Katrina Johnson always strove to work as a teacher, but her true passion arose in high school when one of her teachers gave birth to a child who was deaf.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
Carlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Fort Hays State University in May 2014. Upon graduating Carlyn was hired as a Speech Language Assistant for the CBETS team.
When deciding a career, Kara Knight knew that she wanted to work with children, so she became a registered and licensed occupational therapist through Newman University. What Kara enjoys the most about her job is getting to celebrate the successes children make with their families.
“I love getting to see the changes that children make and the opportunity to work with the whole family,” said Gail Laochinda, Rainbows’ Infant/Toddler services Physical Therapist.
Rainbows opened a new chapter for Autism Support Specialist Denny Leak in the Fall of 2008 when he began working with children through the Kansas Autism Waiver for children and families and also served on the Kansas Autism Advisory Committee.
As lead teacher of the infant/young toddler room at Kids’ Point, Stefanie Loubert loves to see the “light bulb” moments occur in her students. It is fulfilling for her to see the instant they understand a concept for the first time.
Maria Magno is the para facilitator at Rainbows United’s Kids’ Point. She started as a para educator at Rainbows in 1999 and has been reassigned as a speech/language assistant and the assistant para facilitator during her career at Rainbows.
Adena McCowan has shown great dedication to the children and families she has worked with through Rainbows.
“I truly believe in the importance of early intervention,” Physical Therapist Theresa Merck said. Theresa enjoys her work with children every day. “They keep me young, make me laugh, lighten my load and give me inspiration.”
When you visit Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in El Dorado, the first smiling face you see is Jill Morrow, Administrative Assistant. Bright and kind, Jill works behind the scenes of the Butler County Infant/Toddler Services.
Nick Munoz is our Rainbows’ Agency Bus Driver. Before coming to Rainbows Nick worked at Cessna Aircraft for 29 years. “Nick is our lifesaver. He transports important documents, supplies and food from both of our of Rainbow locations,” said Lindsay Coffee, Family Support Service Coordinator.
Myra began working at Rainbows in August of 1997. Myra has a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Wichita State University. She has always enjoyed working with children, in high school Myra coached T-ball and volunteered with Special Olympic events.