Staff Profiles
Amy Foster Physical Therapist

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. “I’ve always loved...

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Kim Stewart Speech Language Pathologist

Kim Stewart strives to make a positive change in the lives of people that she works with. She is a speech language pathologist for Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in Butler County. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University and a...

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Beth Watkins Speech Language Pathologist

“I am a speech language pathologist and have been blessed to work for the last 25 years as either an early childhood special education teacher or speech language pathologist with kiddos from birth to 5 years old,” said Beth Watkins. Beth has worked for...

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Tiffany Owens Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Tiffany Owens is an early childhood special education teacher who was inspired to work in this area because of her nephew born with Down syndrome. “It sparked an interest on how to teach and work with children who have special need needs,” she said....

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Selena Phillips Case Records Assistant

When Selena Phillips started working at Rainbows United in 1989 there was only one center, now Rainbows has grown into three locations, Kids’ Point and Kids’ Cove in Wichita and Bright Beginnings in El Dorado. She started as a contract typist and then officially...

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Kara Knight Occupational Therapist

When deciding a career, Kara Knight knew that she wanted to work with children, so she became a registered and licensed occupational therapist through Newman University. What Kara enjoys the most about her job is getting to celebrate the successes children make with their...

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Kenda Belknap Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

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...

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Lark Walker Family Support Supervisor

Committed mother, Lark Walker, has also devoted a great deal of her time to Rainbows United. She has worked with special needs children for more than eight years and has been working at Rainbows for more than five. Lark is currently the Family Support...

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Donna Delaney Family Resource Specialist

Donna Delaney is a Family Resource Specialist at Rainbows. She received her undergraduate degree at Illinois State University and attended graduate school at Southern Illinois University. She spent six years working in the public school system and then three years in a...

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Dawna Weed Occupational Therapist

“I never thought of art as a skill but it has been a great outlet throughout my lifetime.” Dawna Weed said. In fact, throwing pots was a part of her Occupational Therapy training in college. Since then, Dawna has worked for Rainbows...

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Kerri Dixon Family Service Specialist

“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...

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Angela Pulaski Physical Therapist

“I have wanted to work with special needs children since I was a child,” said Angela Pulaski, a physical therapist who has worked at Rainbows since 1997. She was inspired to study in this industry because her great Uncle Phil was diagnosed with Down...

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Leslie Stevens Mental Health Specialist

Leslie Stevens is a Mental Health Specialist at Rainbows United. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kansas State University and has always had an interest in behavior. Leslie also has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Friends...

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Melissa Baumgartel Teacher

Melissa Baumgartel is the newest addition to Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in Butler County. Before coming to Rainbows, she worked with children ages 3-5 through the school district as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for 12 years. While she was getting her...

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Michael Tatro Speech Language Pathologist

“My biggest achievement is feeling like I have made a genuine difference in a child’s life,” Michael said. In her more than three years of employment for Rainbows, Michael views her job as making families feel like they have more possibilities than limitations in...

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Margaret Domnick Speech Language Pathologist

The book, “Everybody Has Something” promotes diversity and acceptance of all people.  Margaret Domnick, licensed speech therapist by day and author of this book by night, dedicated the last six years of her life to do just that by helping children with...

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Kayla Eldridge Audiologist

Kayla Eldridge has been on both sides of Rainbows’ services. Professionally as an audiologist, Kayla oversees the hearing screenings of all of the children enrolled in the infant-toddler services.  Personally, her three children have all received services through Rainbows. “I know that...

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Maria Magno Para Facilitator

Maria Magno is the para facilitator at Rainbows United’s Kids’ Point. She started as a para educator at Rainbows in 1999 and has been reassigned as a speech/language assistant and the assistant para facilitator during her career at Rainbows. Before moving to the United...

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Stacy Jensen Lead Teacher

Kids’ Point lead teacher, Stacy Jensen, has enjoyed working with children her whole life. While at Rainbows she has worked as a para educator, the assistant para facilitator, and also has her food handlers certification and is a certified bus driver. Stacy received her...

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Joanna Wiebe Speech Language Pathologist

Joanna Wiebe chose to become a speech language pathologist because she enjoys working with people. She started college as a business major and by her sophomore year realized that she should change career paths. “Speech Pathology came to me like a Devine inspiration and...

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Adena McCowan Parent Coach

Adena McCowan has shown great dedication to the children and families she has worked with through Rainbows. As a parent coach, she enjoys meeting with families through schools to teach parents how to bring out the best in their children and to assist in...

