Laura Kneedler – M. Ed. – Vice President, Education & Therapy Services
Laura joined Northwest Center in 2013 as the Director of one of our Early Learning programs and was promoted to her role as Vice President of Education & Therapy services in 2016. With over 14 years of experience, Laura has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, therapeutic child care centers, and as an early childhood classroom teacher for over 10 years. Laura holds a B.S in Education/Health & Human Development from Montana State University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Concordia University, as well as a certification in infant/toddler development. She is passionate about Northwest Center’s mission and providing support and advocacy to the children and families enrolled in our programs.
Lottie Olver, PGDip. CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist & Early Intervention Director
Lottie moved from England to work at Northwest Center in February 2005. After graduating in 2002, she worked in London, UK with children and adults with developmental delays, and their families. Some things she loves about Northwest Center Kids is working closely with families to support their child’s development and working within a skilled, collaborative team. She divides her time between having a caseload and co-directing the early intervention department.
Her training includes extensive feeding training, Beckman oral motor, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Hanen It Takes Two to Talk; More Than Words and Learning Language and Loving It caregiver training, PROMPT, TEACCH and sensory integration.
Outside work, Lottie is doing an extensive house remodel and loves to hike, ski and cook with her husband and two children.
Emily Behnken, M.A., CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist
Emily is a Speech-Language Pathologist originally from metro Detroit, Michigan. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and worked for a year in the school setting in Detroit before setting off to explore the country as a travelling SLP. Her first stop was Washington State where she quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. Before joining the Northwest Center team in July 2017 Emily worked in elementary schools and developmental preschools. While working in the developmental preschool Emily developed a passion for individualized and functional communication intervention focusing on providing intervention in a natural environment. She is passionate about collaborative intervention, looking at the whole child while empowering families to support speech and language development at home.
In her free time Emily loves travelling, exploring local farmer’s markets, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Julia Bentley, M.A. – Family Resources Coordinator
Julia graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia University and worked as a preschool teacher for several years. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School and established a private practice in Portland, Maine. After relocating to Seattle, Julia worked as a family therapist with clients receiving services through the Department of Social and Health Services and later as a Case Manager with Childhaven. Julia joined the staff of Northwest Center in 2002, first working for adult services and then moving to the children’s program in 2005. Julia completed the Promoting First Relationships (PFR) Train the Trainer program in 2011. The PFR program was developed at the University of Washington and is designed to help parents and other caregivers of young children best support social emotional development. In 2013, Julia completed training as a Circle of Security™ Registered Parent Educator.
Melinda Bourgette, B.A. – Family Resources Coordinator
Melinda graduated from Western Washington University earning a B.A. in Spanish, Social Services and a minor in Psychology. As a part of her studies at Western Washington University she participated in Early Childhood Education and Child Development Classes. After graduating from WWU, she followed her passion and decided to take a chance with an up-and-coming law firm, Barraza Law. At Barraza Law, Melinda was given the opportunity to use her bi-lingual skills to assist clients in all aspects of the law firm’s practice. Melinda worked directly with clients to translate legal documentation, attend appointments, facilitate communication, and guide them through various application processes. Her positive experience with the law firm has further deepened her passion to provide and empower families with the knowledge of their rights and the resources available. Melinda jumped at the chance to work with NW Center and she now has the opportunity to work directly with families to advocate for early intervention services.
Jonelle Burris B.A., – Family Resources Coordinator, CHERISH
Jonelle graduated from the Western Washington University in 2007 with a General Studies degree with a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders. As part of her studies at WWU, she took classes in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and Audiology. Throughout college, she worked in a variety of childcare settings (home-based and center-based), here in Seattle and in Bellingham. In 2007, she came to Northwest Center Kids as a toddler teacher, and loved every minute getting to know all the wonderful families.
In May 2010, Jonelle joined the Early Intervention Team as a Family Resource Coordinator, to continue her passion for helping and connecting with families.
Sara Circelli, M.A. – Family Resources Coordinator
Sara Circelli has a BA from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and a MA from the University of Southern California in Film Studies. She previously worked in the film and television industry in Los Angeles. After moving to Seattle, she worked at non-profits coordinating programs in arts and education. Sara is the mother of two young children who both received early intervention services from Northwest Center. The experience of having her children work with the professionals at Northwest Center was incredibly impactful – her oldest went from having a language delay to being a chatterbox and her youngest went from having a gross motor delay to becoming an enthusiastic runner and climber. Since she had such a positive experience as a parent, she decided she wanted to join the NW Center team and support other families seeking early intervention for their children. Outside of work, Sara loves to spend time with her family. She enjoys crafting, watching movies, listening to podcasts, reading, taking pictures and exploring the outdoors.
