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Meet The Team

Our team is comprised of professionals who take their work very seriously but don’t take themselves too seriously. We are engaged and motivated to help create a culture of care, advocacy, and excellence to have a lasting positive impact on the ABA field.

Our executive team has more than 80 years of experience in healthcare operations. We understand all aspects of sustainably growing a business and focus all of our time and attention on providing our clinical teams with the support they need, to allow them to focus on their patients.

Our clinical leadership team comprises professionals with diverse backgrounds: healthcare, academia, industry advocacy, nonprofit and more. Our team has a deep understanding of the unique challenges each region presents and is skilled in developing partners to grow their practices.

Brent Arnold
Chief Executive Officer
Brent Arnold
Chief Executive Officer

Brent is an accomplished leader with over 32 years of experience in various healthcare settings. He is known for being mission-driven and patient-centric, focused on providing great outcomes and care for every patient.  His goal is to create a strong and lasting company culture where team members are treated like family and provided an opportunity to develop and grow with the company.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#ServantLeader #FamilyIsEverything #Passion4HelpingKids

My Spirit Animal?

Eagle

What movie title best describes my life?

The Family Man – It is not WHAT you have in your life, but WHO you have in your life that matters most!

Mike Foulk
Chief Operating Officer
Mike Foulk
Chief Operating Officer

Mike Foulk joined Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education in January 2022. As Chief Operating Officer, he oversees operations across all aspects of the business to ensure that Cultivate is operating in a manner that delivers industry-leading results. Prior to joining Cultivate, Mike worked as a Divisional Vice President for one of the nation’s largest ABA companies and dedicated 20 years working with DaVita, a kidney dialysis service provider. In 2015, he graduated with his MBA from the University of Florida. Mike has a passion for obtaining best-in-class clinical and operational results, delivering a superior client experience, team building, employee engagement, and leadership development. He has devoted his professional life to ensuring that exceptional care is delivered to clients from employees that are valued and happy.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#Passionate #Driven #Optimistic

My Spirit Animal?

Eagle

What movie title best describes my life?

Pursuit of Happyness

Justin Stump
Chief Financial Officer
Justin Stump
Chief Financial Officer

Justin Stump joined Cultivate Behavioral Health and Education in April of 2022.  As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for all financial activities of the organization enabling Cultivate to continue to build on its solid foundation of providing exceptional care for the families it serves.  Justin comes to Cultivate after 16 years at Stericycle, Inc. where he served various roles of increasing responsibility within Finance, Operations, and M&A.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Furman University majoring in both Economics and Spanish.  He is passionate about collaborating with the business leaders at Cultivate and empowering our team members to allow us to expand our services to broader a population of patients.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#GlassHalf-Full #Decisive #EnjoyLife

My Spirit Animal?

Blue Whale

What movie title best describes my life?

“The Good the Bad and the Ugly” as it reminds me the handling of each of life’s moments (good, bad and ugly) drives balance and appreciation in life.

Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Chief Clinical Officer
Melissa L. Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA
Chief Clinical Officer

Missy Olive’s brother, Mac, is the foundation of her mission for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). In her early teens Missy, along with her 3 other brothers, traveled with her Mom and Mac to his ABA therapy. She credits her pursuit of helping children to working with her family to help Mac complete his ABA homework. Her mother’s legacy remains a strong influence because of her determination to make life better for her brother.

Missy joined Cultivate in December of 2020 after founding and nurturing her business, Applied Behavioral Strategies, which Cultivate acquired. As the Chief Clinical Officer, she ensures that all Cultivate clients receive exemplary clinical services. In conjunction with the Corporate Clinical Team Missy will assist in the development and implementation of our Outcomes Project, Clinical Risk Mitigation, Clinical Ethical Concerns, and Clinical Staff Training. 

Mac is still a very big part of Missy’s life. He is a constant influence on her and her family. Missy lives with her husband, Norm, and his two daughters, her “bonus children”, as she calls them. Missy enjoys working out with beach body on demand, running, cycling, gluten-free baking, and traveling. She has been to all 50 states.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#ClientRights #ClinicalQuality #FiercelyPassionate

My Spirit Animal?

I love all animals but my spirit animal is the Sea Turtle

What movie title best describes my life?

The Miracle Worker

Nushine Hosseini, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Nushine Hosseini, SPHR
Director of Human Resources

Nushine built a strong foundation in her professional career by gaining broad exposure in various aspects of the HR field. Some of these functions include employee relations, talent acquisition, training/development, performance management, and succession planning. She amassed this experience while working within a diverse selection of industries including customer service/call center operations, financial services, fresh produce distribution, and most recently in the field of ABA.

Nushine has a tremendous passion for learning and holds a Masters in Human Resources Management and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration. She also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification!

On a personal level, Nushine enjoys spending time with family and friends. She grew up on the beautiful, Caribbean Island of Trinidad & Tobago until she and her family relocated to sunny South Florida. She remained there, until her move to North Texas, where she has resided over the last few years with her immediate family.

Nushine’s heart is aligned with our mission, and she is passionate about embracing positive change in the lives of the families that we support.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#DrBaker #LeadingWithYourHeart #Authentic

My Spirit Animal?

Dolphin

What movie title best describes my life?

Soul – Your spark is not just your purpose, it’s also the beginning of the FIRE that ignites your many passions. We all have so much more to offer!