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Denny Leak Autism Support Specialist

Rainbows opened a new chapter for Autism Support Specialist Denny Leak in the Fall of 2008 when he began working with children through the Kansas Autism Waiver for children and families and also served on the Kansas Autism Advisory Committee. This year (2014) marks 5...

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Alex Oakley Development Assistant

When most people think of Rainbows they think of teachers and therapists and other direct service staff providers. What people don’t see are the other talented individuals that are behind the scenes, essential to the success of what Rainbows does. One of those key individuals...

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Tamara Bernard Mental Health Specialist

Tamera Bernard is a part of the funny, outgoing department of women known at Rainbows as “The Mentals.” Across the community they are known as Mental Health Specialists. Tamara provides mental health services to three classrooms at all times as well as children whose parents...

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Annabel Bentley Lead Teacher

Since she was little, Annabel Bentley knew she wanted to be a teacher. Now, serving as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Annabel is the lead teacher for Classroom 6 at Rainbows’ Kids’ Point.

“While going through schooling to become a teacher, I found that...

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Jo Ann Erikson Targeted Case Management Support

It is evident watching Rainbows’ Targeted Case Management (TCM) team that they have a lot of fun. On one occasion Jo Ann Erikson sported some yarn pig tails and a paper mask for the group’s segment of the staff music video to “Happy”.

Jo Ann’s...

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Shirley Fisher Registered Nurse

“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.”

Shirley graduated from Butler County Community College and obtained her School Nurse Certification from Wichita State University. She...

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Melissa Richardson Targeted Case Management Lead

“It’s amazing to see children grow and develop,” said Targeted Case Manager (TCM) Lead, Melissa Richardson. A desire to become a part of that growth is why Melissa chose to work with children. She began working at Rainbows in October 2005.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s...

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Kendra Chanda Respite Care

After volunteering at Rainbows, Kendra Chanda knew she wanted to pursue a career here. Kendra is now a Respite worker with the majority of her work being in the homes of the children she works with.

“Some of the children I’ve seen, I’ve watched come...

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Jill Morrow Administrative Assistant

When you visit Rainbows’ Bright Beginnings in El Dorado, the first smiling face you see is Jill Morrow, Administrative Assistant. Bright and kind, Jill works behind the scenes of the Butler County Infant/Toddler Services.

When Jill’s son was in Kindergarten, Susan Harsh (Bright Beginnings Coordinator)...

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Vanessa Noble Targeted Case Management

Vanessa Noble’s work with children began when she became a mentor through AmeriCorps. What started as a good opportunity, became her career path. Vanessa became a member of the Rainbows’ family in 2002. She is currently a Targeted Case Manager (TCM). “I found I have...

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Denise Chichester Autism Support Specialist

Denise Chichester began her career with Rainbows in 1993 as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher and worked her way through many other positions until 2001. In 2010, Denise returned to Rainbows as an Autism Specialist and Respite provider. She feels her biggest accomplishment has...

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Janice Dixon Mental Health Specialist

Mental Health Specialist, Janice Dixon decided to work with children because she “love(s) ‘em so much!” Janice is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and received a master’s degree from Friends University.  She also has bachelor’s degrees in Art Education and Elementary Education.


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Laura Barnes 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.

Laura has a degree from the...

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Theresa Merck Physical Therapist

“I truly believe in the importance of early intervention,” Physical Therapist Theresa Merck said. Theresa enjoys her work with children every day. “They keep me young, make me laugh, lighten my load and give me inspiration.”

Theresa received a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from...

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Linda Cathey Physical Therapist Assistant

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...

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Rossana Gonzales Mental Health Assistant

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...

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Lutfe Begum Family Resource Specialist

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.


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Allison Bruntz Occupational Therapist

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 chose to work with children because they bring so much...

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Diane Wolff Occupational Therapy Assistant

At a young age, Diane Wolff began to work with children through babysitting and working in her church nursery. During high school she taught Spanish to 3rd grade students and enjoyed their excitement in learning from her. These experiences led Diane to pursuing and receiving...

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Stefanie Loubert Lead Teacher

As lead teacher of the infant/young toddler room at Kids’ Point, Stefanie Loubert loves to see the “light bulb” moments occur in her students. It is fulfilling for her to see the instant they understand a concept for the first time.

Stefanie began serving at...

