Kent C. Jones
Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., Kent has been the Executive Director for Bost, Inc. since May 1986 and also serves as CEO of the Bost Foundation. He received his B.S. in Social Work in 1973, and M.S. in Community Services Planning in 1984 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. With education and work in residential settings, special education, and human services administration, Kent’s career has included direct-care work and managing services for individuals with disabilities in prior organizations.
With his wife, Mamie, and four boys, Kent moved to Arkansas believing they would move on in a few years. After 29 years they are still here, due to “the excellent family life environment and tremendous support from the community. Arkansas provides a much greater level of disability services and programs with fewer resources than most regions because of the systemic efficiencies and local community support. It has been rewarding to see the development of services and programs that Bost has experienced. We are proud that over this period and due to the leadership from the Board of Directors and excellence of employees Bost has grown from a single county program to a presence in 27 counties of Western Arkansas with a full array of children and adult services for individuals with developmental and related disabilities.”
Kent continues to be involved with local, state and national civic groups and associations related to the field of disabilities. Currently he is Treasurer for the State Developmental Disabilities Providers Association (DDPA), Treasurer and Past President of Fort Smith Southside Rotary Club, and on the the Sparks Hospital Advisory Trustee Board. Previous experiences include Fort Smith Chamber Education and Health/Wellness Committees' chairperson, Arkansas Governors Developmental Disability Council, and Leadership Fort Smith.
James A. Harris
Jim Harris is the Director of Human Resources. He is responsible for all aspects of human resources functions at Bost, Inc. Jim is a 1972 graduate of Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Retired from the US Navy as a submarine qualified, Senior Chief Petty Officer and former officer-in-charge of the Reserve Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, detachment 0328, a Seabee detachment, where he earned the distinction of being the only “non-occupational field 13” enlisted member to serve in this capacity and was recognized twice as the RNMCB 28 officer-in-charge of the year. Jim has earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of the Ozarks and a dual master’s degree in management and human resource development from Webster University. Jim’s other certifications/license include Arkansas state license for disability and life insurance, certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resources Institute, the licensing body for the human resources profession, certified employee retention professional (CERP) by the Retention Institute and Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP) by the Society of Human Resource Management. Before working at Bost, Inc. Jim was responsible for setting up from scratch, the Human Resources Department for a local bank with 10 branches and setting up from scratch the Human Resources department for a local community college, he has also served as an adjunct instructor at Arkansas State University, where he taught Organizational Behavior, spent 2 years performing human resources for an out-sourcing firm and 15 years with Hiram Walker in various capacities, including engineering, production and finance.
In his community, Jim has served on multiple committees and chaired several board positions, including President for the Western Arkansas Human Resources Association and is a member of the River City Safety and Environmental Council. He is also a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Training and Development. Jim is also an alumnus of the 2012 Leadership Fort Smith class. Jim and his wife Leslie attend First Baptist Church in Fort Smith. In his personal time, he enjoys riding his Harley-Davidson with his wife, spending time with his grandsons and playing the drums with the Community Band of Western Arkansas.
Lesa A. Fuller
Originally from Booneville, Arkansas, Lesa has been the Director of Clinical Services since September 2008. She previously was employed by Bost as Coordinator and then Director of Clinical Services from May 1990 until October 1999.
Lesa received her Associate of Arts degree in 1983 from then Westark Community College in Fort Smith, Arkansas. After this she attended University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas for the next 4 years. While attending college she worked fulltime at the Conway Human Development Center and then several years at the Booneville Human Development Center, serving in both direct care and supervisory positions. After college continued working in the human services field to include working with individuals with developmental disabilities and working with individuals in the nursing home setting.
Lesa has resided in Charleston, Arkansas for the past 25 years. “I left Bost in 1999 after 9 years of employment to try to make a change in the nursing home industry. Although I did enjoy working with the elderly and spent 9 years at the nursing home as Assistant Administrator, my heart and purpose remain with working with individuals that are developmentally disabled. Bost offers so much to these individuals and I am proud to a part of this organization.”
Lesa currently holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s license. She continues to be active with Special Olympics and other volunteer programs.
Rhonda Jones is the Director of ADC Services. She is responsible for the Adult Development and Work Development Centers in Fort Smith and Dardanelle. Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma but, she s
pent most of her life in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Rhonda began working at Bost, Inc. in 1991 in the Children’s Services Department. She left in 1994 for a few years when her youngest daughter was born and returned in 1999 to work again in Children’s Services. During her career with Bost, Inc., she has served in various positions.
