For Family Resource Specialist Lutfe Begum, Rainbows is like home. She enjoys coming to work every day with her coworkers that are more like family. Lutfe has served with Rainbows for more than 23 years, ten of which were spent as an Occupational/Physical Therapy Assistant.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Kenda Belknap, says there was no decision making in how she became a teacher. “I came from a long line of teachers so I think it was just always in the back of my mind,” she said. Kenda has served at Rainbows for 10 years, doing what she loves.
Keller Broadfoot has been working at Rainbows for 5 years. Keller grew up familiar with Rainbows’ services, because his mother used to be on staff. Over the years, Keller became passionate about the agency’s mission and has enjoyed being a part of Rainbows himself.
For Allison Bruntz, July 2015 marks two years of her career as an Occupational Therapist for Rainbows’ Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services. Allison received her degree in Occupational Therapy from KU Medical Center in 2001.
“I have always loved working with children, so I decided that Rainbows would be the right place for me. Working at Rainbows has given me a better understanding of individuals with special needs.”
Linda Cathey’s mother was a pediatric nurse and, growing up, Linda loved going to work with her to play with the children. In high school, Linda began volunteering with the Special Olympics. These experiences led Linda to pursue a career as a physical therapist assistant at Rainbows.
Kathy became part of the Rainbows family in 1993 when her previous employer, Wichita Council for Preschool Blind (WPCB), was acquired by Rainbows. She is now the only WPCB staff still employed by Rainbows.
“I chose the Social Work field due to my desire to help others and to make a difference,” said Kerri Dixon. This desire to help others has provided Kerri with the motivation and dedication to make a difference by working at Rainbows United for the last 13 years.
Mary Jane Duling attended Emporia State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education. Mary Jane spent time substitute teaching for USD 259 before choosing to stay home after having her first child.
“I was looking for a new challenge in my life,” said Shirley Fisher, a Registered Nurse at Rainbows. “The result has been an ongoing, growing, rewarding experience.”
Mother of two small children who are 1 and 2 ½ years old, Amy Foster, enjoys working with children both at home and at work. Amy has been working at Rainbows United for almost 13 years.
Rossana Gonzales was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega in 1990. Rossana was married in 1991 and in 1995, she moved with her husband and two sons to the United States. In 2002, her daughter was born.