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Wednesday, August 9th

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

9:00-10:15 AM | Welcome / John Medina, PhD

Keynote: Theory of Mind

10:15-10:30 AM | Break

10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EDD, CCC-SLP & Carole Kaulitz, MED, CCC-SLP

Learning to Think: Inclusive Brain-Based Language Strategies
SESSION 1: Learning a Brain-Based Process
(All)

10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Michael Whitehead, PHD

The Coercion Paradox: Using the Power of Connection to Reduce Power Struggles
(Families)

12:00-1:00 PM | Lunch (Food Trucks Available)

1:00-2:30 PM | Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EDD, CCC-SLP & Carole Kaulitz, MED, CCC-SLP

Learning to Think: Inclusive Brain-Based Language Strategies
SESSION 2: Learning to Think with Language-Based Strategies

(All)

1:00-2:30 PM | Christine Lindgren, MED

Places of Play: Early Identification and Intervention
(Families)

1:00-2:30 PM | Kristin Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP & Kathryn Holley, MED, BCBA

Adolescence & Puberty
(Families)

2:30-2:45 PM | Break (Food Trucks Available)

2:45-4:15 PM | Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EDD, CCC-SLP & Carole Kaulitz, MED, CCC-SLP

Learning to Think: Inclusive Brain-Based Language Strategies
SESSION 3: Language Strategies for Pro-Social Thinking
(All)

2:45-4:15 PM | Rae Catt, OT

Rainbow Play and Mealtime Success
(Families)

2:45-4:15 PM | Kristin Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP & Kathryn Holley, MED, BCBA

Transitioning Skills into Adulthood
(All)

 

Thursday, August 10th

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

9:00-10:15 AM | Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana

Keynote: Autism Doesn't Define Me, I Define My Autism!

10:15-10:30 AM | Break

10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana

Autism: A Family Diagnosis
(Families)

10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Michael Whitehead, PhD

The Coercion Paradox: Reducing Defiant Behavior Through Connection
(Educators)

10:30 AM-12:00 PM | Becky Gellerson, MA, CRC

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Pre-Employment Transition Services
(All)

12:00 - 1:00 PM | Lunch (Food Trucks Available)

1:00-2:30 PM | Rae Catt, OT

Rules, Routine & Rituals: How to Use Them to Your Advantage
(Families)

1:00-2:30 PM | Christine Lindgren, MED

Stretching the Comfort Zone: Making Uncertainty Productive
(All)

1:00-2:30 PM | Kristin Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP & Kathryn Holley, MED, BCBA

Tips for Teaching Executive Function Skills to Children with ASD
(Educators)

2:30-2:45 PM | Break (Food Trucks Available)

2:45-4:15 PM | Michael Goodwill & Blake Konrady

Provail Transition Services
(All)

2:45-4:15 PM | Christine Lindgren, MED

Using Communication to Build Connections
(All)

2:45-4:15 PM | Kristin Kawena Begay, PHD, NCSP & Kathryn Holley, MED, BCBA

When Once is Not Enough: Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in Adolescents with ASD
(All)

Keynote Speaker

John Medina, PhD

 Brain Specialist

Keynote: Theory of Mind 9 a.m., Wednesday, August 9

The human brain is hands-down the most used, most complex thinking organ in the known universe – yet most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Brain scientists do. They have uncovered facts about how it works every business leader, parent, healthcare professional and teacher should know. Some of these findings are well-known; we know that a stressed brain is less productive, for example, even though we create high-stress office environments. Some facts are less well known, like the need for physical activity to get your brain working at peak levels. Daily exercise is crucial to education as it directs blood flow to the hippocampus where short-term memories become long-term memories – that’s called learning. Astonishing in the light of these facts, schools are replacing gym classes with academic classes. Furthermore, it has been proven that tactics like simple exercise drastically reduces the chances of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and deep depression. So, why is this? How does it all work, and how does it relate to the real world, from boardroom to classroom? Fortunately we have neuroscientist and popular professor, Dr. John Medina to inform, educate, and even entertain us with his fun, witty, and extremely fascinating presentations. 

