Brecken Harper Cornely

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Brecken grew up in Chapin, SC and acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Immediately after graduating in 2014, Brecken began her experience in ABA with Hope Reach. She found her passion for ABA after conducting undergraduate research in the Behavior Analysis lab at Wofford. 

Brecken completed her Master’s Degree in Professional Behavior Analysis through The Florida Institute of Technology in 2016.

Her favorite part of being an ABA Therapist is to see the progress that children with Autism make over the course of therapy sessions. Whether a new word is learned or a new puzzle is solved, any small progression can be a big step the right direction towards a successful future for a child.

Hobbies: painting, yoga, playing with her two dogs (Georgia and Winston), and watching baseball


Marisa Griswold

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Marisa has been working with Hope Reach since August of 2010. She always knew she would would work with children every day. There is never a day at work that she doesn’t laugh.

 Her favorite part of working for Hope is seeing the children overcome their obstacles and grow into their own personalities. It is so rewarding to watch the progress in a child’s life.

 Degree: B.A. in Psychology from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC.

Hobbies: Volleyball, biking, reading, hiking, camping, playing with my puppy.


Kayla Lilly

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Kayla began with Hope Reach in November of 2009. She first gained an interest in the field of autism in high school when she babysat and worked with a young boy with autism who attended her church. Kayla's experiences with this child let her to pursue a B.S. in Psychology.

Kayla's desire in her career is to not only to change the lives of her children but to also enhance the lives of their families and others who come into contact with the children she works with.

Kayla enjoys seeing her children gain new skills throughout their time at Hope Reach. She also loves seeing them being proud of themselves when they are successful at a new task.

Even though Kayla has taught her children many things at Hope Reach, she feels that could never amount to what the children teach her everyday through their determination, personalities and genuine hearts.

Degree: B.S. in Psychology from North Greenville University, M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology



Marley Olejnik

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Marley Olejnik joined the Hope Reach staff in June of 2010. Her experience with ABA has come through Hope Reach.

Marley’s favorite part of her job is seeing her children learn new skills and the improvement in the family’s home life with the child’s new skills. Marley finds something special in every child and loves to watch the children blossom.

Degree: B.A. in Psychology from Coastal Carolina University, M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology

Hobbies: Traveling, shopping, live music and spending times with friends and family.

Anna Marie Stoudenmire

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AnnaMarie has been working with Hope Reach since March 2013.  Her experience with ABA has come through Hope Reach.

AnnaMarie loves her work at Hope Reach and learns as much from her clients as they learn from her. She loves to play with her clients and teach them in the natural environment as well as seeing the skills they learn in therapy generalize at home. The most rewarding part of this job for her is helping non-vocal children learn to talk.

Degree: B.S. in Psychology from North Greenville University
Degree (in progress): Masters in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology

Hobbies: drinking coffee, baking/cooking, spending time with family


Kelsey Stroud

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Kelsey has worked at Project Hope since June of 2015. Her experience with ABA has come from Hope Alive Junior and Hope Reach.

Kelsey loves working with clients of all ages and is thrilled to continue working closely with clients everyday.  Her favorite parts of her job include watching her clients' successes, as well as helping them work through challenges. She is looking forward to continue making a difference in the lives of the clients and families served.

Degree: B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University; M.Ed. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati

Hobbies: exercising, traveling, cooking, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers!