Kami founded PS Academy and Exceptional Expectations acting on her passion to open a school designed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Her exciting journey has lead from the inception of PS Academy in 2008 in Mesa, AZ and has evolved into two more campuses in Gilbert and Chandler, AZ.

Kami and her team created a foundation where the curriculum and environment are solely focused on the special individualized learning needs of each student. She has had a profound impact on the lives of children and their families.

Kami earned her Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University and Master's Degree in Special Education from Northern Arizona University.



Ryan Cothrun, CEO

Ryan combines his expertise in accounting, finance, and project management to handle day to day tasks in operations and funding management. Ryan has extensive experience in project and facility management.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Project Management from Arizona State University.


Kathy Britton, Director of operations/ Admissions

Kathy has always has a passion for working with individuals with special needs.  From her first job as a counselor at a day camp for people with special needs to her years working at an Enrichment Center for people with exceptionalities she has dedicated her life to following this path.

Kathy moved her children to Arizona from Vermont so that her older son could attend PS Academy as a freshman.  He graduated from the school in May and now is employed as an Instructional Assistant at PS Academy.

Kathy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College in CT where she double majored in Psychology and Education.  She was the President’s Fellow for Education and was a three sport athlete/ three sport captain, earning 12 varsity letters in her collegiate career.  She earned Scholar Athlete awards in both her junior and senior years.

Before moving to AZ, Kathy was President of the Autism Society of Vermont for seven years and served on numerous boards at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.


Mary Beth Mayer, Director of Marketing

Mary Beth is originally from Ohio and has been a Director of Marketing for the past 25 years. She has a BBA, Marketing from Cleveland State University.  She has vast experience in branding, product development, social media, communications, consumer products, event planning and franchising.

 Mary Beth signed on as a consultant with PS Academy in 2015.  She was so excited working with the staff and students that she signed on full time in 2016.  She states that the most satisfying part of this role is making a difference in the lives of PS Academy families.  She believes that everything we do aligns with our ever so important Mission & Vision.