Telebehavioral Health Now Available at Glenwood

Glenwood’s Outpatient and Family and Community Services (FACS) programs have been working hard to adapt our services to assist families and develop effective and safe platforms for continuing services during COVID-19. We are happy to announce we are now able to provide telebehavioral health services and therapy for a variety of needs including anxiety, depression, behavior support, and social skills, as well as for our intensive, in-home therapy program (FACS). This service is available to current clients and anyone in immediate need.

To get started, contact Glenwood’s intake coordinator for more information at 205-939-1088. We are continuing to explore options for assessment services and will provide updates regarding additional telebehavioral health options as they develop. 

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How Glenwood is Responding to Covid-19

With the health and safety of the individuals we serve, and those who serve them, as a top priority, Glenwood is responding to mitigate exposure in several ways. So far, things are going well.
Glenwood is a complex organization with more than 20 programs touching 18,000 lives annually so planning and being flexible to change are part of what we do. While no one ever expected anything like COVID-19, the team quickly went into action to decrease opportunities for exposure. We made early preparations, ordering supplies and planning how to incorporate social distancing.
“I’m really proud of our staff,” said President & CEO Ken Oliver. “Across the organization, everyone has come together to do what’s best for those we serve.”
Many of our programs remain in place with adjustments for health and safety. These programs have been temporarily suspended:
  • Allan Cott School for children with autism is utilizing distance learning
  • Lakeview School for boys age 6-13 with severe emotional and behavioral issues is utilizing distance learning
  • Sullivan Center, a day program for adults with autism
  • Journey Academy, where adults with autism learn about jobs
Full-time residential care remains in place for more than 120 residents. A few went home to quarantine with their families, and the rest are remaining with Glenwood under self-quarantine with our staff. Longer hours are now required from staff to work in the homes. We’ve deployed staff from some of the suspended programs to work in the homes. 
Many people with autism thrive on consistency, so the changes have been challenging for them. The quarantine means no community outings, shopping trips and no community activities and no visitors from the outside. Staff are encouraging telephone, Skype and other social media contact for our individuals with family and friends. Staff working in one home cannot work in another home, and if someone becomes ill, we have an emergency home ready to house them away from others.
The therapists and teachers, who aren’t usually in the homes, are cross training, and working with direct support professionals and managers to make the quarantine the best experience it can be for residents. That’s where hula hoops, technology, games, balls and outdoor walks come in very handy. We also have a beautiful campus that offers lots of opportunity for outdoor activities for residents on-campus. Staff are managing well.
This has also been hard for residents’ families who typically visit regularly with their loved ones at Glenwood. There are other families who are suddenly working from home with a child with special needs. Staff are communicating with families and making themselves available by phone. The Children’s Center also made therapy packets to send home with parents to work on during the break.
From a financial standpoint, there are extra costs for supplies and staffing homes full-time. There will likely be a loss of revenue from suspending appointments, and we’re looking to move the golf tournament to the fall. “We all hope to be back to normal soon, but in case we aren’t, we’re looking for ways to meet the needs of the families we serve. They need us, and we will be here for them as long as it takes, whatever it takes,” said Oliver. 
Extra donations can be a big help during these uncertain times. If you can help us, please consider making a donation online or mailing a gift to 150 Glenwood Lane, Birmingham, AL 35242.
Our team is moving mountains to make sure that the individuals we serve stay healthy AND have some fun. Click here to read Stories of Care in Isolation.


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Date Rescheduled for the 2020 Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament

Due to health concerns from Covid-19, Glenwood has rescheduled the 28th Annual Ireland Legacy Tournament to Monday, September 28th. We will be reaching out to teams and sponsors to confirm the new date.

The tournament will be held at Old Overton Club with the shotgun start at 11:30 a.m. We are grateful to our sponsors for helping this long running golf tournament raise more than $100,000 each year for Glenwood’s programs for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The tournament is named in honor of the Ireland family and in memory of Kitty, Kathy, Faye & Bill Sr., and Mallie & Glenn Ireland. The Ireland family was instrumental in founding Glenwood 40 years ago to serve individuals with ASD and behavioral health needs in Alabama. 

