Vanessa Noble’s work with children began when she became a mentor through AmeriCorps. What started as a good opportunity, became her career path. Vanessa became a member of the Rainbows’ family in 2002. She is currently a Targeted Case Manager (TCM).
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Tiffany Owens is an early childhood special education teacher who was inspired to work in this area because of her nephew born with Down syndrome. “It sparked an interest on how to teach and work with children who have special need needs,” she said.
Megan came to Rainbows as a Mental Health Specialist in December 2013 with a lot of experience and knowledge. “My plan had always been to work with adults,” said Megan. “I started to work in the child welfare system and that was when I decided I wanted to work with children and their parents.
Tori began working as a physical therapist in Rainbows’ Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services Program in June of 2011. Prior to becoming a physical therapist she worked as a Respite Care Provider, with Rainbows. Tori has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University.
“I have wanted to work with special needs children since I was a child,” said Angela Pulaski, a physical therapist who has worked at Rainbows since 1997.
When Kat Pulaski came home from her first year of college, her parents wanted her to have a summer job. Her mom, Angela, who works as a physical therapist with Rainbows, suggested she get a job working at Rainbows.
Camp Woodchuck Lead Teacher, Alaina Shine, returned for her fourth summer at Camp Woodchuck in 2015. During high school, Alaina had her first experience with children with special needs which sparked her interest in working at Camp.
Cindie Silmon is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist with previous experience working for Communities In Schools and DCCCA Family Preservation before joining the Rainbows’ team.
Leslie Stevens is a Mental Health Specialist at Rainbows United. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University and has always had an interest in behavior. Leslie also has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Friends University.
Kim Stewart strives to make a positive change in the lives of people that she works with. She is a speech language pathologist for Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in Butler County.
Sharon began working at Rainbows in January of 2008. She received her both her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a minor in Psychology from Wichita State University. Sharon always knew she wanted to work with children.
“My biggest achievement is feeling like I have made a genuine difference in a child’s life,” Michael said. In her more than three years of employment for Rainbows, Michael views her job as making families feel like they have more possibilities than limitations in their future.