Camp Words Unspoken Executive Team
Brandon Towle – Founder & Director
Brandon Towle, is the Founder & Director of Camp Words Unspoken. He received his Associates Degree in Business Administration from Holyoke Community College.
As a lifelong stutterer Brandon can easily relate to the challenges those face with dysfluent speech. Brandon would not be as fluent as he is today without a solid support system and hours of practice utilizing the strategies he has learned over the years. Brandon continues to redirect and channel his speech to help become a more fluent speaker.
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….
“I believe through hard work and the use of various speech strategies you can make improvements in your fluency. 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 – Executive Director
James McNaughton steps into the role of Executive Director 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 Director
Lourdes Ramos-Heinrichs, M.A, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, has been a certified speech and language pathologist for 28 years, and a fluency specialist for 16-years. She has worked in two large urban school districts, in California and Boston, since 1991, providing speech-language clinical services to school-age children.
Lourdes served as CE Coordinator for two years on the American Board of Fluency and Fluency Disorders (ABFFD). 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 second year certified Ikebana practitioner and plays the ukulele for fun. Lourdes is glad to serve as the clinical director at Camp Words Unspoken.
Alida Engel, CCC-SLP, BCS-F – Clinical Consultant
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!
Karen Hines – Special Projects Chair
Karen Hines, worked in corporate marketing for 25 years as a product manager, client account services and marketing director for several small and medium size businesses in the Pioneer Valley. In 2006, she began teaching business courses as an adjunct professor at several local colleges. In 2012 she transitioned to full time teaching at Holyoke Community College, where she met Brandon Towle. Karen transferred to Berkshire Community College in 2019 when she moved to the Berkshire’s. In her current position she is focused on developing an Entrepreneurship program while continuing to grow the business program. She looks forward to being apart of Camp Words Unspoken as the Special Projects Chair.