|Ilana Hoffer Skoff, MA
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Ilana Hoffer Skoff, Executive Director and Co-founder of Milestones, knows that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Determined to bring autism training, resources, and services to Northeast Ohio, she started Milestones in 2003. Wanting each and every child to reach his or her milestones, Ilana has coached and inspired families over the last ten years providing practical strategies and innovative programming. Prior to founding Milestones, Ilana consulted with non-profits in the areas of development, strategic planning, and grant writing.
|Mia Buchwald Gelles
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Mia Buchwald Gelles, Director of Operations and Co-founder of Milestones, makes sure everything runs smoothly at Milestones. Mia’s expertise in non-profit management and project planning are a big reason why a small staff can serve more than 1,500 individuals a year. And for those of you who frequent Milestones website, you can thank Mia for her hard work and savvy technical skills. For more than 20 years, Mia provided lead program management and data solutions for non-profits and governmental agencies.
Education Project Manager
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Education Project Manager Leslie Rotsky has 20 years of experience as a teacher and curriculum developer. Leslie pours her passion for autism into trainings for parents and professionals in effective behavioral interventions and best practices. Raising two young children, one of whom has autism, is her biggest accomplishment to date.
|Maya Holtz Groys
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Maya Holtz Groys has dedicated her career to working in the non-profit world and has spent the past 15 years focusing on grant writing and development. As Milestones Development Director, Maya heads up fundraising efforts including special projects, annual fund, sponsorships, individual donations and Milestones endowment campaign. Always quick with a “thank you,” Maya acknowledges all supporters and their important contributions to the local autism community.
|Beth Thompson, MSSA
Teen/Adult Services Manager
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On the forefront of transition and adult services, Beth Thompson is Milestones Teen/Adult Services Manager. Beth has a Master’s degree coupled with extensive hands-on experience working with high school students with autism. Whether students are college or career bound, Beth is instrumental in helping teens successfully transition to adulthood.
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Nicole supports the Milestones development team and provides administrative support. Her previous areas of study and experience include Modern Languages, Education, and technical writing. She has also been an aide in a program for children with communication disorders for several years.
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Britney Beaman is excited to join the Milestones’ team as the Communications Coordinator. With previous experience in marketing, PR and sales, she uses her skill set to help the organization connect with more families and individuals affected by autism and continue to increase awareness in the community. Britney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
|Elizabeth Mason, MSSA
Social Worker, MPEN Coordinator
Elizabeth Mason recently received a master’s degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University. As a Milestones’ intern, she helped design social skills programs for teens and young adults on the spectrum. In her new staff position, Elizabeth serves as the coordinator for Milestones’ innovative Parent Empowerment Network (MPEN). She looks forward to helping parents think outside of the box to solve autism challenges.
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Becca Kendis graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Social Change and Activism, and has previous non-profit, community organizing, and event planning experience. She began at Milestones as an intern, helping to plan the 12th Annual Milestones Conference. Becca is excited to now be a full-time member of the Milestones’ team and looks forward to helping the local autism community as the new Development Assistant.
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