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Tuesday, August 9th

8:15-8:45 AM | Registration and Visit the Vendors

8:45-10:00 AM | Welcome / Keynote: Arthur Fleischmann

Carly's Voice—Breaking through Autism

10:00-10:15 AM | Spectrum on Stage: Academy of Childrens Theater skit

10:15-10:30 AM | Break

10:30-11:45 AM | Boosting Executive Skills with Powerful Assessment, Feedback, and Intervention, Part 1

Speakers: Laurie Faith, MEd
For: Parents, Educators, Providers

10:30-11:45 AM | The Joys and Collateral Damage of Autism

Speaker: Arthur Fleischmann
For: Parents

10:30-11:45 AM | Effectively Using iPads in the Special Needs Classroom

Speaker: Renae Yecha, MAEd
For: Educators

11:45-1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00-2:30 PM | Boosting Executive Skills with Powerful Assessment, Feedback, and Intervention, Part 2

Speakers: Laurie Faith, MEd
For: Parents, Educators, Providers

1:00-2:30 PM | Non-toxic Homes

Speakers: John Ellis
For: Parents

1:00-2:30 PM | Autism and Anxiety

Speakers: Patricia A. Matestic, PhD and Hayley Waltz, MS, BCBA, CCC (University of Washington Autism Center)
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

2:30-2:40 PM | Break

2:45-4:15 PM | Boosting Executive Skills with Powerful Assessment, Feedback and Intervention, Part 3

Speakers: Laurie Faith, MEd
For: Parents, Educators, Providers

2:45-4:45 PM | Teaching Emotion Regulation

Speakers: Patricia A Matestic, PhD and Hayley Waltz, MS, BCBA, CCC  (University of Washington Autism Center)
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

2:45-4:00 PM |  Parents, Providers (Diagnostic & Intervention)

Speaker: Arzu Furough
For: Parents and Individuals with ASD


Wednesday, August 10th

8:30-9:00 AM | Registration and Visit the Vendors

9:00-10:15 AM | Welcome / Keynote: Alix Generous

HOW TO THINK BIG—Harnessing Mental Diversity to Solve Big Problems

10:15-10:30 AM | Break

10:30-11:45 AM | Addressing Food Selectivity with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Speaker: Karen McKibbin, PsyD (Portland Autism Center)
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

10:30-11:45 AM | Autism Assistive Technology:  Implications for Treatment

Speaker: Alix Generous
For: Parents and Individuals with ASD

10:30-12:00 PM | Austim and Anxiety

Speakers: Patricia A. Matestic, PhD and Hayley Waltz, MS, BCBA, CCC (University of Washington Autism Center)
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

11:45:-1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00-2:30 PM | Females on the Spectrum

Speaker: Karen McKibbin, PsyD (Portland Autism Center)
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

1:00-2:30 PM | Motivating the Unmotivated Learner

Speaker: Hayley Waltz, MS, BCBA, CCC and Patricia A. Matestic, PhD (University of Washington Autism Center)

1:00-2:30 PM | Navigating Chronic Behavior Problems at Home and at School

Speaker: Christine Lindgren, MEd
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

2:30-2:45 PM | Break

2:45-4:00 PM | College Life, Independence and the Autism Spectrum

Speaker: Karen McKibbin, PsyD (Portland Autism Center)
For: Parents, Educators and Providers

2:45-4:45 PM | Strategies for Supporting High-Functioning ASD Students

Speaker: Patricia A. Matestic, PhD and Hayley Waltz, MS, BCBA, CCC (University of Washington Autism Center)
For: Educators and Providers

2:45-4:30 PM | Effectively Using iPads in the Special Needs Classroom

Speaker: Renae Yecha, MAEd
For: Educators

Keynote Speaker

Arthur Fleischmann

 President & CEO of john st. Advertising in Toronto

Arthur has come a long way from the streets of Queens, NY. His career includes stints in sales (Xerox) and marketing (Kraft/General Foods), before deciding on a life in advertising. In starting john st. in 2001, his goal was to create a “creative collaborative” without the silos or bureaucracy or territorialism he’d seen in his previous lives. He believes creativity is a powerful business tool and has led his team to win more advertising effectiveness awards than any other agency in the last decade. 

Arthur's passion for communications is inspired by his daughter's story. At two years old, Carly was diagnosed with autism and oral motor apraxia, a neurological condition which has rendered her unable to speak.

At the age of 10, after years of intensive autism and communication therapy, Carly found her inner voice and began to express her intelligence, wit and insight by painstakingly typing one letter at a time. This breakthrough eventually enabled Carly to attend the gifted program at a Toronto high school and the University of Toronto.

Together with his daughter, Arthur wrote a best-selling account of their struggles and successes entitled Carly's Voice, which has been translated into six languages.

Carly's Voice - Breaking through Autism

At two years old, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism.  By seven, she was thought to be cognitively impaired and suffering from oral motor apraxia so severe, she would never be able to speak. After eight years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly typed her first letters on an assisted communication device.

