Spotlight with Laurie Hardie

Each week host Laurie Hardie brings you the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest and the people making a difference in our community and sometimes beyond. Expect compelling conversations with local leaders and influencers. Spotlight is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health, mental health, and the environment.

Latest Episodes

Spotlighting Grief and Trauma Chaplaincy

Cindy and Merle Meyers are grief and trauma chaplains. Going through grief, trauma, and loss is never easy, and no one need experience it alone. At Grief and Trauma Chaplaincy, we are qualified and experienced in companioning, and here to come alongside you to offer you information and encouragement.

Spotlighting Think About Thinking

Joining me is LaVerne McGrath the founder of ThinkAboutThinking.com. It is a comprehensive website to help people discover ways to cope with life situations. This Month is Mental Health Awareness month so any First Responder can enter this code on the website and join for free for the month of May.
Enter this Code when joining: FREE41STRESP-MAY

TaT is a private, self-guided online service that provides hundreds of wisdom resources. Experience hundreds of videos, supplemental materials and attend Live Events to improve your world while preventing harmful acts to self and others.

Spotlighting MicroGenDX DNA

Rick Martin is the CEO of MicroGenDX, a diagnostic laboratory providing DNA sequencing and rapid PCR-based microbial testing for clinical applications. Martin says a new testing protocol for rapidly detecting and identifying infective microbes by their genetic sequence has recently been developed by his biotech laboratory MicroGenDX. The test can identify and list by prevalence more than 50,000 microbial species. Basically rather than growing a culture as labs have done in the past, MicroGenDX uses DNA sequencing to find these problems quicker and more efficiently. https://microgendx.com/

Spotlighting March for Babies

Joining me is Hayley Satema Donor Development Manager and Amy Thorne the Parent Ambassador for March for Babies. March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. March of Dimes supports research, lead programs and provides education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy, they support every pregnant person and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Find us on Facebook and follow us with #marchofdimes and @marchofdimes.
March for Babies big event is LIVE this year at the Woodland Park Zoo on May 14th.

Spotlighting Give Big Part 2 Homage Senior Services and Boys and Girls Club King County

Give Big 2022 is already underway. It’s a great annual fund-raising event for our community to come together and support many of the non-profits in the Puget Sound area. And to underscore the need is greater than ever this year! We hear from leaders in just 2 of the nonprofits we can choose to support:
First is Bekka Austin with Homage Senior Services. She shares how something as simple as changing a lightbulb can change a person’s life. Jayme Hommer talks with us about the Boys and Girls Club of King County and when covid hit, they opened their doors all day rather than just before and after school. They have some new programs in place to help kids deal with all they have been through with the pandemic.

Donate Give Big 2022 wagives.org

Spotlighting Give Big 2022 Part 1

Give Big 2022 is already underway. It’s a great annual fund-raising event for our community to come together and support many of the non-profits in the Puget Sound area. And to underscore the need is greater than ever this year! We hear from leaders in just 2 of the nonprofits we can choose to support:
Our first guest is Nancy Long the executive director of 501 Commons, the nonprofit producing GiveBIG. https://www.501commons.org/

Our second guest is Diana Goodrich the Co Executive Director of Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW the only home for chimpanzees in the state of Washington! They’ve been expanding and now care for sixteen chimpanzees, all of whom were once used in biomedical testing. The sanctuary is working on building additional outdoor space for the new arrivals. diana@chimpsnw.org

Spotlighting “When Anxiety Roars” with Jean Holthaus

Dr. Jean Holthaus author of “When Anxiety Roars”. It’s for parents, teachers, counselors, and youth leaders longing to understand and help the young people in their lives, this book unpacks the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors that influence anxiety in children and offers specific practical steps to take together to tame that anxiety. Integrating faith with best practices to reduce anxiety, it also teaches coping skills that will help children live more confidently today and into the future.

Spotlighting National Donate Life Month

Joining me today is Frank Holloman, Director of the Division of Transplantation (DoT) at HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration ) Frank comes to this work after trying to be a donor for his own sister. Over 106,000 People on the National Organ Transplant Waiting List, Including 1,884 Children Under 18; Every 9 Minutes a New Person is Added. HRSA Raises Awareness for National Donate Life Month and National Pediatric Transplant Week. NDLM is an opportunity to inform listeners about how they can give hope to more than 106,000 people, including almost 2,000 children under the age of 18, on the national transplant waiting list.

Spotlighting Digital Detox With Molly DeFrank

Molly is the founder of the online Digital Detox, where she helps free families from their addictions
to devices. She has a degree in international relations and worked as a press aide for former
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. These days, she is a stay-at-home mom and foster
mom to six kids ages twelve and under. Her book is called Digital Detox and she says “I promise, if you do this with your kids you will reap amazing benefits. https://mollydefrank.com/

Spotlighting “A Solution to Homelessness” by Charles Durrett

Charles Durrett is an architect, author, and advocate of affordable, socially responsible and sustainable design. He is an advocate for the homeless and has developed several projects to house the homeless. His newest book, A Solution to Homelessness describes the way the small town of American Canyon, in Napa Valley California, built housing for their homeless citizens. He is hosting an event at University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE, on April 8th at 7:30 pm.