Charlesetta Berry joined Rainbows United 22 years ago as a volunteer. After two years, Charlesetta had taken a job somewhere else and was leaving her volunteer position.
Incredibly dedicated and ready to serve
While she was in high school, Marina Pebley spent a few summers providing care for a teenage boy with Autism. “I really enjoyed getting to know and hang out with him, as well as getting to do fun summer activities and take him to his therapy sessions,” said Marina.
“To me, all children no matter their background are equal and deserve the best quality life,” said Karina Vargas, Targeted Case Manager. “Rainbows is the place to make that happen. I love everything about my job.”
This month will mark three years since I started working at Rainbows. I was hired to work in the toddlers’ room, as an Opener.
Direct Service Professional Erica Anyalebechi has almost 24 years of experience working with children in our community. During the school year, Erica works for USD 259 while also serving as a Rainbows’ lead for weekend services at Kids’ Cove.
The definition of the name Karis describes Karis Sparks perfectly: “A highly unique, interesting person who is worth taking the time to know. Karis is witty, intelligent, passionate, and wise.”
At a very young age, Patrick Washington suffered hearing loss as a result of a slap from an abusive babysitter. It wasn’t until a routine kindergarten screening that torn hearing and balance nerves were diagnosed. By Second Grade, Patrick had decided to become an Ear Doctor, or Audiologist.
As a Physical Therapist with Rainbows’ Infant/Toddler Services, Jamee Funk normally sees between 4-7 families a day. She works with families in their homes and sometimes daycare facilities, teaching and coaching family members how to help their child in a playful manner.
As the Spanish Interpreter for Rainbows, Scarlett Grassie helps facilitate the communication between families and children with special needs and their therapists.
“These past six months I have worked with a child who has Apraxia, a condition in which his brain knows what he wants to say but the message gets lost on the way to his mouth,” said Kristin McCleerey, Speech Language Pathologist.
After 30 years at Rainbows, Pam Chiles still loves to learn new things from her co-workers, families and even a pandemic. “I love my job,” said Pam. “I like that I am able to learn from my co-workers with different disciplines so that I can treat the whole child, not just their motor skills.