Since her few tentative words in 2005, Carly has shown her insight, humor and wisdom –all tapped out painstakingly with one finger. Carly has attended a gifted program at her local high school, attended college at University of Toronto and become a passionate advocate for children and young adults with autism. She has appeared on national television and is followed on social media by over 200,000 people worldwide. Her posts often receive millions of views within days.

This keynote address will describe Carly's story and some of the lessons she has taught her family—and the world—about not merely coping with autism, but thriving with it.

Breakout Session:  

The Joys and Collateral Damage of Autism

The effects of autism reverberate through a family. This breakout session will be a candid discussion among families who have struggled with life with a child with autism. The group will tackle topics such as: What can you expect? What are some coping mechanisms?  How to create balance?  Please attend planning to share your stories and participate in a group discussion.

Keynote Speaker

Alix Generous

Generous's childhood was hindered with undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder until she learned through perseverance to harness her gifts. Now at 23 years old, she has already achieved what most people can only dream to do in their lives: speak at the United Nations, make a significant contribution to science, give three TED talks, most recently at TEDWomen 2015, and traveled the world.

Alix recently graduated from the University of Vermont, and has more than three years of neuroscience research experience at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), The Tufts University School of Medicine, and the University of Vermont. 

She regularly speaks to organizations and schools on mental health issues and the importance of creating an environment of acceptance for all kinds of minds. Alix is an advocate for the advancement of girls and young women through education. She credits her unique mind with her success in dealing with complex issues. She is currently working on her first book.

HOW TO THINK BIG: Harnessing Mental Diversity to Solve Big Problems
Diversifying the Conversation 

1. Howling at the Moon: Introduction of the Trophic Cascade Effect and How that can be Applied to Mental Diversity.
2. It’s All about My Brain—Reef Madness: How My Differences Allowed Me to Make a Discovery About the Coral Reefs and How Others with Autism Can Use Their Differences.
3. Eye Contact:  How communication is Essential to Success and Introducing Podium.
4. Thinking Ahead—Tying These Themes to a Larger Picture.

Breakout Session:  

Autism Assistive Technology: Implications for Treatment

  • Learn what autism assistive technology is and why it's needed.
  • Learn about the different kinds of technology in autism and ways it improves quality of life. 
  • Demo Podium, the iOS application, one of many kinds of assistive technologies available. 

Featured Presenter

Laurie Faith, MEd

Laurie Faith has been working in schools for 17 years. Laurie holds a BEd and MEd with full additional qualifications (AQ) in special education. She is a certified Future Design School educator, and has extensive training in both the Rotman School of Business’s Integrative Thinking discipline and Google’s Search Inside Yourself mindfulness approach. She is an associate at an executive function focused company called EFs2theRescue.

In schools, she has led major initiatives in film-making, creative problem-solving, and special education. She has received recognition from SENG for distinguished contributions to gifted education. 

Laurie is currently on sabbatical, working full-time on mindfulness, design thinking, and executive-functions related projects. She is about to embark on another degree in psychology at U of T. Laurie is a regular presenter and workshop facilitator for public and private schools and other educational organizations.

Breakout sessions:

Part 1, 2 and 3: Boosting Executive Skills with Powerful Assessment, Feedback, and Intervention

Featured Presenter

Karen McKibbin, PsyD (Portland Autism Center)

Dr. McKibbin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorder for over 15 years. She trained at John Hopkins University and was mentored by Dr. Tony Attwood, spending time working with him in his clinics in Australia.

Dr. McKibbin currently runs a successful private practice specializing in working with teenagers and adults with high functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.  She has recently published a book on females on the Autism Spectrum entitled “Life on the Autism Spectrum: A Guide for Girls and Women”. She lives in Portland Oregon with her husband and two young children.

Breakout sessions:

Food Selectivity and the Autism Spectrum

  • Identify different sensory issues associated with food selectivity.
  • Identify what sensory sensitivities impact the selection of food for an individual on the autism spectrum.
  • How to successfully increase food variety for individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • How to successfully increase food volume for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Girls and Women on the Autism Spectrum

  • How an Autism Spectrum Disorder looks different for females vs. males.
  • Understanding how social development is different for females on the autism spectrum.
  • Supporting special interests and abilities for females on the autism spectrum.
  • Understanding the differences in gender labeling and sexual identity for females on the autism spectrum.

College Life and Independence and the Autism Spectrum

  • Common characteristics of college students on the autism spectrum.
  • Common challenges in the classroom and academically for individuals on the autism spectrum.
  • Increasing the success within the social life at college for an individual on the autism spectrum.
  • Increasing confidence and independence for an individual on the autism spectrum.

Featured Presenters

Patricia A. Matestic, PhD

Dr. Matestic is the clinic director and a licensed clinical psychologist at the UW Autism Center in Tacoma. She received her Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She received additional postdoctoral training at the Child Study and Treatment Center in Lakewood through the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and completed a two year APA accredited pediatric psychology fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma. Prior to coming to the UW Autism Center, Dr. Matestic served as the lead psychologist for three years on the only multidisciplinary diagnostic autism clinic for active duty service members and their families in Europe at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.

