Mayah Bickers

Mayah Bickers

Mayah Bickers is the Admissions Assistant for Brehm Preparatory School and OPTIONS Transitions to Independence. They will be receiving their Psychology B.A. in the Winter of 2023. Previously, they have worked as a Registered Behavior Technician and service dog trainer, which equipped them with experience in Applied Behavior Analysis and Behaviorism. They are delighted to bring their skill set to our campus community and they look forward to meeting you!

Stephanie Wilson

Stephanie Wilson

Hi there! I’m Stephanie Wilson, and I am absolutely thrilled to be the Director of Admissions for Brehm and OPTIONS Transitions to Independence. It’s been an amazing journey getting here, and I can’t wait to share with you why OPTIONS is such a special place for our students.

My background in education has been quite diverse, but it all comes together perfectly at OPTIONS. Having worked as an IEP Coordinator, Assistant Principal, and music educator, I’ve gained a deep understanding of how to support students with diverse learning needs. And let me tell you, OPTIONS is truly a place where students can thrive and reach their fullest potential.

At OPTIONS, we offer a comprehensive boarding program designed specifically for post-secondary students with learning disabilities, attention disorders, language-based disorders, and executive functioning deficits. Our mission is all about Optimizing Potential Through Individualized Ongoing Nurtured Successes – that’s right, OPTIONS!

As the Director of Admissions, my primary responsibility is to make sure that the admissions process is smooth and supportive for our prospective students and their families. We understand that choosing the right educational environment is crucial, and that’s why we provide comprehensive support and guidance every step of the way.

What makes OPTIONS so special is the personalized approach we take to education. We believe that every student is unique, and we celebrate their individuality. Our team works closely with families, school district personnel, and educators to ensure that each student’s needs are fully understood and addressed. Together, we create an inclusive and nurturing environment that fosters growth and success.

I’ve had some incredible experiences throughout my career, but the ones that stand out most involve families with whom I worked closely in order to provide unwavering support and connect them with essential resources. Witnessing the remarkable progress in both their academic growth and overall well-being was incredibly rewarding.

So, to all the families considering OPTIONS, I want you to know that our administrative support and infrastructure are tailor-made for your student’s best interests. OPTIONS is not just an educational institution; it’s a caring community where students are empowered to explore their potential and succeed. Our team is here to guide you through the admissions process and beyond, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our OPTIONS family.

Come join us on this exciting journey of personalized learning and growth. At OPTIONS, every success story is unique, and we can’t wait to be a part of yours! Let’s embark on this incredible adventure together. See you soon!

Kristin Glenn

Kristin Glenn

Kristin Glenn is the Director of Student Services. Kristin received her Master’s in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2016 and is a board-certified art therapist as well as a licensed clinical professional counselor in Illinois. Her work with students encompasses all areas of programming from mental health support to coordinating with other team members and outside service providers for a variety of student needs, and is an integral part in the holistic programming for all students. Her tenure with OPTIONS began in 2009 as an independent living aide working with Standard and Modified students in the independent living setting before moving into the role of Clinical Counselor post-graduate school. These experiences provided a strong foundation in understanding the holistic programming OPTIONS provides its students and a successful transition to Director of Student Services.

Scott Donovan

Scott Donovan

Scott Donovan, Director of OPTIONS Transitions to Independence, began his tenure with the institution in 2005. He supports all functions of the post-secondary program and serves as a liaison to the Brehm Preparatory School Board of Trustees. With his long-standing service, he brings a unique ability to connect with the campus’ diverse student population, a warm sensitivity to their needs, and an application of such insight to the planning and implementation of services. These attributes are anchored to his ongoing dedication to supporting a holistic programming model.

Scott’s passion for moving students toward independence was fostered at a young age, with his advocacy for students with complex learning disabilities beginning long before his career at OPTIONS. Previously, he has served as a Life Skills Aide, Academic Coach, Recreation Aide, and Independent Living Coach, ultimately accepting a promotion to OPTIONS Director of Independent Living in 2007. This role allowed Scott to express (and further explore) his dedication to experiential education and diverse programming skills, including the creation of a Balancing Relationships Workshop that continues to teach students how to identify and create healthy boundaries with others. Other programs that Scott has developed include the Culinary Diversity Night events and the implementation of a diverse recreation program, each of which has allowed students to step out of their comfort zone and be introduced to a wide array of activities each week.

Former Head of School, Jeremy Robbins, with the support of the Board of Trustees, approved Scott’s promotion to Director of OPTIONS upon Char Reed’s retirement from the program after thirty-five years of dedication. Scott has been serving in the director role with dignity and a passion to lead since 2019—qualities instilled in him by his predecessor.

Scott has a Bachelor of Science with a focus on Recreation and Leisure Service Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has also been certified as an Outdoor Educator by the Wilderness Educations Association after completing rigorous training (including a 30-day course in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness). He has also worked as a lead guide for the FISH TECH Program at Camp Lincoln in Nisswa, MN. This was a recreational initiative modeled after the famous InFisherman’s Camp Fish, at which Scott was a camper in the early 90s.

Scott believes that instilling a safe, engaged learning environment is key to the success of the program, and he dutifully ensures that the OPTIONS Team understands how each individual student learns differently. The team then creates an individual program plan to provide a student-focused approach to academic, vocational, speech and language, clinical and independent living services.

Scott Donovan, Director of OPTIONS, can be reached at (618) 549-4201 or via email at scott.donovan@experienceoptions.org.