Staff and Board of Directors

Our Staff

The experience, integrity, warmth, and energy of the AIS staff are the intangible components that make its programs life-transforming experiences for clients and their families.

 

Heather L. GrossmanPhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-FD
Board Recognized Specialist in Fluency Disorders
Clinical Director

 

Dr. Heather Grossman has worked with children and adults who stutter for over 25 years and was among the first select group of speech-language pathologists to receive board recognition as a specialist in the treatment of fluency disorders from ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association).

Heather is extremely active in the stuttering self-help community. She is a frequent presenter at conferences of the National Stuttering Association and FRIENDS - the National Association of Young People who Stutter. She has also presented numerous professional papers on stuttering at both national and international conferences, including those of ASHA and IFA (International Fluency Association). She is regularly called upon as an expert reference for journalistic coverage of stuttering and has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including the CBS Morning Show.

Dr. Grossman has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher, and clinician. Before joining AIS, she was the clinical services coordinator at Hofstra University and an adjunct professor at Long Island University, Mercy College, and Queens College. In addition to fluency disorders, her teaching and clinical experience has focused on childhood language and learning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and language development.

Heather received her doctorate degree in 2008 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She continues to pursue an active research agenda with current studies focusing on outcome measures and specific aspects of fluency-enhancing conditions for stuttering. With her unique background, Heather brings to AIS a wealth of clinical expertise based on a solid theoretical foundation.

Carl L. HerderM.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Carl is a licensed speech-language pathologist and holds a certificate of clinical competence as awarded by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. He is currently pursuing board recognition as a specialist in fluency disorders. Carl first joined the AIS staff in 2006, and had the opportunity to work alongside the founder of AIS, Catherine Montgomery, for four years.

Carl has taught courses in both phonetic science and fluency disorders at the University of Maryland and George Washington University. He has presented numerous times at national and international conventions, and has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Fluency Disorders and Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Before joining the AIS team, Carl was a graduate student at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCF with his Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During his time at UCF, he developed a strong interest in fluency and fluency disorders while performing research under the direction of Dr. Chad Nye and Dr. Martine Vanryckeghem.

Sara MacIntyreM.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Sara brings a unique perspective to AIS as both a clinician and a person who stutters. She believes her personal experience allows her to relate to her clients on a deeper level. As a person who stutters, Sara has experienced stuttering therapy firsthand and can relate to the ups and downs that are common in personal change.

Sara graduated from the University of Pittsburgh as the department’s Emeritus recipient for top academic honors. While earning her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology, Sara studied under Dr. J. Scott Yaruss and conducted research investigating the reliability and validity of various stuttering measurement techniques.

Prior to entering the field of Speech-Language Pathology, Sara earned her Bachelors in Finance from Lehigh University and worked for an investment consulting firm.

She is very active within the self-help community where she has facilitated numerous workshops at both the FRIENDS and National Stuttering Association’s national conferences. Sara co-founded a teen support group in Pittsburgh, has appeared on StutterTalk, and published a chapter in the recently published StutterTalk book sharing her experiences.

In addition to stuttering, Sara has experience with pediatric articulation and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, aphasia, dysphagia, and dysarthria.

Next time you see Sara make sure to ask her about her adventures living in Tanzania and Ireland.

Kristel Kubart M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

 

As a person who has stuttered since childhood, Kristel knows firsthand how challenging it can be to struggle with a fluency problem. Her life was changed through a combination of successful speech therapy and being around others who stutter, and she devoted herself to becoming an expert in the field of stuttering. She is dedicated to using her expertise to similarly help others not only with the physical aspects of stuttering, but the emotional and attitudinal components as well.

Kristel received her Masters degree in speech and language pathology from Purdue University in 2009. As Lab Coordinator at the Purdue Stuttering Project, she was a part of a team of scientists and speech-language pathologists who conducted research to understand how stuttering develops in young children. Kristel is extremely active in stuttering self-help organizations including the National Stuttering Association and FRIENDS - the National Association for Young People who Stutter. In this capacity, she has led numerous support groups and workshops for children, teenagers, and adults who stutter.

In addition to being a part of the AIS team, Kristel has worked in the New York City public school system since 2010, first at an inner city high school and now at a magnet elementary school. As a school-based therapist she works with students with a wide range of communication difficulties including those with fluency, receptive and expressive language, autism spectrum disorders, articulation, and voice disorders. With her arsenal of professional skills and personal experiences, Kristel is a valued member to the AIS team.

Bridget Scully
Office Manager

 

Since November of 2010 Bridget has enjoyed being the voice that people first hear when reaching out to the American Institute for Stuttering. Prior to joining the AIS, she volunteered for one year with the AmeriCorps nonprofit, City Year-New York. While working with City Year, Bridget focused on the education gap in the urban public school system; she was a tutor, mentor and leader of community projects. In addition, she successfully led a Saturday community service program for Harlem high school students.

Her passion for service-learning and non-profits led her to the AIS. Bridget graduated from Douglass College at Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts. Bridget loves NYC–the constant flow of life, the people-watching and the limitless options of food to consume! She also has a passion to see more of the world. She has traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia and studied abroad in South Africa.

Board of Directors - Officers

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The American Institute for Stuttering has a Board of Directors made up of highly respected professionals and associates.

 

Chairman
Nolan Russo Jr.
Director, Business Development
Capital Printing
Middlesex, NJ

Board of Directors - Members

Walter Anderson
Chairman, CEO
Parade Magazine
New York, NY
Barry Blaustein
Writer, Director, Producer
Toluca Lake, CA
Emily Blunt
Actress
London, UK

Laureen Coyne, Esq.
Director
Risk & Insurance Management
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
New York, NY

Eric Dinallo, Esq.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY

David Esseks, Esq.
Partner
Allen & Overy LLP
New York, NY
Sir Harold Evans
Author, Publisher
New York, NY
Sander Flaum
Managing Partner
Flaum Partners, Inc.
New York, NY

Aaron Graff
President and COO
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Parsippany, NJ
Fred Hassan
Chairman of the Board
Bausch & Lomb
Boca Raton. FL
Tony Hooper
President, Americas
Bristol-Myers Squibb
New York, NY
Susan Reichardt, PhD
Director of Training
Surface Transportation Board
Washington, DC
Aman Kumar
Partner
Mindspan, LLC
Palo Alto, CA
Norbert Lewandowski
President, Lewandowski & Co.
Motivational Speaker
Medina, OH
Kenyon Martin
NBA All-Star Forward
New York Knicks
New York, NY

Clarence Page
Journalist
Washington, DC
Austin Pendleton
Actor, Director, Writer
New York, NY
David Resnicow David Resnicow
President
Resnicow Schroeder
New York, NY
Michael Sheehan Michael Sheehan
President
Sheehan Associates
Washington, DC
John Stossel John Stossel
Fox Business Host
New York, NY

 

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