RAINBOWS STAFF

Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve.

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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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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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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Emma Low

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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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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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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Kenda Belknap

Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Kenda Belknap, says there was no decision making in how she became a teacher. “I came from a long line

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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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Yolanda Castillo

“I have always loved working with children, so I decided that Rainbows would be the right place for me. Working at Rainbows has given me

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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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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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Scarlett Grassie

As the Spanish Interpreter for Rainbows, Scarlett Grassie helps facilitate the communication between families and children with special needs and their therapists.  “My biggest achievement

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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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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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Isaac Penner

The 6’5” tall redhead with a collection of colorful socks, usually carrying a camera (or maybe a trumpet), has made quite an impression in his

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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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Mariah Roberson

This month will mark three years since I started working at Rainbows. I was hired to work in the toddlers’ room, as an Opener. When

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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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Sharon Stump

Sharon began working at Rainbows in January of 2008. She received her both her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with

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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. In her more than three years of

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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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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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