bachelors in Finance and working as a Financial Advisor. David is proud to be a Chapter Leader of the Brooklyn, NY Chapter and to serve on the NSA 20-Somethings Committee.
Marcus Peters is a person who stutters, an Information Systems Analyst, and a member of the Dallas Chapter of the National Stuttering Association. Marcus holds a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. Marcus has made efforts to raise awareness about stuttering and invest in the NSA after the tremendous impact that the NSA has had on his life.
Evan Draine is a 22-year-old from Towson, Maryland. He attends Towson University and is majoring in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Cultural Studies. After obtaining his bachelors degree and attending graduate school, he plans on becoming a Speech Language Pathologist who focuses mainly older children/teenagers who stutter. Some of his interests include, music, stuttering, attending concerts, politics, and studying human culture and relations. Evan is also the Chapter Leader of the Towson chapter of the National Stuttering Association. He has attended two National Stuttering Association conferences and can not wait to contribute his efforts and creativity to the Young Adults Committee.
Chani Markel is a person who stutters and school-based speech-language pathologist working for the New York City Department of Education. She has been involved with the Manhattan chapter of the National Stuttering Association for about three years and has attended three annual NSA conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, yoga, journaling and experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen.
Neil a Ph.D. graduate student at Purdue, researching laser diagnostics for combustion and liquid atomization. He has been part of his local NSA chapters for more than two years, his local Toastmaster’s clubs for over a year, and is a former co-leader of the Rochester, NY NSA chapter. Neil enjoys watching baseball, listening to hip-hop, hiking, and snowboarding.
Sivan was born in Vienna, Austria, moving to the United States at the age of six. She speaks four languages and stutters in all of them. Growing up, I experienced speech therapy working only on the physical mechanics of speech, and not dealing with the complicated emotional side of the disorder. Sivan found the NSA in October of 2013 and says that her involvement in the group has changed her life.
Sivan is currently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Learning Development from the University of Texas at Dallas, and plans to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. She enjoys all things sushi, comedy, and National Stuttering Association.