Mission Statement

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.

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Board of Directors

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 highschool.  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.

Michael Turner, MD

Dr. Turner graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology. He then went to Harvard Medical School where he earned his Doctor of Medicine. He pursued postgraduate training at the Mayo Clinic, where he completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

His patient care philosophy emphasizes wellness and prevention, teamwork and close communication with referring physicians, and a holistic approach that is patient-centered.

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.

Heidi Hill, MHA, Office Coordinator

Heidi began as the Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at KNRC in February, 2004. She previously coordinated an outpatient health and wellness program for seniors and was formerly a non-profit administrator. In her early career, she spent 10 years as an archaeologist/historian in the western United States. She has a B.A. in Anthropology, Psych Minor, from Washington State University in Pullman, WA. In May 2012, Heidi earned her Master's in Health Service Administration.

Sue Linn, Program Assistant

Sue has been the Program Assistant 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, Office Assistant

Cathy joined Kadlec Neurological Resource Center in May of 2013.  She provides client services, education, information, and referrals to our customers. She also represents us at community events. Cathy has her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University.  Cathy is the co-founder and president of Cardiac Kids, a local support group for families with children born with heart defects. She is also married and a mother of four boys.

Susan Pinard, Resource Librarian

Susan Pinard joined the KNRC staff as the Resource Librarian in August of 2013.  She had been involved with the KNRC fundraiser, Variete, for seven 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.



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

Additional MTHFR materials:

Neurotransmitter Archive

Calendar of Events


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.


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.

Support Groups

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 at Leslie/Gage: 1268 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA 99352

2nd Wednesday of each month, at 10am, starting Sept. 2014
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

2nd Tuesday, at 2pm (April, July, October)
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

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

Every Friday of each month, at  2:30pm
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

2nd Thursday of each month, at 1:30pm
Location: KNRC

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

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

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

4th Wednesday every other month, at 4pm
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

Neurological Disorders

Useful Links

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 carers. 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.

Callaway Garden Caregivers’ support groups are led by Bob De Lorenzo, on the third Tuesday of every month and the third Thursday of every month at Calloway Gardens at 5:30pm.

Caregivers: every 3rd Tuesday of the month, at 1pm, here at KNRC.

Caregivers: For Men Only: every 4th Monday of the month, at 12:30 pm, at Callaway Gardens.

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.

Neurological Resource Center

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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