Board of Directors

Ron Ottavio
Shawn Fleck
Kathryn Enchelmayer
Adam Jacks
Brian VanHook
Julie A. Huffman
Kate Shaw
Stephen Mann


Ronald Ottavio, CKM
Chair

Ron Ottavio

Ron is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia, and a graduate of the University of Richmond. He has lived in the Triangle area of North Carolina since 2000. Ron served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the North Carolina State Treasurer from 2009 – 2013. Prior to this, Ron was with Wachovia Bank for 34 years, serving in various management and leadership roles. Currently, he is the President and CEO of The Ottavio Group, a consulting firm specializing in Executive Coaching and Knowledge Management work. Ron has been on the TAP Board of Directors for approximately 2 years. He has a special passion for TAP’s mission as his wife, Debbie, suffered from Primary Progressive Aphasia for the last 8 years of her life.

In his spare time, Ron enjoys spending time at his lake home in Virginia and with his Golden Retriever, Gracie!
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Shawn Fleck
Vice Chair

Shawn Fleck

Shawn is a global sales and marketing leader in high technology. Shawn leads sales and marketing organizations towards growth. Shawn is also a board member for TAP (Triangle Aphasia Project), a nonprofit organization helping people that have suffered with aphasia from a brain injury.
Shawn joined TAP after suffering with aphasia in January 2013 caused by a stroke due to a hockey injury and subsequently lost his ability to speak for several months.
Shawn has led global sales and marketing organizations at SMART Technologies, Nortel, and iSCAN Intelligent Scanning Inc. Prior to those assignments Shawn was a sales leader in major retail organizations.

Shawn has worked in the US, Canada, and in China. Shawn’s role included capturing and delivering on opportunities to enhance and support future sales growth.

With over 24 years of unified collaboration, sales, marketing, and cloud expertise, Shawn is a senior leader that combines a wealth of practical experience in customer-relationship management and strategic sales management. Shawn’s strengths lie in development and execution of customer-intimacy sales and information technology strategies.
Shawn graduated with an MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, after obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in commerce and French language.
Shawn is married and has two daughters that are attending university in Ontario. Melissa, a runner, is studying nursing at Queen’s University, and Taylor is a sophomore who plays field hockey at the University of Toronto.
Shawn and his wife  Elizabeth love to hike around the world and Shawn loves to play golf and hockey.
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Kathryn Enchelmayer
Secretary

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Kathryn Enchelmayer, MS, MHSA, retired as the director, Medical Staff Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, in September 2015.  Her education includes a Master of Science in audiology and speech-language pathology from the University of North Carolina and a Master in Health Services Administration from Florida International University. Ms. Enchelmayer officially joined the VA as a trainee in audiology and speech-language pathology at the Durham VA.  In 1977 she was appointed as an audiologist/ speech-language pathologist at the Miami VA Medical Center.  When her husband left active duty in 1989, she moved to the VA Central Office and assumed positions of increasing leadership in VA using her degree in Health Care Administration with VA.

Ms. Enchelmayer is licensed as a speech-language pathologist in Maryland and North Carolina and holds Certificates of Clinical Competence in audiology as well as speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and board certification in Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders.  Additionally, in the area of credentialing and medical staff management, she is a certified professional medical staff manager and certified provider credentialing specialist.
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Dr. Adam Jacks, PhD, CCC/SLP

Adam Jacks photoDr. Adam Jacks completed doctoral work in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Texas at Austin and postdoctoral studies in neuroimaging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. When he moved to North Carolina in 2009, he wanted to connect with the aphasia community and found it in TAP. He continues his research and study at UNC with the aim of developing more effective treatments for people with neurological communication disorders. He is currently helping TAP to strengthen ties to speech-language pathologists working in the Triangle.
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Brian VanHook

Brian VanHook

Brian is originally from Goldsboro and has lived in Raleigh since 1997. He served 6 years in the Army Reserve, Corps of Engineers. He received his undergraduate degree from ECU in 1995 and MBA from Meredith College in 2005. Brian worked at Wachovia in a variety of roles for 13 years before he and his wife started their home care agency, Perpetual Home Care, in 2010.

In 2014 Brian and his wife started a second company, Home Care Assist, which is an online, private duty home care matching service. They have been married 17 years and have 3 fantastic children. Brian and his wife began Perpetual Home Care out of their passion to be the voice for individuals who need care and want to remain in their home and to insure that everyone receives the quality care they deserve.
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Julie Huffman

julie huffmanJulie A. Huffman is a speech language pathologist at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. She has worked with people with aphasia for 17 years. She worked with a community re-entry program for seven years in Rochester, NY, before moving to North Carolina. She has always been passionate about helping get people back to work, school, and the activities they loved before stroke. She joined the TAP Board to continue this passion. She also has interests in swallowing and cognition. She teaches nationally to speech-language pathologists on swallowing disorders. Julie received her graduate degree from the University of Buffalo. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Cary.
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Kate Shaw

Kate ShawKate is relatively new to the TAP board. She has lived in the Triangle area for over 20 years and comes to TAP with a background in theater, performance art, and early childhood education. For the last decade, she has applied her skills to working with people with various forms of dementia and loss of cognitive and expressive abilities. She served as Activity and Program Director for Charles House in Chapel Hill, where she helped build their day care and residential programs and capabilities. Recently, after earning her certification as a PAC (Positive Approach to Care) consultant, she founded her own business, Dignity Care Partners, dedicated to training caregivers to engage people with dementia at the appropriate cognitive level. She looks forward to contributing to TAP’s ongoing efforts.
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Stephen Mann

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Stephen is a native North Carolinian and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Communication. He is currently the Social Media Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and previously worked at the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer for six years in a variety of roles. During his time at the Department of State Treasurer, he met current TAP Board Chair, Ron Ottavio, and was introduced to Ron’s wife, Debbie, who suffered from Primary Progressive Aphasia. Stephen was able to see firsthand the impact aphasia has on someone and hear about the positive influence that TAP had on Debbie. He is currently helping TAP shape and strengthen their social media strategy and communication efforts. He looks forward to contributing his skills and abilities to help drive awareness of TAP and the great things that they are accomplishing.

Stephen and his wife, Stephanie, enjoy spending time outdoors cycling, canoeing, and traveling to the Outer Banks.
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