Shannon Clark, B.S. – Special Educator
Shannon has been with the Northwest Center Early Intervention program since the summer of 2008. She enjoys interacting with the families, teachers and children at Northwest Center Kids. Previously, she has worked as a public school special education teacher, consultant for children with autism, and as a provider in another early intervention program. She believes in empowering families to be the best advocates and teachers for their children. Shannon received her special education degree from Indiana University, and is licensed to teach in Washington State. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys tennis, figure skating, reading, genealogy and someday traveling the world.
Anna Diss – Family Resources Coordinator
Anna has lived in the greater Seattle area her whole life and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Social Welfare in 2017. During her time at the University, Anna worked as a research coordinator engaging families of children with autism, and later as a social worker at DSHS Children’s Administration. Anna continued on with DSHS post-graduation, working closely with young children involved in the foster care system, many of whom were also engaged in early intervention services. Working with young children and families is something that Anna has always been passionate about and she is thrilled to continue doing so in her professional career. Anna joined the Northwest Center team in late 2017 and is excited to be able to help provide the best possible early intervention services and resources to families.
Kim Ellison, PT, DPT – Early Intervention Physical Therapist
Kim began her physical therapy career as a child, observing days in her mother’s outpatient pediatric clinic. Volunteering at the clinic and working for a hippotherapy program throughout her adolescence instilled in her a passion for physical therapy. Eager to make the most of her undergraduate opportunities, she attended the University of Miami to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. She attended a study abroad program to L’Aquila, Italy, assisted her International Economic Development professor on his grant trip to Ica, Peru, and participated in the International Scholar Laureate’s Delegation on Diplomacy to South Africa. In 2007, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami and began to pursue her physical therapy career. Later, she graduated as class president from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has worked with all ages of patients though her passion and specialty is working with children and families in early intervention. In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling.
Sara Michelle Gabbert – Intake Coordinator
Sara earned her Master’s degree in the Social Sciences with a focus in Anthropology from California State University, San Bernardino in 2014, graduating Summa Cum Laude. While in graduate school, Sara worked as a teaching assistant, lecturer, and completed archaeological field school. Her personal research involves indigeneity and identity politics, the formation of social movements, and issues of environmentalism. As a field-trained archaeologist, Sara has worked extensively through Montana and California, most recently restoring sections of Manzanar National Historic Site in conjunction with the National Park Service.
Sara is excited to join Northwest Center’s Early Intervention team as of August 2017. She considers herself to be a life-long student and is passionate about education. In her free time, Sara enjoys hiking with her dogs, cooking, writing, and traveling.
Amanda Harper-Phillips – OTR/L – Occupational Therapist & CHERISH Therapist
Amanda earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Whitman College in 2003. She then earned her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in 2010. Amanda enjoyed her second internship with Northwest Center Early Intervention so much; she jumped at the opportunity to fill an open position and joined the team in early 2011. Amanda believes in the importance of family-centered care and working with children and their families in their homes and communities. In 2013, Amanda was excited to help implement the CHERISH program at Northwest Center for foster children and caregivers. She is also a Registered Circle of Security Parent Educator.
Amanda grew up in Seattle and in her free time she enjoys reading, playing board games, going to the beach, and playing Ultimate Frisbee with her husband.
Kayla Buswell Khan, MS, CCC-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist
Kayla received a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Kayla’s training and experience has focused on serving children with hearing loss from birth – 5. She has presented papers on the topic of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Early Intervention at the American Speech and Hearing Association annual conference and the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention annual conference. She is conversationally fluent in American Sign Language. Her training also includes PROMPT and Cued Speech. Kayla recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest from Washington, DC bringing with her two transplants, her husband and her daughter!
Alison Lombardi, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Alison received a Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1999. After moving to Seattle in 2000, she worked with young children in a variety of settings including the Lake Washington School District, a private practice, and Childhaven. Alison joined the Northwest Center Early Intervention Team in June of 2010 and believes strongly in the mission and philosophy of care where families and therapists work together to help children grow and learn. She is excited to continue working closely with children in their natural environments with the collaboration of a wonderful therapeutic team.
Her continuing education includes PROMPT Level 1, and a special interest in infant mental health including trainings from Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics at the Child Trauma Academy, an introduction to Promoting First Relationships ® and cultural competency.