Dr. John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research, related to mental health. Medina holds an affiliate faculty appointment at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, in its Department of Bioengineering. Medina was also the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, a Seattle-based research center originally focused on how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular` and molecular levels. He has also been appointed to the rank of affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering, and his celebrated book, Brain Rules was not only a New York Times bestseller, it has also become the standard handbook of understanding and improving the brain, which in turn, improves our lives. It has been translated into over 20 languages and is used as a textbook in more than 15 universities across the country, and a recently revised edition was released in 2014, along with Brain Rules for Baby. He is also the author and on-camera presenter in The Great Courses series “Your Best Brain: the Science of Brain Improvement,” which featured 24 lectures describing in-depth the linkage between biology and behavior.

The only thing that rivals John’s genius is his energy. He is a born speaker to whom people of all walks of life flock. So, it’s no wonder he’s been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year. And when he speaks, you will understand why he has been named “teacher of the year” more than once. His passion, expertise, and enthusiasm will be obvious to your audience when they see him in action. He always leaves his audience riveted, reeling, and also quite refreshed – as the solutions to seemingly complicated questions become easy to discern after experiencing his presentations.

Medina has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. As the father of two boys, he has an interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children. In addition to his research, consulting, and teaching, Medina speaks often to public officials, business and medical professionals, school boards, and nonprofit leaders – giving them the answers they need to some of the most complicated questions of the human mind, and insight into improving our productivity, and personal health. With a light-hearted approach, and an infusion of great energy, Dr. John Medina offers us understanding, and the techniques we should know to relax, and reach our potential, both in our personal and professional lives.

RESUME:

  • Developmental molecular biologist
  • Author: New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, Brain Rules for Baby, The Genetic Inferno, The Clock of Ages, Depression, What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s, The Outer Limits of Life, Uncovering the Mystery of AIDS, and Of Serotonin, Dopamine and Antipsychotic Medications
  • Consultant, genetics of psychiatric disorders
  • Affiliate Professor of Bioengineering , University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Founding Director: Talaris Research Institute
  • Awarded: Rank of affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering; Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year
  • Consultant: Education Commission of the States
  • Columnist: "Molecules of the Mind" for Psychiatric Times

Keynote Speaker

Alexis Wineman

 Miss Montana

Keynote: Autism Doesn't Define Me, I Define My Autism! 9 a.m., Thursday, August 10

Alexis Wineman’s journey started long before being crowned Miss Montana 2012, and ultimately the "America's Choice" contestant in the 2012 Miss America competition. Diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) at the age of 11, Alexis and her family struggled for years to understand her challenges. Part of that journey included a misdiagnosis and bullying. Fortunately, her family was and continues to be a source of strength and inspiration.

The Miss Montana and Miss America competitions provided Alexis with an opportunity to challenge herself and prove wrong her naysayers who never thought the shy, quiet girl in a hoodie could actually compete on one of the biggest stages in America.

Alexis’ story, as the first contestant with autism in Miss America’s history, made national and international headlines. Through the process, Alexis discovered the power of her voice and how the sash she wore represented more than a state, it represented everyone who wasn’t considered “typical.”

Alexis is completing her final year of college and speaks at conferences and events across the country.

Featured Speaker

Ellyn Lucas Arwood, EDD, Apricot Inc.

Learning to Think: Inclusive Brain-Based Language Strategies
SESSION 1: Learning a Brain-Based Process 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 9
SESSION 2: Learning to Think with Language-Based Strategies 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 9
SESSION 3: Language Strategies for Pro-Social Thinking 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 9

Dr. Ellyn Lucas Arwood, a speech-language pathologist, educator, and special educator for the past 35 years. She began working with children with autism in 1972. Shortly after that, she engaged in application research for children who would be diagnosed today as having autism spectrum disabilities. In 1975, she began her doctoral work with a dissertation in speech for children with autism spectrum disabilities, referred to as emotionally disturbed children in that era. Since then she is the author of five textbooks; numerous articles, chapters, and monographs. Dr. Arwood began using drawing with nonverbal students in 1971, developing it into drawn pictures, event-based pictures, cartoons and flowcharts.

