- Taro Alexander, SAY’s Founder & President, created and heads all SAY programs since the organization’s inception in 2001. Taro established Camp SAY in 2008, and in addition to camp, Taro has led SAY’s Confident Voices program, teaching writing, dance, acting, directing, and music to children, 8-18. Taro has directed more than 1,000 original plays with music written and performed by kids who stutter. Prior to SAY, Taro worked as a professional actor, and was a cast member of STOMP. Taro enjoys spending time with his family – his talented wife Leigh, and their three children.
- Meg Hart, Camp Director has led Camp SAY’s activities for up to 140 children since 2012. In addition to being one of Camp SAY’s original camp counselors (as early as 2008), Meg also worked as a SAY intern and volunteer (since 2005). Prior to joining SAY, Meg was a Special Education teacher in New York City.
- Melissa Castillo, Camp Associate joined us in 2015, and has worked closely with our entire Camp team to host successful 2015 and 2016 Camp SAY summer sessions and this exciting new Camp SAY West Coast weekend camp. Previously, Melissa was a teaching artist and actress.
- Loryn McGill, M.S. CCC-SLP, Chapman University is a speech-language pathologist in her private practice OC Fluency Center as well as faculty at Chapman University. She presents and organizes one-day conferences for FRIENDS, speaks at national and international workshops on stuttering, is a NSA family chapter co-leader, and educates school districts on stuttering intervention. When she is not chasing around her toddler, she can be found snowboarding and sailing.
- Mackenzie Ogle, M.S., CF-SLP She has her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from USC—fight on! Mackenzie is an Orange County native, loves the outdoors, and is passionate about supporting the stuttering community.
- Trisha Thapar, M.S., CF-SLP She is excited to enter the field of Speech-Language Pathology and is passionate about working with the stuttering community. Trisha was born in India, raised in Singapore, and currently lives in sunny Southern California. She received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from CSU Long Beach, and enjoys dancing, cooking, and writing in her free time.
Our team understands the unique challenges faced by children who stutter, and how these challenges can impact their lives and in some cases, block their ability to fully express themselves. Camp staff is dedicated to creating a safe and accepting environment where kids and teens can safely expand their comfort zones and discover their beautiful and unique voices.
During your child’s time at camp, they really will become part of the Camp SAY family.