Russ Hicks - Biographical Information
||BS Electrical Engineering, Purdue University
Masters in Business Administration, Indiana University
||Married for 50 years, two grown children, a son who was a jet
fighter pilot in the Marine Corps, now a pilot for United Airlines,
and a daughter, a former professional ballet dancer with Ballet
Dallas. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University
Texas in Austin majoring in linguistics. Now a Ph.D. from the
University of Arizona and is a professor of linguistics at Central Michigan University. Five beautiful grandchildren. (Pictures
available upon request.)
||Retired August 1998 from Texas Instruments after 35 years. Most of my time was spent in Information Technology. Last assignment was leading the "Road Warrior Team" developing and teaching dialup communications at Texas Instruments all over the world.
||A founding member of the Spring Creek Speakers Toastmasters
in 1988. Got his ATM in 1993 and DTM in 1999. Founded the
Callier Communicators Toastmaster Club in 1995, the first
Toastmaster club in the world designed specifically for people who stutter. Past Area Governor and Northern Division Governor, past District 50 Directory Editor and past District 50 Alignment Chairman. Currently the Club Coach of the 2ChangeU Toastmaster Club in Plano.
Winner of the District 50 Humorous Speech Contest in 1995.
Winner of the Region III (Southwest United States) Humorous
Speech Contest in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in June of 1996.
Winner of the Frontier Division Humorous Speech Contest in 1999
||Past President of the Dallas Chapter of the National
Association (NSA), a nationwide support group for adults who
stutter. Selected as NSA National Member of the Year, 2000. Former owner of Stutt-L, the largest internet based discussion group
on stuttering, research and clinical practice, in the world.
Also the owner of many other internet discussion groups on
the subject of stuttering. Former webmaster of the national NSA
Has spoken to dozens of undergraduate and graduate university
classes of student speech language pathologists and as well as
several civic and business groups. Presented countless
workshops at regional and national conferences of the NSA.
Written many papers for the International Stuttering Awareness Day on-line conferences including a major one on the Iceberg Analogy of Stuttering.
|Toastmaster Speech Information:
||Winning speech in the Region III Humorous Speech Contest,
Title: "The Adventures of Roe and Dee: The Roy Rogers Caper"
Time limit: 5-7 minutes
Stuttering Speech Information:
Educational/entertaining/motivational speech on stuttering
A Neuropathophysiological Disfunction
- or -
All You Ever Wanted To Know About Stuttering
But Were Afraid To Ask
Time limits: varies with audience
anywhere from 15 minutes (basic) to
1 hour plus (advanced)