Rhonda has been married for over 23 years to her best friend Stacey. They currently make their home in Greenwood, Arkansas. They have four children Kelly (son-in-law Wesley Ulmer) of Nampa, ID, Miranda (son-in-law Michael Shrum) of Greenwood, Arkansas, Kendra (son-in-law Joshua Bradt) of Greenwood, Arkansas and Marc, who is fourteen and attends Greenwood Junior High School. They have three grand-children Hunter Bradt, Makaylee Shrum and Maverick Shrum.
Rhonda’s free time is spent watching her son, Marc, play football and spending time with the grand-children. Her hobbies are sewing, gardening and floral design. You will find her at most Greenwood football games.
Jackie Scarborough, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, BCPC is a licensed professional counselor, approved clinical supervisor and Board Certified Professional Counselor. For the past 21 years Jackie has been practicing as a licensed counselor. She served 6 years as Director of Child & Family Services at Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center and for 15 years was the Director and therapist for the Center’s therapeutic foster care program (W.A.T.C.H.). She currently is the Director of Mental Health Services for BOST C.A.R.E.S. (Couns
eling and Relationship Enrichment Services). In addition to her duties for BOST C.A.R.E.S., Jackie also teaches part-time in the psychology department at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smi
th and Arkansas Tech University-Ozark and is a part time trainer for foster and adopt parents through MidSOUTH Training Academy.
Jackie earned her B.S. in psychology and sociology from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR in 1991; and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR in 1994. In 2014 she obtained her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.
In her free time Jackie enjoys spending time with her wonderful (and very supportive) husband Russell and their dog-Tic-Tac.
Jennifer PaterakJennifer Paterak, South Central Waiver Director, graduated Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas in 2002, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Science. Jennifer
The DD programs are near and dear to her heart as Jennifer is the legal guardian of her aunt, who is a participant in the Bost Waiver Program. She is very dedicated to the DD population, and readily advocates for their rights and services. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, spoiling her nephew and catching up with friends. In the last year, she has competed in several 5k's, 10k's and a half marathon. She has three rescue dogs; Dash (Westie), Ruger (Lab/Pyrenees) and Lena (Shepard Mix), who are her children.
Katie Raines was born and raised in Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University (ATU) in 1997 and worked as a Direct Care Aide and Administrative Assistant at a non-profit through the majority of her college years. Shortly before graduating ATU Katie became a Case Manager/Coordinator for the Medicaid Waiver program. Katie’s career also includes Compliance, Program Director and Vice-President of Services for Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (ID/DD) in a similar organization and at the State of Arkansas. Katie is very involved outside of Bost with committees and trainings within Developmental Disabilities Provider Association (DDPA) and Arkansas Waiver Association (AWA), as well as through Developmental Disability Services (DDS), Bost’s main licensing agency. She says she enjoys working with likeminded providers across the State and that this allows ideas for quality improvement for all individuals with ID/DD.
Katie rejoined the Bost team in July of 2014 as the Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance, and has since be promoted to Assistant Executive Director of DD Services. Katie believes in the Bost mission and feels that the experience and passion in the leadership and staff will continue to keep BOST at the top of services. Katie has an older brother with Autism that is served by Bost and she believes that he was the foundation for her passion to serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She says this passion has motivated her to work hard to ensure the best life possible for all individuals we serve. She believes that compassion, communication, training and support are the keys to success.
Katie has been married to her husband James “Spanky” Raines for 19 years and they have two children, Hanna 17 and Zac 13, who keeps them extremely busy outside of work.
Kathy Weatherl graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR with Bachelor of Science and has spent the past 32 years working i
n the field of developmental disabilities. Kathy has experience in many levels of services as a volunteer at Friendship in 1981, being direct care staff, case manager, program manager, Vice President of Services and now, with Bost, Inc., Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance. Kathy brings ten years of experience as a a CARF surveyor. Kathy also has been a volunteer with Arkansas Hospice for the past 12 years.
Kathy is married to Jim Weatherl and they have 1 daughter, Jessica Jewell. Kathy’s hobbies include kayaking, running, and gardening.
