The Chapter Leaders
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.
Sivan Aulov: I was born and then partly raised in Vienna, Austria, moving to the United States at the age of six. I speak four languages and consider myself an equal opportunity employer, stuttering in all of them. Growing up, I experienced a great deal of shame and frustration when it came to my speech. And after a journey of countless years of speech therapy in my childhood and young adult life, I hit a road block. I know now that the therapy worked only on the physical mechanics of speech, and had never dealt with the immense and complicated emotional side of the disorder. I found the NSA in October of 2013 and my involvement in the group has changed my life, and my self. My lifelong stuttering journey has brought me at last to a place of understanding that I need to cooperate with my nature rather than continue resistance. I understand, and have begun to accept, myself as well. The warm welcome and sense of community I received upon joining the group continues to be a transformative life experience. As for my professional endeavors, I am currently earning my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in Psychology and Child Learning Development and plan to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. I am a lover of all things adventure, comedy, and National Stuttering Association. I hope we can grow together on this st-st-stuttering journey.