Alison enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters, cooking, and traveling.
Anita Loving – Family Resources Coordinator
Anita comes to us from Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Oregon where she served as a Family Support Specialist. She assisted with providing ongoing case management and support for families including: providing on-call crisis support, collaborating with primary therapists to ensure proper support for the families, and monitored development of plans of care. Anita also actively participated in team meetings to provide case updates including reporting progress and barriers, assisted clinical teams in creating and implementing interventions, and assisted in enrolling families in local community resources such as medical, social, and educational supports.
Additionally, Anita has experience working as a Foster Care Aide where she worked directly with children and Foster Families. She documented progress, incidents, visits from treatment providers, and tracked medical appointments.
Anita is a passionate family advocate and is very excited to begin her journey with Northwest Center Early Intervention.
Susannah Major, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Susannah is a speech and language pathologist originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and moved across the country to attend graduate school at Washington State University. Since graduation, Susannah has worked closely with children and families in their natural environment to support communication development. She approaches each family with an overwhelming sense of curiosity, and compassion in combination with clinical knowledge to empower caregivers to be their child’s favorite and first teacher. Susannah strongly believes in the power of positive parent-child interactions as the foundation for communication and language. At its core, her therapy sessions are play based and derived from a child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity.
Susannah has additional training in the effects of trauma on social emotional development, sensory processing disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorders, and Promoting First Relationships. In her free time, you can find Susannah trying new restaurants, hiking, skiing, reading, and finding new places to travel locally and internationally.
Tim Marshall – Office Manager
Tim grew up in Burien, Washington, making the far jump to the Seattle area shortly after graduating high school in 2008. From there, he attended a variety of technical and community colleges while working an extensive legacy as a barista and retail makeup artist. In 2017, he graduated with honors from the University of Washington in the field of Law, Societies, and Justice. At UW, he gained a passion for a variety of social justice concerns, particularly the quality of life for foster and homeless youth as well as those involved in the criminal justice system, employing these interests to engage in internships at Columbia Legal Services and Mockingbird Society. With his passions for social change under his belt, he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy and Administration.
At Northwest Center, Tim looks forward to learning about the networks of community services and specialized practices used for children with developmental disabilities, as this is a project he was previously unfamiliar. He looks forward to working with his team’s Family Resource Counselors and assisting the office in serving families in the most efficient, yet holistic, ways possible.
Katie Merisko, M.A., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Katie earned her Masters of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach, CA. Originally from California, Katie moved to Seattle in 2012 with her husband and worked as a speech therapist at Northwest Center. She took time off work when her two daughters where born, which gave her invaluable insight to the challenges and joy involved with being a parent. She is happy to be back on the early intervention team and is enthusiastic about serving birth to three families again. Katie is passionate about inclusion for all with a family and community centered approach to therapy. Katie is trained in Play Therapy, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, Vision and Processing Therapy, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Assessment and Treatment, Oral Motor/Feeding, Tube feeding with Love, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Picture Exchange Communication System(PECS) and Coordinating Support for Child & Family Well-Being.
In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling, sewing and a variety of Do-It-Yourself projects. Her ongoing project is the restoration of a 1950’s cabin on Whidbey Island.
Natalie Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
A native Midwesterner, Natalie recently moved to the Pacific Northwest and is delighted to be on the Early Intervention team at Northwest Center. After completion of her undergrad at Bowling Green State University, she moved and obtained her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at West Virginia University, focusing on medical speech pathology. Natalie then completed her fellowship year at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh – of UPMC and eagerly remained with the hospital’s dedicated pediatric teams at CHP. She has over 5 years of experience in the pediatric acute care setting, working extensively within intensive care units, step-down units, radiology completing videofluoroscopic swallowing studies, and specialty clinics including multidisciplinary teams like the Cerebral Palsy Clinic and the Aerodigestive Clinic. She specializes and has a deep passion in working with medically fragile infants, children and their families, particularly with the assessment and treatment of dysphagia and feeding difficulties. Natalie also focuses on communication and cognitive development and delays in children aged birth to 3 years. She has additional training in AAC, stuttering, voice/ resonance, congenital and acquired brain injury, © Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk, and the © SOS Approach to Feeding. Natalie has had the opportunity to be active in international service-learning trips with a multidisciplinary team of medical professionals, providing speech, language and feeding support in rehabilitation and early intervention.