Stephen J Wood, MSW, BCBA, LBA
Vice President of Compliance & Risk Management
Stephen J Wood, MSW, BCBA, LBA
Vice President of Compliance & Risk Management

Stephen J Wood, MSW, BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst residing in Lexington, KY. Stephen is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Stephen initially obtained BCaBA certification in 2003, and BCBA certification in 2008. Stephen served six years on the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensure Board and currently serves as a board member with the Child Development Center of the Bluegrass and the ABA Advocates-KY provider group. Stephen is a member of the KY-ABA Executive Committee and in 2020, Stephen became the President-Elect for the KY Association for Behavior Analysis (KYABA).

Stephen joined Cultivate’s team following the successful acquisition of his program ABC by Cultivate Behavior Health and Education in December 2019. He is currently the Vice President of Compliance and Risk Management. In his former role as Director of Special Projects, Stephen helped promote Cultivate’s employee positive culture and mission of providing the highest quality of clinical care. Stephen is routinely involved with special projects identified by Cultivate including clinical, outreach, protection and advocacy, due diligence, and conference participation.

Stephen is an avid nature and outdoor sports enthusiast. He enjoys rollerblading, biking, hiking, gardening, and dog parking with his boxer dogs.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#grateful #cinderfella #boxerdoglover

My Spirit Animal?

Boxer Dog

What movie title best describes my life?

Fantasia (1940 Film)

Maria Arizmendi, M.S., BCBA
Regional Vice President
Maria Arizmendi, M.S., BCBA
Regional Vice President

Maria Arizmendi, BCBA has dedicated herself to the special-needs community from the moment, two decades ago, she came to the United States from Colombia and worked as a nanny for a child with autism. Since then, as an advocate, college professor, therapist and business owner, Maria has tirelessly employed Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to empower special-needs families. Maria has been recognized as UM-CARD’s outstanding clinician of the year, the South Florida Business Journal as one of South Florida’s top executives under the age of 40, and also by her three little girls, who think she is a “cool mom.” Maria’s business, Progressive Behavioral Science, known by many South Florida families as “where love meets science,” was brought into the Cultivate family in 2020. Maria cannot wait to work with her new team to change lives and bring joy to families on a wider stage. In the 5 or 6 minutes each week not consumed by her twin passions of ABA and raising her three feisty little daughters, Maria loves to eat dulce de leche on Saltines, travel and to horseback ride.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#AwarenessInclusionAcceptance #TheAmericanDream #joyfulmama

My Spirit Animal?

A spider, who suspends the laws of nature and time to build something slowly and deliberately both beautiful and necessary.

What movie title best describes my life?

“Life is Beautiful,” because life- in its sadness and joy- is what we make of it.

Melissa Schissler, M.Ed., BCBA
Regional Vice President
Melissa Schissler, M.Ed., BCBA
Regional Vice President

Melissa Schissler, BCBA, is a Regional Vice President for Cultivate. She has her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) with an emphasis in Autism and received her BCBA credential in 2012.  Melissa has over 10 years of experience working with children diagnosed with autism and other developmental delays. She has conducted research on establishing and expanding appropriate play skills and has presented her research at ABAI and other state ABA conferences. 

3 hashtags that best describe me:

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Kristy Stidham, BSW
Senior Director of Multi-Specialty Group Program Operations
Kristy Stidham, BSW
Senior Director of Multi-Specialty Group Program Operations

Kristy Stidham is the Senior Director of Multi-Specialty Group Program Operations. She is a Social Worker who has over 10 years of experience working with children with severe emotional disorders across a variety of domains including residential treatment, school-based treatment, intensive outpatient, educational advocacy, and traditional outpatient mental health care services. Kristy has a passion for serving others through her work and community service opportunities. She is a proud Kentuckian, born and raised in rural Northern Kentucky. Kristy enjoys spending time with her family, writing, painting, and cheering for her Cincinnati sports teams.

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#PushingBackTheFrontierofDysfunction #YouThinkYouFeel #Mombie

My Spirit Animal?

Chameleon

What movie title best describes my life?

The Pursuit of Happyness

Leighna Fischer, M.A., BCBA
Senior Regional Director
Leighna Fischer, M.A., BCBA
Senior Regional Director

Leighna is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Senior Regional Clinical Director overseeing Wisconsin, Illinois, and Ohio. She graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She has been working as a BCBA for over 10 years and has been in the field of Psychology for over 15 years directly supporting individuals diagnosed with autism and their families. As a parent of a daughter with down syndrome, Leighna understands the struggles parents face day to day when balancing professional and personal responsibilities and is passionate about advocating for families that need support navigating the ins and outs of ABA.

Fun Fact: She’s named after “All for Leyna” by Billy Joel (Glass Houses) album!

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#NothingDownAboutIt #PeopleFirst #BeTheChange

My Spirit Animal?

A Tiger

What movie title best describes my life?

A real movie title? Maybe “Animal House” haha but a fake movie title would be “I’m Still Standing” haha

Katie Kenner, BCBA, KY LBA, COBA
Senior Regional Director
Katie Kenner, BCBA, KY LBA, COBA
Senior Regional Director

Katie Kenner, BCBA, is a Senior Regional Director with Cultivate. She has her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education. Katie has worked across the school, home, community, and clinic settings supporting those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays since 2011. Katie loves supporting her team to grow professionally, obtain the best clinical outcomes for families, and navigate the science of ABA. She enjoys her spare time rooting on UK basketball and spending quality time with her husband and two sons. 

3 hashtags that best describe me:

#bleedblueUK #BoyMom #MakeaDIfference

My Spirit Animal?

owl

What movie title best describes my life?

The Sound of Music – use creativity to find your favorite things, no matter what life throws your way!