Pamela Mertz (USA) – Secretary

Pamela was elected to the ISA Board in 2016 and currently serves as Secretary. Pam has been a Stutter Social host for three years, facilitating conversations about stuttering with people from all over the world. She is the author of the blog “Make Room For The Stuttering” since 2009 and hosts and produces the only podcast specifically for women who stutter, called “Women Who Stutter: Our Stories” since 2010. Through the podcast, Pam has interviewed 160 women from 32 countries around the world. Pam has been the keynote speaker twice for Irish Stammering Association one day conferences via Skype and also co-facilitated a women’s workshop via Skype at the World Congress for People Who Stutter in The Netherlands in 2013.

Pam has stuttered since early childhood and struggled with trying to hide her stuttering for many years. She made the transition from covert to overt about 10 years ago and today stutters freely and openly. She works as a recruiter/outreach specialist for a career technical high school in Troy, New York and spends most of her time public speaking for her job. Pam was a Toastmaster for 9 years and earned the highest distinction one can, Distinguished Toastmaster or DTM.

Pam has been involved with the National Stuttering Association (NSA) in the United States since 2006. She has presented regional and national workshops and for the last several years has co-coordinated the First Timers programming at annual NSA conferences. She was elected onto the NSA Board of Directors in 2016 and will coordinate Special Projects.

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