Currently at the UW Autism Center Tacoma, Dr. Matestic provides diagnostic evaluations, individual therapy, family and school consultations, as well as community outreach and training through autism specific presentations and involvement in local support networks, such as the South Sound Autism Partnership. Dr. Matestic has a broad range of clinical expertise working with both children and adults, including individuals with comorbid medical diagnoses, developmental disabilities and genetic disorders, chronic sleep difficulties, toileting problems, and mood and behavior problems.

Breakout sessions:

Autism and Anxiety

  • Two-thirds of individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have additional mental health diagnoses, such as Generalized Anxiety.  This presentation will review the symptoms of various anxiety disorders, how to recognize anxiety in someone with ASD, and information about behavioral treatments shown to reduce these difficulties.

Teaching Emotion Regulation

  • This workshop focuses on learning to identify feelings, coping strategies, perspective taking and embedded practice throughout the environment.

How to Motivate the Unmotivated Learner

  • Understanding what motivates students and how to use that motivation to teach new skills.

Strategies for Supporting School Aged Children with High-Functioning ASD

  • This presentation will discuss identification of challenges, buy-in to behavior support plans, and application of behavior management strategies utilizing components of executive functioning, theory of mind, and self-monitoring.

Featured Presenters

Hayley Waltz, MS, BCBA, CCC

Hayley is a behavior and education consultant at the UW Autism Center. She has been working in the field of autism for over a decade in the Seattle area. She has vast experience with children, adolescents, and young adults in a variety of settings. She is fluent in many different behavioral technologies and is well versed in challenging behaviors, providing child and family support in a multitude of educational settings, and consultation/collaboration with other providers, school districts, and vocational services. 

Breakout sessions:

Autism and Anxiety

  • Two-thirds of individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have additional mental health diagnoses, such as Generalized Anxiety.  This presentation will review the symptoms of various anxiety disorders, how to recognize anxiety in someone with ASD, and information about behavioral treatments shown to reduce these difficulties.

Teaching Emotion Regulation

  • This workshop focuses on learning to identify feelings, coping strategies, perspective taking and embedded practice throughout the environment.

How to Motivate the Unmotivated Learner

  • Understanding what motivates students and how to use that motivation to teach new skills.

Strategies for Supporting School Aged Children with High-Functioning ASD

  • This presentation will discuss identification of challenges, buy-in to behavior support plans, and application of behavior management strategies utilizing components of executive functioning, theory of mind, and self-monitoring.

Featured Presenter

Christine Lindgren, MEd

Christine is an Autism Specialist and the Director of the Responding to Autism Center in Kennewick, Washington. As an Autism Specialist for more than 20 years, she helps educate, treat, diagnose, and train professionals, families, children and adults on the autism spectrum. Christine has unique experiences from many perspectives, including: as a teacher to special education students, a consultant to professionals, families, schools, and organizations.

Additionally, as a parent of a disabled child, and having a disability herself, she has a first-hand understanding of how to overcome and persevere the challenges a disability presents. Her passion to help those affected by autism, provides many families with guidance, education, hope and the knowledge that they are not alone. Learn more at Responding to Autism Center. 

Breakout session:

Navigating Chronic Behavior Problems at Home and at School

  • Increasing the understanding of autism spectrum disorder and the many hidden causes of behaviors it may bring.
  • Navigating behaviors from a functional point of view.
  • Managing and applying effective strategies for chronic behaviors.

Featured Speaker

Renae Yecha, MAEd

Ms. Yecha is a special education teacher in the Richland School District. Her passion for teaching students with special needs stems from having an older brother with autism and intellectual disabilities. She has been teaching Special Education for over seven years and received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Washington State University in 2013. She has a desire for her students to learn through their strengths, which is frequently through the use of innovation. She has used various forms of technology in her instruction throughout the years. In her practical application, iPads have been the most desired and functional for promoting student success. 

Breakout session: 

Effectively Using iPads in the Special Needs Classroom

  • Understand and have practical applications for the use of iPad(s) in classroom environments.
  • Know the importance of proper storage, providing valuable protection to the device and maintaining accessibility to it.
  • Access and find resources to choose and select apps.

Featured Speaker

Arzu Forough

Ms. Forough is the President/Chief Executive Officer of Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy.

In 2007, she founded Washington Autism Alliance and Advocacy, and developed the “Autism IEP supplement:  Best Practice Guidelines for educating students with autism.”  Her IEP supplement as well as guidelines for training teachers was legally adopted by the Washington State legislature in 2008, and became required for all teachers working with learners with autism spectrum disorders statewide. 

Arzu introduced “Shayan’s Law, Autism Insurance Parity” to the Washington State legislature, petitioned the State Health Technology Assessment of evidence-based treatment of autism, and ignited multiple legal actions that have clarified state and federal laws mandating insurance benefits for those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Breakout session:  

Parents,  Providers (Diagnostic & Intervention) 

An overview of state and federal laws that require insurance companies to cover treatment, health-related supplies and services for autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities will be presented. Topics will include:

About Austim

  • Indicators of autism as it relates to insurance benefits.
  • How is autism typically treated (Evidence based treatment).
  • ASD Medical Home.

