Lucy Reed was born in Philadelphia and has lived most of her life in southern New Jersey. She began stuttering when she was two years of age. She earned her B.S. in Social Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and her M. A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University. In 1998, while working towards her graduate degree at Temple University she was introduced to what was then The National Stuttering Project. She often tells people, “Reading the words, ‘It’s OK to Stutter’ in an NSP publication changed my life.” Lucy credits the NSA for giving her the courage to speak and helping her find her voice. She says because of the NSA, the profound shame she once felt has been replaced by pride.
Lucy founded the Stratford, NJ Chapter in 1998 as well as a chapter in Alabama in 2018. In the year 2000 she was named NSA Chapter Leader of the Year. After working as a school-based speech therapist for more than 20 years, she now serves people who stutter in her private speech therapy practice. Lucy is also active in the global stuttering community.
In her spare time Lucy enjoys cooking, gardening, home decorating, and spending time with her pets.