Previous Board Members
Allison O’Brien is a person who stutters. She became a founding member and board director of the NLSA to make a difference. Her goals are to increase awareness, education, and respect for people who stutter. To reduce bullying by children, adults, and employers. To make therapy more accessible and to make society more accepting. Not only for her child but for all children. For the next generation of people who stutter and for every child who is different.
Ashley is a Speech-Language Pathologist and certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She works full time at the Janeway Children’s Hospital with the provincial cochlear implant team. She also runs a successful private clinic. Her private practice primarily focuses on students with Down Syndrome; however stuttering has always been a keen interest of hers. She is thrilled to be a part of NLSA, and is truly amazed at the impact NLSA has already made locally for individuals of all ages who stutter.
My name is Betty Hearn and I am a Board Member of The Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association. When my son was born on October 18, 1982, I discovered that he was tongue tied. Our Doctor at this time, Doctor Tjan, had to surgically clipped his tongue and put tubes in his ear. The next step was to take my son to Speech Therapy at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s NL. As a mother of a son with a speech impediment, I understand the need for awareness and support for others with communication challenges. As a member of The Newfoundland and Labrador Stuttering Association, I support their Mission of Advocacy and Support for People Who Stutter. This is the reason why I joined.