HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Health and Well-Being Staff
On-site registered nurses manage student medications, coordinate appointments, and keep parents updated. On campus each morning on school days, they are also on-call after hours and on weekends. Clinical psychologists and counselors provide therapeutic solutions, promote healthy lifestyle choices, and guide students in optional support groups. In addition, our community-based resources include access to a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist, and a full range of PT, OT, and medical specialists.
Pam Altman, LCSW, MSW
Director of Health and Well-Being
Start Date: 2006
“No two days are ever the same at Brehm.”
Pam Altman started at Brehm in January of 2006 as a Masters of Social Work Intern. In June of 2006, she began working as part of the residential team both scheduling recreation and supervising dorm parents.
Pam received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan, Masters of Social Work from the University of Missouri (Columbia) and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Rachelle Ridgeway, M.S. Ed, LCPC
OPTIONS – Director of Student Services
Start Date: 2012
Rachelle Ridgeway joined the OPTIONS family in 2012. Prior to OPTIONS, she worked as an Adolescent and Young Adult Therapist, providing mental health services and supports to young people and their families.
Rachelle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master of Science in Education degree in Community Counseling from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She also is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Maria Escalante, RN
Start Date: 2019
Jami Williams, CNA
Start Date: 2013
“I love watching the kids learn and grow.”
Jami Williams joined the Brehm Health and Well-being team in 2013 as the administrative assistant for the department.
Jami is currently enrolled in nursing school. She has received her CNA and is working towards her RN.
Administrative Assistant and Driver
Start Date: 2003
“The kids, I do it all for the kids.”
Sabena Geer has been Brehm’s #1 fan since 2003 when she joined the Brehm family. Her positive outlook and energetic spirit are exactly what Brehm is all about!
Sabena is a Carbondale native so she knows exactly where to drive our students to by using the best routes. We are thankful for Sebena.