Board of directorS

Nathan Mallipeddi

Nathan Mallipeddi

Founder & CEO

Bio
Nathan Mallipeddi graduated summa cum laude with honors from UCLA, where he received a B.S in Biology and B.A in Political Science. He is a Junior-elect to Phi Beta Kappa and a Fulbright Scholar. Nathan is founder and CEO of Stuttering Scholarship Alliance, a non-profit organization that tackles a critical issue in the field of speech therapy regarding its lack of access to low income communities. He also serves on leadership teams for several international speech disability awareness organizations. Nathan has conducted both cell biology and public policy research at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and the Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he published his work in top journals. As the senior policy intern for the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, Nathan developed transformative public policy initiatives that created jobs for the thousands of unemployed or homeless persons with disabilities in Los Angeles. Nathan aspires to a career as a physician-researcher-policymaker focusing on improving the quality of care and reducing the disparities for disabled persons in healthcare systems. He will attend medical school next year to pursue a medical degree.

Dr. Jesse Harris

Dr. Jesse Harris

Board Member

Bio
Jesse Harris, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he directs the UCLA Language Processing Lab. He teaches courses in psycholinguistics, experimental methods, and pragmatics, among others. His academic research investigates the cognitive processes that are recruited in decoding and producing speech in real time. He believes that his experience as a person who stutters has afforded him unique opportunities to help and advocate for others. He is committed to supporting students with disabilities, including those who stutter, and is dedicated to advancing programs that generate educational and research opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds. He is proud to assist the SCSS and its mission to provide resources and services to those in need.

Dr. William Gale

Dr. William Gale

Board Member
Bio

Dr. William Gale is the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy and a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. His research focuses on tax policy, fiscal policy, pensions, and saving behavior. He is co-director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. He is also director of the Retirement Security Project.

Gale is the author of Fiscal Therapy: Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future (Oxford University Press, 2019).

He is also the co-editor of several books, including Automatic: Changing the Way America Saves (Brookings 2009); Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America (Century Foundation, 2006); The Evolving Pension System: Trends, Effects, and Proposals for Reform (Brookings, 2005); Private Pensions and Public Policy (Brookings, 2004); Rethinking Estate and Gift Taxation (Brookings, 2001), and Economic Effects of Fundamental Tax Reform (Brookings, 1996).

His research has been published in several scholarly journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Quarterly Journal of Economics. In 2007, a paper he co-authored was awarded the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award Certificate of Excellence.

He has also written extensively in policy-related publications and newspapers, including op-eds in CNN, the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

He served as President of the National Tax Association from 2019 to 2020 and as Vice President of Brookings and Director of the Economic Studies Program from 2006 to 2009. Prior to joining Brookings in 1992, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush.

He is a member of the Macroeconomic Advisers Board of Advisors since 2016. Gale has consulted for the MSL Group and in 2017 was a panelist at the Center for Strategic Development’s Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Economic Reforms Workshop.

Gale attended Duke University and the London School of Economics and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1987. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, is an avid tennis player, and is a person who stutters. He is married to Diane Lim and is the father of two grown children.

Dr. Derek E. Daniels

Dr. Derek E. Daniels

Board Member
Bio

Dr. Derek E. Daniels is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in stuttering therapy. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stuttering. He also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Fluency Disorders, and an assistant editor for the Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences and Disorders journal. Dr. Daniels is a person who stutters, conducts research on psychosocial aspects of stuttering, and supervises graduate student training in stuttering through Wayne State University’s Speech and Language Clinic. He has participated in many self-help events, workshops, and clinical training programs for people who stutter. Dr. Daniels is a native of Houston, TX, and currently enjoys urban life in Detroit. He is currently the President of the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA).

