Consultant Bios & Info
Marty Huitt, M.S. Ed.
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Marty has been a BIST educational consultant since 1997 and the team's director since 2003. After earning her BSE in physical education and health with a certification in behavior disorders from Missouri Western State University, Marty received her master's degree in administration from the University of Central Missouri. Prior to joining the BIST team, Marty taught students with behavior disorders and even had the opportunity to utilize BIST in her classroom, as well as to facilitate the implementation of the model throughout the junior high building.
Rebecca Cook, M.S. Ed.
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Rebecca joined the BIST team in 2017. After earning her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from William Jewell College, Rebecca earned her master’s degree in education from Baker University. As a classroom teacher, she implemented the BIST strategy with her students and was also a member of the BIST Vision Team where she developed plans for student success and supported staff as BIST was implemented school-wide.
816.718.8386 • 816.506.3621
Christopher joined the BIST team after 16 years as a classroom teacher and BIST practitioner. He majored in history and English at Drury College then went on to receive his degree from Notre Dame Law School. Christopher practiced law for a few years prior to pursuing teaching. He has served in school leadership roles and as president of a 600+ member education association.
Virginia Gibbons, BA Elem Ed, ECSE
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Virginia joined the BIST Team in 2012. She received her bachelor's degree in early education and elementary education from Graceland University and also received her early childhood special ed certification. Prior to joining the BIST team, Virginia held various educational positions for 18 years including teacher's assistant, before and after school supervisor, teacher and learning coach.
Jodi Hayward, B.S Organizational Management
Jodi came to the BIST team in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in management/organizational sequence and a minor in economics from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the team, she has worked with youth through counseling and mission services and was a behavior interventionist providing support to students with behavioral challenges. Jodi's experience includes creating behavior modification plans for students with emotional and physical needs, as well as incorporating partnerships with parents.
Linda Hosman, B.S. Criminal Justice/Behavioral Psychology
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Linda joined the BIST team in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in behavioral psychology. Before joining the team, Linda was a classroom teacher, music teacher, daycare/preschool director and a Recovery Room interventionist. Linda and her husband have also been foster parents since 1992. She provides Level A and B trainings for foster/adoptive parents and represents the foster/adoptive community as a commissioned member of the gubernatorial Missouri State Foster-Adoptive Advisory Board.
Mariah Littrell, M.S. Ed.
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Mariah joined the BIST team in 2017. With a bachelor's degree in special education from Missouri State University and a master's degree in autism and behavior disorders from the University of Kansas, Mariah was a special educator for more than 12 years and held the autism specialist position for 9 years. Prior to joining the team, Mariah was a BIST Vision Team leader who supported staff with the development and implementation of BIST and served as a mentor and behavioral consultant for the district.
Nate Northcraft, M.S. Ed.
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Nate earned his bachelor’s degree in education at the University of Missouri, followed by his master’s degree in education in curriculum and instruction at Baker University. As a classroom teacher, Nate utilized BIST for 14 years, was a member of his school’s BIST Vision Team and fulfilled a leadership role on his school’s Building Leadership Team.
Nick Oddo, M.S. Ed.
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Nick joined the BIST team in 2016. He earned his bachelor’s degree in social science education from Northwest Missouri State University and his master's degree in administration from the University of Central Missouri. In his role as a classroom teacher, Nick was part of his school's BIST Vision Team, supported staff with the implementation and development of BIST and served as a peer mentor.
Terri Sievers, Ed. SP.
816.462.3287 • 816.651.8601
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Terri earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri, as well as a master's degree in reading education and an educational specialist degree in administration from the University of Missouri — Kanas City. She taught for more than 30 years as an elementary and middle school teacher and reading specialist. She helped implement a school-within-a school BIST model to support at-risk students in the regular school setting. In addition, Terri worked as a district mentor supporting new teachers and student interns.
Judith Soltys, BS Elem. ED/SPED K-12
816.308.8024 • 816.699.1278
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Judith joined the BIST team in 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from William Jewell College with an emphasis in special education. Judith brings to the team 25 years of teaching experience in alternative settings working primarily with middle school IEP students who were dually diagnosed. She has experience in creating behavioral plans to help chronic students be successful in the classroom as well as transitional plans for students returning from alternative settings to the regular classroom.
Gail Tolbert, M.S. Ed.
816.266.2158 • 913.904.4628
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Gail earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Graceland University and a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Missouri — Kansas City. An educator for 25+ years, Gail has served as a classroom and special education teacher, an elementary principal and an education consultant.
Jacquie Winbolt, LMHP
402.617.8241 • 816.516.4168
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Jacquie joined the BIST team in 2012. She earned bachelor's degrees in both human relations and communications, followed by a master's degree in counseling, all from Doane College. She is a licensed mental health practitioner in Nebraska and spent 13 years working in child welfare. Prior to joining the team, she has worked as an outpatient therapist, outpatient clinical manager and program manager of the aftercare department.
Karen Wilson, BSW
312.371.6155 • 816.679.1675
Karen joined the BIST team in the summer of 2019. Karen earned her Bachelor's of Social Work from the University of Central Missouri. Prior to joining the BIST team, Karen worked as a Behavioral Interventionist within the Lee's Summit R7 School District. While working with the district, Karen helped create and implement the BIST Vision Team within her school. Not only was Karen a vital member of the Vision Team, she continued to support students and staff members as BIST continued to grow throughout the district.
Rex Blevins, M.A., L.P.C.
Rex joined the BIST team in the summer of 2019. He holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling & Guidance; he has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1991, and has worked with behaviorally challenged youth and their families for 33 years, prior to joining the BIST team. Most recently, he served as lead clinician for residential treatment teams through Cornerstones of Care agencies, and consulted/partnered with alternative education programs & teams, throughout his career.