Support Leadership Committee

The National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association utilizes a regional structure to help foster support. Through this outreach, we hope to build a strong network for people living with spasmodic dysphonia.

Support Services Director
Mary Bifaro
Oversees support activities and serves as a liaison to the NSDA Board.

US Support Group Developer
Mel Dubovick
Responsible for the development and establishment of new support groups.

Area Contact Persons Coordinator
Pat Hill
Responsible for the recruitment and development of Area Contact Persons.

Regional Representatives

Eastern United States/Canada: Carol Doles
Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Ontario

Western United States: John Comer
Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

The NSDA Support Group Leader Committee serves as a resource for new and existing support group leaders. This committee complements the advice and support being given by NSDA staff and our Regional Representative along with serving as mentors to support group leaders. Led by Mary Bifaro, the Committee includes Carol Doles as they have demonstrated their ability to manage local SD support group communities

Looking for a Support Group?
Please check the Support Group directory to see if there is a group in your area. If there is not one in your area, why not consider starting one! We have great leaders ready to assist you. Also, the NSDA has a strong relationship with many individuals living outside the United States who serve as Area Contact Persons. Please check the Support Group directory and choose "International" from the pull-down menu to see if there is an Area Contact Person in your area.