Kent C. Jones, Executive Director
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.
Katie Raines, Assistant Executive Director
Katie Raines was born and raised in Arkansas. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University (ATU) in 1997 and worked as a Direct Care Professional and Administrative Assistant at a disability provider throughout her college years. Shortly before graduating ATU, Katie became a Case Manager/Coordinator for the Medicaid Waiver program. Katie has had many roles in the IDD field including Compliance, Program Director, and Vice-President of Services on the provider side as well as time working for the Division of Developmental Disability Services for the State of Arkansas. Katie is a member of numerous committees outside of Bost advocating for our constituency at the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association (DDPA) and Developmental Disability Services (DDS.) Also, she was recently elected to the board of directors of the Arkansas START program which helps individuals to prevent and assist in crisis situations. Katie takes a collaborative approach to service provision by forming relationships with providers across the state. This model facilitates ideas for quality improvement for all individuals with ID/DD across the state.
Katie rejoined the Bost team in July of 2014 as the Director of Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance, and has since been promoted to Assistant Executive Director of Services. Katie has an older brother with Autism that is served by Bost. “Being part of the family” laid the framework and 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 that we all 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 20 years and they have two children, Hanna (18) is attending Arkansas Tech University where she is studying elementary education and Zac (14) is in 9th grade and keeps them busy with football, baseball and hunting.
Lesa A. Fuller, Director of Clinical Services
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 26 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, Director of ADC Services
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 spent 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 25 years to her best friend Stacey. They currently make their home in Greenwood, Arkansas. They have four children Kelly Ulmer of Nampa, ID, Miranda Shrum of Greenwood, Arkansas, Kendra Jones of Greenwood, Arkansas and Marc Jones, who is fifteen and attends Greenwood High School. They have two grand-children Makaylee Shrum and Maverick Shrum.
Rhonda’s free time is spent watching her son, Marc, play football, spending time with the grand-children and volunteering for Greenwood Football Booster Club. Her hobbies are sewing, gardening and floral design. You will find her at all Greenwood varsity football games.
Dr. Jackie Scarborough, Director of Mental Health Services
Jackie Scarborough, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, BCPC is a licensed professional counselor, approved clinical supervisor and Board Certified Professional Counselor. For the past 23 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. (Counseling 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 Smith 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.
Born and raised in the River Valley, Nicole is currently our Program’s Executive Administrator at Bost Inc. Nicole began her career many years ago as a direct support professional with another provider and came by it naturally as she has multiple family members with different abilities. With close to ten years of experience in the IDD/DD field in multiple different capacities including HR, Administration, HUD, Waiver, and Children’s, Nicole joined Bost in August of 2015 as an intake coordinator and auditor in our compliance department. In her time here, Nicole has worked in multiple different capacities across the agency. Nicole has the skills and grace to traverse programs, disciplines, and regions to bring efficient and effective practices to all constituencies at Bost.
When she is not making everything run smoothly at work, she is chasing her beautiful daughter Taylor (6). Nicole’s key skill sets including organization and multitasking come in handy as she encourages Taylor in her many activities including basketball, softball, and cheer. In the sparing hours left in her week, Nicole also finds time to volunteer with Special Olympics, Rhea Lana’s, as well as helping at Dover Elementary School.
Jennifer Paterak, Director of South Central Waiver Services
Jennifer Paterak, South Central Waiver Director, graduated Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas in 2002, with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Science. Jennifer began her career working with the DD population in 2003. In June 2009, Jennifer joined the Bost Inc. team as Assistant Regional Manager and was later promoted to South Central Regional Director.
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.
Kathy Weatherl, Director of Corporate Compliance/HIPAA Privacy Officer
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.
James Maginot, Director of Waiver Services Program
James Maginot, a Chicago native, is the Waiver Services Program Director for Bost Inc. He oversees statewide operations for our waiver services throughout the 28-county service area in Western Arkansas. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Public and Community Services from Providence College in Rhode Island, James spent a number of years in the United States Peace Corps living and working in Africa. After returning stateside, he settled down in Northwest Arkansas where he owns an organic farm. He and his wife Jane have two rambunctious little ones, Seamus (3) and Patrick (1). 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 what it takes to provide quality services. James has worked as a direct care staff, coordinator, case manager, and regional director. Prior to joining Bost, James managed the entire residential program for a like-minded provider. James prides himself on his leadership and communication skills and has a strong commitment to providing effective and efficient services.
Trish Hice, Director of Waiver Services Fort Smith
Trish Hice is a Director of Waiver Services for our Fort Smith location. Her primary role is supervision of the case management team. Trish began her career working with the DD population as a Residential Habilitation Aid for Bost in May of 2003. Trish has worked on the Case Management side as well as the Coordination side of Waiver services. Trish left Bost in October 2011 but continued working with the DD population. Trish returned to Bost in July 2013 as the Director of Case Management. Trish describes her work in this field as a calling and has spent many years in various capacities throughout this organization and others. Trish has a daughter as well as a disabled step son. Being a mother of a special needs child as well as coming from a large family has taught Trish lifelong lessons in working with people of different ages, abilities, and temperament. She has learned to do this with a laugh and a smile, even through the most difficult of days. Trish's extensive knowledge in the IDD field and waiver services, coupled with her leadership and communication skills, have helped her to thrive and grow in a vital role within our organization.
Jonathan Cox, Director of Property Management
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, Events Coordinator
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 joined Bost in 2015 moving here from Central Arkansas. Tammy’s passion began in high school while 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 Recreation Administration emphasizing on Recreation Therapy Tammy began her career in a direct care position. However, she eventually moved into management where she gained vast experience by working in multiple areas including Recreation Therapy, Waiver Services, DDTCS, HUD and auditing.
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.
Tammy is married and makes her home in the River Valley. Her hobbies include traveling, Special Olympics and spending time with family and friends.
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.
Sandy Chamberlain, Co-Director of Children's Services
Sandy Chamberlain, Co-Director of Children’s Services, has been with Bost, Inc. since 1993. Sandy has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 29 years working in home care, hospital, and private duty nursing before coming to Bost, Inc. working as the preschool nurse. She became a Director for Case Management for two years before taking some time off. Sandy came back to Bost, Inc. and worked in clinical services before returning to preschool where she became the Assistant Director until June of 2016, when she was named Co-Director of Children’s Services.
Sandy is co-guardian of two family members with intellectual disabilities and one of them is in Waiver/ Bost, Inc. She has worked with DDS on Case Management, DHS Voucher, and DCFS Foster Voucher for many years and loves the type of work she does for the children and families.
Sandy has been married Mark for 27 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Joshua Autrey, Executive Assistant
Joshua Autrey currently serves as the Executive Assistant to Kent Jones and has been with Bost since November 2015. Prior to Bost, Joshua worked in finance for 8 years and looked forward to the transition to non-profit management. Joshua currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from University of Arkansas Fort smith, a Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership from Liberty University, and a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Joshua has also served in the Army National guard where he enlisted as a Field Artillery soldier in 2009. He commissioned as an Army Officer in May of 2014 and currently serves as a Medical Service Corp officer.