Reuben Schuff

Reuben Schuff

Board Member

Bio
Reuben Schuff is an aerospace engineer in Los Angeles where he works on rocket propulsion systems for space exploration. He is a person who stutters and contributes to the stuttering community in a variety of ways. He has been a National Stuttering Association (NSA) family chapter leader and regular workshop presenter at national conferences. He also has facilitated workshops for Friends Who Stutter, volunteered with Camp SAY LA, and is a frequent contributor to the StutterTalk podcast, and is a contributing author in the StutterTalk book. Reuben served on the National Stuttering Association Research Committee (NSARC) for several years and is currently the consumer representative for the American Board for Fluency and Fluency Disorders (ABFFD), which oversees the Board Certified Specialist in Fluency (BCS-F) credential. Reuben believes oral communication is intended to be joyful and people who stutter often become masters of effective, efficient, enjoyable communication. Reuben enjoys the great outdoors and has explored the USA coast to coast. His world travels include five continents and 12 countries and he looks forward to continuing to explore. He is a juggler and appreciates sharing that talent with children who stutter.

Jamie Howell

Jamie Howell

Board Member
Bio

Jamie Howell is a Financial services account executive at Tableau Software residing in Northern VA. Jamie works with large financial institutions to help them see & understand their data. He is a proud member of the stuttering community and has been an ongoing participant in the Sisskin Stuttering Center for over six years. Jamie’s personal stuttering story fuels his passion to share his story with underprivileged stutterers; specifically, the impact that Avoidance Reduction Therapy had on him, which resulted in greater confidence & comfort. Jamie stays active in his local Toastmasters Chapter and embraces speech improvement platforms to fine-tune his leadership and speaking skills. Jamie feels passionate that oral communication is one of the greatest gifts on Earth, and is very proud to contribute to SSA’s mission by bringing a diverse skill set and help launch a sustainable framework that will fundamentally change the life of stutters across the globe. Jamie enjoys staying active, playing basketball, golf, and enjoying everything the Mid-Atlantic has to offer.

 

advisOry Board

NIKHIL MALLIPEDDI

NIKHIL MALLIPEDDI

Founding Member
Dr. Gerald Maguire

Dr. Gerald Maguire

Bio

Gerald Maguire, MD is a Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the UCR School of Medicine. Dr. Maguire provides comprehensive, personalized, and compassionate psychiatric care for his patients. He is board certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and serves as the Chair of the National Stuttering Association. Dr. Maguire has been named as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 2009 and is recognized as the world’s authority on the medical treatment of stuttering. Dr. Maguire has published his research in several leading journals and has delivered hundreds of invited presentations nationally and internationally on the topics of stuttering, bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and other psychiatric conditions.

Katie Gore

Katie Gore

Bio

Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP is the founder and president of speech IRL, a speech therapy and communication consulting firm based in Chicago. Katie is a certified speech-language pathologist and stuttering specialist. She founded the City of Chicago chapter of the National Stuttering Association, and was awarded Chapter Leader of the Year in 2015. She has served on the Board of Directors of the NSA in the role of Professional Relations co-chair. Katie is the co-founder and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Shared Voices, a Chicago-based non-profit focusing on community support and advocacy for people who stutter. She is faculty member of Rush University Medical Center, teaching courses in stuttering and fluency disorders, and has taught stuttering courses for other graduate programs as well. She presently serves as the Fluency Track Chair for the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Katie speaks regularly at ASHA, NSA, and other professional conferences on topics related to stuttering and business issues in clinical practice. She loves Marvel comics (Excelsior!).

Kristin Chemla

Kristin Chemla

Bio

Kristin is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders. She attributes her personal experience with stuttering, professional training and strong relationships with her internationally recognized mentors, the late Dr. Hugo Gregory, Carolyn Gregory, June Campbell, and Diane Hill, for her inspiring differential perspective on fluency disorders.  She received her Master of Art Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. In addition, she lectures and consults locally, nationally and internationally, is lead author for two books, publishes practical fluency therapy materials, and has collaborated extensively with the Stuttering Foundation.  She served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, and has supervised graduate students from across the world. Her term as Chair of the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders, from 2013 through 2015, spearheaded the transition from recognition to certification of fluency specialists.

