NSDA Board of Directors
Dennis Kaszeta received the awarded the NSDA’s 2020 Midge Kovacs Awareness Award in recognition of his work in rejuvenating the Detroit Area Support Group. Recently retired, Dennis enjoyed a long career as a licensed therapist in private practice. He was part of a nationally recognized group practice that provided avenues of treatment for the sexual addicts, spouses, and families. He earned a Master of Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University.
Dennis’s SD was diagnosed when he was mid-40s following a period of shaky and sometimes strained voice. Once diagnosed, he gained almost immediate relief from Botox® injections. To his dismay, however, the benifit only lasted three or four months. This led him to realize that he had lost the voice he once knew. This “grief” led Dennis to find an NSDA support group, which offered him support and hopefulness around having SD. Leading the Detroit Area Support Group has given Dennis access to invaluable information from the many informative speakers.
Dennis is an avid cook and bicyclist. He enjoys hiking and traveling the world with my wife and working out at the gym 3-4 times a week.
Jane Keller Gordon
Jane Keller Gordon joined the NSDA board in 2019. As a freelance writer for two regional newspapers, she is contributing to NSDA’s newsletter, website, mailings, and press releases. She is also a member of the New England Support Group. Jane is a native New Yorker who has spent almost half her life in Massachusetts; first as a college student, and later, raising her family. A graduate of Smith College (Northampton MA), she earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan, concentrating in epidemiology, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the NYU Stern School of Business, majoring in marketing.
Jane has had adductor SD since she was a young child, although decades passed before she was diagnosed. No one ever suspected that she had a vocal disorder. Jane said that her diagnosis happened by chance when a young physician at a Boston hospital suspected that she had SD. She asked her to meet two researchers who confirmed her suspicions. Since 1995, she has had more than 50 Botox® shots.
Jane has found the NSDA Symposiums to be an amazing source of camaraderie and information. She is impressed with the dedication and expertise of the researchers. As a Board member, she is committed to supporting NSDA both financially and with her time. On the research side, she would like to be a part of moving towards abetter treatments for SD and related vocal disorders.
Jane enjoys being a member of a tennis team, cycling, and kayaking. She lives on a lake in Massachusetts and has a coop in NYC. She’s proud of her son Brad, who is a smokejumper, daughter Hailey, who is a clinical social worker, and Australian Labradoodle Leo, who is adorable.