Meet the Team

Teachers

Let me begin by saying how excited I am to be a part of the UCP family! My name is Colynn Chesney and I live in St. Joseph with my beautiful daughter, JadeLynn. We enjoy doing all things outside and playing together. I also enjoy reading, watching movies, and running. After 7 years with the Saint Joseph School District, I left my position and started with UCP as a lead preschool teacher. I am thoroughly excited to work with each UCP family.

Therapists

Minnie Bray,  M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-S, completed her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Missouri in 2002.  She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA and is a licensed speech-language pathologist in Missouri.  Through extensive course work and experiences, she became a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders in 2012. Minnie worked in a public school for one year before joining the therapy team at UCP of NW MO in 2003.  She brought with her extensive knowledge of the IEP process and a desire to work closely with families and young children.  She is passionate about connecting with each child and family and engaging in a manner that supports their individual needs.  She works closely with parents, teachers, and therapists from other disciplines to make therapy as effective as possible.  Minnie provides speech-language and feeding therapy to children in Early Intervention (Missouri First Steps), UCP’s preschool classrooms, and out-patient services. Minnie has a history of working with children with a history of developmental delays, prematurity, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, hearing impairment, apraxia, phonological processing disorder, cleft palate, dysphagia, and feeding disorder. Minnie has conducted numerous presentations for the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City addressing parents and professionals regarding speech and language development and therapy strategies specific to children with Down syndrome.  She is able to share information from the perspective of an SLP and as a parent of a child with Down syndrome.  She guest lectures for dysphagia courses at the University of Central Missouri. She has also participated in a number of presentations in the St. Joseph area for parents and childcare providers regarding speech-language development and strategies to support communication development. In her free time, Minnie enjoys time with her husband and three children on their farm.  Her children keep her busy exploring the farm, playing youth sports, participating in Special Olympics, swimming, horseback riding, reading books, and playing games.

Email: mbray@ucpnwmo.org

Marsha Ingersoll, physical therapist, has provided physical therapy in our community since 1975.  In 1980, she began providing pediatric physical therapy at United Cerebral Palsy of NW MO.  This has evolved from consultation to the program to providing direct service in the classroom to outpatients and in homes. From 1985 until 2014 she provided therapy to school aged children in her home school district. Marsha has a special interest if assisting families in obtaining therapeutic equipment and orthotics that will assist in the care of and promote independence in their child.    She enjoys working with families and children in their home to incorporate large motor activities of daily living and play.  Marsha has experience with a variety of developmental disabilities which include Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalous, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida.  Marsha enjoys spending time at the lake with her friends and family, especially her three year old grandson, Eddie.

Email: mingersoll@ucpnwmo.org

Administration

Hello, my name is Kim Cordonnier and welcome to UCP! I hope your experience here is as great as mine has been. I started working at UCP in 2010 as a Preschool Teacher and was delighted to become UCP’s Children’s Program Director in October of 2019.  I graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Child and Family Development and then later graduated from Missouri Western State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. UCP has supported my passion of building and providing a community where children and families thrive, both on site and through other community initiatives. My husband Chris and I live in St. Joseph with our two daughters; Kinsley and Brynlee. I love attending all of their extracurricular activities. I enjoy volunteering at my daughter’s school and being a part of the PTA board. I can’t wait to meet your family, provide a tour of our program, introduce you to our fantastic team and catch you out and about in our community.

Email: kcordonnier@ucpnwmo.org

Hello. I am Lorrie Norris, the Administrative Assistant for the Children’s Program at UCP. I have worked at UCP since November, 2014. I began at UCP working in the Adult Program as a Learning Consultant for 4 ½ years, then began my position in the Children’s Program in May of 2019. I am a graduate of Missouri Western State College with degrees in accounting and management. I have lived my entire life in Plattsburg, MO and am happily married to my husband , Kevin. We have a son, daughter in law, and 2 grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching the KC Royals, KC Chiefs, and reading.  I am so happy that UCP is a part of my life and I hope you enjoy everything about UCP as much as I do!