Michael Sugarman

Michael Sugarman

Bio
Michael Sugarman has been an activist in the stuttering and disability communities since the 1970s. He was co-founder and former Executive Director of the National Stuttering Project and former chair of the International Stuttering Association. Michael wrote for academic journals and promoted people-first language and stuttering awareness in “It’s Ok to Stutter” (Journal of Fluency Disorders) and the Perniciousness of Labels (Transactional Analysis Journal). As a medical social worker, he recently updated his children’s book, The Adventures of Phil and Dotty. Michael currently co-facilitates a peer support group and is co-writing an article on peer and professional facilitation of support groups, emphasizing mindfulness communication, self-care skills, and resilience.

Umang Desai

Bio

Umang Desai is a corporate attorney in Chicago. He is a person who stutters who is passionate about helping other people who stutter access the support they need to move forward in their unique communication journey

STAFF

Jenny McGuire

Jenny McGuire

Executive Director
Bio

Jenny McGuire is a person who stutters and a vociferous advocate for the stuttering community. Jenny earned a BA in Philosophy from Georgetown University and an MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University. Jenny worked as an art therapist with pediatric hematology and oncology patients and their families at Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Cancer Center. She found deep gratification in this work for innumerable reasons, the one being: Bringing patients and families together in the art studio–which doubled as the waiting room–and thus creating community in the most unlikely of settings. The magic of these connections reinforced her long held belief that community is a powerful agent of both comfort and transformation.

Jenny’s journey as a stutterer has been marked by many different speech therapy experiences. Most of these therapies taught her behaviors intended to mask her stutter–spoiler, these tricks never worked when she needed them most–but did little to address the spate of adverse cognitive and affective effects of stuttering. ARTs (avoidance reduction therapy for stuttering) with Vivian Sisskin changed the trajectory of Jenny’s life. Through ARTs group therapy Jenny learned that a distinction can be drawn between the problem of stuttering and the act of stuttering. Having some dysfluencies when she spoke was not ruining her life, but her avoidance of stuttering along with constant negative thoughts and feelings about stuttering sure were. Through hard work, doing the things she didn’t want to do, and leveraging the loving support of a wonderful group therapy community, Jenny climbed out of the darkness that is the problem of stuttering.

After becoming a mother, Jenny was privileged to make the choice to leave the workforce and spend a decade focusing on raising her children. Now that her children are both school aged and flying the coop for seven hours a day, she could not be more thrilled to join SSA as Executive Director and to play a part in driving SSA’s noble mission forward. Jenny can’t think of anything she feels more passionately about than removing barriers so that others–particularly individuals from underserved communities– may find a way out of the darkness and live full, joyful lives, stuttering and all. The “alliance” aspect of SSA touches the part of her that knows that everything is more tolerable and manageable within the context of a supportive community, and she looks forward to connecting stutterers with “their people” so that they may continue to thrive in the long term. Jenny is humbled by the steadfast dedication that SSA’s many volunteers bring to this work; the organization simply would not function without their drive, passion, and tireless effort.

Jenny serves on the Board of Directors for SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, and volunteers as a CASA, advocating for children navigating the dependency and neglect court system in Boulder County. She is also slowly pursuing an MA in Disabilities Studies online through CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Jenny lives in Lafayette, CO, between Boulder and Denver. Unlike literally everyone around her, she is not an avid skier. She does really enjoy taking long walks while listening to podcasts which allows her to introvert–yes, that’s a verb–and recharge. When not working on SSA, studying, volunteering, or introverting, Jenny can be found hanging out with her wonderful husband Seth and two amazing daughters, Danby and Auden. She also enjoys playing with her dog Pancakes, getting together with extended family, and laughing her head off with dear friends.