Jaymie Horak is a San Diego native who first heard of the National Stuttering Association in college (2013), was able to brave an NSA event after over a year (2014), and then another gap to conquer fear and attend a meeting (2015). She works in Human Resources, and co-leads the San Diego chapter. Jaymie was raised in an environment and involved in spaces that encouraged children, particularly children being raised as girls, to be quiet. This combined with stuttering left this extrovert to appear introverted, shy, and develop some social anxiety. When a high school aptitude test gave Jaymie the result “speaker”, she cried, thinking how unfair it was and how this would never come to fruition.
Flash forward to the end of college, hearing about the NSA, and finally attending NSA events. Slowly but steadily, with support around them on all sides, Jaymie built confidence and accepted her stutter, bit by bit. Healing came in the form of friendships, communities, laughter, and leadership. Now Jaymie performs public speaking in their job, and looks for any opportunity to have a microphone. Finding the NSA, particularly the San Diego chapter, felt like a surge of pure luck, and she knows that this is a community well worth giving back to.