CHAT Retreat is a place where meaningful connections with others are created and nurtured. CHAT stands for Community, Harmony, Advocacy and Transcendence as this retreat brings adults who stutter together to share ideas and build camaraderie.
It’s a place where individuals who stutter can learn to be a powerful voice in their community to inspire positive change. We at CHAT Retreat believe through personal recognition of one’s unique attributes, adults who stutter can build the necessary self confidence to conquer any speaking situation.
CHAT Retreat will be facilitated by Oregon-based SLPs who specialize in fluency disorders & SLP graduate student clinicians from Portland State University
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We appreciate your support! With your contribution you are helping us provide transportation to all our participants to and from the camp site.
We would like to say thank you to Christy Bisconer, Denise Nguyen, Lindsey Johnson Taylor, and Alla Bess for being the founders of CHAT Retreat. This retreat is possible because of the strong foundation these individuals built a year ago. We hope to take their creation and build upon it to create an environment where we continue to inspire, community, harmony, advocacy, and transcendence.
CHAT Retreat SLP Supervisors
Megann McGill PhD, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. She is the Primary Investigator in the PSU Stuttering Lab. She received her bachelor's, master's, and PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Megann's research and clinical interests include fluency disorders, telepractice, and bilingualism. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on her research. Additionally, Megann has been an invited presenter to Portland Public Schools, the National Stuttering Association - Portland Chapter, and SABOR (SLPs Advocating for Bilingualism in Oregon). Clinically, Megann has worked as a Spanish-English bilingual SLP in acute care, private practice, home health, and educational settings. On the weekends, Megann enjoys spending time with her husband, Patrick, and miniature-schnauzer, Lulu.
Glenn Weybright is a person who stutters and a Portland speech language pathologist. He holds a Masters degree in speech-language pathology from Portland State University, the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, and is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency under certification standards established by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. He also teaches university graduate students who take the Stuttering class at Portland State University. Glenn 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 and his wife Debbie have four grown children and six grandchildren. They live in Beaverton Oregon.
Glenn began stuttering at age 11. At age 20 he received speech therapy at Portland State University and learned tools to help him manage his stuttering.
Glenn met his wife 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.
Glenn has spent time at Meadowood Springs, a speech therapy summer camp in the Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. Everyone there had camp names. His camp name was Possum.
Glenn likes running. He has run 15 times in the famous Hood to Coast and Portland to Coast relay races. He has also run four marathons in Portland. On the day he turned 50, Glenn walked and ran 50 miles around Portland with friends and family keeping him company.
Glenn also 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.