Executive Profile


Vance H. Spilman

Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM, LLC, Richmond, Virginia

Vance Spilman became the Chief Executive Officer of Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM, LLC in June, 2015. “This transition marks an important milestone for Rainbow Station. We are thrilled to continue the development of our industry leading programs and curriculum while further enhancing our growth potential and brand expansion,” according to Gail Johnson, Founder and Chairman of the Board.

Vance is an experienced  retail, real estate, financial, and multi-unit franchising professional with  demonstrated leadership  in building fast growth and  dynamic businesses.  Well-versed in multiple operational and financial disciplines, this will enable him to achieve the highest priority strategic initiatives for the company.



Gail W Johnson, RN, MS

Founder and Chairman of the Board, Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM, LLC, Richmond, Virginia
Gail Johnson was a pediatric nurse at the Medical College of Virginia when she observed the lack of services for children -and working parents and developed the concept of a place where children with usual childhood illnesses, and/or chronic -medical conditions, could go when their parents had to go work.


Susan Bishop

Executive Vice President Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM, LLC, Richmond, Virginia

Susan started her career as a college counselor and administrator before shifting gears and pursing a career in early childhood education. Susan was a an early education administrator for a Christian nonprofit preschool and a chain based center prior to joining Rainbow Station in 1993, where she served for 12 years as a Director of one of the flagship school. She has a BA in Psychology and a Master of Education.



Matthew S. Townes, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate

Director of Design and Construction

Matthew joined the Rainbow Station team in 2014 as the Director of Design and Construction. He is an architect with experience in Hospitality, Residential, Commercial, Retail, Pre-K-12 Education, and Sustainable design. His resume includes direct experience in all aspects of the construction process from conceptual design through construction administration. Matthew enjoys applying his knowledge base in the design process and skills with design tools to the marketing needs of a company.

His specialties include construction documentation, conceptual 3D renderings, marketing / presentation material development.



Elizabeth Bodenheimer

Director of Quality Assurance Rainbow Station, Inc. and PRISM, LLC

Elizabeth has been employed with Rainbow Station since June 21, 1999 and has served in a variety of roles within the school. Within two months of her employment as an Assistant Teacher, she was promoted to Assistant Director of the Nursery School with Lead Teacher responsibilities and served in that dual role for six years. In 2005, she began serving as the Preschool Director. She also serves as a trainer for faculty and staff orientation and has provided leadership and staff development workshops.

She was recently promoted to Director of Quality Assurance in April of 2013 and has begun her responsibilities with this new endeavor.



Rick Sample, MBA, CTP

President, Rainbow Station International

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Rick also earned an M.B.A. degree with honors from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and he is a Certified Treasury Professional (C.T.P.)

Rick joined Rainbow Station on March 1, 2013, as president of international operations. He is responsible for expanding Rainbow Station’s operations in China, following the launch there of its first international school in January 2013, and for qualifying new country markets and launching Rainbow Station schools in other regions around the world, either through direct investment with local partners or through franchising.