One area of interest in Natalie’s career includes post – discharge needs, both therapeutically and social-emotionally, with regards to children and their families who experienced any amount of time in the hospital and ICU setting. Natalie feels strongly about teamwork and values a family focused model, working together towards functional goals in a very supportive, natural environment.
Heidi Mills, DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy
Heidi earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology and Biology in 2005 from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 from Chapman University in Orange, California. Heidi has worked in out-patient orthopedics, skilled nursing, and schools. She has always had a passion for working with children which is what inspired her to go into physical therapy. Heidi has partnered with families for several years working in early intervention. Her training includes massage and myofascial release for infants, therapeutic taping for children, yoga for children with special needs, Reiki, aquatics, and Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.
In her free time Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids being active outdoors, going to the beach, and traveling.
Jennifer Nash, PhD, OTR/L – Occupational Therapist
Jennifer received a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2004, a Graduate Certificate in Infant Mental Health in 2011, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science in 2014 from the University of Washington (UW). She has worked in a variety of settings as an occupational therapist including: adult acute care, school therapy, and outpatient pediatrics. In addition to being a part of Northwest Center’s Early Intervention Team, she is currently working at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center and the UW’s Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network. She regularly lectures on pediatric topics such as sensory-based feeding challenges, family-centered care, and infant mental health at local and national conferences. Jennifer thoroughly enjoys working with children with special health care needs and their families! In her free time, Jennifer enjoys shopping at thrift stores, reading, eating delicious food, and playing video games/board games with her husband.
Molly Nolan, MS OTR/L – Occupational Therapist
Molly graduated with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2007. In early 2008, she relocated to the great Pacific Northwest. She spent her first eight years of practice in an outpatient pediatric clinic working part time with families in early intervention, and part time in the clinic with children 3-18 years old. With a passion for working in early intervention, she excitedly joined the team at Northwest Center Kids in early 2016.
Throughout her years as an occupational therapist, Molly has participated in a variety of continuing education on topics such as feeding fragile infants, feeding with toddlers and children with tube feedings, typical motor development and movement in children, beginning Infant Mental Health, and how to support children with sensory processing difficulties.
In her free time, Molly enjoys soaking up the sunny days by biking, hiking, skiing, and going to the local farmer’s markets.
Devon Otero, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist
Devon received her Master’s degree from University of Washington focusing on medical speech-language pathology. After graduating she worked in outpatient pediatric clinic and hospital settings. Devon recently moved back to Seattle after a two-year stint in Burbank, CA where she worked at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital with outpatient pediatrics, acute care adults and inpatient rehabilitation services. After having her daughter in 2015, Devon got to see firsthand the parenting side of early intervention services. She strongly believes in a nonjudgmental, positive and collaborative therapeutic environment where parents/caregivers and their children feel supported and validated. Devon is thrilled to be working at Northwest Center with the amazing EI team, families and caregivers of these remarkable children. Her additional training and interest includes PROMPT, fluency, voice, dysphagia, dysarthria and social language groups. In her free time, Devon loves being with her husband, daughter and two rescue pups as they soak up the beautiful PNW.
Tina Paik – Family Resources Coordinator, CHERISH
Tina attended the University of Washington while in pursuit of her B.S. in Chemistry. Her education background had mostly been science and technology driven, so working in human and educational services wasn’t really in the big picture for Tina. However, during her time at Northwest Center, she fell in love with the organization and its mission, as well as the families and the amazing stories they shared. Tina decided to take the chance and abandon her previous education and express interest in the Early Intervention program. Although she had no formal training in Early Childhood, Tina has had experience with the birth-to-8 population through Church youth programs, various volunteer opportunities at Seattle Children’s Hospital, community centers, and programs through Seattle Public Schools; such as Team Read and teaching assisting. Because of her love of the program, Tina is now in the process of returning to school to receive her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of Washington! As a Family Resources Coordinator, she loves working closely with her families and being available as a positive outlet for them.
Lara Sokoloff, MS, RD – Registered Dietitian
Lara graduated with a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and worked as a registered dietitian for several years in local hospitals. She received her Master’s in Dietetics from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. After relocating to Seattle, Lara worked as a nutritionist with patients of Neighborcare Health in Seattle. Lara joined the staff of Northwest Center in 2015. In 2016, Lara completed a fellowship through the University of Washington in the LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities). The LEND program is a graduate level interdisciplinary training program. It is designed to provide high level interdisciplinary clinical care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.
