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Our Team


Wondering who you're talking to in the office when you call us?  Well, here we are! 


Linda Tarrant is the lady in charge at Hexco.  In addition to steering a group of "fun, powerful women," Linda initiates new product development and continues to take her spelling and computer products to the next level by working alongside her team on a daily basis. Prior to founding Hexco more than 28 years ago, Linda served as a Systems Engineer for IBM working on large mainframe computers; she has a Bachelors of Arts from UT Austin. Linda has served as the State Director for the UIL Computer Applications contest for 10+ years, and has volunteered as a pronouncer for North South Foundation spelling bees.  Linda is the proud mother of the three Spelling Sisters who designed some of Hexco's products.  She is an even prouder grandmother to two spelling granddaughters, and one spelling grandson.

huntley-web-bw.jpg Huntley Tarrant, a Harvard Business School graduate and V.P. of Mindbites, Inc. is the facilitator behind the development of Hexco's new Video Store and website. Huntley also conducts Hexco's Computer Applications Workshops with Linda Tarrant and serves as a primary editor and moderator for the UIL State Computer Applications contest. As the youngest "Spelling Sister," she attended the National Spelling Bee and began writing and working for Hexco at a very young age.  Today, Huntley continues to direct our team through strategic planning and growth as it relates to today's technology. 

Nancy Barnard is Hexco’s Office Manager and a niece of Linda's. She owned and managed a small retail business with her husband, Bobby, for over 30 years. Nancy has also turned her hobby into a business by selling her custom gourd creations and decorative rustic wreaths through her own company, Autumn Valley Gourds. Nancy enjoys creating crafts, gardening, reading, and relaxing at the couple’s country home, accompanied by two rescued Weimaraner dogs, Billy and Lucy.


Noel Putnam is the friendly voice fielding the bulk of telephone inquiries and managing Hexco’s product fulfillment. Noel’s professional background ranges from asset management to organizational management making her interpersonal skills and attention to detail unsurpassed. With a Bachelors of Arts in English, Hexco  utilizes Noel’s literary expertise in editing and product development. Noel currently serves as a Trustee on our local School Board. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter, Madelyn (9). Noel is an avid reader and enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, taking ridiculous nature videos, and talking (a lot).


Shannon Barker is Hexco's primary in-house editor, writer, and academic coach specializing in Geography and Social Studies.  Shannon holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a former passage writer for Harcourt School Publishers. She was an elementary educator for social studies and language arts.  While serving over 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, Shannon has journeyed throughout North America and three other continents.  She has two beautiful daughters and enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and ballet.



Jennifer Crandall's primary responsibility at Hexco is marketing; she brings hands-on experience as an entrepreneurial consultant for businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, which includes Fortune 500 Companies such as Corning Inc., Eastman Kodak, and Pepsi. Jennifer’s portfolio is comprised of print and web design, demographic research, video production, business marketing plans, and published writings. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business and is married to Dr. Donald Crandall, Professor of Music at Schreiner University. She enjoys oil painting, writing, graphic design, and cooking.


Keisha Bedwell serves as an in-house researcher and editor and specializes in social studies and writing-related contests. She holds a B.A. in both Psychology and History from Schreiner University and is a veteran writing coach. Her hobbies include rescuing too many animals, to date, Oli and Harley the hedgehogs and Zelda the cat, alongside writing, reading, yoga, cheering on the Dallas Mavericks, and relaxing by the Guadalupe River.


Courtney Luster is Hexco's on-call UIL Computer Applications guru. Courtney is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and assists Hexco President, Linda Tarrant with UIL Computer Applications contests.  Her phenomenal success in the contest during high school combined with an engaging, professional presence makes her the ideal candidate to support one of the most challenging competitions in the state of Texas. 


Maggie Nix is one of Hexco’s editors and summer interns for Computer Applications. She is currently studying Management Information Systems at the University of Texas at Austin. Maggie competed in the Computer Applications contest while in high school and was the state champion twice. Maggie’s experience, passion, and attention to detail truly make her an excellent addition to our team.



Cheska is our 5-year-old mascot and has the run of the office. When she's not diligently alerting us to the arrival of delivery-folk and other visitors, she can typically be found soaking up some sun in the gardens around the office or napping on her favorite perch by Shannon's desk. She's a connoisseur of biscuits, always the first to volunteer to 'wash' our dishes, and one of the sweetest canines around.