Gary Wagner has served as President of Rainbow Acres since March of 1996. Under his leadership, Rainbow Acres has grown into a state of the art residential facility and educational community serving adults with developmental disabilities. Wagner has over 35 years experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising for higher education at Phillips University in Oklahoma, Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia, the American Baptist Assembly in Wisconsin, Bacone College in Oklahoma, the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, and Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School in New York. His educational credits include a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Education and Sociology from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota and a Master’s Degree in Divinity in Pastoral Care from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. He has done advanced studies in Christian Organizational Development at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
Gary has been an active member of the Association of Fundraising Executives, and his name has appeared in Who’s Who in Education, Who’s Who in the South, and Who’s Who in America. Wagner is past President of Camp Verde Kiwanis Club and has served on the board of the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce. In 2012 Rev. Wagner celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination with standing in American Baptist Churches USA. Gary and his wife, Jussara, have a son, Isaac, and a daughter, Abigail.
Paul Higgins joined Rainbow Acres in October 2010 as Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Rainbow, Paul served as the Vice President of Finance at the American Baptist Assembly/Green Lake Conference Center for thirteen years, where he also served as Vice President of The Golf Courses of Lawsonia, Camp Grow Ministries, and Worldwide Gifts of Green Lake. Earlier in his career, Paul managed large computing systems used for communications and research, developed software, managed a retail store, and monitored product quality in a brass mill.
Paul is on the American Baptist Churches Board of General Ministries. He previously served as Treasurer of ABC of Wisconsin and served on committees for ABC of the South and ABC of the Pacific Southwest. Paul has participated in church leadership in the areas of preaching, teaching, computer and network administration, stewardship and finances. Paul has a B.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. He simultaneously earned an M. Div. and an MBA at Emory University in Atlanta. Paul and his wife Jeri enjoy traveling and experiencing new things.
Mike Kowalski was born and raised in Southern California. He and his wife Kelli first connected with Rainbow in April 2004, when they joined a volunteer group coming from their church, Hillside Community, out of Rancho Cucamonga, CA. They were hooked after that first trip and ended up leading the group from Hillside on its twice-yearly visits to the Ranch. After a 19-year career as an attorney, Mike joined the Rainbow Acres staff in August 2010, having previously served three years on its Board of Trustees. Mike has a Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management & Human Resources. He received his Juris Doctrate from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles. Mike and Kelli are long time Chicago Cubs fans, looking forward each spring to a new season that may finally see the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908. Mike is also an avid runner, having participated in over two dozen half-marathons and a handful of full marathons since 2007.
Christine Walker joined the staff of Rainbow Acres in October of 2007. Prior to Rainbow, most of her career was in the area of geriatrics. She obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Purdue University while working as an LPN in a 330 bed skilled nursing facility. A native mid-westerner, Christine and her husband Tom relocated in 1984 to Scottsdale where she served as a Rehab Nurse. Chris later accepted the positions of Staff Development Director, and Director of Nursing. A Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, she holds a Certification in Geriatrics from ANCC (American Nurse’s Credentialing Center.) She relocated to Camp Verde in 1989 as the Director of Nursing, followed by Nursing Home Administrator. Christine served as Executive Director at Kachina Point in Sedona for 13 years before coming to Rainbow Acres. She currently serves on the Regional Leadership Council of the Northern AZ Alzheimer’s Association. Chris is also certified by the National Safety Council as an Instructor in CPR and First Aid.
Kevin Jones became a part of Rainbow Acres’ Leadership Team in 2013, moving to Rainbow from central New York. Graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, Kevin spent 26 years with Proctor & Gamble, in a variety of management and logistics roles, as well as spending time in management within the pharmaceutical industry. Chief among his roles was the oversight of product lines, inventory control, and budget management. Additionally, Kevin spent a number of years serving as manager of the maintenance department for a 275,000 square foot pharmaceutical plant where he supervised a staff of 44. While serving at the plant, he was instrumental in both raising support for and building a state of the art preschool for the working families of that community. Most recently, Kevin was a Partner and General Manager of a Ford dealership where he focused on customer satisfaction and superior customer service. A lifelong NASCAR fan, Kevin and his wife Dawn have traveled to many racetracks.
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