Board of Directors

Annie Bradberry (USA) – Chair

Annie is currently serving her second term as a board member for the International Stuttering Association first serving in 2007/2008. Returning in March 2015, Annie was recently elected to serve as board chair.

Annie lives in Southern California in the US. At 58 years old today, she considers herself very fortunate to be a part of the stuttering community, first finding support at the young age of 19. She has been a member of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) for nearly 38 years and attended their first annual conference in 1984. Over the years she served as chapter leader, board member and Executive Director (1993-2003). Annie also served on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders, representing the NSA as well as other local boards in the community she lives. She has attended two ISA conferences (Ghent, Belgium and San Francisco, US) as well as several other country stuttering conferences including Iceland, Norway, France, and England. Today Annie is Executive Director of a California nonprofit and stays connected to the stuttering community by speaking at local universities, presenting workshops at the NSA’s annual conferences and as a Stutter Social google hangout Host.

Bruce Imhoff (Australia) – Vice Chair

Bruce was elected to the ISA Board in 2016 and currently serves as Vice Chair. Bruce has also worked with a team of PWS and SLPs to deliver the International Stuttering Awareness Day Online Conference since 2013. This is a dedicated team that has included Anita Blom, Keith Boss, Dan Hudock and Hanan Hurwitz.

Bruce grew up in Brisbane, Australia and has stuttered since childhood.  He is currently employed as a software administrator in Sydney.

Bruce has been involved with the Australian Speak Easy Association since 2006, as a participant on state and national committees in various roles (Secretary, Webmaster, Editor, Public Officer, Librarian) and has been working with the ISA on their website since 2008.

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.

Andri Bjarnason (Iceland)

Andri joined the board at the Atlanta World Congress in 2016.

Andri first became active in stuttering events in 2013 and became a member the board of the Icelandic Stuttering Association in 2014. Since that time he has participated in many of its events and activities like helping to make a short documentary film about stuttering and to organise local stuttering events. Additionally he has attended many international meetings such as the Nordic Stuttering Seminars, Elsa Youth Meeting and the World Congress for people who stutter. Furthermore he has attended a speech training course in Sweden where the focus was on learning to talk in front of an audience.

He is very grateful for being a part of the stuttering community since it has made him many precious friends over the years and he is excited to continue on participating in more activites in the future.

Anja Herde (Germany)

Anja was elected to the ISA Board in 2013 and continues to serve on the board from 2016.

Currently I am the spokes person of the ISA-Team of the German Stuttering Association called BVSS (Bundesvereinigung Stottern und Selbsthilfe e.V.). I studied business administration at an university of Berlin and specialized in human resources and Corporate Social Responsibility. Furthermore I took my trainer degree and my master in democratic school development as I wanted to work more in the field of education in the non profit sector. Now I am working as a project leader for an educational organisation in Berlin.

I started stammering with the age of 4. From both parent sights I got the “gift” of stammering – my father himself and my mothers two brothers. Although stammering was not unusual in my family it was hard for me dealing with it in my private life because when I spoke to family members it was worse than everywhere else and the understanding was not so high as I wished for. With my friends or in school I had no dramatic complications as I could hide my stammering really well. Except with reading and doing speeches in school – here it was difficult to change the words. So after 1-2 group therapies as a child which did not help at all I started to surge again for possibilities to change my stammering when I started my studies – I thought: Now I could not escape from stammering anymore. In 2004 a speech therapist recommended me the self-help group in Berlin and so I started to be active in the self-help right away. Since than I played open cards with my stammer, made great experience, started to gain self confidence in doing speeches etc. although my stammer did not disappear and I got new great friends, which I do not want to miss in my life anymore. I have been the chair of the Berlin self-help organization, organised the German congress for people how stammer and got involved in different projects of the BVSS. All in all I am really thankful for the self-help organizations around the world which work on raising the awareness of people who stammer. I decided to step into the work of the International Stuttering Association to support this great movement and I would like to make my contribution to that.

Dhruv Gupta (India) – Communications and Website

Dhruv was elected to the ISA Board in 2016. He is a Corporate Finance graduate with a minor in Informatics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His organizational experience spans sustainability, hospitality, digital-marketing, software (mobile/web) design & development, and social-sector startups. He has co-founded businesses in China and Speak: Stammering Foundation in India. He is a Toastmaster and has completed the competent communicator manual. He is passionate about real sustainability becoming main-stream culture to mitigate climate change. He is currently working with cBalance, a sustainability consultancy based in Pune and Mumbai.

Dhruv is a core group member of The Indian Stammering Association (TISA), and participants and facilitates in the TISA Mumbai Self-Help Group. He also participates and facilitates in stuttering self-help conferences/workshops in India and the US.

You can listen to Dhruv’s Stutter Talk podcasts here.

 

Joseph Nsubuga (Uganda)

Joseph was elected to the ISA Board in 2016. Joseph is the founder and coordinator of Easy Speak Association in Uganda; the only one of such in Uganda. He has a degree in marketing, and is a person who stutters.

 

Keisuke Saito (Japan)

Keisuke was elected to the ISA Board in 2016. He has lived in Nagoya Japan, has a tax accounting jobs. He will serve as a core member of the ISA World Congress Japan 2018. In addition, he is a Vice Chair of JSGA (Japan Stuttering Genyukai Association), also a director of JSSFD(Japan Society of Stuttering and Other Fluency Disorders), has a role to connect the people who stutter and experts in Japan.

I want to spread the opportunity of self-help to Asia and the world of stutter. Let’s change the world of stutter around the world together. To that end, The IFA and ICA cooperate, let’s an important World Congress Japan 2018 a success along with the ISA fellow. Words of the wall, the organization of the wall, border of the wall, get over.We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Hiroshima Japan!

Mitch Trichon (USA)

Mitchell Trichon, PhD, CCC-SLP, was elected to the ISA Board in 2016.  He can be contacted at mitchelltrichon@gmail.com.

Mitch is a co-founder of Stutter Social, an organization that uses web-based video conferencing and a smart phone application to provide support to people from over 50 countries.  He is a previous Board Member of the National Stuttering Association where he co-led the national network of over 100 adult support groups.  He founded the Queens, NY chapter which shared the honor of Chapter of the Year in 2016 and has also been the co-leader of the Lafayette, LA chapter (Chapter of the Year 2008) and is currently the co-leader of the Philadelphia, PA chapter.  As part of Friends – The National Association of Young People Who Stutter, he served on their advisory board and as a conference co-host (2008).

Mitch is currently on the faculty at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA.  His research continues to focus on self-help activities for people who stutter. His published work has been presented at national and international conferences.  He also serves as a clinical supervisor training graduate clinicians.

Mitch is originally from Long Island, New York.  He graduated with a degree in Accounting from the University at Albany and worked as a Certified Public Accountant before he continued his education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he received in Masters and PhD studying Speech-Language Pathology with a focus on stuttering.