Board of Directors

Donna Pollele

President and DIRECTOR

  • ASHA certified and licensed speech-language pathologist
  • 30 years experience working with persons with aphasia & co-survivors
  • Managed teams of speech-language pathologists and clinical staff at various healthcare facilities
  • Involved in the Suncoast Aphasia community since 2012
  • Teaching faculty member in Communication Sciences and Disorders at University of South Florida system since 2011

Erika Boyle


  • 23 years experience as a loss control and risk management professional in the commercial Property & Casualty insurance industry
  • Aphasia co-survivor since 2000
  • Husband is Tom Boyle, a stroke survivor and person living successfully with aphasia
  • Active in raising awareness of aphasia
  • Advocate for people with aphasia
  • Co-founded the Suncoast Aphasia Support Group in 2007

Stephanie Smolen-Lomazov

Secretary AND Director

  • ASHA certified and licensed Medical Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Owner and Lead Speech Pathologist at Neuro Speech Therapy in Sarasota, FL
  • Extensive experience working with adults with aphasia and other swallowing and cognitive-communication disorders in the acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation centers
  • Graduate from Northwestern University with a Masters’s in Speech, Language, and Learning with a specialization in Aphasia and Medical Speech Pathology
  • Active advocate for people with aphasia and their families

Becky Reese

Director of Fundraising and Social Media

  • 35 years experience teaching in Sarasota County Schools
  • Aphasia co-survivor since 2018
  • Husband, Rick Reese, is a stroke survivor and person living successfully with Aphasia
  • Active in raising awareness of Aphasia
  • Involved in the Suncoast Aphasia Community since 2018