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 for Rainbows’ foster and other families, helping them access other resources.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
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.
After 30 years at Rainbows, Pam Chiles still loves to learn new things from her co-workers, families and even a pandemic. “I love my job,” said Pam. “I like that I am able to learn from my co-workers with different disciplines so that I can treat the whole child, not just their motor skills.
Occupational Therapist Dawna Weed’s days begin with the sunrise. “First I need coffee,” she said. “I have several families that prefer early morning visits so 7:15 finds a video link being sent from my computer some days.
“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 County Infant/Toddler Services program.
Before joining the Rainbows’ team, Teresa Shackelford had no previous experience working alongside children with special needs.
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 Camp Woodchuck at Kids’ Cove to now serving as a Lead DSP providing services for this year’s Rainbows’ summer services progr
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 was just a child herself. “My mom’s best friend had a baby when I was in 6th grade,” said Leah.
Autumn Hutchison, a Lead Teacher at Rainbows United Kids’ Point, was inspired to work with children from a very young age.
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 year’s Woodchuck Adventure a success.
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.
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 know and hang out with him, as well as getting to do fun summer activities and take him to his therapy sessions,” said Marina.