Autism Insurance Benefits

  • Autism insurance benefits prior to 2010.
  •  Autism and mental health parity.
  • What's been court tested in Washington State and the nation.
  • Healthcare reform rulemaking.

Advantages of Autism Insurance Benefits

  • Cost containment.
  • Transparency.
  • Impact.

Featured Presenter

John Ellis, ND

Dr. Ellis has over 30 years of building and land developing experience, including commercial and residential real estate.  He has studied environmental medicine, household environments and bio-medicine for more than 10 years.  As a national presenter for 15 years, he speaks on health, wealth, life and motivation. John has learned and developed unique and easy approaches to transform your sick home into a healthy home. He has extensively researched dangers of construction materials, air and water quality, EMF (Electromagnetic Fields), and other daily exposure we may not otherwise even think about. He is eager to share realistic, life-changing solutions: where to start and how to do it on any budget. 

Breakout sessions:

10 Ways to Make Your Home Less Toxic

  • Attendees will be able to identify toxins in their homes. 
  • Attendees will learn ways to make their homes less toxic.

Mission: To improve the Quality of Life for those affected by Neurological Disorders.

Purpose: WARMHEARTED SUPPORT: To provide compassion, education, and support to those affected by neurological disorders, and to their caregivers, so they don’t have to face the challenges of a neurological disorder alone.


  • RESPECT: Do no harm to the dignity and self-esteem of anyone dealing with a neurological disorder.
  • COMPASSION: Treat our clients and potential clients as if they are part of our family.
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Provide access to our services independent of ability to pay.
  • EFFECTIVENESS: Provide timely, current, and useful information about the full spectrum of neurological disorders.

Picture of the Future:

Every person dealing with a neurological disorder in our “area of service” is aware that KNRC is here to help, utilizes our resources, and refers others to us.

Jodi Melland, Chair

Jodi Melland has worked for Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1992. In her current role, Jodi manages strategic marketing projects for PNNL’s Energy and Environment market sectors. She also consults scientific staff and management on their presentations-from content and slide development to delivery. Before coming to Battelle, she was a communications specialist and graphic designer for local businesses.

Jodi enjoys volunteering in the community, tackling remodeling projects, and reading up on topics such as marketing, business, relationship management, and neurological disorder publications. After seven years of providing foster care to teens, she and her husband, Duane, adopted two of their three children through the Washington State Foster Adopt Program. These children both have multiple neurological disorders.

Pam Knutson, Vice-Chair

Pam was a teacher/library media specialist with the Richland School District since 1993 and retired in 2015 from her position. Her experience gave her the opportunity to mentor new librarians in the district as well as open two new libraries, one at Wiley Elementary in West Richland and the other in a school in Hashil, a village in Bangladesh. She and her husband, Ken, have three adult children, two daughters, both living in Oregon, and a son in the United States Marine Corps.

Steve Arneson, Treasurer

Steve was born in Great Falls, Montana but grew up in Southern California. He got his degree in Engineering from UCLA and had a career of more than 30 years in nuclear power development. After beginning his career with General Electric in Richland he returned to California in 1967 to spend ten years with Atomics International managing nuclear fuels and materials development programs. After returning to Richland in 1967 with Battelle and later Westinghouse his professional career was focused on the Flux Test Facility (FFTF) during its design and construction. He was the Engineering Manager of FFTF during the facility’s record breaking years of operation retiring in 1989. In the years following retirement golf, traveling in the motorhome and wintering in Arizona were activities that Steve and his wife, Joyce enjoyed along with watching their ten grandchildren and one great-grandson come along. They have four adult children all living in the Northwest.

Steve is actively involved in the community. In addition to his membership on the Board of the Kadlec Neurological Resource Center he serves as a member of the City of Richland’s Utility Advisory Committee dealing with policy for the City’s five utilities. He is an active Rotarian having served as club treasurer, World Community Service Committee chairman and currently as Rotary District Treasurer. To round out his community service activities he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Gesa Credit Union and Treasurer of the Richland Public Library Foundation Board of Directors.

Debra Lang-Jones, RN, Secretary

Debra was born and raised in Grandview, WA being the third out of four girls she graduated from Grandview High and then right into the nursing program and graduated from Columbia Basin College with her RN degree. Debra has committed her entire career to geriatric care in the Tri-Cities area, with over the last decade dedicated to dementia specific care. Debra was raised in the business, with her mother running a local Nursing Home for many of Debra's formative years, she knew that she too would be working with our senior population.

Debra has one son Josh who was raised in Kennewick, WA, and now is proud to have three beautiful grandchildren.

Board Members at large

Shelly Campbell

Shelly Campbell was raised in Richland. She graduated from WSU-Pullman with a BS in Nutrition, completed a Dietetic Internship at VA Hines in Chicago, Illinois, and went on to attain a Masters Degree in Health Policy and Administration from WSU-Spokane.

Shelly began her career as a clinical dietitian, and progressed to serve in several leadership positions, including department director for Nutrition Services, Education Services, and Quality Care Management. Shelly retired in 2015 after 40 years in healthcare and 36 years of service to Kadlec Regional Medical Center. 

