Linda Cathey’s mother was a pediatric nurse and, growing up, Linda loved going to work with her to play with the children. In high school, Linda began volunteering with the Special Olympics. These experiences led Linda to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant at Rainbows.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
After volunteering at Rainbows, Kendra Chanda knew she wanted to pursue a career here. Kendra is now a Respite worker with the majority of her work being in the homes of the children she works with.
Denise Chichester began her career with Rainbows in 1993 as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and worked her way through many other positions until 2001. In 2010, Denise returned to Rainbows as an Autism Specialist and Respite provider.
Kathy became part of the Rainbows family in 1993 when her previous employer, Wichita Council for Preschool Blind (WPCB), was acquired by Rainbows. She is now the only WPCB staff still employed by Rainbows.
“I love going to work,” said Cassie Coyan, Lead Teacher of Classroom 5 at Kids’ Point. Cassie celebrates 2 years of serving at Rainbows in August 2015. She has an associate’s degree in child development and is working towards completing her associate’s degree in early childhood education.
Donna Delaney is a Family Resource Specialist at Rainbows. She received her undergraduate degree at Illinois State University and attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University. She spent six years working in the public school system and then three years in a domestic violence shelter.
“I chose the Social Work field due to my desire to help others and to make a difference,” said Kerri Dixon. This desire to help others has provided Kerri with the motivation and dedication to make a difference by working at Rainbows United for the last 13 years.
It is evident watching Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management (TCM) team that they have a lot of fun. On one occasion Jo Ann Erikson sported some yarn pig tails and a paper mask for the group’s segment of the staff music video to “Happy”.
“I was looking for a new challenge in my life,” said Shirley Fisher, a Registered Nurse at Rainbows. “The result has been an ongoing, growing, rewarding experience.”
Mother of two small children who are 1 and 2 ½ years old, Amy Foster, enjoys working with children both at home and at work. Amy has been working at Rainbows United for almost 13 years.
Rossana Gonzales was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in 1990. Rossana was married in 1991 and in 1995, she moved with her husband and two sons to the United States. In 2002, her daughter was born.