Born and raised in Houston, Texas, USA, Doug is married and father to two grown sons. 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/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 seven 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 and involvement in the NSA, enabled him 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 conference 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.
Term ends July 2023