St. Petersburg, FL (December 5, 2019) Voices of Hope for Aphasia, a 501(c)3 non-profit, has appointed Jeff Renzulli to their board of directors. The organization’s mission is to serve those who, due to stroke or other brain injury, have a language disorder that affects their ability to speak, understand, read, or write.
Since 2005, Mr. Renzulli has been a partner with The Sack Law Firm P.C. in McLean Virginia, specializing in real estate and business transactions. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University in 1988, receiving his B.A. in English and Government Studies. He then went on the receive his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1992 where he served as the editor of The International and Comparative Law Review. Mr. Renzulli’s father lived with aphasia for 7 years after a stroke and so addressing the challenges faced by people with aphasia is important to him.
“Voices of Hope for Aphasia is grateful to have someone with Mr. Renzulli’s unique blend of professional and personal experiences”, said Executive Director Debbie Yones. “…he has a compassionate understanding of the people we serve and provides guidance on governance procedures that will support our continued growth. I believe he will be an invaluable asset to our growing organization, and I look forward to working closely with him”.
Ken Bado, Chairman of the Voices of Hope for Aphasia board of directors added, “I am fortunate to have known Jeff for many years and I am eager to work with him as a fellow board member. Our board is comprised of dedicated individuals who selflessly give of their time and resources, and Jeff will be an excellent addition to our team”.
Voices of Hope for Aphasia is one of the largest and fastest growing community-based aphasia centers in the United States, and their programming is rooted in the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia which encourages and supports people with aphasia to reconnect with their lives and interests. All their programs operate on a pay-what-you-can model ensuring that everyone can participate regardless of their financial situation. Voices of Hope for Aphasia’s staff is comprised of licensed speech pathologists who continue to receive broad industry recognition. Today, Voices of Hope for Aphasia is serving a small percentage of the estimated 7,000 people in Pinellas County who have aphasia. With a recent focus on marketing, and outreach, they have set a goal to double their member base and add a new service location in the upcoming year.
About the organization: Voices of Hope for Aphasia is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting participation, supporting communication, and developing community among individuals whose ability to speak, understand, write, or read was affected due to stroke or other brain injury. The organization was formed in 2011 by founders Mike and Kathy Caputo after Mike’s stroke at the age of 51. Aphasia impacts over 2.4 million people in the US. There are over twice as many people living with aphasia than Parkinson’s and 150 times more than those with ALS. One in three people who suffer a stroke will have some form of aphasia and may suffer isolation, frustration, and depression due to the disorder. For more information about how our programs help on our programs – please visit http://www.vohaphasia.org