Deb Voth is President of Rainbows United, Inc. and joined the agency in 1993. She was instrumental in directing the agency during restructuring and is committed to leading the organization into the future. She works closely with state and local officials to address intellectual and developmental disability and early childhood issues in our state.
Deb is a graduate of the University of Kansas with bachelor’s degrees in special education and education plus a master’s degree in education from Wichita State University. She holds multiple educational licenses. Prior to coming to Rainbows, she served as Director at Early Education Center in Hutchinson, Kan. for 13 years. A life-long advocate for children with disabilities, Deb has served on many local and state organizations including appointment by the Governor to the Kansas Early Childhood Interagency Coordinating Council. She is board member of InterHab and a member in the Wichita Rotary as well as other community organizations.
Growing up with a close family friend with Down Syndrome was what peaked Deb’s interest in pursuing a career serving children with special needs. Deb enjoys hearing stories of how Rainbows impacts the lives of children and families served.
“You never know when you are going to meet someone in the community that has been affected by Rainbows,” Deb said. “It’s a reminder of why I do what I do every time.”
Deb likes when her days are busy and she is hopping from one thing to the next. She spends a lot of her time working on the development of the agency, fundraising, and seeing the overall picture of Rainbows services.
“Rainbows is my passion,” Deb said. “It infiltrates everything I do.” Deb encourages others to get involved with Rainbows by either sharing of their time or resources. The return to each one will be tenfold.
Deb is married to Kent with two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. She enjoys going to KU basketball games, doing Pilates, cooking, spending time with her family, and household projects with her husband.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass. Mr. Douglass was an African-American man born in the 1800s. He was slave for approximately the first 20-25 years of his life but when he escaped he became a writer and speaker against slavery and the opportunities that his people could have.
“All I ask of you is that when you find someone struggling with a closed door, you simply help them open it.” – Mother of a child with special needs.