Board & Staff Leadership

Board President Microsoft HR Manager

Diane Kuslich

Board Vice President Community Advocate

DeAnne Dodson

Andrew Symons

Alexandra Chasin

Becky Wall

Diann Strom

Judy Gowdy

Kelly Soligon

Kerry Robinson

Lani Banning

Board Member T-Mobile Senior Manager

Laura Larson

Susan Corning

Michelle Steffin

Executive Director KidVantage

Jack Edgerton

Staff Leadership

Director of Development & Community Relations KidVantage

Helen Banks Routon

Staff Leadership

Senior Manager of Programs KidVantage

Carolina Liendo

Staff Leadership

KidVantage Directory

Name Title Phone Email
Jack Edgerton Executive Director 425-372-7526
Helen Banks Routon Director of Development & Community Relations 425-372-7525
Carolina Liendo Senior Manager of Programs 425-372-7527
Brandi Fields Weekend Supervisor- Issaquah N/A
Chris Hall Assistant Programs Coordinator- Bremerton 360-616-0235
Cori Benson IT/Purchasing Manager 425-372-7529
Courtney Winburn Program Coordinator- Shoreline 425-209-1136
Eileen Conover Programs Assistant- Volunteers 425-372-7532
Hannah Bowen Accounting Manager 425-372-7530
Jen Lucas Salesforce Database Consultant/Data Analyst N/A N/A
Jennifer Cripe Programs Assistant- Volunteers/Distribution 425-372-7528
John Vose Inventory/Fleet Assistant N/A
Kim Christensen Senior Manager of Development 425-372-7533
Kristina Belcher Programs Assistant- Shoreline 425-206-1136
Leigha Griffin Partner Services Coordinator/Grant Writer 425-372-7524
Melanie Magnenat Program Coordinator- Bremerton 360-616-0235
Shannon Westfahl Gift Processing/Database Coordinator 425-209-1042
Samantha Marshall Administrative Assistant 425-865-0234
Tricia Barry Community Engagement Specialist 425-372-7534

Karen Ridlon, Founder, 1949-2023

The late Karen Ridlon founded our organization in 1990. A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well-child care, newborn care, and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors.  Karen’s intent was to fill an unmet need for parents with newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.

She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni.

Karen passed away August 20, 2023.  Her vision and leadership remain the inspiration for the work we do every day to help all kids to be safe, healthy, and able to thrive.

Photo Credit

Melanie Smith,