Cody Irvin, Targeted Case Manager, joined the Targeted Case Management team in 2020. Cody earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing an Education Specialist graduate degree for school psychology at Wichita State University. He brings with him over 4 years of experience working with children with special needs.
Cody began his work with Rainbows in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. “My biggest achievement to date would be learning and growing in the position during the pandemic. I started mid lockdown and had to do most of my learning at home and through a computer screen.”
“Connecting families to resources that help them get the support they need to run their daily lives is the reason I like my job,” said Cody. He has anywhere from 60-65 children on his caseload, so his days are always busy. A normal work day includes responding to emails from parents, contacting families to check in on how their child is doing and if there is anything they need, and submitting funding requests for families that request it. He also conducts annual meetings on a regular basis to update the child’s person-centered support plan. When needed, Cody also attends an IEP or a BASIS meeting with either Sedgwick or Butler County.
“Cody not only is a wonderful resource and support for families, he also provides that support to the other case managers in the department,” said Lynlea Southards, Targeted Case Management and Autism Coordinator. “The majority of families that Cody serves are in the Butler County community. He enjoys the opportunity to work with a family who has been with Rainbows for years or a new family. I am so grateful to have Cody as a part of the TCM team and I’m honored to work with him.”
“I personally am a jack of all trades,” said Cody. “I love picking up new hobbies (How far they go is a mystery) some of them include: crocheting, reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons with a group of friends, and anything else that catches my eye for the month. I am also currently taking cardio kickboxing classes 6 days a week.”
“One of my favorite opportunities at Rainbows was volunteering with my wife, Stormi at Peter Hampel’s Luau,” said Cody. “It was a ton of fun to see some of the kids we serve enjoying the event.”
Cody and Stormi currently have 2 cats and 2 dogs. Stormi is a second grade teacher in the USD 259 district. They enjoy traveling and volunteering together.