Biography

Tricia Veldman

M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD / Instructor

Tricia Veldman is a bilingual speech-language pathologist in Savannah, Georgia. After training and working in New York City, she moved to Georgia to open the southeast division of the company in 2018.

Her clients include lawyers, consultants, entrepreneurs, health coaches, graphic designers, engineers, teachers, and employees of companies including Condé Nast, Reddit, Equinox, the United Nations, Wells Fargo, Disney, NASA, Pepsi, and Gulfstream.

Tricia’s primary goal is to equip others with the confidence to be themselves and feel comfortable in any situation, any conversation, and any presentation. She combines her knowledge of psychology and interpersonal communication to guide clients towards the best-version-of-themselves.

She recognizes that learning styles vary on an individual basis. In a therapeutic setting, Tricia is trained across a variety of speech-language domains. Her more specific interests include voice, fluency, bilingual populations, accent modification, and adolescent social skills training. She uses client-specific interests and talents to achieve effective therapy and coaching.

Tricia holds a Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders Bilingual Extension in Italian from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida. She completed the New York Speech Coaching Speech Teacher Training program under founder and head instructor, John West, where she also experienced the transformative power of mastering public speaking.

The combination of Tricia’s strong academic foundation, diverse cultural experiences, and empathetic nature has shaped her unique, integrated approach to therapy and coaching. Her passion lies in helping individuals develop the art of communication to promote their own self-expression and personal success.

As a passion project, Tricia co-hosts The Lost Art of Communication podcast. On the show, she discusses and analyzes the evolution of communication in a digital age. Each episode includes actionable steps for listeners to implement in their day to day conversations.

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John West

Head of New York Speech Coaching

John West has cultivated a reputation as one of New York City's most versatile speech coaches. He specializes in accent reduction, enhancement of the speaking voice, executive preparation for public speaking, and dialect coaching.

John's diverse list of clients includes CEOs, business executives, hedge fund managers, Miss America contestants, Broadway actors, singers, authors, coaches, judges, lawyers, and more. John initially explored his love for voice by spending four years in Nashville studying with Brett Manning, founder of “Singing Success." He attended the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts with a focus on speech in Shakespeare. He graduated summa cum laude from Northern Kentucky University, where he earned a BFA in performance. During this time, John studied speech extensively with Sandra Forman, renowned author of Your Voice and Articulation and Public Speaking: Today and Tomorrow. He also honed his skills in IPA and dialects under the guidance of top Cincinnati dialect coach Michael King. After immersing himself in speech and theatre for a term in London, he moved to New York, where he has studied voice extensively with Justin Stoney and Aaron Hagan.

John has been a dialect coach for several shows, including The Secret Garden, Over the River & Through the Woods, Brigadoon, and The Imaginary Invalid. He serves on the faculty of New York’s prestigious Open Jar Institute, and has been a featured speaker at The International Thespian Society Festival. He has narrated over 20 productions and frequently emcees across the country. John especially enjoys holding workshops and master classes throughout the year for corporate events on speech enhancement. He also conducts workshops at high schools and colleges across the United States and Canada on voice for the actor and audition technique. Additionally, John is a member of and has spoken at meetings of American MENSA.

In addition to teaching, John continues to work as an actor and singer, and is currently appearing in Theatre Row's production of NEWSical, ("Fast, funny, and irreverent! NEWSical makes it possible to get high on hilarity!" -NY Times) and has appeared in leading roles on Broadway national tours (The Drowsy Chaperone, The Producers), as well as numerous regional productions, commercials, and voiceovers for radio and television.

Justin Stoney

Founder and President of New York Speech Coaching and New York Vocal Coaching, Inc.

Justin Stoney is one of New York’s leading voice technicians, voice teachers, and vocal coaches. Justin was inspired to begin teaching speech after receiving a high volume of requests for this in his work as a voice teacher. As a speech instructor, Justin has coached clients with a wide variety of accents and backgrounds. Justin has also worked with actors to improve their speech for stage and voice-overs. Finally, Justin’s public speaking clients represent some of New York’s finest companies and organizations. Justin has also spoken and performed in New York and all over the United States. He has spoken alongside Nobel Peace Prize Winners and was also the commencement speaker at the University of Michigan.

As a voice instructor, Justin has also had the privilege of working with vocalists from over 20 countries that range from Billboard chart toppers to Broadway stars to beginning vocal students. Justin’s clients have had international radio airplay and have appeared in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including AIDA, ADDAMS FAMILY, ALTAR BOYZ, BILLY ELLIOT, BYE BYE BIRDIE, A CHORUS LINE, CHICAGO, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, A CLASS ACT, THE COLOR PURPLE, GREASE, GREY GARDENS, HAIR, HAIRSPRAY, IN THE HEIGHTS, JERSEY BOYS, KISS ME KATE, LEGALLY BLONDE, LES MISERABLES, THE LION KING, MAMMA MIA, MARY POPPINS, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, SPRING AWAKENING, SOUTH PACIFIC, SWEET CHARITY, A TALE OF TWO CITIES, WEST SIDE STORY, WHITE CHRISTMAS, WICKED, WOMEN ON THE VERGE, WONDERFUL TOWN to name a few. He has not only coached many performers on auditions for their first Broadway roles, but has also helped many performers to receive their first callbacks, get cast in their first show, receive their Equity card, solidify representation with major talent agents, get into top music and theatre schools and universities, and work at almost every major regional theatre in the country. Aside from Broadway and Off-Broadway work, Justin’s clients have also appeared at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, London’s West End, and have begun careers in the recording industry.

Justin holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan. He has also studied classical vocal technique with veterans of the Metropolitan Opera, musical theatre vocal technique with veterans of Broadway, and contemporary vocal technique with some of the world’s top pop/rock/R&B instructors. Also, Justin mentored as a voice technician and teacher under some of world’s finest instructors including David Jones and Aaron Hagan. Justin also holds a BA in English. Aside from his university training in Speech, English Language & Literature, and Theatre, Justin has studied with some of New York’s leading speech and voice over instructors.

Justin speech services include accent reduction, speech for actors, and public speaking. For information on singing training, please visit www.NewYorkVocalCoaching.com. New York Speech Coaching is located conveniently on the Upper West Side at 87th Street. It’s an easy trip on the B, C, or 1 Trains and is nearby to Central Park and Riverside Park

New York Speech Coaching Union and Organization Affiliations

Screen Actor's Guild AFTRA Equity Actors Association NATS VASTA The Voice Foundation