Karen Tucker, M.A.
Executive Director ktucker@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org
The Adler Aphasia Center team (Founders, Board of Directors, Staff, volunteers, people with aphasia and caregivers) has created a therapeutic environment where life and love continue to flourish. I am honored to be part of this very special place"

Ginette Abbanat, M.A., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
To join The Adler Aphasia Center as a member, caregiver, volunteer or staff person is to become part of a new family."

Karen Castka, M.S., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
At the Center, members are able to build new friendships and gain a greater confidence in their ability to communicate. I am proud to be part of this organization."

Sheila Dempsey
Life Coach
Every caregiver has an amazing story that needs to be told. Their world has been turned upside down and inside out. Together, we attempt to clarify their ideas,attitudes, emotions and beliefs. Exploring options for positive change offers ways to live their new life to the fullest. It is an honor to help care for the caregivers."

Janice Dittelman, M.S., CCC-SLP
Technology Coach
I first came to The Adler Aphasia Center to attend a conference. Having worked in a hospital setting with aphasic patients I was very impressed with the Center. It was different than any other setting I had been involved with. It offers an opportunity for people with aphasia as well as families and caregivers to socialize and participate in everyday activities. I feel privileged to be part of the staff here working towards making a daily difference in the lives of those people touched by aphasia."

Sharon Glaser, M.S., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
I have been an admirer of the Adler Aphasia Center programs since its inception and have recognized the creativity and research focus on which it is based. I am honored to be working with our members and their families to enhance their communication abilities and quality of life."

Chrysa Golashesky, M.B.A.
Program Director, Something Special
I am a caregiver to my father who has aphasia. My work at the center with our members continues to educate me about the nuances of aphasia. I am inspired by the creativity they exhibit in my technology programs."

Elissa Goldstein
Director of Development and Communications
Improving public awareness of aphasia means improving the lives of those with aphasia. Our members are our strongest advocates and teach us so much about the human spirit. When our members benefit, our entire community benefits. This a place of hope and new possibilities."

Wendy Greenspan, M.A., CCC-SLP
Program Director, Adler Aphasia Center at JCC MetroWest and Aphasia Communication Groups
The Adler Aphasia Center is a leader in helping people with aphasia rebuild their lives using the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. I'm very proud and very fortunate to work with the dedicated staff and the amazing members of the Adler Aphasia Center."

Julie Harris
Technology Coach
The Adler Aphasia Center is such a happy place to be. It provides an environment where its members can communicate comfortably and where their communication skills are always improving. I am lucky to be a part of the center."

Tamara Heimlich, Ph.D
Research Associate
The individuals who attend the Adler Aphasia Center are truly courageous and inspirational people. I am privileged to be part of a professional team whose goal is to better our members' lives on a daily basis."

Audrey Holland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Director of Research
Research activities are taking hold at the Center. The goal of research at the Center is to make our footprint on the world of aphasia rehabilitation as broad as possible. We believe research into the many facets of aphasia treatment is necessary to achieve this goal."

Paola Gonzalez Lazaro, M.S., SLP
Communication Coach
Helping people with aphasia improve their communication skills is a truly rewarding experience. Their quality of life is enhanced, and so is ours, who are fortunate enough to be by their side."

Linda Lorenz, M.A., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
I am excited and proud to be a part of the Adler Aphasia community. It is a one of a kind place providing a supportive, nurturing and friendly environment for members and staff."

Amy May
Executive Administrative Assistant
I felt at home as soon as I walked through the door. It is just that kind of place. When you enter the center you are greeted by our cheerful receptionists and the experience evolves with an overwhelming sense of comfort and caring. We are a team with a special mission that is accomplished with the talent and compassion of our volunteers, caregivers and staff. Our members light up our lives everyday and the rewards of working here are abundant."

Meryl Nadell, MSW, LCSW
Social Worker
The Adler Aphasia Center presents an unparalleled opportunity for people with aphasia to interact, explore and create gratifying relationships. It provides a safe haven that enables members to reach out and express themselves in the fullest way possible. It is inspiring to be part of this effort."

Patricia Ochoa-Werschultz, M.A., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
I enjoy working with members immensely and helping them have conversations again. Adler provides an atmosphere that makes it easy for members and staff to feel as if we’re all in a home away from home."

Jill Paradise, M.S., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
The Adler Aphasia Center community helps to create an environment of ability, opportunity, growth, connection, and possibility. I am honored to be part of this inspiring program."

Stephanie Perna
Development Associate, Volunteer Coach
Being at the center fills me with friendship, encouragement and laughter. I am so lucky to be able to be there every day!"

Todd Pleeter
Technology Coach
Einstein said, "In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." The Adler Aphasia Center indeed provides an opportunity to every member with aphasia, the possibility to communicate. I had a stroke in 2006 and lost the ability to speak. I know that the center brings to its members a sense of healing."

Joann Sabo, M.A., CCC-SLP
Communication Coach
Within every challenge lies the solution"

Robin Straus, M.S.
Education and Training Coordinator
The Center is such a warm, hopeful and nurturing environment. My life has been changed for the better by knowing our wonderful members, staff and volunteers. I am honored to be an advocate for aphasia."

Gretchen Szabo, M.A., CCC-SLP
Research Speech-Language Pathologist
I think many people are turned off by the concept of research - maybe thinking it is too technical or sterile. The research we do at the center lets me partner with our members to capture the improved communication and socialization that is reflected by their success stories. As a result, the words that come to mind when I think of research are humanistic and inspiring."