We are currently accepting board member applications.

Our Board is extremely important to the success of the Wishing Well organization. We recognize the following individuals for their continued support.

BRIAN C. GARLAND (Executive Director)

Brian brings a diverse skill set with him to Wishing Well. After studying philosophy and mathematics (BS) at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Brian was charged with opening and managing a fundraising office in Austin, TX for an international children's organization. With a passion for education, Brian later returned to Saint Xavier University, Chicago to pursue a degree in special education (MA) that led to LBS I certification. He was the 2012 Saint Xavier University, Malin Scholarship recipient for exemplification of the qualities of excellence, service and integrity. Brian has worked with diverse populations within special education over the last 6 years ranging from Kindergarten through High School. In his spare time he enjoys soccer, live music, and delving into advanced stats. He currently resides in Homewood, IL with his wife Katherine and their daughter Grace. 


Mary Harrison received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her masters from Lewis University.  Prior to being the Director for LWHS, she was the Coordinator of Special Services at LW Central.  As an instructor, Mary spent 25 years in the life skills classroom working and developing programming for students with Intellectual Disabilities. In 2004, Mary received the Teacher of the Year award.

Mrs. Harrison is an original member of the Planning Is Essential (P.I.E.) team.  This team is a collaboration between District 210, District 230 and District 205.  Over the past 5 years, the P.I.E. team has provided over thirty-five evening transition trainings to parents and young adults.

For the past four years, Mrs. Harrison has been a member of the Illinois Next Steps Leadership team.  Illinois Next Steps mission is to improve the delivery of services to children with disabilities and their families; develop and/or support productive relationships between families and persons working with their children; increase family awareness of disability options and resources; and link families experienced with disability issues to families seeking assistance.

Scott J. Pritchard

Scott has over 25 years of experience working in public education as a teacher and administrator. He has worked as an administrator in Will County for the past 10 years. He is currently the principal of Lincoln School in Joliet, Illinois. Lincoln is an alternative middle and high school that serves at-risk youth all over Will County. Prior to his principalship at Lincoln, he served as a principal in Lockport and an assistant principal in Mokena, IL. He received his bachelors degree in industrial technology education from Truman State University and his masters degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in 2005. Scott is member of the Illinois Coalition for the Education of At-Risk Youth. He currently lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois with his wife, who is a special education teacher, and his two children.

Rebecca L. Robbins

Becky Robbins has been in Special Education for twelve years. She spent eight years as a Curriculum Coordinator at Park Forest Academy, Park Forest, IL, supporting K-12 students in need of more therapeutic supports and services. She then served as the Transition Program Coordinator (AVAC/PI/VI) at Joliet Township High School District. In this role, she teamed with the wonderful Transition Teachers to completely revamp the Transition Program to provide more intensive supports in the areas of vocational training, self-advocacy, daily living skills, and social skills. Becky is currently serving as an SRT Leader at Brooks Middle School in the Valley View School District, serving approximately 130 students with disabilities. She continues to be an advocate for transitional supports and services for all students with disabilities. She is married to Matt and resides in Elwood, Illinois. 

Mark Cassidy

Mark is currently the business manager at Westside Children's Therapy, a pediatric therapy provider in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Mark worked for two years as an 8th grade algebra teacher in Hawai'i through his involvement with the Teach for America program. He has also worked as a business consultant at Deloitte Consulting and as a founder of several startups, including an education software company called Imua and a mentoring nonprofit called Hoku Scholars. Mark lives in Chicago and spends his free time playing ice hockey, water skiing, and snowboarding. His current passion is leveraging technology to make combating the issue of educational inequality more accessible to the public.