James Maginot is the Director of Fort Smith Waiver Services. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Public and Community Services, Mr. Maginot spent a number of years in the United States Peace Corps living and working in Africa. After he returned stateside, he settled down in NWA where he is the owner and operator of an organic farm. James has been involved in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities from a very young age. Having a sibling with a disability has given him a unique perspective into providing quality services. James has worked as a direct care staff, supervisor, and as a case manager. Most recently, James managed the entire residential program for a like-minded provider. James prides himself on his leadership and communication skills and his excellent track record with the CARF accreditation process.
Trish Hice is the Director of Waiver Services in the Fort Smith area. Trish began her career working with the DD population as a Residential Habilitation Aid for Bost in 2002. Trish is passionate about her career which she views as a calling. As the proud mother of Johnnie Rene’ and her step-son Jeremy who has Cerebral Palsy and receives Medicaid Waiver Services, she works tirelessly for a high quality of living for those in her care. As the sibling of six children, all of which she is close to, Trish has the ability to work with different ages, abilities, and temperaments while laughing and smiling through what can sometimes feel like a chaotic world. Trish brings with her leadership and communication skills as well as extensive experience in the field of development and intellectual disabilities, specifically in regard to Waiver Services.
Jonathan has lived around the River Valley for the majority of his life. He joined Bost as the Director of Property Management and Safety Officer in February of 2015.
Jonathan received his B.S. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. He has a Higher National Certificate in Golf Course Management from Elmwood College in Cupar, Scotland.
Jonathan’s career started in golf course management and construction. He has had the opportunity to work on and help construct some of the most renowned golf courses in the world. He has worked at St Andrews Links – Old Course, Eden Course, Castle Course, Kingsbarns Links, The Dukes Course, The Blessings, and Hardscrabble Country Club. While working on these courses, he has worked many PGA and European PGA events.
Before coming to Bost, Jonathan worked at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith as Assistant Director of Plant Operations – Grounds and Transportation. He was in charge of over 200 acres of grounds and landscape, while also running the transportation department. Jonathan was involved in the construction of the Boreham Library addition, Visual Arts Building, and the Intramural Field and Park.
Jonathan has been married to his beautiful wife, Jacqueline, since 2012.
Alexa Eddy Cueto
Alexa Eddy Cueto is the Events Coordinator for NWA. She graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2014 with a degree in Communications. While in college, Alexa completed several internships that made her realize working for a nonprofit was exactly what she wanted to do when she graduated. She interned at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center and KUAF National Public Radio Station. Alexa was a member of Tau Beta Sigma (Band Fraternity), Lambda Pi Eta (Communication Honor Society), served on the board at the Yvonne Richardson Community Center, and was in the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band. Alexa also worked at the Fayetteville Athletic Club where she taught swim lessons and eventually became the Aquatics Director. Alexa currently volunteers at multiple nonprofit events. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In Alexa’s free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Some of her hobbies include hiking, swimming, and crafting.
Jeanne Montgomery, Director of Marketing & Fundraising
Jeanne has been with Bost, Inc. since August of 1999. Beginning in the Fort Smith Skills Training Center, Jeanne has had many jobs and duties during her time at Bost, most notably Executive Assistant to Kent Jones for 12 years before stepping into the Director of Marketing & Fundraising position. Jeanne, along with events planner Alexa Cueto, is now tasked with planning special events and marketing activities for the Agency. Jeanne also acts as the Executive Director of Bost Foundation, Inc.
Jeanne has been happily married to John Montgomery since September of 1997 and together they are raising 2 wonderful sons, James and Michael. In her spare time, Jeanne enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with her family.
Tammy Powell, Director of Waiver Services - Fort Smith
Tammy Powell is a Director of Waiver Services in Fort Smith. She makes her home in the River Valley, with her loving husband, Joey and their two fluffy dogs.
Tammy joined Bost in 2015 moving here from Central Arkansas where she was a 2003 graduate of Bryant High School. It was in high school where Tammy developed her passion for those in the ID community by volunteering to take pictures of the high school athletes competing in the Special Olympics events for the yearbook. This began her journey down a long path that eventually led to her career choice. While working her way through college at ATU, where she graduated in 2008, with a BS Degree in Parks and RecreationAdministration emphasizing on Recreation Therapy. Tammy began her career in a direct care position. However, she eventually moved into management where gained vast experience by working as a case manager, coordinator, case manager for a day program, Special Olympic coordinator, on sight living facility manager where she managed an apartment complex that housed 10 consumers, and Medicaid integrity auditor.
