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.
Hi! My name is Ruby Smith. The more you know someone the more comfortable you feel with them so I wanted to tell you a little about myself. My husband Gene and I live in Savannah Mo. We’ve been married for almost 43 years and have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren. I’ve been working as an early childhood special education teacher for the Children’s Program at UCP for 23 years and really enjoy it. Gene and I are very busy with church activities and grand kid activities. In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming and hanging out with family. I love to go to the zoo, science centers and museums. I’m so happy to welcome your child to our preschool. It’s going to be a great year.
Hello, I am Camilia Waterman. I am so excited to be part of the UCP team. I have had many years’ experience working in the early childhood field. I owned and operated an in-home daycare for several years while my children were young. When my kiddos started school, I decided to step back into the classroom and I could not be happier. This will be my 6th year in a preschool classroom. I currently have my Child Development Associate and finishing up my Early Childhood Degree. I love preschool and all the exploring, learning, and fun we get to have. I live here in Saint Joseph with my husband Kasey and my two boys Kayden (16) and Cooper (11). I spend most of my free time at sporting events. Between soccer, basketball and football we are a pretty busy family. When we aren’t watching or playing sports, we like to spend time swimming, boating at the lake or traveling. My mom lives in Jacksonville, Florida so we have plenty of reasons to visit the Beach. I love coffee, reading and spending time with my family.
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.
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.
Robin Kellogg-Norton, a mother and grandmother of all boys, is a St. Joseph Missouri native whose family has a long history of building and giving back to our community. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Robin has been providing speech therapy services for young children and their families for 38 years. Passionate about early intervention, the past 28 years have been with UCP of NWMO. Robin’s commitment to building family capacity and experience with multiple medical and health conditions make her a highly sought after provider. Grateful for the amazing children, families and team members she has loved and learned from over the years, she values her relationships and interactions the most. In her off time, you will find Robin enjoying good eats and conversation with family and friends around town, or at the lake, jet-skiing with her grandsons.
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.
Hello. I am Lorrie Norris, the Administrative Assistant for the Children’s Program at UCP. I have worked at UCP for just over 5 years. 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 of 32 years, Kevin. We have a son, daughter in law, and our most recent addition to our family, a granddaughter. 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!