Board of Directors
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Josh Umbehr, MD Board Chair

Dr. Josh Umbehr joined Rainbows’ Communications committee in July 2012 and has helped guide Rainbows’ social media and communications efforts. He joined the Board of Directors beginning with 2014 and continues to lend his knowledge to the communications committee. A self proclaimed entrepreneur, when he...

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Gail Johnson Vice Chair

Eager to join the Finance Committee and lend his skills, Gail Johnson comes to the Rainbows’ Board of Directors as Senior Commercial Relationship Manger at INTRUST Bank. A veteran of the commercial banking business, he has a lot to offer.

“I’ve heard for years about...

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Lisa Farris Secretary

As a faithful community volunteer, Lisa is a fan because Rainbows gives children with special needs the opportunity to thrive and parents the tools to help their children reach their full potential. She is actively involved in...

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Meredith Olson Immediate Past Chair

Meredith Olson, Rainbows’ Board of Directors’ Chair, is Vice President, Public Affairs for Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC She joined the Rainbows’ board in 2012 and serves on the Operations committee. 

Meredith admires Rainbows because “the staff is dedicated to changing the lives of kids...

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Jeff Jabara Treasurer

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. senior operations controller, Jeff Jabara served as 2013 Board Chair and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee. "I'm a fan of Rainbows because the mission is all about the kids! Rainbows has been serving special needs children and their families for...

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Wayne Chambers Executive Member At-Large

The High Touch, Inc., President/CEO joined the Rainbows' board in 2011. Wayne is a fan of Rainbows because "it brings me satisfaction knowing that I've helped, if even in a small way, a child less fortunate than myself." He serves on the operations committee...

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Steve Cox Executive Member At-Large

CEO of Cox Machine Inc. and past Rainbows' Board Chair, Steve joined the board in 2004. He is current executive member at-large and treasurer of Rainbows United Charitable Foundation. He's a fan of Rainbows because "Rainbows puts an emphasis on the family, not just...

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Pat Gearhart Fundraising Chair

President at Bank SNB, Pat has been a Rainbows' board member since 2005. He's a fan of Rainbows because of the agency's unwavering and singular committment to serving children with special needs and their families. He encourages others to get involved by volunteering or...

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John DeCesaro Communications Chair

John DeCesaro has been giving of his time and talent through serving on the Communications Committee for the past several years. Currently a Board member and Chiar of the Communications Committee, John says he’s a fan of Rainbows “because of the impact that Rainbows has...

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Hale Ritchie Board Development Chair

Hale has been a long-time supporter of Rainbows and stepped in as Restructuring Officer in August 2009. His leadership led the agency to refocus on children with special needs, birth through age 21 in our community.

A retired businessman, Hale brings a...

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Gary Proffitt Human Resources Chair

Retired from INTRUST Bank N.A., Gary Proffitt joined Rainbows' Board of Directors in January of 2010 and is currently serving as Board Chair. He also serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee. He believes in Rainbows because we provide services to the community and...

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Grant Stannard Rainbows United Charitable Foundation Chair

A board member since 1993, Grant is on Rainbows' Board of Directors and is the current chair of the Rainbows United Charitable Foundation. 

Over the past 20 years, Grant has supported Rainbows in nearly every capacity.  As CEO of Stannard Construction, he has...

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Vera Bothner Board Member

Bothner & Bradley, Inc.

Vera Bothner, of Bothner and Bradley, Inc. has been serving on the Rainbows’ Board since 2010. She currently serves on the Operations and Board Development committees. Vera is married to Jim Bothner; they have two children, Hannah and Jace.

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Sue Doonan Board member

Four years ago, Sue Doonan attended Rainbows’ signature fundraising event, Fashion Passion. From that night on, Sue was “hooked” and has dedicated her time and resources to children with special needs. “I grew up with a special needs brother and if we would have had...

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Stephanie Galichia Board Member

Community Volunteer

Stephanie Galichia has been with Rainbows since 2004. Stephanie became involved with Rainbows when her sister received services. Now a member of the Board of Directors, Stephanie currently serves on the communications and fundraising committees as well as the Rainbows United...

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Janeen Hughes Board Member

Senior Vice President and Trust Officer at Emprise Bank, Janeen keeps busy helping others every day. A return to the Rainbows’ Board of Directors this year, Janeen previously served from 2003 – 2009 and we’re glad to have her back.

Janeen says she’s a fan...

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Coleen Jennison Board Member

Coleen Jennison is Kansas Market Vice President at Cox Communications, however she is not new to the company. Coleen served 14 years as the Director of Government Affairs at Cox. After moving to Wichita, Coleen joined the Rainbows Board because it’s easy to be passionate...

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Pete McKernan Board Member

Pete McKernan, Vice President, CSP&P Cessna Textron, joined the Rainbows Board of Directors in 2013.  His passion and support for Rainbows’ programs and services grew out of his own personal experience.  His daughter contracted Encephalitis shortly after birth which caused some unexpected challenges and required...

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Todd Ramsey Board Member

Todd Ramsey is the co-founder of Apples & Arrows, a branding agency based in Wichita, Kansas. He helps brands uncover their own unique, compelling stories and how to share them with the world in meaningful, memorable ways. He currently serves on the Rainbows United Communication...

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Naaman Ritchie Board Member


Naaman Ritchie, President of Blake-Clotia, is in his third term on the Rainbows Board of Directors. He began in 2002. Throughout his years at Rainbows, he has served as Board Chair, but is currently serving on the Board Development and Operations committees.<br...

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Coleen Jennison Board Member

Coleen Jennison is Kansas Market Vice President at Cox Communications, however she is not new to the company. Coleen served 14 years as the Director of Government Affairs at Cox. After moving to Wichita, Coleen joined the Rainbows Board because it’s easy to be passionate...

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