Camp Words Unspoken Executive Team

Brandon Towle – Founder & Executive Director

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Brandon Towle

Brandon Towle, is the Founder & Executive Director of Camp Words Unspoken. He is a person who stutters and received his Associates Degree in Business Administration from Holyoke Community College.

Brandon has been contributing to the success of Camp Words Unspoken in a variety ways. This includes marketing, fundraising management, building donor relationships, program development, leadership development, special events, financial management, recruiting program participants and working closely with board members. He is proud of this life changing experience he has created for individuals who stutter and is on a mission to create more opportunities in the stuttering community. Brandon continues to serve as a guest speaker at universities, stuttering awareness events, non-profit conferences and summer camp conferences.

Brandon over the years has held various leadership roles for both recreation and dysfluency camps. He enjoys playing basketball and golf in his free time. He currently resides in Westfield, MA.

Words From the Director….
“Confidence and being comfortable with yourself are key factors that my program strives to bring out in each person. My staff and I will work closely with the campers to help reach their personal goals and to increase their level of confidence. We will ensure that the campers keep busy in a fun-filled environment. My hope is that each camper leaves with a lifetime of memorable moments during their stay with Camp Words Unspoken!”

James McNaughton – Program Coordinator

James McNaughton

James McNaughton steps into the role of Program Coordinator at Camp Words Unspoken, excited to support Brandon in manifesting his vision of creating New England’s first overnight camp for youths and teens that stutter. James is also the Founder and Director of Adventure In Adventure Out.

Since 1995,  AIAO has been facilitating it’s mission of connecting individuals more closely to nature, community, and self. It’s client base is vast and includes schools, camps, colleges,& non-profits. The business has three tiers;Team building,Leadership Development, and Outdoor Adventures. James is also on the Executive committee of Temenos Retreat Center, a small off the grid retreat center in Shutesbury, MA. He presently lives in Shutesbury and has been a Pioneer Valley resident all of his life.

Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs, M.A, CCC-SLP, BCS-F – Clinical Co-Director

Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs, M.A, CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs, M.A, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, has been a certified speech and language pathologist for over 30 years. She is a fluency specialist and holds a lifetime membership with the American Board of Fluency Disorders. She has worked in two large urban school districts, in California and Boston, since 1991, providing speech-language clinical services to school-age children. She has mentored numerous SLP colleagues through the processes of fluency specialization. She has been a fluency consultant within the Boston Public School District. Throughout her career she has been teaching classes and supervising clinics on Fluency Disorders in various settings including Northeastern University and Massachusetts Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Lourdes served as CE Coordinator for two years on the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders. Lourdes holds a lifetime membership with (ABFFD).  She has mentored numerous SLP colleagues through the processes of fluency specialization and has been a fluency consultant within the Boston Public School District. Throughout her career she has been teaching classes and supervising clinics on Fluency and Fluency Disorders in various settings including Northeastern University.

Lourdes enjoys engaging in all sports such as swimming, tennis, kayaking, biking, and hiking.  She is a certified Sogetsu School Ikebana teacher and plays the ukulele for fun. Lourdes is glad to serve as the clinical co-director with Deborah Bennett.

Deborah L. Bennett, M.S., CCC-SLP – Clinical Co-Director

Deborah L. Bennett, M.S., CCC-SLP

Deborah L. Bennett, MS CCC-SLP, has been a certified Speech-Language Pathologist for 22 years. She leads the NH Chapter of the National Stuttering Association, and has held game nights for kids who stutter at her private practice in Kenne, NH. She is a member of ASHA special interest groups in Fluency and Counseling. Her interests include stuttering and cluttering, augmentative communication, autism, and developmental disabilities.

Deborah has worked in a variety of settings including public and private schools, early intervention, and in pediatric mental health and skilled nursing facilities. She is currently a Clinical Supervisor at the University of New Hampshire. Deborah enjoys lake living on beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake in southern NH, where she loves boating, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and golf. She also brings a love of singing, music and theater to Camp Words Unspoken, where she is glad to join Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs as Clinical Co-Director.

Stephanie Frank, MA CCC-SLP – Speech Pathologist

Stephanie Frank, MA CCC-SLP

Stephanie Frank, MA CCC-SLP has been an ASHA-certified Speech Language Pathologist for 15 years. Stephanie began her career as a medical Speech Language Pathologist at various hospitals in New York City, where she treated adults and children who experienced brain injury which resulted in various speech. language and swallowing impairments. She has joined the NYC Department of Education, where she works in a community high school in Queens. Stephanie’s experience and expertise lies in fluency, autism, executive functioning, and literacy, as well as coordinating various social skills clubs and events in her school. She also provides speech and language evaluations to school age children.

When not working, Stephanie can be found on a beach, in Italy, or at a concert. She enjoys all that the great city of New York has to offer, especially trying every type of restaurant and cuisine. Stephanie lives in Astoria, Queens, and hopes to get a cat and a fish tank someday soon.

Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BCS-F – Clinical Consultant

Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BCS-F,  has 50 years of professional experience in Connecticut private and public schools, and in her private practice in New Haven, Connecticut. Alida is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders (BCS-F), making her one of only 160 such practitioners in the US and Canada.  To qualify, she has acquired a high level of clinical expertise in treating fluency disorders, possesses advanced knowledge, and has demonstrated a commitment to serving people with fluency disorders.

Alida currently works with children and adults.  In addition to her stuttering specialization, she is a generalist, with broad experience in autism, voice, language, articulation, reading, accent reduction, and other communication concerns. Articles about and by her have appeared in the New York Times, the New Haven Register and more.

In her continuing effort to keep abreast of developments in stuttering research and treatment, Alida has participated in many programs and studied therapeutic approaches, including:

  • The Lidcombe Method for Children who Stutter (Dr. Mark Onslow)
  • The 4th through 8th World Congresses for People Who Stutter
  • Cognitive Therapy Stuttering
  • The 11th Oxford Dysfluency Conference
  • All 4 Croatian Clinical Symposia on Stuttering

Alida loves improvisational dancing and is an owner of a yearly dance camp. She also loves baking, cooking, walking and cultivating bonsai trees– as well as being a speech and language pathologist!