School Administration

Leadership Team Clatus Bierman, Terri Douglas, Jennifer Phillips, Charlene Reed
Director of Brehm Institute Richard G. Collins, Ph.D.
Director of Brehm School Foundation Russell Williams, M. Div.
Director of Admissions  Brian Taylor, M.Ed
Business Manager Wayne L. Behm, C.P.A.
Human Resources Director & Office Manager Margaret Taylor, B.A. & B.S.
Nursing Administrator Crystal Evans, R.N.
Director of Information Systems and Technology Jonathan Cohen, M.S.
Director of Speech-Language Pathology M. Brad Sims, M.S.,CCC-SLP
Director of Clinical Services  Pam Altman, LCSW
Director of Residential Life Aaron Lee, B.S.
Director of Communications Charity Finley, B.A.

Clatus Bierman
Head of Finances and Business
Clatus has been the controller at Brehm and OPTIONS for the past 17 months prior to moving into this position.  In his role, Clatus will lead and support Accounting, Finance, Facilities, Food Services, Human Resources & Office Support and Information Systems & Technology areas of Brehm. Mr. Bierman has over 30 years of experience in finance having worked as a staff accountant to partner-in-charge for Kemper.

Terri Douglas
Head of Education and Student Services
Terri has been with Brehm for 28 years, having served most recently as the Associate Director of Brehm and the Director of Education before moving into this position.  In her role, Terri will continue to direct the Academics and lead and support Clinical, Nursing, Speech & Language and Student Life areas of Brehm.

Jen Phillips
Head of Administration and Outreach
Jen has been with Brehm for 20 years, having served most recently as the Associate Director of OPTIONS before moving into this position.  In her role, Jen will lead and support the Communications/Marketing, Admissions (Prep School), Foundation, Summer Program, and the Brehm Parents Association areas of Brehm.

Char Reed
Head of OPTIONS
Char has been with Brehm for 36 years, having served most recently as the Director of OPTIONS before moving into this position.  In her role, Char will lead and support Admissions (Post-Secondary), Academics, Clinical, Office Support, Speech & Language, Student Life, Nursing and Vocational areas of OPTIONS.

Richard G. Collins
Director of Brehm Institute
Richard G. Collins, Ph.D received his doctorate from St. Louis University and has completed post-doctorial work at both Boston College and Southern Illinois University. He is a former faculty member at Leslie University, where he was the Lab School Director, and he has served as an adjunct faculty member at Harvard University, Boston College, Font Bonne University, and other colleges. Dr. Collins has been an administrator and teacher in both public and private schools and often serves as a consultant for start-up schools. His strategic planning work has included facilitating future development and adapting research in schools. He sits on several boards of directors of both local and national organizations that work with special needs students, including non-profit schools. Dr. Collins is also a recognized authority on Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder and is frequently called upon to lecture and present at conferences on these subjects. He brings a personal understanding to these topics, as he has ADD and is an adult dyslexic himself.

Russell Williams
Director of the Brehm School Foundation
Russell D. Williams is Director of the Brehm School Foundation. The Foundation, a nonprofit organization, ensures the continuing advancement and mission of Brehm School and the OPTIONS Transitions to Independence programs. Brehm and OPTIONS are programs that serve junior high, high school, and post-high school students with complex learning disabilities. Williams has worked in fund development with Brehm since 2008. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science and Education from McKendree University, where he started the university’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta International History Honor Society. His Master’s degree is from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His professional experience also includes work with the American Cancer Society, John A. Logan College, and the United Methodist Church. Williams has earned several professional certifications from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, the Grantsmanship Training Center, and the American Cancer Society. He has organized and taught training courses for regional nonprofit organizations, working with the Southern Illinois Community Foundation and John A. Logan College. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Southern Illinois Fund Development Association, and Kiwanis International. His volunteer experience includes leading missions in Mexico and the U.S.

Crystal Evans
Director of Nursing
Crystal Evans is the Director of Nursing and Student Health at Brehm Preparatory School.  She has been a Registered Nurse for 14 years spending the last five of those years at Brehm.  The majority of Crystal’s nursing career has been dedicated to Behavioral Health and Psychiatric nursing.  Prior to coming to Brehm Crystal worked in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities and was also the Director of Nursing for a therapeutic treatment facility for adolescents within the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

M. Brad Sims
Director of Speech-Language Pathology
Brad Sims brings six years of experience as a teacher of students with special needs and another 21 years as a speech-language pathologist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Brad’s breadth of experience includes teaching and curriculum design, consulting, and diagnostic and therapy services in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and private practice settings.

Pam Altman
Director of Clinical Services
Pam C. Altman received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2006. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is one of the Assistant Deans of Student Life at Brehm Preparatory School. She responsible for the supervision and mentoring of both M.S.W. and B.S.W. interns attending Southern Illinois University. She began her tenure at Brehm as an M.S.W. intern herself.