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National Stuttering Association

Meet The NSA

Board Of Directors

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 January 2024).

Contact our Board of Directors at Info@WeStutter.org

CHAD MANNISI

INTERIM Chair

MICHAEL BELLMAN

TREASURER

ILYA FILMUS

LEGAL COUNSEL

COURTNEY MARGULIS

PROFESSIONAL RELATIONS

ANGELA MEDINA

RESEARCH CHAIR & SECRETARY

HOLLY NOVER

FAMILY PROGRAMS CO-CHAIR

ANNEMARIE WHITESEL

FAMILY PROGRAMS CO-CHAIR

Staff

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 2023 Annual Report.

TAMMY FLORES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MANDY FINSTAD

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

STEPHANIE COPPEN

EVENT & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

ALAN VU

MARKETING STRATEGIST

CHRISTIAN TING

MARKETING COORDINATOR

CALLIE BRAZIL

DIGITAL STORYTELLER

Supporters

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

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.

TANYA BANKS

CENTRAL NORTH REGION – ADULTS

JEFF OLEVSON

NORTHEAST REGION – ADULTS

Stephanie Coppen

Family RCC – All Regions

CHRISTINE ROSE

CENTRAL SOUTH – ADULTS

Pamela Mertz

UPPER PLAINS – ADULTS

MARVIN WILEY, JR.

NORTHWEST REGION – ADULTS

AIDAN MARSHALL-CORT

STEVEN MOATES

MICHELE AYOUB

Special Projects Committee

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.

COURTNEY MARGULIS

CHAIR

Caitlin Franchini

Jodi Reinstein

Dr. Megan Young

Professional Relations 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.

Fund Development Committee

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.

KRISTINE SHORT

Enida Jeteric

TAMMY FLORES

Older Adults Committee

Adults over 50 are the NSA’s fastest-growing group, focusing on connection, mentoring, and expanding our ‘stuttering family.’ The Older Adults Committee offers a mature perspective to other committees, providing insights on workshops, events, and late-life planning, fostering support and connections among those aged 50 and beyond.

Tanya Banks

Paula Campbell-Schwab

Elizabeth Edwards

Hannah Laday

Jim McClure

Patrice Nolan-Fox

Vicki Benson Schutter

Doug Scott

Eldon Solomon

Teen Advisory Council

Teen Advisory Council

The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is a group of 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. For more information, check out our TAC Guidelines.

MORGAN MOWERY

CHAIR

JOLIE DEITCHMAN

SAMAYA FONSECA

KATELYN HELFAND

CLINT HOLMES

ADAM KARR

NICO LINARDON

ROWAN LINDHOLM

GABE REINSTEIN

Linus Simner

RUSSELL STEVENS

Hayley Stuckey

Sisters Who Stutter

We are Sisters Who Stutter (SWS), a teen-founded girl group on a mission to empower and support all girls who stutter. You’ll find us on Instagram (@SistersWhoStutter) where we inspire and uplift each other! DM us to participate in our regular Zoom calls. Together, we’re embracing the power of our voices. Join the Sisterhood!

Sisters Who Stutter

Hayley

President

Kya

Vice President

Jolie

 Secretary

Hazel

Advocacy Chair

Aryanna

Chairwoman

Rowan

 Event Coordinator

WeStutter @ Work Committee

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.

JOHN ONTIVEROS

COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

PAMELA MERTZ

ANABEL AUGUSTIN

CHRIS MONELLO

ARIEL MAHLMANN

Young Adult Committee

High school or college graduation marks a new chapter. College or career? What about stuttering? Will it limit your choices? Connect with NSA® members who’ve been there. The NSA Young Adults program bridges ’20-somethings’ and ’30-somethings,’ addressing issues like job interviews, dating, and careers. Our Young Adults Committee leads Annual Conference workshops and year-round activities, from workshops to online sessions.

Ben North

Committee Chair

CAMERON COPPEN

CJ HEDGEPETH

CAMERON JOYCE

TATUM MACHNICA

AIDAN MARSHALL-CORT

ELIZABETH MINTON

LYDIA WEBB

Research Committee

The research committee supports scholarly stuttering research while taking a vested interest in the well‐being of the NSA and its members.

Angela Medina

Committee Chair

Charley Adams

Derek Daniels

Paula D'Arcangelo

Monica Johnson

Dominique Kennedy

Ryan Millager

William Webster

Danielle Werle

DEI Committee

We are here to spread awareness and rally support for the NSA to better serve the diverse backgrounds of the stuttering community.  

LINDSEY LAMBERT

Committee Chair

TYLER CALHOUN

ASHLEIGH GIVENS

CLARA KILBURN

JULIE MARSHALL

MATT MAXION

GABRIELA PEREZ

ALICIA VASQUEZ

JEREMIAH WILLIAMS