Debbie Mai is an active advocate for children with special needs and their families across the state. A longtime employee at Rainbows, Debbie has been involved in changing the lives of many. She began serving children with special needs as a speech-language pathologist, then a SLP Coordinator and currently works tirelessly as Vice President of Programs and Services.
Debbie earned her bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and her SLP Master’s through Oklahoma State University. She has been a liaison for many partnerships across the state and has served on many early childhood committees including: Sedgwick County Interagency Coordinating Council, Butler County Child and Family Task Force, State Interagency Coordinating Council, Kansas Head Start Association Board, Head Start Region VII Board, Visioneering Wichita Birth-K Alliance, MSA Council, Kansas Division of Early Childhood.
Debbie is a fan of Rainbows because of the difference made with children, youth, families and staff each day. She encourages others to get involved by coming for a tour or attending a Rainbows’ event. She collaborates with Rainbows’ Board of Directors Operations Committee.
Debbie is married to Mike, they love road trips, racing and having a good time with extended family.
Two favorite quotes:
"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."
— John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” —Max Lucado