Dr. Greenwald was selected following a rigorous six-month process by the Kindering Board of Directors. The search was chaired by board members Janelle Milodragovich, Esq. and Diane Demopulos, RN.
Dr. Greenwald brings vast subject matter knowledge to this role. She is a licensed speech-language pathologist, holds a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas and an Executive Certificate in Non-profit Leadership (Duke University).
A seventeen-year Kindering veteran, Lisa has been an indispensable part of Kindering’s marrow. She first served as a talented speech and language therapist and then for fourteen years in Kindering’s executive leadership, most recently as Chief Program Officer. Lisa is a highly respected leader both inside the Kindering organization and statewide.
Greenwald’s expertise and experience run deep, as does her dedication as a proud parent of a Kindering graduate:
Kindering’s support along my unexpected journey is only one of many reasons why I am thrilled to give back to other children and families as Kindering’s next CEO. I am inspired each and every day by our community’s deep belief in and commitment to our children’s unlimited potential, and I am humbled to carry on Mimi Siegel’s fearless forty-year legacy.” - Dr. Lisa Greenwald
Kindering embraces children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage, and the skills to soar. Founded in 1962 by five Bellevue-area mothers of children with disabilities, Kindering is the largest intervention center in Washington State, one of the three largest centers in the nation, and notably the most comprehensive.
Honored with numerous awards and referenced in academic journals, Kindering is a well-recognized national leader in early intervention services for children ages birth to three with developmental delays or disabilities. The center treats children with delays caused by autism, cerebral palsy, chromosomal abnormalities, vision impairment, extraordinary complications of prematurity, or abuse and neglect.
In 2017, Kindering helped 4,455 children and their families. Services include developmental assessments; physical; speech, and mental health therapies; special education; childcare consultation; nutrition/feeding therapy; outreach to homeless shelters, foster and kinship care interventions; family counseling; and parent education.
Decades of research have proven that ages birth to three are the most critical phase of brain development for any child – a one-time opportunity to make a powerful difference. Kindering’s data show that 99% of our children make progress; 75% narrow the gap with their typically developing peers; and 46% no longer require special education services at age three, yielding an estimated $14 million in annualized savings for local school districts.
Those wishing to learn more about Kindering, its mission and programs may call Alison Morton at 425-653-4331 or Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit its website at www.kindering.org.
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