State Staff & Volunteers
Shelly Wehmeyer has served as Missouri HOSA's State Advisor since the spring of 2016. She is the Director of Health Science Education at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Mrs. Wehmeyer has been at the Department for a total of ten (10) years working with secondary, adult, and postsecondary Health Science programs and instructors from across the state. HOSA is one of Mrs. Wehmeyer's strongest passions, as the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) connects the dots between instructors and student, focuses on leadership development in future health professionals and is committed to enhancing the delivery of quality health care to all people. Shelly is a Registered Nurse by trade, and is a former Practical Nursing Chair/Instructor. Mrs. Wehmeyer has also served on the National Competitive Events Management Team through HOSA, Inc. as a Competitive Event Lieutenant in Emergency Preparedness. She also enjoys spending time with her husband of 24 years, and two daughters, who are ages 17 and 13. Shelly's hobbies include singing, playing BUNKO, and exercising. Mrs. Wehmeyer's goal for Missouri HOSA is to continually strive to be the best through continued learning!
Rachel Fisher has served as a Missouri HOSA State Staff member since March of 2018. She is a Program Specialist at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Rachel has been at the Department for close to four years working with Health Science Education and Engineering and Technology Education. Besides working with Missouri HOSA and Missouri TSA, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband of nine years, their eighteen (18) month old daughter, and her nine year old Chihuhua/Shih-zhu puppy. Rachel's hobbies are baking, singing, and almost any DIY project.
Amelia Comfort joined the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in December 2020, as an Administrative Assistant of the Health Science Education and Engineering & Technology Education section. Previously she worked for the Department of Corrections. Amelia has work with the State in some capacity for the last 10 years. She recently moved to the Jefferson City area and enjoys being able to visit with her son more now that she lives closer to him. In her spare time she enjoys working her manuscript proposals for her children’s book manuscripts (7), writing poetry, and creating songs. She is also in the middle of writing her first novel. Amelia’s other hobbies include doing decorating and home projects, and working outside with her flowers.
State Officer Trainer
Byekwaso "B" Gilbert has served as the Missouri HOSA State Officer Trainer since 2018. He began his tenure at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2019 as HOSA and TSA State Advisors, prior to that Byekwaso supported the SkillsUSA Missouri State Officer activities for over ten years. In addition to being Missouri HOSA State Officer Trainer, Byekwaso is the Director of Technology and Engineering Education in the Office of College and Career Readiness. Through his role as State Officer Trainer, he is able to work with some of the most talented students who are passionate about honing their craft of becoming future health professionals. As a Career Technical Education (CTE) student, he took advantage of the various opportunities that Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) offers its members and it is with the same passion that he seeks to equip the state officers with the skills and knowledge to feel and act confident and responsible in their many duties. When not at CTE events, Byekwaso can be found on a soccer field (playing, coaching or cheering on his two boys), playing basketball with his 12 year old son, camping, or working in his yard. Byekwaso's biggest desire is to see Missouri HOSA State Officers grow and blossom into their leadership roles as officers and creating a playlist from their experiences as officers that can carry them throughout the rest of their life.
State Officer Advisor
Rebecca Bolen is a Health Science Instructor at Rolla Technical Center and a local chapter advisor. She started her teaching career in 2017 after working in the medical field as a Registered Medical Assistant. Ms. Bolen is currently serving as a member of the Missouri HOSA Executive Committee and will also serve on the CTE Advisory Council. Rebecca says she loves seeing students become passionate about the medical field and realizing their calling. She likes to spend her spare time with her two children ages 17 and 9 along with traveling. Ms. Bolen is very excited to be a part of this team and to see the amazing things our state officers will accomplish.