During her career at Kadlec, Shelly was known for promoting a service culture in the organization and implementing several patient-centered care programs in an effort to personalize, demystify and humanize the hospital experience for those it served.
Shelly and her husband Steve raised two children, and served on several boards in support of their children’s activities. They enjoy family time, especially when it includes the grandchildren, as well as travel and dancing. Shelly is committed to working to develop and maintain robust support services that enhance understanding, self-management and support for those people in our community with chronic and progressive conditions, including diabetes and neurological disorders.

Bob De Lorenzo

Bob was born and raised in the New Haven area of Connecticut. Upon graduating from Brown University with a B.S in Engineering, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. In the Navy, he completed Basic Nuclear Power School, and Nuclear Reactor Prototype training, Submarine School, and Inertial Navigation School. Bob then served for three years on the USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640), during which time he earned his gold Dolphins as a qualified submariner, and made six Polaris deterrent patrols in the South Pacific. He married his college sweetheart, Nancy Robbins, while in the navy, and they have been married nearly 46 years.

After completing his navy service, he received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, and his MBA from the University of New Haven. He has worked in the nuclear industry in executive management positions at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Corp., Florida Power and Light Company, and Washington Public Power Supply System. He and Nancy have lived in the Tri-Cities since 1978, and they raised their two sons in Richland. They also have six grandchildren.

In 1984, Bob formed his own consulting firm, RANDEL Associates, Inc., and provided services to law firms and nuclear electric utilities as an expert witness on all aspects of nuclear power plant design and construction; he retired in late 1993. Since that time he has been even more active as a volunteer board member and officer in community organizations such as the Richland Utility Advisory Board, The Columbia Basin Apartment Association, and the Richland Rotary Club. He also served as an officer of Rotary International when he was District Governor in 1998-1999.

He joined the Kadlec Neurological Resource Center Board of Directors in 2010. Bob has family members who have suffered from neurological disorders, so he has dedicated himself to learning as much information as possible about all of the disorders which are addressed by the KNRC, so as to enhance his understanding of these disorders and their impact on patients and their families. His efforts on the KNRC Board of Directors are focused on bringing to bear his science and business background, as well as his executive management experience.

Terry Marie Fleischman

Terry Marie has nearly thirty years experience in various leadership, management and consulting positions in government and private industry involving organizational development, management and information systems, education and administration, facilitation and systems change. During the last 15 years she has focused on education, family systems and parenting programs, childcare and early childhood development, and the integration of community health care and human services for regional families.

She is a college professor and trained facilitator on current neuroscience research and its application to learning and performance with a strong interest in education and health care reform. Her particular bias is towards identifying root causes in order to effect real systemic change and Terry’s breadth of knowledge and experience allow her to “connect the dots” for a wide range of audiences by communicating complex subjects in layman’s terms.

Dave J Foucault

Dave recently retired after a 35 year career in Engineering and Construction Management which provided Dave and his family opportunities to live, work and travel throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Dave most recently was a Senior Vice President for AREVA Federal Services, with responsibilities for the Richland, WA, Federal Way, WA, and Idaho Falls, ID offices providing support to the Department of Energy (D.O.E.) and Commercial Nuclear clients.

Before coming to Hanford in 1990, Dave’s career began in 1978 where he graduated from the Dunwoody College of Technology’s, Civil Technology program, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Work opportunities took him throughout the Midwest and Western United States with Kaiser Engineers before being assigned to Hanford.

At Hanford, Dave initially managed the Kaiser Environmental restoration program and went on to manage the Kaiser Engineering Procurement and Construction Services supporting the Westinghouse Hanford Company contract.

Dave joined the Fluor Government Group (FGG) in 1996 and had a very diverse career serving as Director of Construction, Project Director, and Senior Project Director for FGG in locations throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Clients included D.O.E., Department of Defense (D.O.D.), British Nuclear Group, UK, Canadian and Russian Nuclear Agencies, as well as Commercial Nuclear clients here in the U.S.

Dave lost Pam, his wife of 37 years to ALS in 2015, and he has spent the last year working in Pam’s honor to help bring awareness and improved care for those affected by ALS here in the Tri-Cities. Through Dave’s leadership, the ALS Evergreen Chapter just recently opened an ALS Equipment Loan Locker here in the Tri-Cities, providing much needed local equipment support to ALS patients locally. Dave is also working closely with Kadlec, KNRC, and the ALS Evergreen Chapter in hopes of establishing an ALS clinic here in the Tri-Cities.

Dave and Pam located to the Tri-Cities in 1990 from their home state of Minnesota. They raised two children in the Tri-Cities and grew to love the area, weather ad of course the weekends on the river boating with family.

Dave is committed to seeing that the vital services KNRC provides to those affected with neurological conditions, continues and improves. Dave knows firsthand from his ALS journey with Pam, just how much an organization like KNRC can be to support, comfort, and care for the patients and families facing neurological disorders.

