The Chapter Leader
David Alpuche: I was born and raised in México City, where I lived most of my life, but for the past few years Dallas has been my home. I started stuttering when I was four years old and I still do to this day, but my outlook on stuttering is drastically different. Growing up in México, speech therapy wasn’t really available, so in an attempt to cure my stuttering my family sent me to a couple psychologists, a neurologist and even a witch doctor (I wish I was joking!), but none of that helped. It wasn’t until 2011, already in Dallas, when I started going to speech therapy and shortly after to NSA meetings. That same year I attended my first NSA conference in Ft. Worth and life hasn’t been the same since. Professionally I am a full-time photographer (mostly weddings, photojournalism and fine art) who occasionally dabbles in writing and translating. I love reading, live music, tattoos, playing chess and I volunteer at the University of Texas at Dallas as their stuttering advisor. I became co-leader of the Dallas chapter in February 2016.