This month will mark three years since I started working at Rainbows. I was hired to work in the toddlers’ room, as an Opener.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
“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.”
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.”
“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.
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.
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 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.
Autumn Hutchison, a Lead Teacher at Rainbows United Kids’ Point, was inspired to work with children from a very young age.
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.
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!