Rose Gray

Rose Gray grew up in the Tri-Cities. She worked at the Hanford Site for over 25 years serving in the capacity as Project Manager for New Technology, Word Processing Manager, and Site Publications Services Manager. She also worked as an Employee Advocate in Human Resources. She and her husband Bob transferred to the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas where she worked in the Quality Department as a trained Facilitator and also was a Quality Examiner for the state of Texas. 

After she returned to the Tri-Cities, she retired and has been a volunteer at The Chaplaincy in the Hospice House, as well as the in-home Hospice program. She is an 11th Hour volunteer at Hospice for those patients who are in their last hours of life. She has been on the Board of Directors for The Chaplaincy for 7 years, and has served as President and Past President. Most recently, she has been trained as a Spiritual Caregiver in the Palliative Care Program, working with patients who have life-changing events and as they transition to Hospice care.

Her hobbies are traveling the world, playing golf, and boating. If you could sum up what Rose's passion is it would be "serving people".

Linda Gustafson

Linda Gustafson has worked for Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1998, serving as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Laboratory Director for the Energy and Environment Directorate, a position she has held since January 2005. Linda earned Certified Professional Secretary status from Professional Secretaries International in 1995 and has more than 30 years of executive administrative experience.

Linda is an active volunteer in the March of Dimes, Women Helping Women, Tri-Cities Food Bank, and Coats for Kids. She served on the Board of Directors of Tri-Cities Community Health Center for thirteen years, six of which as Board Chair. She has been a member of the Richland Rotary Club since 2008. She has also served on St. Patrick’s Church Parish Council, the Catholic Family Services Board, and was past president of the Mary Clark Orthopedic Guild. 

Linda believes strongly in community service and is passionate about community involvement to ensure a better Tri-Cities for her three children and five grandchildren. Her young grandson has cerebral palsy, which raised her awareness of the importance of neurological resources in the Tri Cities. 

Pat Lacey

Pat Lacey is originally from New York State where she completed a hospital school of nursing diploma degree in 1968. She later graduated with a BSN from SUNY and a MBA from NOVA University. Pat's 44 year nursing career focused on many areas - surgery, emergency, occupational health and, finally, risk management. Pat retired from Kadlec Medical Center in 2012.

Before she retired, Pat knew that she wanted to stay involved with and support KMC and did so by joining the Kadlec Foundation Board in 2011. Pat has always had a special place in her heart for KNRC after receiving generous support and information while caring for her parents. She has been involved with the Variété Committee for several years.

Pat married her high school sweetheart, Jim, in 1966 and has 2 married sons and 4 grandchildren. Pat and Jim enjoy their cabin in the Blue Mountains, traveling the Great Northwest and boating on the Columbia River.

Chris Rawlins, RN

Chris Rawlins was born and raised in Utah. She worked in a nursing home throughout high school. She received bachelor's degrees in nursing and in child development and family relations. She has been a caregiver several times in her life; with her mother; for her father who died of post polio syndrome and alzheimer's; for a short time for her brother with drug induced bipolar disorder; for her second son as a young adult with MTHFR when it was an unknown; and currently for her adult daughter, with a neurological movement disorder.  

She has 4 adult children and 7 amazing grandchildren. She enjoys decorative painting, sewing, quilting and beading and reading. She is interested in preventive health care and patient education.

Dianna Veleke

Professionally, Dianna has been an educator for 40 years, both as a teacher and an administrator. Twenty-five of these years were with both the Kennewick School district and the Pasco School districts. Currently, she is the secondary principal two days a week for the Kennewick School District home school program. During her thirty-six years living in the Tri Cities, she has participated in a wide range of community activities as well as have served in leadership organizations.

  • Class II Leadership Tri-Cities
  • Served on the executive committee of Leadership Tri-Cities
  • Sunrise Rotary
  • Founding board member for the First Night Tri-Cities 
  • Created a Young Authors association and hosted a children’s writing conference for 13 years
  • Local and State Literacy Awards
  • Sunfest Committee for the Children’s Festival and work with the 50’s 60’s music events
  • Alumni director for this area for Washington State University
  • W.S.U. Alumni Leadership Award
  • Board member for the WSU education department

Dianna has traveled to almost thirty countries around the world, mostly on her own, but last year was selected as one of seven school administrators to participate in an exchange for our schools in China, where she spent almost three weeks in China on this exchange of educational endeavors.

Dianna has a personal interest in the work of KNRC and the service it provides to our community as her own family has been impacted with neurological disorders, and has seen many families in the school system work through neurological issues.

Kadlec Officers

Glenn Welch Vice President Resource Development Executive Director, Foundation

Glenn Welch joined the Kadlec Regional Medical Center in January 2013 as the Executive Director of Kadlec Foundation. A year later he assumed the additional role of Vice President, Resource Development. He had previously worked with Kadlec Foundation as fundraising counsel for the NICU capital campaign. Glenn received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Orono and for several years following, he managed fundraising and alumni relations for his national college fraternity. Glenn has the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and has served as Subject Matter Expert for developing examination materials and test design for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is also a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. Prior to joining Kadlec, Glenn had served as Chief Development Officer for Southwest Florida YMCA and previously as the Chief Development Officer for PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Bellingham. Immediately prior to that he was the Vice President for Development with Winchester Hospital near Boston.

