President- Tom Cleveland (2016-2018)
I was laryngectomized in April 1995. I am a cancer survivor and a recovering alcoholic. I have been sober since 1981. I talk to schools, colleges, and universities about cancer from tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. I also talk to doctors and medical staff in hospitals, with a focus on the emergency department, about what to look for when a laryngectomy comes in.
I serve, volunteer, and support various organizations and groups, including the IAL. I am currently the President of Kalamazoo Speak Easy Club as well as the President of Truth About Tobacco (TAT). I have served on many boards for The American Cancer Society to my local neighborhood and I am still very involved in volunteering with my local ACS. I am a member of ACS Cancer Action Network and have traveled to Washington D.C. twice as an Ambassador. I also serve as Chair of Bronson Patient Family Advisory Council.
Vice President- Helen Grathwohl (2016)
Secretary – Barbara Nitschneider (2014-2018)
During her years of service on the Board she was appointed to the Executive, Public Affairs, Bylaws, Speech Standards and Annual Meeting committees. In the past she has also served as the President of the Illinois Association of Laryngectomees and as president and secretary of her local club.
She has served as the Public Member of the Speech/Audiology Board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and on the Rehabilitation Board of the American Cancer Society. She has spoken to nurses, nurse trainees, doctors, Speech/Language Pathologists, Speech/Language Pathology students and high school groups; and continues to visit hospital patients,
Barb became a laryngectomee in 1974 at the age of 27. She attended her first IAL Annual Meeting in 1976 in Chicago and has only missed one since then. Until 2009 she used esophageal speech as her primary method of communication. In 2009, after throat dilation, her esophagus was perforated. After many months her esophagus was rebuilt. As a result she now uses an electrolarynx to speak.
Barb has been retired for 13 years after teaching second grade for 34 years. She then subbed as a Special Ed teacher for two years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University in 1968, and completed her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1995. She and her husband Bob are busy traveling and enjoying retirement. Barb also spends her time riding and caring for her buckskin mare Amber. She also volunteers two days a week as a groom and horse leader for Mainstay, a therapeutic riding center.
I am pleased to be serving again as Secretary for the IAL. As a result of my surgery I feel I have been given a purpose and a responsibility – to provide inspiration and hope to those facing the same adventure. My life has been truly blessed by the wonderful friends I have made. I was given a challenge, and have been able to meet it and grow from it. My goal is to help others as a result of the work I do as Secretary of the IAL
Candace Moltz (2014-2018)
I am a Speech Language Pathologist at the Dallas VA Medical Center where I have worked for 20 years. Before that I was a clinical supervisor at the University of Texas at Dallas in the Speech Pathology graduate program for nine years. Early on, I was mentored by Jessie Hart (a long-time IAL BOD member) who facilitated my interest and commitment to the rehabilitation of Laryngectomees. With Jessie and a handful of Texas Lost Chord Club presidents from around Texas, I helped plan the first of 21 Texas Laryngectomee Association Annual meetings based on the Voice Institute and Annual Meeting of the IAL. For three days every year, laryngectomees and their families, Speech Pathologists and SLP graduate students (sometimes as many as 100), meet in rotating cities around Texas and learn how to overcome this catastrophic disability. I am dedicated to the rehabilitation of laryngectomees, proud of Texas and proud of the Texas Laryngectomee Association. I am honored to serve on the IAL Board of Directors
Administrative Manager-Susan Reeves (2008-2016) *Staff