ABOUT US

For 40 years our goal at Rainbow Center has been to provide a positive, safe, gentle learning environment so children with special needs can develop self-esteem and improve their academic and coping skills when faced with daily challenges. Rainbow Center works with 20 metro, suburban and rural school districts for students in the day school program with varying diagnoses such as Autism, behavior disorders and other multi-categorical disabilities.

In 1996, Rainbow Options, our Adult Day Habilitation program, was initiated to meet the growing, local community needs of clients over the age of 21 who could not fit into the workshop or other supported employment. This exciting venture started with one client and now serves over 60 adults with severe disabilities. Rainbow Center Day School and Rainbow Options Adult Day Habilitation both feature a very active Community Access Program. Learning where to go, meeting community expectations and actively connecting with the community all are valuable experiences for the students and adults in the Rainbow programs.
Beyond the Rainbow is also offered for families who need before and after programming services.

OUR MISSION

To provide a safe nurturing and social environment in order to serve persons with special educational and developmental needs.

LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BRENDA ALFRED Community Volunteer

Dr. LISA CAMPBELL Children’s Mercy Hospital

PAM CARPENTER Retired Educator

LYNDON DAVIS WEBCO

  • Board Chairman

RON EIMAN Retired TWA Accountant

DAVID FERDIG Saladino Mechanical

GREG GROUNDS Grounds & Emke

JON HALL DSI

JOSEPH HANEY Retired Banker/Family Member

TRISHA KENNEDY Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers

J’NAN KIMAK ERKER Humphrey, Farrington & McClain, P.C.

  • Board Vice-Chair

MIKE MINEA Maxus Properties

JIM MORGAN Fike Corp.

RYAN SNYDER Maxus Properties

  • Board Treasurer

BRIANNE THOMAS Boyd, Kentor, Thomas & Parrish, L.L.C.

  • Board Secretary

MICHAEL TROLLINGER Seaboard Corporation

ANDREA TURNER KPMG

EXECUTIVE STAFF

Marilu W. Herrick - CO-FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Marilu W. Herrick is co-founder of the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders. Prior to starting the then Blue Springs Learning Center in 1977, Marilu worked as a speech pathologist in the public school arena and in private practice. marilu.herrick@rainbow-center.org

Jill Calvert - Director of Development

jill.calvert@rainbow-center.org

Michon Lester - Rainbow Center Day School Program Coordinator

michon.lester@rainbow-center.org

Tyreka Brandon - Rainbow Options Program Coordinator

tyreka.brandon@rainbow-center.org