Kathy is an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist who has dedicated nearly 20 years to the field of substance misuse prevention. Her unique background in theatre, the many hats she has worn at Rainbow Days, and her heart for educating inspires her warm, witty, and wonderfully engaging training style. She trains in all of the Rainbow Day's CBSG® Program adaptations nationwide, numerous Prevention Workforce Development Workshops, and serves as a trainer for CAPT's Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) in Texas.
Kathy not only enjoys training, especially those who are committed to making a difference in the lives of children and youth living with trauma and adversity, she also loves to use her "red pen" to edit any manuscript you place in front of her, as well as developing workshops, especially on the subjects of stress management and self-care. In her free time, Kathy relishes time with family and friends, enjoys water aerobics and practicing yoga, listening to audiobooks, volunteering with her LifeGroup at church, and loving on her fur babies.
Jill is an Independent Education Consultant. She has 30 years in public education. Jill was the Richardson ISD Director of Student Assistance Programs where she lead a department of 12 different drug and violence prevention programs that were in place on 55 campuses. In 2015 Jill was awarded the “Individual Promise Award” from Rainbow Days, Inc. for her work in the substance abuse community. In the spring of 2014, she was awarded the prestigious state level “Lone Star Award” from the Association of Substance Abuse Programs again for her work in the substance abuse and prevention field. In 2012 Jill was awarded “Administrator of the Year.” She is a Bullying Prevention Trainer, R time Trainer, Student Assistance Program Trainer, Developmental Assets Trainer, Peer Meditation Trainer, and a Current Drug-Trends Trainer. She has presented trainings and conference workshops at the local, state, national and international levels. In her free time, Jill loves to travel, camp, exercise and cook.
Krystal is a graduate of Texas A&M, Commerce and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters in Counseling. She has years of experience working in education, many of which have been as a school counselor. Krystal first became involved with Rainbow Days, Inc. in 1998 when she was a participant in a Kids' Connection training. Since that time she has implemented the CBSG® Program in a variety of settings and is a strong advocate of the program. Krystal has worked as an elementary school counselor in a variety of schools which gives her a unique insight into the needs of students and the obstacles they face in school and in life. Krystal also provides training services for a character education program, R time and for a regional education service center. "I believe that we can make a difference, believing that what we have to offer children is vital to their future."
Karen Williams, MSSW, is an independent youth development consultant and trainer known for her ability to explain the latest neuroscience in ways that are easy to understand and apply to real life. Her current focus includes: brain development and behavioral health; the impact of substances, stress, trauma and traumatic brain injury on development and behavioral health; and the trauma-informed schools movement. She is the recipient of the *2012 Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Prism Award, *a former member of the Dallas Commission for Children and Youth (DCCY), a consultant to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) - State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC), the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG), and a frequent conference speaker.
Office/Trans4m Center Manager
When Sandi McFarland came to Rainbow Days in 1990 as the receptionist there were only a handful of employees. Her 26 plus years as “the voice” of Rainbow Days makes her one of the organization’s most tenured employees. It has often been said that when you call Rainbow Days and Sandi greets you, you truly feel as if you are her top priority – even though she’s probably juggling several things at the same time! Her role has expanded over the years and now encompasses a wide variety of additional tasks including scheduling trainings, registering participants, assembling and shipping training materials, maintaining the training database, creating PowerPoint presentations, scheduling webinars, and generally doing her best to “keep the wheels on the bus.”
“I am very blessed to work at Rainbow Days, I truly feel that God led me here! This is my work home.”