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Milestones' Maya Holtz Groys named member of 2021 class of CJN 18 Difference Makers

Posted October 15, 2021 in Articles

Author: Hannah Harp

Milestones Autism Resources is proud to announce that Development Director Maya Holtz Groys has been named a member of the 2021 class of CJN Difference Makers.

Selected from the nominations submitted by Cleveland Jewish News readers, this annual list recognizes 18 individuals who are using their talents and expertise to make an impact in Northeast Ohio.

"Like their peers before them beginning with our inaugural class in 2015, the actions of these difference makers speak to the clear act of tikkun olam, repairing the world," CJPC President, Publisher and CEO Kevin Adelstein said. "These acts are synonymous with that notion of the pursuit of social justice and action. The 2021 class includes a cross-section of the Jewish community, from the leader of a day school, to business leaders encompassing a plethora of sectors throughout Northeast Ohio, including a CEO, a banker, an ad executive and attorneys. You identified and we selected several nonprofit leaders working in our synagogues and organizations throughout the community as well as at the Federation. Also, the leader of the Anti-Defamation League, the visionary and founder of a JCC in Taiwan and there are others. We’re elated to tell all their stories and acknowledge all they do to strengthen Northeast Ohio – from near and far.

"But what unites them all is not their area of expertise, but their dedication to the community, to making people’s lives better. To giving of their time, talent and treasure. And that is truly something worth celebrating."

The Milestones team can attest to how deserving Maya is of this honor. We are in awe of her dedication and work ethic everyday and we cannot wait to celebrate her on December 9th.

Both in-person and livestream tickets are available. More information here.

2021 Class:

Edna Talmor Akrish, Education Director, Temple Israel Ner Tamid; President, Sole Business Systems, Inc.

Sam Chestnut, Head of School, The Lippman School

Loren Chylla, Senior Executive Vice President, ADCOM

Beth Nusbaum Curtiss, Community Philanthropist

Ronald Gross, CEO and President, MGO; CEO, One Seven

Maya Holtz Groys, Development Director, Milestones Autism Resources

Adam G. Jacobs, Ph.D., President, Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau Wingspan Care Center

Amy R. Kaplan, Vice President of External Affairs and Director of Government Relations, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Donald H. Messinger, Partner, Thompson Hine, and Sally Messinger, Realtor, Howard Hanna

James Pasch, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League

Susan Ratner, Community Volunteer

Carrie Rosenfelt, Director of Community Lending, Business Banking, Huntington Bank

Stephen L. Rudolph, Senior Wealth Advisor & Team Leader Managing Director, MAI Capital Management LLC

Jeffrey D. Schwartz, Co-Founder, Jeffrey D. Schwartz & NaTang Jewish Taiwan Cultural Exchange

Patricia A. Shlonsky, Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Mark Stovsky, MD MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Cleveland Diagnostics, Inc.

Tom Sudow, Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Ashland University

Muriel Weber, Community Volunteer

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