Camp Words Unspoken Midwest Team
Bekah Kanable – Clinical and Camp Liaison
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 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.
Kay Wallis MS/CCC-SLP, BCS-F – Speech-Language Pathologist
Kay Wallis has over 40 years experience as a speech language pathologist. She has worked with children and adults across a wide variety of medical and educational settings including hospitals, clinics, schools, private practice, and University. Kay recently retired from the University of Minnesota-Duluth after 10 years of service. Her responsibilities there included teaching courses in fluency disorders to undergraduate and graduate students and providing clinical instruction. She has been a Board Certified Specialist in stuttering since 2009. She continues to see clients within her private practice (Wallis Speech Services LLC) in Duluth, MN which specializes in consultation, evaluation and treatment of stuttering and other fluency disorders. When Kay is not working she can often be found outdoors hiking, xc skiing, fishing, paddling or camping. Kay is pleased to be part of the Minnesota Camp Words Unspoken leadership team. She looks forward to bringing her years of experience to help children who stutter speak freely and confidently.
Harrison Olk –
Harrison graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Masters of the Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. He is a licensed speech pathologist in both Minnesota and Oregon and holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence through the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Harrison’s clinical experience includes working in private practice, schools, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient rehabilitation. He has provided diagnostic and treatment services in the areas of receptive/expressive language, pragmatic language, fluency, cognitive communication, voice and adult swallowing. Harrison is passionate about helping his clients achieve their highest potential through individualized treatment in a positive and welcoming environment.
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.