Camp Words Unspoken Midwest Team

Bekah Kanable – Clinical and Camp Liaison

Bekah Kanable

Bekah is a speech-language pathologist and third generation Star Lake Wilderness Camp “Lifer”, who has camped there ever since she can remember. She earned her masters degree at St. Cloud State University and works in the Becker, MN public school district. She is also the secretary of the Star Lake Board of Directors. Now she is excited to step into her role as the Clinical and Camp Liaison for Star Lake and Camp Words Unspoken, bringing CWU’s mission to Minnesota and the MidWest. Bekah wants to walk alongside campers while providing tools and support through their journey as kids who stutters. She hopes this camp is a chance for all to grow and connect in an awesome environment filled with adventures around every corner! When Bekah’s not camping, she’s spending time with her family, enjoying a cup of iced coffee or soaking up life on the lake.

Janet Tilstra, PhD CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist

Janet Tilstra, PhD CCC-SLP

Janet Tilstra is a speech-language pathologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at St Cloud State University. She completed her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Iowa in 1991 and her PhD in educational psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2007. Dr Tilstra has been a certified speech-language pathologist for more than 25 years with an ongoing focus in stuttering, language, and reading.

Dr Tilstra teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on stuttering/speech fluency, language development/disorders and research methods. She is an active clinical supervisor and passionate ally dedicated to amplifying the voices of people living with communication differences and disorders. She enjoys mentoring students, consulting with schools and non-profit agencies, and designing innovative training models for professionals in health and human service professions.

Sheila Cina, M.A., CCC-SLP –

Sheila Cina, M.A., CCC-SLP

Sheila Cina, M.A., CCC-SLP,  is a speech-language pathologist and fluency disorder liaison at Minneapolis Public Schools. She also works at Speech and Language Connections in Maple Grove, specializing in working with people who stutter and their families. Sheila enjoys incorporating her skills as a Certified Fearless Living Coach into her speech and language therapy. She loves to help her clients and students of all ages grow in understanding of stuttering, develop more confident communication, and become their own best advocate.

Sheila enjoys living in Minnesota and is so excited to be a part of such a unique camp opportunity. Minnesota is a beautiful setting for people who stutter to develop friendships, gain confidence, and experience the joy of communication. When it’s time to relax, Sheila enjoys hearing stories of all kinds, from picture books, to friendly conversations, to music lyrics. She loves to make pizzas, hikes year-round, and has two goofy dogs that keep her and her husband, Matt, well entertained.