The Stroke Comeback Center is fortunate to have dedicated, experienced and talented professionals who bring expertise and enthusiasm to all of our programs! This ensures that members will interact with personnel who have relevant background and expertise, even though our programs and activities do not constitute reimbursable professional services.
Darlene S. Williamson, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder & Executive Director
Darlene is well-known in the field of speech-language pathology, having presented at the regional, state and national level and as the recipient of several awards for her professional contributions and her tireless advocacy for people with aphasia. She received her undergraduate education at Purdue University and completed her postgraduate education at the University of Illinois. Darlene has more than 30 years of experience in all levels of post-stroke care. She was previously the Clinic Director at The George Washington University, in Washington, DC, and continues as adjunct faculty. Her commitment to individuals with aphasia is demonstrated by serving as the President of the National Aphasia Association. She has presented in the areas of supervision, ethics, progressive dementia, and aphasia, particularly group treatment and quality outcomes, but her primary area of clinical expertise and investigation is apraxia. She has researched the efficacy of various approaches to apraxia, including the Video Assisted Speech Technology (VASTTM) approach. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading historical biographies, all sports, and walking her dog. Her favorite time at the Center is hearing the laughter of the members.
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Melissa S. Richman, MS, CCC-SLP, Program Director
Melissa joined the Stroke Comeback Center in 2006 as the Program Director. Before coming to the Center, she was a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist for the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital where she worked primarily with survivors of stroke and brain injury. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland and James Madison University. Research interests include group treatment of aphasia, pragmatics, left neglect and quality of life after stroke. In her free time, Melissa enjoys playing with her dog, Zumba and knitting. Her favorite part of being at the Stroke Comeback Center is helping members get back to the business of living.
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Suzanne M. Coyle, MA, CCC-SLP, Member Services Director
Suzanne joined the Stroke Comeback Center in 2008. Prior to joining the staff of the Center she was a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital where she worked with survivors of stroke and brain injury. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami University in Ohio. Areas of specialty include aphasia group treatment, voice disorders, clinical ethics and quality of life. In her free time Suzanne enjoys travel, yoga and cooking. Her favorite aspect of being at the Center is watching new friendships form between members.
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Amy C. Georgeadis, MS, CCC-SLP
Amy joined the Stroke Comeback Center in 2013. Before coming to the Center, Amy was a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital where she worked with survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury. Her special interest and research experience is in telerehabilitation, or the delivery of speech services at a distance. She also helped establish a peer mentorship program for people with aphasia. In her free time, Amy enjoys time with her family, traveling, cooking and running. Her favorite part about being at the Center is watching the inspiring members continue to improve their communication skills and enjoy life.
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Beth Z. Thompson, MS, CCC-SLP
Beth joined the Stroke Comeback Center in 2015. Prior to coming to the Center, Beth has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her special interests lie in working with adults recovering from stroke and brain injury. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from James Madison University. In her free time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and yoga. Her favorite part of being at the Center is seeing how the members support and encourage each other in all aspects of their recovery.
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Nancy Selden, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Nancy began developing the stroke survivor fitness program at the Stroke Comeback Center in 2013. Her company, WellPeer LLC, specializes in designing long-term fitness programs for populations that are underserved by standard fitness programs. WellPeer also provides online and video fitness resources and support. Nancy’s favorite part of working with SCC members is helping them get stronger and feel more confident.
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Melanie-Joy H. Dorn MA CCC-SLP, Yoga Instructor
Melanie is a Yoga Instructor at The Stroke Comeback Center and holds special certification as a Vocal Yoga Instructor. She studied speech-language pathology at Ohio University and completed her graduate studies at George Washington University with a specialization in Adult Neurological Communication Disorders. She enjoys learning new things, spending time with her family, and riding her bike in the mountains of North Carolina. Providing yoga classes for those of all abilities and being inspired by her determined students is her favorite aspect of the Center.
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