Featured Speaker

Carole Kaulitz, MEd, CCC/SLP, Apricot Inc.

Learning to Think: Inclusive Brain-Based Language Strategies
SESSION 1: Learning a Brain-Based Process 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 9
SESSION 2: Learning to Think with Language-Based Strategies 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 9
SESSION 3: Language Strategies for Pro-Social Thinking 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 9

Carole Kaulitz is currently self-employed as a Speech-Language Pathologist/Autism Consultant. She has worked in many public schools systems over the past 32 years in a variety of roles related to working with students with autism spectrum disorders. Her expertise centers on developing a collaboration/consultation communication model for educators working with students with autism spectrum disorders of all ages and language/learning levels with a focus on visual strategies and social communication. Carole has extensive training in multi-methodologies related to autism, and has presented numerous workshops about Visual Learning Systems, Language/Learning Assessments, and Strategies for Learning with a Visual Brain to interested professionals and parents throughout the State of Washington and parts of Oregon and California. Carole lives in Washington State with Don, her husband of 32 years, and her son, David, and daughter, Sarah, who are learning to navigate the adult world.

Featured Speaker

Michael Whitehead, PhD, Sageview Youth Psychology

The Coercion Paradox: Using the Power of Connection to Reduce Power Struggles 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 9
The Coercion Paradox: Reducing Defiant Behavior Through Connection 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 10

Michael Whitehead is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been practicing family therapy for 10 years, with a special interest in treating children with severe behavioral disturbances. Dr. Whitehead works in Richland, WA conducting family therapy where a child diagnosed with ODD, ADHD, or ASD is present. His main focus is making sure the family as a whole unit functions well. Dr. Whitehead’s passion is helping kids be understood and by their caregivers. He currently lives in the Tri-Cities with his wife and four children, one of which has a dual diagnosis of ADHD and ASD.

Featured Speaker

Christine Lindgren, MEd, Autism Specialist, Responding to Autism Center

Places of Play: Early Identification and Intervention 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 9
Stretching the Comfort Zone: Making Uncertainty Productive 1 p.m., Thursday, August 10

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. 

Featured Speaker

Kristin Kawena Begay, PhD, NCSP, University of Washington Autism Center

Adolescence & Puberty 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 9
Transitioning Skills into Adulthood 2:45 p.m., Wednesday, August 9
Tips for Teaching Executive Function Skills to Children with ASD 1 p.m., Thursday, August 10
When Once is Not Enough: Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors in Adolescents with ASD 1 p.m., Thursday, August 10

Kawena Begay, PhD, NCSP, is a psychologist at the UW Autism Center. She received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Luther College (Iowa), specializing in Early Childhood and Special Education. She earned her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Washington. Kawena completed graduate practicum training at UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital, and predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UW Autism Center. Kawena’s research focuses on effective teaching and counseling strategies for children from diverse backgrounds as well as best practices for ASD identification and treatment across different racial and ethnic groups. Kawena works on several research studies at the UW Autism Center and also provides clinical services.

Prior to receiving her doctorate, Kawena taught grades Pre-K through 12 in several different states, including on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and in rural Hawai’i at a Hawaiian Immersion school. She has also worked as a K-12 School Counselor in a Hawaiian Immersion school. A Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Kawena served grades Pre-K through 12 as a School Psychologist in both Washington and Hawai’i. She worked to improve identification services and use of culturally appropriate assessment procedures in the schools by providing additional training and consultation for district staff members.

