Meet Our Team
Director & Co-Founder: Sarah Vann
Sarah Vann (previously Herr Davies), M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist for Portland Public Schools and private practice in Portland, Oregon. She has a strong interest and passion for stuttering, which has quickly become her area of specialty in the field. While working with clients who stutter, Sarah's mission is to provide support in helping individuals become confident as a person who stutters through treating all aspects of stuttering, including attitudes and emotions, instead of solely focusing on the stuttering behaviors themselves. It is because of this belief in her treatment approach and a need for more community and social opportunities for those who stutter, that she joined forces with Kristin Mangan in early 2016, to create Camp More.
Beyond camp, Sarah is actively involved in the stuttering community. She currently leads the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA)-an adult support group for people who stutter. In addition, after witnessing the positive impact of TOPS: Teens Out Promoting Stuttering, a support group for teens who stutter started by Kristin Mangan, Sarah identified a similar need for a younger age-group and started KOPS: Kids Out Promoting Stuttering. Sarah has presented on the topic of stuttering to fellow SLPs, educators, children, and families.
Sarah is incredibly proud of Camp More and it's success the past three years. She is beyond excited for the continued growth which includes a nonprofit partnership as a foundation of the Charitable Partnership Fund. When not working or with her groups, Sarah is usually always kept busy by her three teenage and one infant sons: Bryton, Maddox, Jonas, and Colton. Sarah also enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, arts and crafting, and spending time with her friends and family.
Assistant Director & Co-Founder: Kristin Mangan
Kristin Mangan, M.A., CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor and Speech-Language Pathologist at the Institute on Development and Disability at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She has specialized in stuttering, as well as feeding and swallowing, for the past 16 years. She is an active member in the FRIENDS, the National Association for Young People Who Stutter, as well as in the National Stuttering Association (NSA). She has presented both regionally and nationally on the subject of stuttering to children, parents, educators, and other professionals.
On a local level Kristin sees children, teens, and young adults who stutter for evaluations and treatment at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC). Given her strong beliefs that counseling, community, self-acceptance as a person who stutters, and building confidence is an imperative part of one's stuttering journey, she also runs a support group for teens who stutter, called TOPS: Teens Out Promoting Stuttering. Monthly she plans and facilitates TOPS group outings, activities, and volunteer opportunities around the Portland Metro Area. This has been a source of tremendous joy for Kristin and has resulted in growth and excitement for the teens that participate regularly.
Given the success of TOPS and the shared goals with Sarah, Kristin and Sarah decided to expand their mission for community, connectedness, confidence, and acceptance and started Camp More in 2016 with the support of OHSU. After two successful years of running Camp More, and ample community excitement and support, Kristin and Sarah have now instead partnered with the Charitable Partnership Fund to better run these non-profit efforts as well as to continue and expand Camp More. When not at work, Kristin greatly enjoys spending time with her family and friends, mainly her 8-year old son, Sive. She also loves traveling, exercising, reading, cooking, and gardening.
Community Outreach Director: Natalie Griffin
Natalie Griffin is a speech-language pathologist for Klamath Falls City Schools in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Portland State University in 2013 and her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology from Pacific University in 2015.
Natalie's passion in the world of speech-language pathology is working with kids and teenagers who stutter. Natalie received speech therapy through the public school system throughout her life. She spent her teenage and young adult years searching for a reason why she was never "cured" of stuttering and returned to speech therapy many times. It wasn't until she attended the PSU Speech and Hearing Clinic and started to learn about stuttering that she began to accept and even appreciate her speech. She now believes there is nothing better for kids and teens who stutter than the chance to share life experiences and discuss stuttering openly with one another. Outside of work and stuttering, you can find Natalie baking, drinking copious amounts of coffee, spending hours in a bookstore, or kayaking with her husband, Anthony.
Outdoor Recreation & Safety Coordinator: Ian MacKay
Ian MacKay is a person who stutters who grew up backpacking and exploring in the Pacific Northwest and is proud to call Oregon home. Ian received a Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation from Oregon State University followed by a Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University. He has developed a diverse skill set over the years while working as a Wilderness Therapy Guide with Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions and Big City Mountaineers, an Eco-therapy Educator at Chemawa Indian school and a Head Counselor at Camp SAY in New York. He is dedicated to deepening the role social workers and counselors can play in the lives of people who stutter through macro-level advocacy and individual empowerment.
Growing up as a person who stutters, Ian struggled with traditional speech therapy and lacked a stuttering community. He didn’t know anyone else who stuttered and didn’t meet anyone else who talked like him until he was 25! Through much time and dedication, Ian has found friends who stutter, and allies who support them, across the country and even internationally! As an adult who stutters, he is working on changing his personal narrative to look at his stuttering as a gift (rather than a barrier) and a way to bring more empathy into to the world.
He is passionate about supporting people who stutter in connecting themselves with others who understand the challenges stuttering can bring. Ian wishes there would have been something like Camp More when he was a young person growing up in Portland.
Ian has a certificate in permaculture design and has worked many hours as a landscaper and handyman in his spare time. He has an incredible wife, amazing cat, and five ridiculous chickens who share a home with him in Portland. When not working as a counselor, you may find Ian eating spicy Thai noodles (his favorite!), exploring the woods, riding his bike, or digging in the dirt.
Camp Mentor & Outdoor Recreation Guide : Glenn Weybright
Glenn Weybright, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a person who stutters and a Portland speech language pathologist. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency under certification standards established by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Glenn began stuttering at age 11 and at age 20 he received speech therapy at Portland State University where he learned tools to help him manage his stuttering. He has taught the Stuttering graduate course at Portland State University, and he is a founding member of the Portland chapter of the National Stuttering Association.
Glenn was born in Astoria Oregon and grew up in Warrenton Oregon and St. Helens Oregon, both Columbia River towns. His father was a commercial fisherman when they lived on the coast. Glenn’s love of water and fishing and boats comes from there. Glenn met his wife, Debbie, while both were taking a biology lab at Portland State University. He was impressed with her positive attitude and scalpel skill as she dissected a fetal pig. They have four grown children and six grandchildren, and they live in Beaverton Oregon.
Glenn likes hiking, fishing, clam digging and crabbing, and kayaking and canoeing. For years, he was a member of a competitive Portland dragon boat paddling club called Hampton Woods.
Glenn also enjoys biking, camping, reading, and writing. His favorite foods are yakisoba noodles and chocolate. Glenn has worked as a kayak guide in Sitka, Alaska and Ridgefield, Washington. He is also a card-carrying Angler Instructor for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is probably the only person in Portland who collects beaver sticks (he has over 50). In his spare time, you might find him practicing fly casting out in the street in front of his house.