Lane Savitch, President and Chief Executive, Kadlec Regional Medical Center

Lane Savitch has been the President of the Kadlec Medical Center since the position was established in December 2006. He was previously the interim Chief Operating Officer of the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of the Ballard Campus of Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, Senior Executive Director of Stevens Healthcare in Edmonds, Washington and Administrator/CEO of Valley General Hospital in Monroe, Washington.

Mr. Savitch has a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Western Washington University and Advanced Credential in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Minnesota MHA program. Mr. Savitch is a member of the Board of Directors of Tri-Cities Home Health LLC, a member of the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance Board and the Board of Directors of the Mid-Columbia Division of the March of Dimes. Mr. Savitch is a member of the Washington State Hospital Association Board of Trustees, serving as a liaison to the Washington State Medical Association. Mr. Savitch is a past President of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts and past President of the Northwest Washington Hospital Council. He also currently serves as the Board Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Western Healthcare Insurance Trust and a member of the board of Washington Hospital Services.

Karen Hayes, M.A., Executive Director

Karen has been the Executive Director of Kadlec Neurological Resource Center since May, 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Washington State University/Tri-Cities and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavioral Science from City University/Leadership Institute of Seattle. She is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Idaho.

Sue Linn, Program Specialist

Sue has been the Program Specialist for Kadlec Neurological Resource Center since October 2009. Sue helps to coordinate our many community events. Prior to joining the KNRC staff, Sue worked for the Washington State House of Representatives as a legislative aide, tracking legislation and assisting constituents with their needs. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. She is a mother of two.

Cathy Manderbach, Outreach Specialist

Cathy joined Kadlec Neurological Resource Center in May of 2013.  She represents KNRC at community and educational events. She assists in developing and strengthening relationships with organizations such as ALS and Alzheimer’s Association.  She organizes new fundraising opportunities while increasing awareness about KNRC’s many resources. Cathy has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University where she majored in marketing.  


Susan Pinard, Resource Specialist

Susan Pinard joined the KNRC staff as the Resource Specialist in August of 2013.  She had been involved with the KNRC fundraiser, Variété, for many years as an organizer and decorator.  She owned and ran Hullabaloo Event Planning for ten years.  She also worked at The Richland Public Library for three years.  She has a bachelor degree from the University of Washington with majors in Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies.

Nicole Grove, Assistant, KNRC

Nicole joined Kadlec Neurological Resource Center in August of 2015.  She provides assistance with support groups, education, community events, as well as administrative support. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Health Administration from Western Governor’s University. 


What is Folate, methylfolate and MTHFR gene?

Folic acid is the man-made form of folate. Folate is a B-vitamin naturally found in some foods and our bodies need it to form healthy cells. For it to do its job, the most common form of folate in supplements and fortified foods must be converted to its active form, methylfolate, to be used by the body. But, not everyone is born equal, as far as methylation is concerned. In fact, as much as 70% (in the US) inherit a defective or partially defective gene that lacks the enzyme needed to convert folate, this is the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene. The problem lies in the fact that almost half of all people have genetic variations that reduce the ability of the MTHFR enzyme to make this conversion.


For people with MTHFR gene variations, supplementing with the already activated form of folate (5-MTHF) is far more effective than introducing the pre-converted form to the body through typical folate supplements. L-Methylfolate (5-MTHF) supplements provide the active form of folate naturally present in the body and available for biological action.

Who is at risk for MTHFR gene problems?

  • Depressed patients are thought to be at risk for MTHFR polymorphisms because would have lower serum L-methylfolate and thus lower CNS folate---thus lower monamine levels (serotonin, dopamine, NE)
  • Hispanic and Italian population
  • All of us...

Conditions that treating methylation has helped 

  • Depression (Deplin)
  • Anxiety (Deplin)
  • Memory Loss (CerefolinNAC)
  • Diabetic neuropathy (MetaNX)
  • High Risk Pregnancies (Neevo, NeevoDHA, Thorne Prenatal)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Migraines
  • Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s
  • Autism, Autism spectrum disorders
  • Prevention of Birth Defects

Learn more from Dr. Neil Rawlins

Summary of Dietary, Nutritional, and Medical Treatments for Autism Article from Arizona State University

Additional MTHFR materials:

Your contributions are absolutely essential in order for our services and resources to be provided free of charge. You make our existence possible—ensuring that now and in the future no one is left alone to deal with a neurological disorder! Donating to Kadlec Neurological Resource Center in another’s name is a meaningful way to honor or remember a very special person.

Become a Member

There are several ways to become a member. Simply print off and mail in a copy of the membership form or pay online.  Problems? Call us: 943-8455. We’re happy to help.

All donations are greatly appreciated.

Honor a Loved One with a Memorial Donation

You can make an online memorial contribution here.  Please include your loved one's name and family contact information for a letter of acknowledgement to be mailed to the family.  If it is more convenient to mail in a check, you are welcome to do so.  Our mailing address is 1268 Lee Blvd., Richland, WA  99352.

