The NSA Board of Directors, leadership team, and staff proudly and steadfastly remain committed to our mission. The NSA board is composed of dynamic individuals who freely give their time, energy and creativity to advancing the strategic plan and ensuring that the NSA is able to serve the needs of its community. Directors are elected to a term of three years by majority vote.
Source: National Stuttering Association Bylaws (amended November 2022).
Contact our Board of Directors at Info@WeStutter.org
The National Stuttering Association® operates with an amazing group of individuals collaboratively supporting its work behind-the-scenes. With our network of volunteer and contract help, creativity, and telecommuting technology (we were working remotely before it was cool!), together we bring hope, encouragement, and connection to thousands of people who stutter of all ages and those who support them. Meet some members of our team!
For more information on who we are, what we do, and what goes in to running the NSA®, check out our 2022 Annual Report.
As a non-profit organization, much of our work is accomplished by a few dedicated employees, a handful of generous volunteers, and assistance from other non-staff individuals. It is solely because of these individuals’ time and effort to keep the organization moving forward and accomplishing what we do. Thank you to these wonderful individuals for their dedication to the cause!
Regional Chapter Coordinators (RCCs) work closely with local Chapter Leaders, fellow RCCs, Adult & Family Programs Chairs, and Staff to ensure that our network of Local Chapters runs smoothly to provide the community and support needed at the local level.
The NSA’s Special Projects Committee works together to facilitate the end-to-end implementation of events and programming that add value to and increase awareness of the NSA’s work. Members of this team have the opportunity to work cross-functionally with other areas of the NSA, including Adult Programs and the Young Adult Committee.
The Professional Relations Committee works to foster professional connections and advocates for the interests of the NSA and its membership within the professional community. We strive to enhance the participation and engagement of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) within the NSA community. It is our goal to make sure every single SLP knows about the NSA. We provide high-quality educational content for professionals at annual conferences and ensure that resources are provided to SLPs throughout the year.
Our Fund Development Committee works together to create and oversee the implementation of comprehensive annual and long-term fundraising plans that meet the NSA’s financial needs to achieve our mission. The NSA has been instrumental in enhancing the lives of people who stutter, educating the public, assisting speech professionals, championing research, and reducing the stigma of stuttering, but there is still work to be done.
Adults over the age of 50 are the fastest growing group in the NSA. At this age the focus is more on building bridges, staying connected, mentoring those who struggle, and to embrace our relationship with a “stuttering family” bigger than ourselves and to lend support to others who stutter.
The Older Adults Committee will serve as a bridge and resource for other NSA committees seeking a broader and more mature perspective, giving input on workshops, conference activities, and social events. It will nurture and give cause for those over the age of 50 to explore different ways to support one another in groups, activities, and in late life planning challenges unique to those who stutter.
The National Stuttering Association® (NSA) is driven to improve the employment opportunities of people who stutter, and our WeStutter @ Work Committee works together to create and oversee and implement initiatives that eliminate the workplace stigmas to improve employment outcomes for people who stutter and inform, inspire and equip people who stutter to improve their workplace opportunities. Additionally, our WeStutter @ Work Committee NSA is educating employers about stuttering and encouraging companies to not only hire people who stutter, but also offer them leadership roles and paths for promotion, consistent with their knowledge, skills and abilities.
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.
Our Young Adults Committee spearheads our Young Adult programming, both during the Annual Conference and throughout the year, by brainstorming and organizing workshops, events, and outings, hosting online sessions, participating in the NSA Young Adults social media, and much more.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for all. We are here to show awareness and sensitivity to all backgrounds and provide an inclusive and diverse representation of the stuttering community. Everyone deserves to have a sense of belonging and afforded the same resources and opportunities as everyone else. We strive to promote understanding that uniqueness and individually matters. Everyone has a voice and needs to be heard.
The mission of Empowering Girls Who Stutter is to bring awareness and ease the stigma about stuttering. Growing up with a Stutter can often times be very difficult and feel isolating. The hope of Empowering Girls Who Stutter is to connect girls with similar experiences and them together in unity.