Cynthia Svensson, B.A., PT – Physical TherapistCynthia Svensson is a Physical Therapist and OT/PT Manager at Northwest Center Early Intervention. Cynthia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Humanities from Seattle University in 1997. She worked in human resources before moving to Sweden, where she studied at Karolinska Institute, earning a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2005. After graduating, she worked in a hospital in-patient rehab in Stockholm for 2 years, before moving back to Seattle in 2007. Since returning to Seattle, she has worked primarily in out-patient orthopedics with socio-economically diverse and underserved populations. Throughout her years as a physical therapist, Cynthia has participated in a variety of post-graduate training and continuing education on a variety of topics, including advanced manual therapy, movement and neuromotor function, craniosacral therapy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, infant/toddler feeding therapy and UW’s Infant Assessment Training Program.
Amy Whitehouse, M.A., CF-SLP – Speech-Language Pathologist
Amy recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest after living in Orlando for 11 years. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master’s degree in 2017. In graduate school, she worked with brain injury, spinal cord injury, swallowing, and feeding amongst a range of ages. Her part-time internship was completed at a PPEC (prescribed pediatric extended care) in Orlando, FL treating medically fragile children (0-5) who presented with feeding difficulties, dysphagia, language disorders, oral-motor difficulties, and speech disorders. Her full-time internship was completed at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center in Orlando, Florida. She worked in the brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit with patients who presented with dysphagia, traumatic brain injury, aphasia, and dysarthria. She also gained experience in completing videofluoroscopic swallowing studies with adults. At Northwest center, she wants to pursue her passion in the pediatric population specializing in language development, feeding, and swallowing.
While she is not working, she enjoys wine tasting, trying new foods, hiking, crafting, adventures/traveling, and interior design.
Adrianna Williams – Family Resources Coordinator
Adrianna Williams graduated from Washington State University in the spring of 2015 with a B.A. degree in Human Development and a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in different early learning settings for over 10 years as a preschool Teacher, and an assistant director for the Boys and Girls Club of King County. Adrianna’s passion lays with helping young children and their families. She believes each child is unique and has a lot to offer the world. Adrianna is excited she can be a part of that journey with them. In her free time, she likes to go to the movies, hang out with friends and families, and be by the water. Go Cougs!
Stefanie Wolf, M.Ed. – Special Educator and Family Resources CoordinatorStefanie earned a B.S.Ed. in Special Education in 2005, and a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Intervention in 2006, both from Ohio State University. Her work experience prior to coming to Northwest Center includes teaching toddlers and preschoolers with and without special needs in the classroom, and doing play and behavioral therapy in the home with children with autism. She joined Northwest Center in 2012, first as Director of the Early Learning Programs at Queen Anne and Greenwood, and now as a special educator and family resources coordinator in the early intervention department. She holds teaching licenses in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. In her free time, she loves to hike, kayak, camp, knit, and travel!
Iwona Zubrzycka, CC/BA – Contract Compliance and Business Analyst
Iwona recently moved to Seattle after working and studying on the East Coast. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology at State University of New York, where she also served as a Teaching Fellow for Statistics. Iwona has a broad experience in the medical field that ranges from direct work with patients- as a Behavioral Health Specialist at NYPH, to medical practice management and consulting service provider for professionals in the industry. She has joined the Northwest Center Early Intervention Team because she sees an incredible value in the philosophy of care where families and therapists work together (in children’s natural environment) to help children flourish. Iwona is excited to work closely with a wonderful therapeutic team and facilitate their growth by providing them with meaningful data reflecting their accomplishments and progress within the community.
Iwona strongly believes in professional and personal development through lifelong learning, therefore, she enjoys every single opportunity to learn new skills and explore new things.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program Staff
Jodi Reimer, B.A., – Family Resources Coordinator
Jodi has a BA degree from Seattle Pacific University. Her life took a turn in 1991 when her son was born with disabilities and many medical issues and since then she has been working with both families and adults with special needs. She has a heart for supporting families and helping them envision a positive future for their child. Jodi and her husband are recent “empty-nesters” and when not working, enjoy time in their backyard sanctuary, traveling, photography and camping on the beach.
KC Sheehan, B.A. – DHH Family Resources Coordinator
KC moved to Seattle from California in 1990 and has no regrets. He earned an English degree from the University of Southern California, but married a UW grad when he moved north and has slowly morphed into a Husky supporter. Prior to being hired as an FRC, he worked at Northwest Center as a Job Coach for adults with disabilities. He has also served as a King County CASA, advocating for abused and neglected children.
KC and his wife raised two wonderful daughters who are out in the world, which means they now have some extra time for gardening and fostering dogs and cats from Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.