Our Dedicated Staff Makes A Difference for your Child with Autism
While our autism and behavioral health resources are vast, what really makes Springbrook different from other ABA programs is our people. Our staff is not only knowledgeable, but also dedicated to finding answers for each individual and excited about making a difference in the lives of the children, adolescents and adults we serve.
As an autism residential treatment facility, we also emphasize ongoing research and education for our staff members, which is why all of our staff members attend conferences, read, speak, and write in the autism community in addition to their work at our facility. Our involvement in the autism community means that you can rest assured that your child is getting the benefit of the latest research and treatment methods.
Chief Executive Officer, Administrator
Mr. Rowley is the Administrator and maintains overall responsibility for the operation for Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health. Mike is instrumental in the significant financial and national market share growth at Springbook Autism Behavioral Health. Under his leadership the programming to treat behaviors in children and adolescents with autism has become a center of excellence.
In the course of Mr. Rowley’s career, he has been the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of multiple levels of care that include start-up model psychiatric hospital with services for seniors, adults, adolescents and children; psychiatric hospitals with residential services for behavioral and mental health; detox and chemical dependency; community services and foster care. Prior to joining Springbrook in 2012, Mr. Rowley was CEO of Salt Lake Behavioral Health, a start-up facility in 2010, Executive Director of Lakeside Academy (Sequel Youth and Family Services), and CEO of Copper Hills Youth Center.
Mike received his Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Brigham Young University. Mike is proud of his role as a father of six children, and is dedicated to serving the community and assisting families through education.
Mary Ann Bennett, BSN, MHA, RN
Chief Operations Officer, Director of Autism Programming
Mary Ann is Chief Operating Officer, Director of Nursing, and Director of Autism Programming at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health. She has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and a Masters in Health Administration from Ohio University. Mary Ann has an extensive background helping autistic children and their families in the community. She is one of the founders of a local non-profit private school for children with ADHD, ASD, and learning disabilities. She has designed the autism programming at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health and was pivotal in the transformation of this local residential treatment facility into a renowned residential treatment program that successfully addresses behaviors that interfere with a child or adolescent with autism success at home and in school.
Matthew Fisher, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Fisher completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Galveston and a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of South Carolina. He serves as the Medical leader of Springbrook’s Psychiatric Residential and Outpatient Treatment Program (specializing in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is an authority in minimal medical management of ASD and ASD with comorbidities. Dr. Fisher speaks at Autism Conferences on Medical Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medication Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Myths and Misconceptions in Autism, Autism and Co-Morbid Conditions, and Helping Siblings and Other Children Understand Autism.
William Killion, PhD
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, former Speech & Language Pathologist
William Killion, PhD, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health in Travelers Rest, S.C. Dr Killion has a PhD in Developmental Psychology and is the author of the Functional Independence Skills Handbook, or F.I.S.H., Developmental Program, which is a curriculum for ABA used world-wide and translated into multiple languages. He is also the owner of ABA, Applied Behavioral Analysis, a practice that services many areas of South Carolina, and has served as adjunct psychology professor and consultant to psychiatric and behavioral facilities for behavioral plans for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Killion has over 40 years of direct experience with individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism. He is a frequent national speaker on ABA and how to address significant negative behaviors.
Director of Patient Experience, Group Living Director
Rebekah Wright is a graduate of North Greenville University where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology, and Louisiana State University Shreveport where she obtained her Masters in Health Administration. Rebekah began her career as a direct care staff at Springbrook Behavioral Health in 2012. Since then she has been able to utilize her talents and now is currently the Director of Patient Relations, Quality, and the Group Living Director. Rebekah has always had a focus on mental health awareness and the drive to advocate for those in need. Rebekah has over 5 years of experience with working with the Autism population and currently is a Registered Behavior Technician.
Carol Meloy, LMSW
Director of Clinical Services and Director of Utilization Management
Carol Meloy is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). As the Director of Clinical Services and the Director of Utilization Management she is responsible for the residential facilities behavioral therapy and recreational therapy team. She also oversees the operations of the Utilization Management department that works diligently for our patients to ensure they receive the treatment they need. Prior to joining SpringBrook, Carol has had many years as a mental health professional and is committed to the overall advocacy, growth, and development of our patients. Carol received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from University of South Carolina. Carol also has a degree in Business Administration/Management.
Katy Anderson, LMSW
Director of Admissions
Katy is the Director of Admissions, managing the admissions of the acute adult unit and residential unit for children and adolescents. For the last few years, Katy has been involved in Vested Partners, an organization dedicated to supporting and developing the use of dogs as it relates to Autism interventions.
Director of Human Resources
Cassandra Howard, BSN, MAOM, RN-BC
Assistant Director of Nursing
As Assistant Director of Nursing, Cassandra oversees and manages the work and services provided by the nursing staff on the Acute/Adult Unit and the Residential Treatment Unit. The ADON works under Mrs. MaryAnn Bennett, DON/ COO. Cassandra received her diploma in nursing from the Charity School of Nursing in Louisiana, her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, and a Master in Organizational Management from The University of Phoenix. Cassandra is Board Certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC), a co-author of Faith Community Nursing books and training manuals. She is a CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) Instructor, a Certified Trauma Nurse, and a Faith Community Nurse Educator. She has over 33 years of nursing experience and 20 years in nursing leadership, and has been consistently recognized for her work as a community educator, staff developer, and for her exceptional leadership.
Maggie has been a Speech Language Pathologist since 2007. After graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor of arts degree in Audiology and Speech Science, she attended the University of South Carolina where she obtained her Master of Speech Pathology (MSP) degree with a specialization in neurogenic speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Her specific area of interest is the brain and the neurological processes involved in communication with the Autism Spectrum Disorder population. She has held full time staff, supervisory, and director positions in a variety of settings throughout her career, including a multidisciplinary diagnostic team specializing in ASD diagnosis. Maggie also has extensive experience working with stroke, traumatic brain injury, and degenerative neurological diseases.