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CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer
Amanda J. Brott is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Therapy. Amanda began work at Hope as a Behavior Analyst in the summer of 2005. In this role, Amanda worked with children on overcoming problematic behavior as well as teaching them more appropriate alternative behaviors. In her tenure at Hope, Amanda has held several positions. These diverse roles within the organization have provided her the opportunity to immerse herself in all aspects of Hope; ensuring that we continue to provide leading edge care to the children we serve. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hope.
Prior to joining Hope, Ms. Brott served from 2002-2004 as director of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center Camp Little Giant which provides educational and recreational opportunities for community members, including adults and children with developmental disabilities. She analyzed behaviors at The Columbus Organization in Memphis, TN, from 2004-2005 before working as adjunct professor at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL. Since 2005, she has also served as a private consultant to help families care for children diagnosed with autism. Amanda is a published author with numerous papers in Behavioral Interventions and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Amanda regularly presents lectures to families, school districts, and professionals on teaching strategies, basic behavioral strategies, function of behavior, and characteristics of autism.
Ms. Brott is responsible for overseeing daily operations in our Academy Programs. These include the Residential Academy, Learning Academy, Vocational Academy, and all clinical/supporting services including medical, behavioral health, quality assurance, health information, case management, and recreation. She is committed to ensuring youth and staff safety through increased collaboration among Hope staff members from multiple departments. With a strong commitment to professional development, Ms. Brott understands that the programming is only as good as the employee providing the program. To that end, Amanda is dedicated to encouraging employees to become leaders themselves by offering support and magnifying their strengths. She is known for her unique humor and empathic nature, which results in her quickly forming close bonds with employees, students, and their families. She lives in Springfield and enjoys spending time with her young children Sam and Matilda.
Chief Financial Officer
David brings extensive experience managing the finance, accounting, and IT functions for multiple start-up and high growth businesses. Prior to joining Hope, David served as CFO for Eudora Global from 2004 to 2010, where he oversaw financial operations for a group of venture capital, start-up, and early stage businesses. From 2010 to 2015, he served as CFO for Trans Coastal Supply Company, a $500M agricultural commodity export company. At Trans Coastal, David focused on process improvement, which led to substantial gains in financial and operational efficiency. David holds an MBA in finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Director, The Autism Clinic at Hope
Leigh Grannan serves as Director for The Autism Clinic at Hope, located in Springfield, Edwardsville, and Maryville, IL and St. Louis, MO. Leigh, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, earned a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2004. She worked as a Clinical Instructor and School Coordinator for eight years at The Autism Program of IL at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. There she collaborated with the program’s Speech-Language Pathologist to provide supervision to graduate students in the Behavior Analysis and Therapy and Communication Disorders and Sciences programs. In addition to clinic therapy services, she supervised graduate students providing consultation services in area schools. Leigh is a graduate of the Illinois Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities (LEND) training program. She has conducted research in language acquisition with children with ASD and is trained in administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – 2nd Edition. Leigh has provided didactic trainings on a number of topics including challenging behavior, toilet training, and supporting students with ASD in the classroom.
Board of Directors
Vision for Hope
Clint Paul, President and CEO
Michael Aiello | Abigail Buoy | Erica Beeman | Megan DeFrain | Evan Hart | Barry Hines | Loren Hughes | Micah King | Kelly Mizeur
Kevin Morphew | Chris Nelson | Bill O’Sullivan | Nick Petrone | Sarah Phalen | Josh Sonneborn | Josh Watson
Hope Clinical Care
Clint Paul, Executive Director
Kelly Mizeur, Chair
Abigail Buoy | Evan Hart | Barry Hines | Loren Huges | Micah King | Josh Watson
Hope Learning Academy
Amanda Brott, Executive Director
Megan DeFrain, Chair
Erica Beeman | Loren Hughes| Bill O’Sullivan | Clint Paul | Nick Petrone | Sarah Phalen
Clint Paul, Executive Director
Josh Renken, Chair
Erica Beeman | Julie Cellini | John Jordan | Kay King | Michael Minton | Kim White | Jim Wilson