From left: Wendy Hardman, Lauren Silvernail, Dr. Lisa Greenwald, Mimi Siegel and Jenny Lay-Flurrie. (Kindering)

From left: Wendy Hardman, Lauren Silvernail, Dr. Lisa Greenwald, Mimi Siegel and Jenny Lay-Flurrie. (Kindering)

More than $330,000 raised for kids with special needs

Kindering’s CEO is retiring after 40 years at the center serving families in Bothell and elsewhere.

  • By Madison Miller
  • Friday, October 19, 2018 9:14am
  • Local NewsBothell

By Madison Miller / Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

Like any mother, Tanya Goodman was eagerly awaiting to hear her son say his first words. It wasn’t until he was 16 months old that he was officially diagnosed with autism. After being recommended to Kindering by her son’s pediatrician, he’s now speaking and just entered the early learning program at Wilburton Elementary School in Bellevue alongside his peers.

“We’re a success story of Kindering,” Goodman said.

Stephanie Collier and her husband also consider their family to be a success story. Their son was not making the average developmental benchmarks, as he didn’t walk until after he turned two years old. Through therapy at Kindering, Collier said they feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of the Kindering community.

“It was so amazing to see him have his firsts there. Watching him take his first steps is something every parent treasures,” Collier said. “Kindering has become like a second family to us.”

Goodman and Collier are among hundreds of parents in Bellevue, Bothell and Renton, and soon-to-be Redmond, that have experienced great advancements in their child’s development.

Kindering provides early intervention services to infants and children who have special needs or are at-risk, as well as their families. Founded in 1962 by five young Eastside mothers of children with special needs, Kindering is the largest early intervention center in Washington State and one of the three largest centers in the U.S. Kindering specializes in developmental assessments; physical, occupational, speech, nutrition/feeding and mental health therapies; special education; parent and sibling support groups; parent education; family counseling; specialized support for children in foster care and their families; private therapy; and an inclusive toddler preschool.

Kindering recently held its 13th annual Salute to Courage luncheon where the CEO of the last 40 years, Mimi Siegel, addressed an audience for the final time. Siegel announced her retirement from Kindering and introduced Dr. Lisa Greenwald as her replacement.

The Salute to Courage luncheon, hosted at the Bellevue Hyatt, serves as an opportunity for parents and children who have attended Kindering to share their stories and encourage the community to consider donating and help ensure future generations of Kindering graduates.

Keynote speaker Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer, spoke of creating technologies, workplaces and communities that celebrate and harness the power of people of all abilities, and how she has found strength through her own disability.

The luncheon raised more than $330,000.

“I am so honored to have been a part of Kindering for all these years and I am amazed and touched by all of your support,” Siegel said.

To learn more about Kindering, visit

This story originally appeared in the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, a sibling paper of The Daily Herald.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Cars move across Edgewater Bridge toward Everett on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, in Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edgewater Bridge redo linking Everett, Mukilteo delayed until mid-2024

The project, now with an estimated cost of $27 million, will detour West Mukilteo Boulevard foot and car traffic for a year.

Lynn Deeken, the Dean of Arts, Learning Resources & Pathways at EvCC, addresses a large gathering during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New EvCC learning resource center opens to students, public

Planners of the Everett Community College building hope it will encourage students to use on-campus tutoring resources.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett police chief to retire at the end of October

Chief Dan Templeman announced his retirement at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. He has been chief for nine years.

Boeing employees watch the KC-46 Pegasus delivery event  from the air stairs at Boeing on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Boeing’s iconic Everett factory tour to resume in October

After a three-year hiatus, tours of the Boeing Company’s enormous jet assembly plant are back at Paine Field.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teen boy identified in fatal shooting at Everett bus stop

Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15, was shot at a Hardeson Road bus stop earlier this month. Police arrested two suspects.

Car crashes into Everett apartment, displacing residents

No one was injured in the crash late Friday, according to Everett police.

Mike Bredstrand, who is trying to get back his job with Lake Stevens Public Works, stands in front of the department’s building on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. Bredstrand believes his firing in July was an unwarranted act of revenge by the city. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens worker was fired after getting court order against boss

The city has reportedly spent nearly $60,000 on attorney and arbitration fees related to Mike Bredstrand, who wants his job back.

Chap Grubb, founder and CEO of second-hand outdoor gear store Rerouted, stands inside his new storefront on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Gold Bar, Washington. Rerouted began as an entirely online shop that connected buyers and sellers of used gear.  (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Used outdoor gear shop Rerouted finds a niche in Gold Bar

Seeking to keep good outdoor gear out of landfills, an online reselling business has put down roots in Gold Bar.

Naval Station Everett. (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)
Everett man sentenced to 6 years for cyberstalking ex-wife

Christopher Crawford, 42, was found guilty of sending intimate photos of his ex-wife to adult websites and to colleagues in the Navy.

Most Read