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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Kadlec Neurological Resource Center offers a variety of classes, support groups, and lectures that are open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 11th

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

9:00-10:30 AM | Welcome / Jed Baker, PHD

All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral & Social Challenges
KEYNOTE: Understanding of challenging behaviors precedes effective intervention

10:30-10:45 AM | Break

10:45-12:00 PM | Jed Baker, PHD

Managing and preventing challenging behaviors

10:45-12:00 PM | Mark Olson

Choosing the Life You Want

12:00-1:15 PM | Lunch On Your Own & Visit the Vendors

1:15-2:30 PM | Jed Baker, PHD

Why Most Social Skills Programs Fail! Six Key Components of Social Skills Training

1:15-2:30 PM | Stephen Shore, EdD

Succeeding in the Adult World of Education and Employment: Self-Advocacy and Beyond

2:30-2:45 PM | Break

2:45-4:00 PM | Jed Baker, PHD

Specific Skill Lessons and Q and A

2:45-4:00 PM | Stephen Shore, EdD

Relationships and Sexuality for People with Autism

2:45-4:00 PM | Arzu Forough

Autism Insurance Benefits in Washington State

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Wednesday, August 12th

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

9:00-10:15 AM | Stephen Shore, EdD


10:15-10:30 AM | Break

10:30-11:45 AM | Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE

ABC’s of Autism & Sexuality Workshop, Part 1

10:30-11:45 AM | Stephen Shore, EdD

Socially-Based Academic Inclusionary Strategies: Techniques for Just a Few Special Students or Extensions of Good Teaching Practice, Part 1

11:45:-1:00 PM | Lunch On Your Own & Visit the Vendors

1:00-2:15 PM | Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE

ABC’s of Autism & Sexuality Workshop, Part 2)

1:00-2:15 PM | Stephen Shore, EdD

Socially-Based Academic Inclusionary Strategies: Techniques for Just a Few Special Students or Extensions of Good Teaching Practice, Part 2

1:00-2:15 PM | Arzu Forough

Autism Insurance Benefi ts in Washington State

2:15-2:30 PM | Break

2:30-3:45 PM | Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE

ABC’s of Autism & Sexuality Workshop, Part 3

2:30-3:45 PM | Stephen Shore, EdD

Socially-Based Academic Inclusionary Strategies: Techniques for Just a Few Special Students or Extensions of Good Teaching Practice, Part 3

2:30-3:45 PM | Mark Olson

The Role of Person-Centered Planning

Keynote Speaker

Jed Baker, PHD

Director of The Social Skills Training Project

An award-winning author of six books, including:

  • Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger’s Syndrome & Social Communication Problems;
  • Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome;
  • The Social Skills Picture Book; The Social Skills Picture Book for High School and Beyond;
  • No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior
  • No More Victims: Protecting those with Autism from Cyber Bullying, Internet Predators & Scams

His work has also been featured on ABC World News, Nightline, Fox News, the CBS Early Show, and the Discovery Health Channel.

In the first part of the presentation, students on the Autism spectrum and those with behavioral challenges are often presented with difficulty regulating their feelings and interacting socially. This workshop describes how to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety.

The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

Featured Speaker

Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE

Ms. Mitelman is an American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) sexuality educator, and a Canadian certified family educator. She is an instructor at McGill University in the Department of Educational Counseling and Psychology, as well as at Concordia University in Applied Human Sciences.

She started her own consulting firm in 2000, called Sexpressions which provides training as well as resources for teaching sexual health. She works with individuals and couples with special needs, with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Featured Speaker

Stephen Shore, EdD

Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment, Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best ractice to the needs of people with Autism.

In addition to working with children and talking about life on the Autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure.

His books include Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum; the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies; and the newly released DVD Living along the Autism Spectrum: What it means to have Autism or Asperger Syndrome.

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.

Featured Speaker

Mark Olson

Mark is the father of a 19-year-old daughter with Autism. He founded LTO Ventures and its Autism Entrepreneurs Center to serve adults with ASD, following a successful 25-year marketing and business development career in New York and Silicon Valley with F500 leaders and venture funded startups. He is a founding member of the Coalition for Community Choice, a new alliance of organizations, businesses, and housing professionals striving to meet the

housing and employment demand for an array of life options for those with Autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). He is chair of the Adults and Aging Subcommittee for the Nevada Autism Commission and an appointed member of the Nevada Governor’s Task Force on Integrated Employment.

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 Knutson was born and raised in Montana and spent three years at Montana State University before getting married. She was fortunate to have been able to spend the next twelve years at home with her children before going back to school and earning a B.S. Degree in elementary education from the College of Great Falls. The next few summers were spent working toward a K-12 library science endorsement from Western Montana College. After teaching six years, her family moved to Washington in 1992 where she received her Master’s Degree from Heritage College in 1998.

Since 1993 to the present, she has been a teacher/library media specialist in the Richland School District. Her experience has given 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

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.

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.

Yosen Liu, PhD

Yosen is a psychologist with a Washington State license to provide mental health counseling at his private practice. He has been an adjunct instructor at Washington State University, Tri-Cities Campus, since 2005.

Yosen was born in mainland China and grew up in Taiwan. In 1962, he was awarded a scholarship to go to Germany as an exchange student. There he studied nuclear engineering and received a Master's degree and a Doctorate degree. His early career experience included teaching in Taiwan and participating in research at Siemens in Germany.

He came to the United States in 1977 to work for Combustion Engineer in Connecticut in reactor design and analysis. He joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1990 and participated in different research and development programs for 13 years.

