Welcome Our New Executive Director, Cindy Burdell!


We are delighted to welcome Cindy Burdell into the Healing Center family. We hope that if you didn’t get a chance to meet her at the Holiday Potluck, you will be able to meet her in January. Rebecca Soukakos, our outgoing Executive Director, will continue her service with The Healing Center as a board member.

A little about Cindy:

A Seattle native, Cindy Burdell was educated at Mills College and Western Washington University where she earned a B.A. and an MEd., respectively.  After three years of teaching, she left the profession to open a bookstore in the University District in Seattle, which she ran for 8 years.

Cindy moved to Portland Oregon to manage the care of her younger brother, affected with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  She subsequently founded and directed the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington to help other people affected by ALS.  During her 8 years of leadership, the organization grew from a small operation with a $7000 budget and no staff to a full-fledged chapter with a $1.5M budget and 9 staff. In 2008, having accomplished everything she set out to do in Oregon, Cindy began the transition back home to live and work among family and old friends.

After a few years working at the King County Bar Association and Northshore Senior Center, she is thrilled to be able to contribute to such a worthy organization as The Healing Center.