Kathi Wilhite, is retired associate professor emerita at East Carolina University. She continues active professional involvement through part time teaching. Dr. Wilhite’s career focused on students with emotional and behavioral disorders, students with autism, and special education policy. During her career Dr. Wilhite was involved in the Behavioral Objective Sequence Research Network Initiative; the Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents, where she served as board member and secretary; and the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, where she served as a national member-at-large and as president of both the North Carolina and Indiana chapters. Dr. Wilhite has served as a consultant for the Indiana Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Department of Education. She has additionally served North Carolina as a due process hearing officer.