In 2002, he began his second learning program in Counseling Psychology at WSU. He graduated with a Master's of Education degree at the end of 2004. The following year, he enrolled in a PhD program offered by New England University in Australia. In March 2010, he received a PhD degree in Counseling.

Yosen's work history in mental health counseling included an internship at the Tri-City Chaplaincy and services at the Grace Clinic, Richland Rehabilitation Center, and Catholic Family and Child Service.

Yosen's wife Johanna is a nurse and an eastern medicine practitioner. They have three grown up children.

Yosen is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and the Richland Rotary Club.

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.

Bill Stahl

William C. Stahl, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1939. He graduated Lincoln High School in Seattle and entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958. After 4 years in the Corps, Mr. Stahl worked at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. He married in 1962 and attended the University of Washington, while working full time.  After positions at Bekin's Moving and Storage, Pan American World Airways and Connecticut Mutual Life, Mr. Stahl began a new path as a salesman for John H. Marvin Company, selling industrial process control equipment.

In 1971 Mr. Stahl and a business partner founded Set-Point Control, Inc., a manufacturer's representative and distribution firm. The company started with offices in Seattle and Portland and covered the 4 Northwestern states and Alaska. In 1977, the company opened the Richland, WA office to better serve the Hanford and Idaho Falls sites and also the WPPSS nuclear power plants. Though the plan for the Stahl family was to set up the Richland office and move back to Seattle, they like the Tri-Cities so much they decided to stay. Mr. Stahl and wife, Annie, as well as 4 children and 9 grandchildren, still reside here.

In 1990, the founders sold Set-Point Control, Inc. and Mr. Stahl continued his career in the sales and marketing arena through the 90's and into the new century. He had consulting duties for numerous local clients including TRIDEC, The Tri-Cities Science and Technology Park, MEIER Enterprises, Columbia Energy and Environmental Services, Numerical Applications and the Nike Tri-Cities Open.

Mr. Stahl was invited to serve on the Kadlec Foundation Board in 2006 and served as the Board Chair for 2011 and 2012.

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.

Rand Wortman — President/CEO, Kadlec Health System

Rand Wortman became the President and CEO of Kadlec Medical Center in November 2000. He is a leader dedicated to patient safety and patient centered care and is committed to providing the highest quality care to the patients in the Tri-Cities and surrounding region.

The following is a list of just a few of the things that the Kadlec team has accomplished under his visionary leadership:

  • Established adult hospitalist, pediatric hospitalist and intensivist programs
  • Established the first accredited Chest Pain Center in the Northwest and the first Chest Pain Center in the Northwest to receive Level 2 accreditation
  • Developed a physician “portal” which allows Kadlec physicians to access patient information, including radiology images and reports, over the internet
  • Joined the PlaneTree Organization, a group of prestigious hospitals that are committed to improving the patient experience during hospitalization
  • Participates in various regional and national quality care programs
  • The first community hospital in the State to create a Rapid Assessment Team
  • Construction of the Outpatient Imaging Center
  • Establishment of an open heart program
  • Construction of a new emergency department in 2003
  • Construction of a new critical care unit in 2004
  • Construction of a new 38-bed surgical unit with all private rooms
  • Raised over $7.4 million in the community to build a state of the art Pediatric Center opening December 2009.
  • Opening a new 29 bed Medical Unit in June 2010.
  • Currently working on state approval to increase licensed beds from 188 to 329.
  • Kadlec donated $2 million to local community college to relocate and expanding its degree programs for health professions to the Kadlec campus.
  • Reorganized community hospital into a regional health system comprised of seven operating companies including Kadlec Clinic, Kadlec Medical Associates, Kadlec Neurosciences, Kadlec Foundation, and Kadlec Regional Medical Center.
  • Over the past eight years, Kadlec Medical Center has grown from a 700 employee community hospital generating $100 million a year in revenue into a 1700 employee regional medical center doing in excess of $560 million.
  • Kadlec Clinic is a physician led, physician governed multi-specialty clinic with over 40 physicians and mid-levels. Clinic has built and opened three new neighborhood primary care clinics in the last 15 months.
  • Kadlec Neurosciences is the newest company. It brings together neurosurgery, neurology, pain management, and rehab services into a collaborative practice. It has attracted six new providers to the community in the last 12 months and will begin construction of a new office tower on the Kadlec campus in early 2010.
  • Mr. Wortman was also the driving force behind the expansion and construction of a six-story “tower” which includes a 36-bed clinical decision unit, 10 new operating rooms and 28 private rooms. The design allows for future expansion of up to 10 stories and 12 operating rooms. The project brought many new jobs to the Tri-Cities. The Tower was completed in April of 2008. Preliminary plans are now being developed for the remaining four stories to be completed subsequent to receipt of theCON from the State of Washington. Completion is planned in 2014.

Mr. Wortman is also participates in numerous health care related boards and committees including the Board of the Washington State Hospital Association.

Mr. Wortman received his BS in Business Economics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and obtained his Masters in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa in 1975. He has managed hospitals in a range of locations from Florida to Alaska from 45 to 500 beds.

Mr. Wortman is married with three grown children and five grandchildren. In his spare time, he loves to ride his Harley Davidson.

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 www.escrip.com

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.

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 Wednesday of each month, at 10am
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 12pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

3rd Tuesday of each month, at 1pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

CAREGIVERS (For Men Only) *light meal served
4th Monday of each month, at 12:30 pm
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.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

1st Tuesday of each month, at 2pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

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

2nd Monday of each month, at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex - Cedar Room

1st Wednesday of each month, at 1pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

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

3rd Tuesday of each month, at 3pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

1st Wednesday of each month, at 3pm
location: Kadlec Healthplex

Mtg upon request
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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