PETER REITZES, MA, CCC-SLP, is President, Host and Co-founder of StutterTalk. Peter is a person who stutters and an ASHA certified, North Carolina licensed, speech-language pathologist working in an elementary school in Durham, NC and in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Mr. Reitzes is author of 50 Great Activities for Children Who Stutter: Lessons, Insights, and Ideas for Therapy Success (PRO-ED) and co-wrote Stuttering: Myths, Beliefs and Straight Talk – a brochure for the Stuttering Foundation. Mr. Reitzes has written numerous articles on stuttering and has taught graduate level stuttering courses at Long Island University, St. John’s University and Touro College. Peter has volunteered for FRIENDS, the National Stuttering Association and the Our Time Theatre Company and was co-facilitator of 2002’s Stutter Across America – a series of eight summer workshops hosted in cities across the United States.
JOHN COAKLEY is currently working towards a degree in Library and Information Science at the Palmer School, with a concentration in the Archival Sciences. His previous work experience includes tutoring, academic administration, and magazine publishing. He has served as Vice President of his building’s Co-Op board and oversaw a number of extensive improvement projects. John plays drums with a country-punk band called Dirty Wings. He stutters, and as a child worked with both Rochester’s Al Sigl Center and SUNY Geneseo’s Speech and Language Clinic in managing said disability.