Special thanks to our returning Title Sponsor, King Acura, who has supported Glenwood for over 10 years! The golf teams are sold out, but you can still support the event. Hole sponsorships start at $1,000. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, Linda Baker, 205-795-3376,

Download and fill out the team registration form and email it to

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All Glenwood Programs Suspended for COVID-19

The health and safety of those we serve and of our dedicated staff is important to Glenwood. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 Virus (Coronavirus) and have plans in place to mitigate exposure while supporting those we serve.

All outpatient services and day programs, including our schools, are currently suspended with staff available to assist families by phone if needed. For those in residential care, each home is under self-isolation, and we are not allowing nonessential visitors. Please continue to check back for additional updates.

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Big Top 2020 Was an Amazing Night

With the help of our sponsors, Friends of Glenwood, and all who attended A Night Under the Big Top, you helped exceed our goals, raising over $260,000…our highest yet! We thank the Glenwood Junior Board for putting on an amazing event! Thank you for your part in providing important services for children with autism and other behavioral health concerns. 

Did you attend A Night Under Big Top?  Here are a few ways to remember your night:

As you can imagine, a lot of work goes into planning this fun event. We want to thank our amazing Junior Board who really knows how to put together a great party for an awesome cause. Special thanks to this year’s Event Chairs, Lauren Hyde and Harold Collins and Committee Chairs Nadav Raviv, Maudrecus Humphrey, and Alex Merrill. We also want to thank President, Tim Hennessy and Vice-President, Tommy Brown. This year was like no other and we are grateful to the extra hours you put in to create a memorable night. 

This event would not be possible without sponsor support. We are grateful to all of our sponsors who return each year and the many new sponsors who helped us have a record-breaking year. Glenwood relies on the money raised from this event to enhance services for children who need it most.

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Senior Team Announced at Glenwood


Ken Oliver, the newly named president and chief executive officer of Glenwood, Inc., has announced the senior team that will manage the nonprofit organization. Glenwood touched the lives of more than 18,000 families last year through more than 20 programs. 

“This outstanding group of leaders brings an amazing depth and breadth of experience in the human services field,” Oliver shared. He went on to say, “Their combined experience represents over 125 years of experience and service to others. Their past work includes experience in government agencies, for-profit ventures, and religious and non-profit organizations in Alabama as well as several other states. Each member of this group shares a deep commitment to the values represented in Glenwood’s legacy—service to others at the highest possible levels of quality and loving compassion for those we have the privilege of serving. It is my pleasure to join them every day in our efforts to continue to pursue and fulfill the Glenwood mission, and I look forward to serving with them for many years to come.”

Linda Baker, with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit development, is the chief development officer. She has a background in media and corporate communications and previously worked in development with the American Red Cross and United Ability.  Baker was the staff lead on Glenwood’s recent $10 million capital campaign. The ninth and largest campaign in Glenwood’s 46-year history has allowed major growth and expansion for families touched by autism spectrum disorder and other mental health concerns.

Thomas Bernal joined Glenwood recently as the chief financial officer to drive development and implementation of financial strategy and to assist with financial planning and economic modeling. He oversees accounting, billing, contracts, 403b administration, food services, instructional technology and facilities. He came from St. Anne’s, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization, where he helped manage a $30 million budget and has more than 20 years of experience in senior level finance positions.

Christy Castleberry has been promoted to chief compliance and administration officer. She has been with Glenwood more than 20 years and oversees compliance and program integrity, outpatient services in Birmingham, legal and risk management, community education, health services, human resources and staff training. She holds a master’s degree in business administration.

Cinda Walchli is vice president of child and adolescent services and has been named clinical director. In her position she oversees children’s residential services for children with autism and boys with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances (SEBD). She also oversees Lakeview School for the boys in the SEBD program. She recently added responsibilities for clinical oversight of all of Glenwood’s programs. She holds a master’s degree in social work, is a licensed clinical social worker and has expertise in attachment disorder, behavior disorders, crisis management and parent skills training. She has been with Glenwood more than 30 years.

Barbara Mosley is vice president of adult services. This includes Glenwood’s day rehab program for more than 50 adults, Journey Academy in Birmingham and Huntsville that serves more than 30 adults in learning job skills. It also includes six residential homes for adults with autism on campus and 14 homes in the community. Mosley holds a master’s degree in public administration and has more than 25 years of experience in the field, seven of which have been at Glenwood.

