Before joining the Rainbows’ team, Teresa Shackelford had no previous experience working alongside children with special needs.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.