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Jill Fahy, Director

STEP Director
Jill Fahy, M.A.+30, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Phone: 217-581-6361
Office: Klehm 1311
Jill Fahy joined STEP as the Director in 2020. She is a nationally recognized author and expert in executive function disorders and adolescent language with over 30 years of experience working with individuals with diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, language/learning disorders, AD/HD, executive dysfuncction, and cognitive-communication disorders. Ms. Fahy's clinical work emphasizes skill-and-strategy building and self-regulation to assist individuals in achieving their highest potential for academic, vocational, and communication demands. Although she is also an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences at EIU, where she has been for the past 17 years, her full-time work is with STEP. In the earlier part of her career Ms. Fahy was a medical speech-language pathologist working with stroke and brain injury populations in rehabilitation programs, targeting their efforts to return to the highest levels of independent living and work possible. 

Beth Harvey, Program Services Specialist

Beth Harvey
Beth Harvey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Phone: 217-581-5815
Office: Klehm 1331
Beth Harvey, a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and Program Services Specialist, brings more than 20 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist serving individuals ages 3 - 21 with autism and other types of language/learning disorders. Her background with school based services includes navigating IEP and 504 conferences, coordinating and negotiating needs with other professionals, and working with parents to achieve optimal outcomes for students. At STEP Mrs. Harvey provides programming to foster students' social communication, strategic and self-directed use of executive functions, academic problem solving abilities, and transition skills for the workplace. Mrs. Harvey acts as a liaison for the program with faculty and others on campus, does outreach to high school and community based entities, and supports the admissions process with campus visits and record reviews.

Graduate Assistants

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Aysha Hutson, B.S., Communication Disorders & Sciences    
Office: Klehm 1341 
Aysha Hutson was a mentor in the STEP program for two years during her undergraduate studies at EIU. Aysha is now a graduate student in the Communication Disorders & Sciences department and has joined STEP as a graduate assistant. Aysha holds weekly individual planning-and-coaching meetings with STEP students and is involved in many other aspects of the STEP program, such as teaching College 101, coordinating one of our weekly Study Table sessions, providing supports to Mentors, and collaborating with our team for monthly social events. 
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Ciara Beyer, B.A., Graphic Design
Office: Klehm 1341
After working as a Job Developer providing vocational supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Nashville, TN, Ciara relocated to Charleston, IL where she is pursuing her master's degree in the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences at EIU. Ciara joined STEP as a graduate assistant where she provides individual coaching to assist students with planning, prioritizing, and monitoring of their academic work. Ciara also supports students as they gradually develop the insight necessary to learn and employ strategies to support their goals on campus, and she coordinates our academic engineering group which helps students become more proficient monitoring and tracking grades. 
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Sam Goodmanson, B.S. Communication Disorders & Sciences
Office: Klehm 1341
Sam joined the EIU Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences this past year where she, too, is pursuing her master's degree towards a career in speech-langauge pathology. Much of Sam's undergraduate work at Augustana College focused on autism, and she brings these experiences and passion to her work in STEP. Sam provides individual coaching to assist students as they adjust to the academic and social demands of the college campus. Sam also coordinates our academic engineering group to further assist students in monitoring and tracking grades and provides additional support in our first-year procedural executive functions group.

Rec & Leisure Facilitator

Sylvia Kendera provides part-time support assisting our students in determining their various interests and goals outside of the classroom. Sylvia is a junior in the Communication Disorders & Sciences Department and worked as a STEP Mentor for the past two years before shifting to this new role. As our Rec & Leisure Facilitator Sylvia helps students identify groups or activities they would like to participate in on campus. She also works with them to determine and then work through barriers that might otherwise prevent them from joining in. Sylvia spent this past summer as a camp counselor for youth in Alaska. 


Peer Mentors

Mentors are sophomore-senior undergraduate student volunteers who apply to and are trained and guided by STEP to provide individual supports for students in STEP. Mentors are partnered with one student for the year and serve as a point of reference or contact for the student through weekly interactions and monthly social events. Mentors also assist with our early move-in and orientation events, offer guidance and support at weekly study tables, and serve as a general point of contact for our students. We typically have a team of 20-25 mentors each year who come to us from Communication Disorders & Sciences, Special Education, and Kinesiology departments. We welcome and encourage mentors from all departments on campus, as they bring diverse experiences and talents to our program.

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Contact Information

Eastern Illinois University STEP Program

1311 Klehm Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6361
Fax: (217) 581-7105

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