Born and reared in Houston, Texas USA, Doug is married and father to two sons, ages 27 and 25. Doug is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA degree in Business/Engineering Management, and employed for nearly 30 years at Vallourec and Mannesmann Corp., a French- and German-owned global pipe and steel company, working in Information Technology and General Accounting, as a Systems Administrator, and Accounts Receivable Associate.
Doug began stuttering at age 7 and quickly advanced to a moderate/severe stutterer. Stuttering had a profound and controlling hold on his life until 1988 when he entered Precision Fluency Shaping Program therapy. He credits PFSP along with involvement in the NSA enabled to manage his stutter and live his best life as an adult.
In 1985, Doug was a part of a small group of people in Houston who formed a stuttering self-help support group which later became affiliated with NSP/NSA. He has been involved in the stuttering community for 34 years as NSA Chapter leader, NSA conventions coordinator, and currently NSA First Timers Ambassador. He also serves as a host of Stutter Social, a global online video chat forum for people who stutter.
Doug serves as liaison for the NSA/NSA Board, and is not a voting member of the NSA Board of Directors.