Meet Allison Harrington
Allison Harrington, M. Ed., CCC-SLP, is the owner and president of Speech Solutions, Inc. She started Speech Solutions in 2003 with 6 very loyal and patient employees. Her home in Rowland, NC was the main office. In 2004, she moved the main office to Lumberton and added 3 employees. Since then she has expanded her business to surrounding counties and has a second office in Laurinburg, NC, a third office in Whiteville, NC, and a fourth office in Shallotte, NC. Each office has its own office manager and each office with its amazing staff is present in the community. Speech Solutions, Inc. also employs a COO and a COS.
Allison is a former Robeson County Chamber of Commerce Board Member, former Executive Chairperson for the LRDA Policy Committee, and former secretary for the Executive Committee of the Alumni Board of Directors at UNCP. During 2014, Allison was also appointed by Governor McCrory to sit on the North Carolina Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists Board of Examiners. In 2017, she became the chair of the board. In 2018, she was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees at UNCP.
In 2014, Allison was given the UNCP Outstanding Alumnus Award. This was an honor for her because she has loved giving back to the UNCP community just as they gave to her when she was in school there. She is a member of the UNCP Lifetime Giving Society. Allison Harrington Endowed Scholarship at UNCP provides support for a resident of Robeson or Brunswick County who meets strong academic criteria and will attend UNCP. She became a member of the Chancellor's Club and has helped sponsor the past First Lady, Sarah Carter's, Garden Party and many other programs across campus.
In January 2015, Allison received the 2015 Small Business Award given by the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce and in March 2015, she was elected to serve as a member on the Lumberton Local Advisory Board by the First Bank Board of Directors. In February 2016, Allison became a member of the Robeson County Committee of 100. She has also served as the membership chair for the Academic Booster Club at Lumberton Senior High School.
Allison states that it has been a joy to watch the company grow into what it is today. She is proud of all the ladies that are a part of Speech Solutions. The employees consider themselves family and work together to make sure that Speech Solutions is meeting the speech and language needs of their community. Allison realizes she is surrounded by a wonderful support system.
Before becoming a speech language pathologist, Allison taught middle school in Robeson County for 4 1/2 years. She earned her master’s degree while teaching and traveling to Durham at night. Allison admits teaching school was fun and rewarding but a tough job. She still keeps in touch with her students she taught. She has fond memories of the times she spent at Union Elementary and is thankful for the administration there during her time in graduate school. She graduated in December 1999 and in January 2000 started her career as a speech therapist. Her career has been beyond all expectations. She states it is a career that is very rewarding and exciting. It is extremely satisfying to watch your clients grow and master their goals. She loves the fact that she can work with a 3 year old in the morning and an adult in the afternoon - both with such different deficits.
Allison grew up in Rowland, NC and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rowland. She is the daughter of Ann and the late Frank Harrington. Allison considers her parents mentors and is proud of the way she was raised.
She currently lives in Lumberton where she is now a member of Lumberton First Baptist Church. She is active in the community. She is a sustainer in the Lumberton Junior Service League. She has worked with Robeson Road Runners as treasurer and is a continuous supporter of Relay for Life. She has served as a committee chairperson for a local boyscout troop and as a BSA committee member. She is an active member of the NC Speech Language Hearing Association (NCSHLA) and is certified by the American Speech Hearing and Language Association (ASHA). She is also a member of the National Council of State Boards of Examiners. Allison currently is serving on the LRDA Health Advisory Board.
Seth, her son, is her pride and joy. He actually designed the company's first tee shirts. He is a student at NCSU. In March 2015, Seth was awarded his Eagle Scout by Boy Scouts of America. Seth has been a great motivator in Allison's decisions. Aside from Seth and her dog, Pauline, Allison enjoys traveling, fishing and spending time with friends and family. Art, history and collecting local pottery are some of her interests.
Allison works with clients in all areas served in North and South Carolina and has an active license in both states. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a M.Ed. in Communication Disorders - North Carolina Central University.