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Gail Laochinda Physical Therapist

“I love getting to see the changes that children make and the opportunity to work with the whole family,” said Gail Laochinda, Rainbows’ Infant/Toddler services Physical Therapist.

Gail has a degree in physical therapy from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She has served...

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Parker Broadfoot Family Support Services

“I was just looking for a job,” Parker Broadfoot said. “My mom, who has worked with Rainbows for years as an Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Special Education teacher suggested Camp Woodchuck. Once I started, I knew this is what I wanted to do.”

He’s been working...

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Maria Cadavid Case Records Assistant

Maria Cadavid is part of Rainbows’ talented staff that works behind the scenes. Her role as a Case Records Assistant is important in enhancing the lives of children with special needs and their families.

“Although I don’t work directly with children, I love the work...

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Alaina Shine Family Support Services

Camp Woodchuck Lead Teacher, Alaina Shine, returned for her fourth summer at Camp Woodchuck in 2015. During high school, Alaina had her first experience with children with special needs which sparked her interest in working at Camp. She recently graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s...

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Marcus Greene Family Support Services

When Marcus Greene moved home from college he began looking for a job, a Rainbows’ employee that attended his family’s church told Marcus’ mother he should apply at Rainbows.

“My mother strongly suggested (forced me) to apply,” Marcus said. “Truthfully I was not too excited...

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Cassie Coyan Lead Teacher

“I love going to work,” said Cassie Coyan, Lead Teacher of Classroom 5 at Kids’ Point. Cassie celebrates 2 years of serving at Rainbows in August 2015. She has an associate’s degree in child development and is working towards completing her associate’s degree in early...

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Carlyn Jorgensen Speech Language Assistant

Carlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Fort Hays State University in May 2014. Upon graduating Carlyn was hired as a Speech Language Assistant for the CBETS team. “This job has been a unique experience for me, and I...

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Megan Peters Mental Health Specialist

Megan came to Rainbows as a Mental Health Specialist in December 2013 with a lot of experience and knowledge. “My plan had always been to work with adults,” said Megan. “I started to work in the child welfare system and that was when I decided...

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Cindie Silmon Mental Health Specialist

Cindie Silmon is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist with previous experience working for Communities In Schools and DCCCA Family Preservation before joining the Rainbows’ team. She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University and came to Rainbows United...

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Hortensia Celiz CBETS / Case Records Program Assistant

Hortensia Celiz started working for Rainbows in June 2015. She works as a program assistant in both the Case Records and Community Based Education Training Services (CBETS) departments. Although, she does not work directly with the children receiving services through Rainbows, she knows what she...

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Kathy Van Zelfden Mental Health Specialist

Kathy Van Zelfden has been a part of Rainbows’ passionate staff since March 2009. Before coming to Rainbows, Kathy acquired a number of accreditations including a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation from Wichita State University, a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of...

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Carol Martin Accounting Assistant

Carol Martin and her husband owned and operated a Medicaid billing service from 1997-2014. When the state of Kansas changed health care requirements their business closed. She took the summer off to travel and write before she was ready for a new challenge. Her background...

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Kathy Cochran Administrative Assistant

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. Kathy’s favorite part about working at Rainbows is the family environment...

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Myra Niederee Speech Language Pathologist

Myra began working at Rainbows in August of 1997. Myra has a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Wichita State University. She has always enjoyed working with children, in high school Myra coached T-ball and volunteered with Special Olympic events. These experiences helped shape...

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Crystal Wedel Speech Language Pathologist

Crystal began working at the Rainbows’ Kid’s Cove location in June of 2014. She received her Undergraduate Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Psychology from Wichita State University and her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kansas. Crystal...

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Blair Miller Special Events Coordinator

Blair began working at Rainbows in June of 2015. She has a Bachelors of Science in Health Services Management and Community Development from Wichita State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Friends University. Throughout Blair’s development career, she always wanted to work for...

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Sharon Stump Speech Language Pathologist

Sharon began working at Rainbows in January of 2008. She received her both her Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a minor in Psychology from Wichita State University. Sharon always knew she wanted to work with children. She found out...

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Victoria “Tori” Price Physical Therapist

Tori began working as a physical therapist in Rainbows’ Sedgwick County Infant/Toddler Services Program in June of 2011. Prior to becoming a physical therapist she worked as a Respite Care Provider, with Rainbows. Tori has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University. “I...

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