We are a 501c(3) organization and all memberships and donations are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

You can now link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Kadlec Neurological Resource Center. Enroll into the program or sign in to the Fred Meyer Rewards program. Once you are logged in, you can designate KNRC to benefit from your shopping. Simply enter our Fred Meyer non-profit number: 93431. Every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping KNRC earn a donation. Learn more.

Yoke’s eScript Rewards Program

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center is now enrolled in Yoke’s eScrip rewards program.

What is eScrip?

eScrip has created a system that rewards customer loyalty by contributing a percentage of purchases made by participating non-profit groups or schools.
Friends of Kadlec Neurological Resource Center are encouraged to register their grocery club cards. A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given to KNRC. If you don’t already have a card, stop by Yoke's Fresh Market to pick up a card.

How Does eScrip Work?

Yoke’s Fresh Market will contribute up to 5% each time you make a purchase using your registered card. There are no receipts to collect, no vouchers or certificates to buy, no hassles for you and every purchase counts.

To enroll KNRC, visit

Once you create or login to your existing account, link your eScrip account to KNRC using our Group ID number: 500824413

If you have questions, please contact Cathy Manderbach at (509) 943-8455.

Amazon Smile Program

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations, such as KNRC.  Sign-Up to support KNRC at

Reference Librarian available Monday and Tuesday, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm, Thursday, 1:00pm–5:00 pm and Friday, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center has an extensive lending library for those interested in neurological disorders. Our library collection includes books, pamphlets, newsletters, videotapes, DVDs and related materials. Resources for caregivers are a highlight of our library collection. Our children’s collection helps young people with neurological concerns (for themselves, for a sibling, parent, or grandparent) understand that they are not “the only one.”

Search the Library Catalog

Checkout Policies:

New clients are typically limited to checking out three materials at one time on their first check-out. After their first check-out all clients may have up to five books, DVDs, or other resource materials out at once.

The NeuroTransmitter provides current neurological and related health information. Each issue includes a calendar of our events, additions to the library, and support group news. Please call KNRC to be added to our mailing list, or simply fill out the form below. The NeuroTransmitter is also available electronically and via our website.

KNRC offers a variety of support groups that provide both education and support. Talking with and learning from others who have similar challenges is often encouraging and beneficial to those living with a neurological disorder. Their caregivers and parents also benefit from participation in support groups.

Support groups typically meet every month.

Please note our new location:
Kadlec Healthplex
1268 Lee Blvd
Richland, WA 99352

2nd Tuesday of each month, at 10 a.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

*Light Meal Served
3rd Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Callaway Gardens

4th Wednesday of each month, at 12 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Tuesday of each month, at 1 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

CAREGIVERS (For Men Only) *light meal served
4th Monday of each month, at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Callaway Gardens

This group is merged with the Chronic Pain Support Group and will meet twice a month, the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

This group is merged with the Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Support Group and will meet twice a month, the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

1st Tuesday of each month, at 2 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Monday of each month, at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

4th Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Brookdale Meadow Springs
770 West Gage, Richland

1st Wednesday of each month, at 1 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

4th Wednesday, meets quarterly at 10:30 a.m. (March, June, Sept., Dec.)
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Tuesday of each month, at 3 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

1st Wednesday of each month, at 3 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

2nd Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

Recursos en Español (Spanish-Language Resources)

"There are only four kinds of people in this world—Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, those who will need caregivers.”

—Rosalynn Carter

Caregiving is among the most rewarding and most challenging undertakings of your life, and each and every scenario is different. Each person, and each progression of disease, is different. We have many helpful books, DVDs, and other informational materials, with everything from strategies for care to the personal stories of other care providers. Sometimes the most helpful thing you can hold in your heart is that another has walked that road before you, and you are not alone.

KNRC offer's FOUR Caregiver Support Groups:

  • Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group at Callaway Gardens on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm
  • Alzheimer's/Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group at Callaway Gardens on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm.
  • Caregivers Support Group at KNRC, every 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 1:00pm.
  • Caregivers: For Men Only at Callaway Gardens, every fourth Monday of the month, at 12:30 pm.

Caregiver groups held at Callaway Gardens are requested to RSVP as a light meal is provided during the meeting.  Callaway Gardens is located at 5505 West Skagit Ct, Kennewick, WA 99336.  To RSVP, please call (509) 783-5433.

External resources:

  • 2014 Caregivers Program Booklet with Kari Berit, MS
  • 2013 Caregivers Program Booklet with Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
  • 2012 Caregivers Program Booklet with Wendy Lustbader, MSW


A unique resource, KNRC is the only community-based center in North America dedicated to education on a vast array of neurological disorders. Click below to see some of our specific resources.

Resources, library materials, and support specifically attended for family and caregivers

Neurological Disorders:
A list of all disorders currently served by KNRC, with links to relevant local and external resources.

Don't see something you need? Please call us--we'll do our best to help.

Additional Resources:
Links to videos, articles, further organizations, and other relevant information for those with neurological disorders and their friends and families.

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center provides compassion, education, and support to those affected by neurological disorders, and to their caregivers, so they don't have to face the challenges of a neurological disorder alone.

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