RAINBOWS STAFF

Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve.

Erica Anyalebechi

Direct Service Professional Erica Anyalebechi has almost 24 years of experience working with children in our community.  During the school year, Erica works for USD

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Laura Barnes

In more than 27 years of serving families through Rainbows, Occupational Therapist Laura Barnes finds joy in working with children as well as their families

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Lutfe Begum

For Family Resource Specialist Lutfe Begum, Rainbows is like home. She enjoys coming to work every day with her coworkers that are more like family.

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Charlesetta Berry

Charlesetta Berry joined Rainbows United 22 years ago as a volunteer. After two years, Charlesetta had taken a job somewhere else and was leaving her

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Alice Boutz

Mental Health Specialist Alice Boutz has always had a passion for early childhood and early interventions. “I’ve had two family members that have received early

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Keller Broadfoot

Keller Broadfoot has been working at Rainbows for 5 years.  Keller grew up familiar with Rainbows’ services, because his mother used to be on staff.

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Mindy Brockmeyer

Brockmeyer, early childhood special education teacher for Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services, is the recipient of the 2020 Prism Award. A prism reflects light and turns

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Allison Bruntz

For Allison Bruntz, July 2015 marks two years of her career as an Occupational Therapist for Rainbows’ Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services. Allison received her degree

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Ashley Burris

In May 2022, Ashley Burris graduated with her Master of Arts in teaching degree from Kansas State University. She also holds an undergraduate degree from

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Yolanda Castillo

When Yolanda Castillo started working at Rainbows in 2000, she didn’t consider the possibility that her experience with children with special needs would someday help

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Linda Cathey

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,

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Kerri Dixon

For more than 20 years, Kerri Dixon has been a social worker for Rainbows’ Specialized Foster Care Program. She is also a Targeted Case Manager

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Mary Jane Duling

Mary Jane Duling attended Emporia State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mary Jane spent time substitute teaching for USD 259

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Leslie English

Leslie English, an early childhood special education teacher and a teacher for the visually impaired with Rainbows’ Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services, is known as a

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Amy Foster

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.

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Jamee Funk

As a Physical Therapist with Rainbows’ Infant/Toddler Services, Jamee Funk normally sees between 4-7 families a day. She works with families in their homes and

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Rossana Gonzales

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

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Brooke Graddy

“My greatest achievement at Rainbows is the relationships I have built with the children and their families,” said Brooke Graddy, Speech/Language Pathologist for Rainbows’ Sedgwick

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Emma Low Greene

Even before the pandemic hit, such a thing as a ‘normal’ day didn’t exist for a targeted case manager (TCM). In one day alone, a

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Raven Guliford

Raven Guliford is passionate about helping kids with disabilities. As a Lead, Raven’s day is busy, spent ensuring everyone’s needs in her classroom are met. 

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Autumn Hutchinson

Autumn Hutchison, a Lead Teacher at Rainbows United Kids’ Point, was inspired to work with children from a very young age. “I had an amazing

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Christy Hutto

As the Program Assistant for Connecting Point, Christy Hutto is often parents’ first contact with services for children with special needs. Christy’s dedication to Connecting

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Madison Jacobs

Madison Jacobs has been working as a Rainbows’ Direct Service Professional for a little over 2 years and has navigated the challenges of providing After-School Latchkey and

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Stacy Jensen

Kids’ Point lead teacher, Stacy Jensen, has enjoyed working with children her whole life. While at Rainbows she has worked as a para educator, the

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Gail Laochinda

“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

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Stefanie Loubert

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

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Maria Magno

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

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Seth McDaniel

Seth McDaniel enjoys how every day is different at Rainbows.  As a Lead in Classroom 104, most of Seth’s days consist of creating lesson plans

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Theresa Merck

“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

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Jill Morrow

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

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Myra Niederee

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

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Tiffany Owens

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.

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Marina Pebley

While she was in high school, Marina Pebley spent a few summers providing care for a teenage boy with Autism. “I really enjoyed getting to

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Diane Porter

At a young age, Diane Porter began to work with children through babysitting and working in her church nursery. During high school she taught Spanish

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Angela Pulaski

“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

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Leah Reichenberger

This is Leah Reichenberger’s sixth summer working as a Direct Service Professional, but her passion for working with children with special needs started when she

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Teresa Shackelford

Before joining the Rainbows’ team, Teresa Shackelford had no previous experience working alongside children with special needs. Teresa had moved back to Wichita and was

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Cindie Silmon

Cindie Silmon is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Play Therapist with previous experience working for Communities In Schools and DCCCA Family

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Karis Sparks

The definition of the name Karis describes Karis Sparks perfectly: “A highly unique, interesting person who is worth taking the time to know. Karis is

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Leslie Stevens

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

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Alison Stramel

While assisting in a psychosocial preschool, Alison Stramel, social worker with Rainbows’ Butler County Infant/Toddler Services, was able to witness the resilience and determination of

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Kim Stewart

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’

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Raegen Swink

This is Direct Support Professional Raegen Swink’s third year at Rainbows and she is using her past experiences at Camp Woodchuck to help make this

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Michael Tatro

“My biggest achievement is feeling like I have made a genuine difference in a child’s life,” Michael said. Since staring her career with Rainbows in

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Kathy Van Zelfden

Kathy Van Zelfden has been a part of Rainbows’ passionate staff since March 2009. Before coming to Rainbows, Kathy acquired a number of accreditations including

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Karina Vargas

“To me, all children no matter their background are equal and deserve the best quality life,” said Karina Vargas, Targeted Case Manager. “Rainbows is the

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Beth Watkins

“I am a speech language pathologist and have been blessed to work for the last 25 years as either an early childhood special education teacher

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Crystal Wedal

Crystal began working at the Rainbows’ Kid’s Cove location in June of 2014. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a

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Joanna Wiebe

Joanna Wiebe chose to become a speech language pathologist because she enjoys working with people. She started college as a business major and by her

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Alexis Young

Lead Teacher Alexis Young brings years of experience with children with her to Rainbows. Her grandmother is a special education teacher in Las Vegas, Nevada,

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