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

TREASURER AND DIRECTOR

  • 23 years experience in loss control and risk management in the commercial P&C 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

Arlene Okawa

Secretary and Director

  • ASHA certified and licensed speech-language pathologist
  • Over 29 years experience working in schools, in outpatient and inpatient rehab and with adults with aphasia in the clinical setting
  • Family member with aphasia
  • Involved with the Suncoast Aphasia community since 2018

Stephanie Smolen-Lomazov

Secretary & Director

  • Info coming soon

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