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New 2017 Chair: Gail Johnson, Intrust Bank

2017 Board of Directors

Wichita, Kan. – Rainbows United welcomes new Chair, Gail Johnson to the 2017 Board of Directors.  At the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Rainbows United Board of Directors and Rainbows United Charitable Fund Board held Thursday, December 15 Rainbows voted in a new slate of officers for 2017.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of making a difference for children with special needs and their families in our local community.  I look forward to leading the Board in 2017,” said Mr. Johnson.
2017 Board of Directors
Gail Johnson, Chair, INTRUST Bank
​Janeen Hughes, Vice Chair, Emprise Bank
Dr. Josh Umbehr, Immediate Past Chair, AtlasMD
Lisa Farris, Secretary, Community Volunteer
Jeff Jabara, Treasurer, Community Volunteer

Vera Bothner, Bothner & Bradley, Inc.
Steve Butcher, Aloft Wichita Northwest
Steve Cox, Cox Machine
John DeCesaro, Fidelity Bank
Sue Doonan, Community Volunteer
Stephanie Galichia, Community Volunteer
Pat Gearhart, Bank SNB
​Janeen Hughes, Emprise Bank
​Coleen Jennison, Cox Communications
Michelle Lohmeier, Spirit Aerosystems
Pete McKernan, Community Volunteer
Gary Proffitt, Community Volunteer
Hale Ritchie, Community Volunteer
Daniel Sabol, Bank of America
Grant Stannard, Stannard Construction
Jim Walters, Textron Aviation

Rainbows United Charitable Foundation Board of Directors
Steve Cox, Chair
, Cox Machine
Helen Healy, Vice Chair, Community Volunteer
Stephanie Galichia, Secretary, Comm. Volunteer
Janeen Hughes, Treasurer, Emprise Bank

Drayton Alldritt, Community Volunteer
Patricia O’Sullivan, Wichita State University
Hale Ritchie, Community Volunteer
Grant Stannard, Stannard Const.
Steve Yager, Community Volunteer

The event also honored long-time volunteer Jo Walters with the Linda Weir Enegren Legacy Society award, the highest honor Rainbows can bestow on any donor or volunteer.  “Jo has dedicated a large part of her time, energy and resources toward helping Rainbows be successful in serving youth with disabilities,” said Dr. Josh Umbehr, 2016 Board Chair.

Board members also recognized Gavin Peters with Gavin Peters Photography for his on-going support and generosity through revealing the masterpiece of each and every Rainbows’ child through stunning photography and dedicated service.

In addition, the PRISM Award, created to honor a Rainbows’ staff member for exemplary service, was presented to Leslie Stevens, LCMFT, Mental Health Specialist. Leslie was honored for her unique ability to keep things positive and her impact of living out the agency’s Guiding Principles daily.

Rainbows United, Inc. served more than 3,500 children birth – 21 with special needs or at risk throughout Sedgwick and Butler Counties last year. Rainbows is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with special needs and their families by bringing together community resources and providing customized services as they have been for the past 44 years.