|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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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.
|Helena Farkas, LISW-S
Helena came to Milestones after a lengthy career at Metro Health Medical Center as a social worker. At Metro, Helena worked extensively with the special needs population helping families navigate the medical and community systems. At Milestones, Helena has been coaching families, individuals and professionals to access the multiple resources that promote education, health and independence.
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Monica Chukayne provides assistance as a coaching and referral support specialist. Her love of helping individuals to reach their full potential, teamed with her strong background in Early Childhood and Special Education has led to her long-standing career within the special needs community. She is passionate and dedicated to her work in the field of autism and is happy to become a member of the Milestones’ team.
Kacie Wielgus Buzzard
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