|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.
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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.
|Allison Goldberg Peterson
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As Communications Manager, Allison Goldberg Peterson oversees the marketing, advertising, public relations, and social media functions for Milestones. She has a wealth of experience from Cleveland Hillel Foundation, Doner Advertising, and Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Allison uses her skill set to help Milestones connect with more families and individuals affected by autism and continue to increase awareness in the 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.
Teen/Adult Services Coordinator
Kate is new to the Milestones team, but certainly not new to autism. For the last 15 years she ran her own business, Autism Services for Kids. Kate brings her extensive experience in the field to her new position as Milestones Teen/Adult Services Coordinator. Specializing in the aging autism population, Kate is eager to share her wealth of knowledge and resources with our community.
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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.
|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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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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As the Development Assistant, 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.