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.

News Commentary
Society & Culture
Spotlighting Colleen Ryan Hensley Veterans and ...
C. Ryan Hensley is a 10-year Navy veteran, candidate for Certified Mental Performance Coach with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and founder of Grace C. Ryan Performance ( She holds an advanced degree in...
27 min
Spotlighting ImOnWatch.Org
Luke Madsen a member of the Malouf Foundation, and Julie Whitehead a survivor of 31 years of abuse, including sex trafficking, join us to talk about On Watch. It was launched in 2020 by the Malouf Foundation™ and Safe House Project, OnWatch™...
25 min
Spotlighting A Deeper Wellness Dr. Monica Vermani
How do we know when something is good or bad for us? As a rule of thumb, Dr. Monica Vermani, Clinical Psychologist, and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas, tell us that “when more days than not” don’t...
30 min
Spotlighting Dr. Julie Gatza Top 5 Ways Sugar M...
Health educator Dr. Julie Gatza is one of the nation's top chiropractic physicians with more than 30 years of clinical practice during which she assisted thousands of patients to resolve a wide variety of physical ailments. Using her...
24 min
Spotlighting Beyond Type 1
On November 6, 2022, a team of 50 living with type 1 diabetes will race through the five boroughs of NYC and show the world what living beyond type 1 looks like Vince Carter Bellingham WA  and Harry Sills Edmonds WA,  talk about...
26 min
Spotlighting Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center
Paula Del Giudice Ex Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Joins us to talk about their programs and how they are changing lives one stride at a time. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is a community where horses transform...
25 min
On November 6, 2022, a team of 50 living with type 1 diabetes will race through the five boroughs of NYC and show the world what living beyond type 1 looks like Vince Carter Bellingham WA and Harry Sills Edmonds WA, talk about their journey...
26 min
Spotlighting A Deeper Wellness Dr. Monica Vermani
Dr. Vermani is a Clinical Psychologist, and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety and Traumas. She tell us that “when more days than not” don’t feel right either because there is fighting, cold silences, or passive...
30 min
Spotlighting Traumatic Grief Companioning Project
Cindy and Merle Meyers talk about an exciting new Chaplain resource Traumatic Grief Companioning Project. They will be speaking at an upcoming workshop about this. It is called Understanding Traumatic Grief November it is November 4,...
29 min
Spotlighting Find Your Fabulosity
October is Domestic Violence Action Month. Sheryl Kurland is on a mission to get lipstick to every Domestic Violence shelter and she could use a little help. For women, putting on lipstick gives us an instant boost. It’s magical! To a...
26 min
Spotlighting The Art of Badassery
Jennifer Cassetta, author of the new book, The Art of Badassery: Unleash Your Mojo with Wisdom of the Dojo The book is for any woman who's ever felt burned out, beaten down, or needs a reminder of how powerful she is. Jennifer teaches...
25 min
Spotlighting Guardian Of the Children
The mission of Guardians of the Children is to recognize and react to child abuse and educate the public to do the same; to serve as advocates to provide strength and stability to families in crisis; and be an answer to the prayer...
26 min
Spotlighting Opioid Awareness Month with Ideal...
September is Opioid Awareness Month. April Provost with Ideal Option helps us understand what medically assisted treatment is and how it is helping addicts get off drugs. She says there are many pathways to recovery and medically assisted...
30 min
Spotlighting Milestone to Manhood with David Arms
David Arms the author of Right of Passage a book about a once-in-a-lifetime weekend that a man can organize for a boy on his thirteenth birthday. David says today more than ever, young men need their male role models to step up and help...
25 min
Spotlighting Pioneer Industries
Pioneer Human Services is a nonprofit social enterprise serving justice-involved people across Washington state. One of their business’s, Pioneer Industries, is an aerospace manufacturing division. Folks from Pioneer are joining me today...
25 min
Spotlighting Every Child A Super Reader with Pa...
The first day of school jitters are here, impacting both parents and kids as the young minds return to in-person school in the weeks ahead. Co-author of Every Child A Super Reader: 7 Strengths for a Lifetime of Independence, Purpose, and...
26 min
Spotlighting Digital Detox with Molly DeFrank
Molly DeFrank is the author of Digital Detox: The Two Week Tech Reset for Kids. As a mom of six kids, Molly found a simple solution to the negative impact of too much screen time. She wrote a practical guide for parents. Molly and her...
26 min
Spotlighting Hope for Ukraine Kyle Duncan
Kyle Duncan is the author of Hope for the Ukraine: Stories of Grit and Grace from the Front Lines of War, is part narrative, part wartime dispatch, Kyle is the father of an adopted Ukrainian son. The book transports you into the gritty...
26 min
Spotlighting Back to School Hand in Hand Kids
Joining me today is Ivy Hendricks Outreach Coordinator and Jasmine Stilson Senior Child Care Professional at Hand in Hand. School supplies are expensive and for families struggling to make ends meet getting supplies for their kids to start...
24 min
Spotlighting Secret Shame Dr. Doug Carpenter
Dr. Doug Carpenter is the author of Secret Shame. Sexual abuse is the secret shame that lies deep within. Men hold on to this secret shame for an average of 25 years before they disclose the hurt and pain they have endured and carried from...
25 min
Spotlighting with Shannon Sessions
Shannon Sessions is the executive director of Since 1981, Support 7 has consistently, purposely, and effectively served all our neighbors within our communities—without regard to social class, ethnic heritage or religious...
26 min
Spotlighting 5R Recovery
Johnny Ray with 5 R Recovery talks about how we need to make changes in our community when it comes to helping addicts. The 5 R's are, When you begin with REMEMBER, choose to RECOVER, learn to REJOICE, then you can be REBORN and start...
33 min
Spotlighting A Deeper Wellness Dr. Monica Vermani
Why do we stay with someone who is bad for us? Is it laziness or are we just complacent? Dr. Monica Vermani, Clinical Psychologist and author of A Deeper Wellness: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety, and Traumas, tells us that it’s easier...
40 min
Spotlighting Toy Cars by Nathan Spiteri
It was a day like any other, crystal blue sky and warm summer air, as young Nathan Spiteri walked into a change room at a familiar public swimming pool and experienced a turn of events that would alter his life forever. In his powerful...
26 min
Spotlighting Mental Health with Achea Redd
People of color are especially prone to the stigmas associated with seeking mental health care. Mental health advocate Achea Redd is here to create safe spaces for women and girls of color to ask for and receive the help they need to live...
28 min