Rainbows Staff

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Para-professional

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

Targeted Case Manager

“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 place to make that happen. I love everything about my job.”

Targeted Case Management/Autism Program Assistant

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 witty, intelligent, passionate, and wise.” 

Speech Language Pathologist

“These past six months I have worked with a child who has Apraxia, a condition in which his brain knows what he wants to say but the message gets lost on the way to his mouth,” said Kristin McCleerey, Speech Language Pathologist.

Early Intervention Audiologist

At a very young age, Patrick Washington suffered hearing loss as a result of a slap from an abusive babysitter.  It wasn’t until a routine kindergarten screening that torn hearing and balance nerves were diagnosed.  By Second Grade, Patrick had decided to become an Ear Doctor, or Audiologist.

Physical Therapist

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 sometimes daycare facilities, teaching and coaching family members how to help their child in a playful manner. 

Mental Health Specialist

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 childhood interventions in the Kansas City area,” she said.

Before joining the Rainbows’ team, Teresa Shackelford had no previous experience working alongside children with special needs.

Lead Teacher

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

Charlesetta Berry
Para-professional

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 volunteer position.

Speech-Language Pathologist

My name is Katie Bally, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with Rainbows United.  I have an undergraduate degree in Communications Sciences and Disorders and a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology. I completed both degrees through Wichita State University - GO SHOX! 

Occupational Therapist

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 and caregivers. “I chose to work with children because I love them,” Laura said.