Board of Directors
Associate, Rice Fergus Miller
Senior Benefits Business Partner, Microsoft
Senior Manager, T-Mobile
Senior Program Manager, Amazon
IT Operations Manager, Symetra Financial
President Elect | President, J.C. Interiors, Inc.
Vice President, Client Advisor, JP Morgan
Treasurer | HR Manager, Microsoft
Nora E. Pardo
Secretary | Systems Analyst, UW Medicine
Senior Supply Chain Manager, Amazon
Of Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine- Retired
Senior Business Program Manager, Microsoft
Senior International Strategic Consultant, SAP Concur
Attorney/Shareholder, Inslee, Best- Retired
Vice President of Finance Operations, Sono Bello
Director Enterprise Strategy, Grant Thornton
Director Clean Energy Strategy, Puget Sound Energy
Sr. Director, Enterprise Strategy, Grant Thornton
Helen Banks Routon
Director of Development & Community Relations
Senior Manager of Progams
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.
Melanie Smith, www.melaniesmithstudios.com