Welcome to Advancing Choices!
We are a private organization committed to assisting young adults with disabilities to move into uniquely-tailored community living arrangements. Our staff are educated, highly trained, and experienced in supporting adults with disabilities to live full, meaningful lives in communities and homes of their choosing. We are proud to provide the highest quality services to support community living in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Our name is what we are doing, Advancing Choices.
The Choices Team
We are extremely proud to have a dynamic team of educated, experienced and compassionate staff who are passionate about providing exceptional support to our clients in their pursuit of achieving independence.
MA, BCBA, LBA
Director of Client Services
Melissa, aka "Mel," directs and supervises all Choices client services, working directly with clients, families and staff to provide training, support and creative solutions for the continuing success of the Choices model. She has worked for over 20 years in Wisconsin with individuals from age two through young adulthood providing research based therapies, social and skill groups, consultation and training. Prior to joining Choices in April 2019, she spent five years as Autism Services Supervisor at Easter Seals of Southeastern Wisconsin, providing overall supervision and direction of programming, including consultation on adult day services, Project SEARCH and workforce development. Mel holds a Masters degree in Special Education from Ball State University where she also became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is licensed as a BCBA in Wisconsin and an approved Medicaid provider. Mel has trained hundreds of staff, teachers, school personnel and other professionals in best practices for the delivery of high quality services, and led evidenced-based intervention teams as a Senior Therapist for over 12 years for two state providers, directly supervising behavior technicians for over 200 children and adolescents.
AMY MASEK, MS
CEO & Founder
Amy is the owner and CEO of Advancing Choices. She has worked professionally and advocated for families and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders for over 25 years. In 2016, she founded Advancing Choices, where she serves as CEO, providing overall direction for the company. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education from UW-Milwaukee with undergraduate degrees in Education and Public Relations/Journalism. Amy is the former Director of Development and Outreach for Wisconsin Early Autism Project where she spent 16 years in executive management and was instrumental in passing legislation for insurance coverage for autism treatment in Wisconsin. In addition to parenting a son with autism, Amy has taught at UW-Milwaukee in Special Education, has served in a variety of roles on many boards and community initiatives, and has taught, consulted and presented in the U.S., Canada and the UK. She has provided support and assistance to hundreds of families, teachers, therapists, physicians and others, and has committed her life to helping improve the lives of those touched by ASDs and other disabilities.
DONNA RAE HOLLIS
Donna Rae directs all administrative functions for Choices, including organization and management of all client, employee and intake information. She works with funding sources, vendors and a wide variety of community contacts, completes all billing, payroll and scheduling, and coordinates technology functions. She is the go-to person for any question, and works collaboratively with every Choices client, family, staff member and community partner, earning her the casual title "Boss of the Universe." Donna Rae joined Choices in October of 2018, bringing over 30 years of experience in business administration and management in several industries. Having a nephew with Autism and sharing experiences with his mom and family gave her a view from the sidelines of the challenges that individuals on the spectrum and their families experience, and a genuine fondness for those with ASD. Donna Rae holds a Bachelors degree from Northwood University (Michigan) in Business Management. She has special interest in strategic planning to facilitate efficient operations in all aspects of any organization.
ADVANCING CHOICES, INC.
3215 Golf Road, Ste 117, Delafield, WI 53018