Featured Speaker

Kathryn Holley, MEd, BCBA, University of Washington Autism Center

Kathryn Holley is a Behavior and Education Consultant at the UW Autism Center. Kathryn has been working in the field of ABA in Pierce County since 2010. Kathryn started her work as a behavior technician working 1:1 with children and families impacted by Autism and went on to receive her BCaBA and her BCBA. Kathryn has advanced training in Pivotal Response Training and Social Thinking.

Kathryn is passionate about implementing high quality, intensive in home ABA services that include collaboration from patients, their families, and other providers. Kathryn has a special interest in working with teens and young adults.

At the UW Autism Center, Kathryn is supervising intensive in home ABA services and participating on the training team by providing school consultations and group trainings pertaining to ABA and Autism.

Featured Speaker

Rachael Marie Catt, OT, Kadlec Therapy Services

Rachael Marie Catt, better known as Rae, is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist currently working at The Healthplex Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s outpatient therapy clinic.

Rae graduated from the University of Kansas in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating Rae has worked steadily in the area of pediatrics focusing on feeding and sensory integration.

Rae took the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, Sensory integration certification in 2006 from the University of Southern California and Western Psychological Corporation. She has had extensive continuing education in the areas of Neurodevelopmental Therapy, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Developmental Care intervention, feeding preterm and fragile infants, feeding early development and Beckman oral motor approach.

Rae has always had a gift for teaching others, typically focusing on parent/caregiver education and peer support such as other therapists and nurses. Over the past few years, Rae has gotten the opportunity to be a ‘ghost writer’ for the United Way “Birth to Five “Blog and is currently serving as a Feeding Specialist for Holt International where she will be going to the Philippines in July to educate caregivers who work in orphanages who feed kids with disabilities.

Always passionate and excitable about learning and teaching, Rae is looking forward for many more opportunities to educate and share with others how to help themselves and those they love.

Featured Speaker

Michael Goodwill, PROVAIL, Seattle

Michael has worked with people with disabilities since 1990, when he first supported individuals as they moved from state institutions into the community. He has since dedicated his work by working with individuals with various abilities, including years of managing supported employment and residential programs. His continued efforts center on supports to individuals transitioning from school to employment opportunities while supporting families in navigating systems and accessing resources. His strength is customized job development and networking within the business community. Michael is a Board member with Washington APSE and is the Transition Chair for the Community Employment Alliance. Michael’s position as the Manager of Transition Services at PROVAIL allows him to start working with students as they enter into their community as adults, paving their way as equal and contributing citizens.

Featured Speaker

Blake Konrady, Employment Services Manager PROVAIL, Seattle

Blake is a native Washingtonian with a professional background in Education, Environmental Studies, and Guest Services. He has worked in the supported employment realm at PROVAIL for over three years as a job developer and job coach. Blake has partnered on the Microsoft Autism Hiring Initiative in Washington since its inception in 2015 with 29 job placements within the technology industry.

Featured Speaker

Becky Gellerson, MA, CRC, Regional Transition Consultant

Becky Gellerson is the Regional Transition Consultant for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation working with Educational Service Districts 123 and 105. She holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western WA University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. The goal of her work is to collaborate with school districts and direct teaching staff to serve students with disabilities more effectively as they transition out of high school. Her area of focus is pre-employment transition services; more specifically, self-advocacy, job exploration, workplace readiness, work-based learning experiences, and exploration of post-secondary opportunities. Becky has worked in the area of vocational rehabilitation, both in the private and public sectors, for over eleven years

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.

Values:

  • 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.

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

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.

 

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.

Treatment

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.


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 smile.amazon.com.

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


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

ALZHEIMER'S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS
*Light Meal Served
3rd Thursday of each month, at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Callaway Gardens

AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
4th Wednesday of each month, at 12 p.m.
Location: Kadlec Healthplex

CAREGIVERS
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

CHRONIC FATIGUE IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME/FIBROMYALGIA 
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

CHRONIC PAIN
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

YOUNG ADULTS
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.

Caregivers:
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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