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!

Shae Davidson

Shae Davidson

Shae Davidson is OPTIONS’ new English teacher. He has been at Brehm and OPTIONS for six years, where he has enjoyed watching students help one another learn and grow and find ways to explore their places in the world.

While completing his Ph.D., Shae explored collaborative programs supporting marginalized youth, and in the past, has worked for nonprofits that nurtured students and young adults as they became involved in their communities. He is excited to use this background to help students at OPTIONS.

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!

Victoria Ruggeri

Victoria Ruggeri


Victoria Ruggeri, M.S., CCC-SLP, is our Speech-Language Pathologist. Always excited to work with students, she provides individual and group speech-language sessions for students in all levels and phases of programming.

Individual speech sessions often focus on interpersonal communication, while groups are comprised of three to four students and target communication skills in broader social situations.

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly Vaughn

Kelly has worked with OPTIONS and Brehm since 2003, beginning her tenure on the Brehm campus. Eventually, she transitioned into the role of Independent Living Counselor at OPTIONS, which she dutifully fulfilled for several years while completing her Masters Degree in Workforce and Adult Education at Southern Illinois University. In 2014, she assumed the role of College Liaison and became part of students’ Academic day. She enjoys all of the events that happen on the OPTIONS and Brehm campuses, and is always excited to be involved in campus life.

Serving an integral role at OPTIONS, Kelly works with students as they take classes at John A. Logan College and Southern Illinois University. She assists them as they navigate the infrastructure of higher education, including signing up for classes, staying on track with their assignments, and the pursuit of accommodations from Disability Support Services.

Kelly loves to share her success stories from across the years. She is always encouraging students to work hard, advocate for themselves when needed, and to look to their futures with a positive attitude.