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Twyla Rist & Associates

Twyla Rist & Associates

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Twyla was born in Missouri and is part of a large family: she is no stranger to the need for prioritization and efficiency when it comes to accomplishing goals! She has lived in many states throughout the country, but has been a happy and involved community member in Olathe, Kansas with her husband Wally for the past 25years. She has one son and four daughters, as well as six grandchildren who continue to enrich and balance her life. Twyla has been passionate about real estate and trusted by clients, as well as their families and friends, for 45 years: she brings a true knowledge of the economy, market, and area to every person and need. She knows people and loves building relationships, she enjoys encouraging clients to identify and achieve goals they didn’t think were possible, and she works diligently until they are happy! If you are ready to take your next step in the Kansas or Missouri market, Twyla is here for you, so don’t hesitate to reach out!


Betsy Minter

Betsy has been in real estate in Kansas and Missouri for over 22 years. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Consumer Economics and Marketing, and has also been in the finance and insurance industries. She has been a resident of Johnson County for over 30 years and is married with 3 sons. Betsy enjoys volunteering for many different organizations within the schools, church and community. In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening and shopping. With her diverse skillset and background, Betsy can bring a unique perspective to your real estate journey. She looks forward to helping you soon.


Marcia Merritt

Marcia has been with Twyla Rist & Associates since 2008, and is licensed in both Kansas and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in economics and business, and previously worked in organizations such as FDIC and Resolution Trust Corporation. She has three children, and has lived in Johnson County for more than 22 years; she also volunteers and enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and attending various sporting events. Marcia leverages her community knowledge and the business acumen she acquired in her past to help her customers today, and is confident she can get you what you need.


Lindsay Thomas

Lindsay received her real estate license in 2009; she joined Twyla Rist & Associates in July, 2014. Raised in Wichita, KS, Lindsay attended and graduated from Wichita Northwest High School, followed by the University of Kansas with a degree in Speech, Language and Hearing. Needing a change of scenery, she moved to Scottsdale, AZ for 3 years; but of course she missed the beautiful Midwest and moved back to Kansas City in 2009. She loves interacting with all types of buyers and sellers and believes the transaction doesn’t end at closing. In her free time Lindsay enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering for local charities, traveling and taking long walks with her dog, Sammy. Lindsay is ready to help you with all of your real estate needs!


Georgia Bianchi

Georgia grew up in Jefferson City and received her BA in Illustration from Stephens College. She has spent most of the last 31 years living in Johnson County, Kansas selling real estate in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and then pursuing a marketing career while raising her children. With her children now grown and living in California, she can devote 100% of her time to her real estate career and to you! She is a people person who loves real estate and utilizing her marketing and creative talents. She hopes to hear from you soon!


Nancy Davidson

Nancy was born and raised in NW Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Graphic Design. She currently resides in Johnson County with her husband Tim, 3 children and 2 dogs. Nancy has worked in professional sales and marketing for over 20 years. She earned her real estate license in Kansas and Missouri in 2006 and has been helping her clients have the best home buying and selling experiences since. As a co-owner of the local boutique, StickSisters in Hawthorne Plaza, she is also an experienced home stager and decorator. Her clients receive all of her expertise from prepping their home for sale to finding the perfect new spot to call home!

Cody Donelson

Cody has been enthusiastically serving the real estate needs of the Kansas City area since 2009. He brings a high level of marketing, sales and customer care experience to Twyla Rist & Associates. Before joining the real estate industry, he exclusively worked in digital marketing and advertising for a top firm in Kansas City. Cody believes the most important part of his job is producing the highest level of client care. He is dedicated to providing the highest level of service for every client, every time.
"Bringing the highest quality of service begins with caring for the people you are working for."


Debbie Jackson

Debbie was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. She attended Shawnee Mission schools and Kansas University. Debbie currently resides in Leawood with her husband Dan, 2 children and 2 dogs. Debbie’s real estate career began over 6 years ago and her moves across the US and Canada have taught her to be empathetic to the needs of her clients. Debbie’s personal goal is to ensure the process, whether you are buying or selling, is seamless.

Adrienne Newlin

Over the past 20 years in the retail sales and customer service industry, Adrienne has built client relationships and worked as an advocate for clients to meet their needs. She held various sales and leadership positions starting with Old Navy and then 13 years with J.Crew. Adrienne grew up in the Midwest and moved to Olathe, Kansas upon starting high school. It was in high school that she took an interior design class and fell in love with design and architecture. She went on to study visual design, merchandising, and business in college. With this passion and experience, Adrienne transitioned into real estate in spring of 2017. She is looking forward to applying her years of customer service, her love of houses and design, and her eye for detail to help clients find their perfect home.

Andrea Cassil

Andrea was born in Jefferson City, MO, and has lived in Johnson County for 20 years. Before her Real Estate career, Andrea was in the Life Insurance industry for two decades traveling Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa. She believes in the importance of being professional, informative and loyal, while having her client’s best interest come first. Andrea focuses on representing her clients with integrity and developing life long relationships with them. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteer work, gardening, the Chiefs, the Royals and KU basketball.

Lance Thomas

After being born in Kansas City Lance was quickly whisked away to be raised in the suburbs of Chicago, then Wichita, Kansas. After a youth filled with cheering for the Gorillas, Lance attended Pittsburg State University majoring in elementary education. Moving back to The Kansas City area just after Y2K, Lance worked in the design and service sector traveling to just about every corner of the Metro area. In his time at home, Lance surrounds Himself with his Fiancé Taryn, their five boys, and their ever growing mini zoo. Filling his time with cheering on a variety of sports, he is most passionate about football, cheering equally for the Bears and Chiefs. Lance joined Twyla Rist & Associates in the Fall of 2018 and is excited to put his passion and skill to work for his clients in real estate.

Marnie Robinett

Marnie is a native Kansas Citian who hails from Prairie Village. She graduated from St. Teresa’s Academy and the University of Kansas with a degree in Social Work, which she practiced until she began real estate more than 20 years ago. Marnie has been married for over 43 years and has two married daughters and two grandchildren. What Marnie loves about Social Work she loves about real estate: she is able to help others make important decisions and realize their dreams. She understands the responsibility and dedication needed when clients such as yourselves entrust your real estate needs to their real estate specialist, and is honored to be able to help you through this important process.

Connor Newth

Connor, born and raised in Overland Park, grew up as the sole son of a large family with four sisters. Both of his parents grew up in the Kansas City area and most of his extended family still lives in the area. Connor received his formal education from the University of Arkansas where he received a B.S. in Finance and then at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Missouri and sell all forms of insurance in both Kansas and Missouri. Connor has held insurance sales positions with two regional brokerages catering to the healthcare and small business communities and worked as in-house counsel for a national healthcare company. Away from work he has established his own roots in Overland Park – he married his college sweetheart, Elyse, and has two boys: Bowen (3) and Charlie (1). Connor & Elyse actually purchased their first home with the help of Twyla and her team. In his “free time” (if there is any with small kids) you can find Connor at the golf course working on his handicap.