|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 fifteen 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 2,200 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.
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As Milestones Development Director, Lauren heads up fundraising efforts including special projects, annual fund, sponsorships, and individual donations. Always quick with a “thank you,” Lauren acknowledges all supporters and their important contributions to the local autism community.
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Conference Director Leslie Rotsky has 25 years of experience as a teacher, curriculum developer, and event planner. Leslie pours her passion for autism into providing education for parents and professionals in effective behavioral interventions and best practices. She ensures Milestones Annual Conference is chock-full of evidence-based information and field-tested ideas. Raising two young children, one of whom has autism, is her biggest accomplishment to date.
|Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW
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On the forefront of transition and adult services, Beth Thompson is Milestones Program Director. 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.
|Haley Dunn, MA, LPC
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Haley works with individuals with ASD to help them transition to adulthood. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and ASD to transition from school to work, as well as providing mental health counseling services. Haley has a deep passion for connecting people to their community, whether it is through employment, volunteering, or life enrichment activities.
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Ellen is committed to helping Milestones run smoothly to seamlessly provide resources and information in a timely manner.
Having recently returned to her native state of Ohio from Chicago, she is a proud midwesterner who loves biking and coffee. Ellen brings to Milestones a history of working with nonprofits and a passion for building communities that value and support individuals of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
|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.
Communications & Digital Content Coordinator
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As the Communications and Digital Content Coordinator, Hannah supports Milestones in all communication and content creation efforts. Hannah has a degree in journalism and psychology from Miami University and a professional background in content marketing. With a passion for educating and strengthening communities through media, she feels blessed to join a team that works to enrich the lives of others on a daily basis.
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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.
Libby supports Milestones as our Conference Assistant. Libby recently graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Psychology and formerly interned at Milestones. As she begins her professional career, Libby looks forward to learning about all facets of autism and is happy to contribute to the planning and organization of Milestones Annual Conference.
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As the Development Associate, Laura provides support to the Development Director. Laura has a degree from Ohio University and has a background in sponsorship and special events. She is thrilled to be able to use her skills and knowledge to help gain supporters of the local autism community.
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