Paul Agostini is the new vice president of education and applied behavior analysis (ABA). He oversees Allan Cott School, which serves 50 students on the severe end of the autism spectrum. He oversees all ABA services which includes Allan Cott students, adults served on the south Jefferson County campus, young children at the Mallie M. Ireland Children’s Center that opened in Avondale last fall and children in the greater Birmingham community. He also oversees Outpatient Services in Montgomery. Agostini has a master’s in psychology with emphasis on applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. He started at Glenwood is a board certified behavior analyst seven years ago and is aa licensed behavior analyst in Alabama.


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Girl Scouts Bring Cheer to Campus

On Saturday, December 14th, for the 16th year in a row, Girl Scouts from the Vestavia area came to Glenwood’s main campus to deliver presents and spend time with the individuals that we serve. All the troops are from Girl Scout Service Unit 262 in Vestavia Hills. They had parties at three different locations on campus, and they served cookies and refreshments at each party. Santa even made an appearance and helped hand out gifts and candy canes!

At one of the parties we had 6 troops of Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors in the chapel with the adults. They sang Christmas Carols and helped Santa hand out gift bags and candy canes.

In the cafeteria, we had 1 troop of Cadettes spending time with our CRS individuals. They helped by handing out gifts and passing out refreshments. The girls were amazing with the kids, and everyone was excited when Santa came with his gifts too!
We had 3 troops of Brownies and Juniors in the gym with the Daniel Houses. They had multiple games set up for the boys to play, and they also helped Santa give out gifts. There were so many smiles! So much fun was had!

Not only did the girls give their time, but they also purchased presents for each child who lives on Glenwood’s campus and gift bags for the adults. They truly have given these children the miracle of Christmas, and gifts to open on Christmas morning.

Their time, generosity, and love is what Christmas is really about!

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Save the Date for Big Top 2020

Step right up to the BIGGEST event of the year!

Exciting changes are in store for Big Top 2020! The date has been set for February 21, 2020 and the tent will be raised in a new location. Haven in the Lakeview District will host this year’s event and Glenwood’s Junior Board has plans to ensure that this year’s is the best one yet!

Learn more by visiting the event page at

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A Very Special Christmas Moment

Sometimes you witness something so special, it’s hard to describe. When you know of a 40-year-old woman who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum, and who has no family (except the Glenwood staff who work with her daily) it’s touching to know that people who don’t know her are willing to help.

I’ll call her Candy, and here’s what I saw. Candy says few words. As presents with bows were brought in, she said, “Ho, Ho, Ho.” She was ready to receive.

She saw friendly, open faces and sensed giving hearts. She said, “Hold,” as she offered a hug, and another hug. And another hug. She was in the spirit of giving and receiving.

She opened clothes – pants, a shirt, underwear, and washcloths – necessities that most of us just buy for ourselves whenever we want. She buried her face in a warm, fuzzy blanket. She opened a box to find a shiny necklace and bracelet and put them on immediately. She borrowed someone’s phone case with a pink strap and rhinestones and put it on as a necklace as well. She loves bling. Candy was obviously happy.

Two other words she knows well and said sweetly as she opened each gift were, “Thank you.”

Remembering this scene of joy, wonder and thankfulness brings tears to my eyes, and I wish that you could have witnessed it. Your support made it possible for one adult with autism to receive some extra special attention at Christmas. This story is just one example of how your donation through Operation Santa Claus 2019 was a big success.

On behalf of Candy and 19 other adults, “Thank you.”

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Oliver Assumes President and CEO Position at Glenwood

Ken Oliver has assumed the role of president and chief executive officer for Glenwood, Inc.  Deborah “Lee” Yount announced her retirement from the role after more than 38 years as the leader of the organization that touched the lives of more than 18,000 families last year.

Oliver has more than 25 years of health care, social services and mental health experience. He has served as Glenwood’s chief operating officer since 2013. The private nonprofit organization started by a small group of community leaders with a commitment to providing treatment, education and research in the area of children’s mental health has grown into one of the largest nonprofit behavioral health centers in Alabama.

“There is a tremendous need for the services Glenwood provides. While we have grown tremendously, even over the past three years, there’s still so much to do,” said Glenwood Board Chair Philip Young.  “With 20 percent of school children experiencing mental health disorders, and 1 in 59 children being diagnosed with the autism, Glenwood’s work is important to many families. The fact that Ken is stepping in, with the learning curve behind him and a strong leadership team in place, positions Glenwood well to continue helping many families.”

Oliver holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Tennessee and a graduate degree in health care administration from UAB.

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