Tammy has a tremendous passion for the consumers, staff and families she serves. She has worked very hard as an advocate for the ID and mental health industry as a whole and looks forward to continuing efforts that affect the lives of everyone she works with everyday in a positive way.
Lindsey Gipson, Director of Waiver Services - Northwest Arkansas
Lindsey Gipson is the current Director of Waiver Services in NWA. She has worked with Bost for a total of 4.5 years beginning in 2008 working as a Coordinator, Case management and eventually Director of Mental health services out of the Fort Smith Office before leaving to take care of her family in 2012. She graduated from Missouri State University with her Bacherlor’s of Science degree in Psychology and went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas in 2013 with her Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lindsey has a passion to work in the human services field which started from a young age and increased exponentially when she had her daughter Emmalynn Rae, who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 in 2012. She desires to help the DD population and advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Along with experience in waiver services, Lindsey has worked as an outpatient and inpatient therapist for individuals of all ages and various functioning levels.
Lindsey has been married for 5 years to Derek Gipson and they have 3 beautiful children, Emmalynn Rae, Gavin William, and will soon have another son September 2016 (name TBA). Her hobbies include running, yoga, book club, and spending time with family and friends.
Linda Renfro RN BSN, Director of Nursing
Linda is a Registered Nurse with thirty years of nursing experience, including psychiatric, Emergency, Home health, Nursing education and Pediatric nursing. Linda has worked in Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas throughout her nursing career. She lives in Fort Smith with her husband David and their two Yorkie dogs.
Ferba O'Kelley, Co-Director of Children's Services
Ferba O’Kelley has a long history with Bost, Inc. She began working in 1991 as a substitute manager (a rover, for old-timers) and a relief manager in Residential Services in the 1990s. In August 1999, she transferred to Children’s Services to work as a certified teacher. In 2004, she left Bost to attend graduate school and receive real-life experiences in public school. While on hiatus from Bost, she was the Education Director at the Deborah G. Dunston Adolescent Treatment Center in Mount Ida, a program that provided therapeutic intervention services for teenagers with substance and alcohol abuse problems, and also as a special educator for both the Mount Ida and Van Buren School Districts.
Ferba returned to Bost in 2008, working in Children’s Services. As the Early Childhood Education Coordinator, she supervised the certified teaching staff for Bost, overseeing curriculum and development in the preschool programs and serving as a liaison with the Arkansas Department of Education and the Arkansas Department of Special Education. She served as a mentor teacher to local area novice teachers entering the field of education and was recognized by the Arkansas Department of Education as a state assessor for novice teachers. She is a dual member of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association and the Southern Early Childhood Association.
Currently, she is serving as Interim Co-Director of Children’s Services. Her philosophy of Children’s Services is to consider what is in the best interest of the children served by Bost. This includes not only providing services for children but also keeping in mind that the families of the children are also customers and that the choices and educational opportunities provided to children are choices and learning opportunities for the families as well.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Hendrix College, a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Education degree with a minor in English from Arkansas Tech University, and a Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree in Special Education Instruction from Henderson State University.
Kathy Weathrl, Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance
Kathy Weatherl has been an active leader in the field of developmental disabilities for the past 30 years. During her career she has worked for 2 non profit entities where she served in the positions of Direct Support Staff, Case Manager, Program Director and Vice President of Services. She briefly left the nonprofit side of services for a year and worked as the Assistant Director of Quality Assurance at Development Disability Services in Little Rock. Throughout her career Kathy has been active in DDPA, the State Provider Association serving as Vice President, President and Past President. She has also been an active member of Arkansas APSE and served on the committee that developed and implemented on line training for job coach certification.
In March of 2016 Kathy accepted a position at BOST as the Corporate Compliance Director and HIPAA Privacy Officer. Her responsibilities in this position include monitoring all services and supports for quality and continuous improvement, as well as assuring programs are operating within the scope of the state and federal regulations.
Kathy has also served as a national surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the past 10 years. As a surveyor she works with organizations around the country to apply standards that promote quality, value, and optimal outcomes that center on enhancing the lives of the individuals being served by those organizations.
Kathy is a 1985 graduate of Arkansas Tech University with a degree in Rehabilitation Sciences. She is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.
Kathy has been married to her husband Jim for the past 25 years. They have 1 daughter, Jessica Jewell, who is a Special Education teacher in Ashdown Arkansas. During her free time, Kathy serves as a volunteer for Arkansas Hospice, loves gardening and running and spending time with her family and fur babies.