NOW VIRTUAL! Milestones National Autism Conference
Milestones Autism Resources
4853 Galaxy Parkway, Suite A
Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Phone: (216) 464-7600
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, Ilana co-founded Milestones with Mia in 2003. Wanting each and every child to reach his or her milestones, Ilana has coached and inspired families over the past 17 years providing practical strategies and innovative programming. Previously, Ilana worked for almost 20 years with nonprofit agencies, including consulting in the areas of development, strategic planning and grant writing.
Mia Buchwald Gelles
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Mia Buchwald Gelles, Operations Director and Co-founder of Milestones, makes sure everything runs smoothly. She oversees daily operations, finance, technology and HR. Mia uses her expertise in nonprofit management and project planning so Milestones can effectively serve the community. Her technical skills have enabled Milestones to develop and evolve the website and database as the organization has grown. Prior to Milestones, Mia provided 20 years of lead program management and data solutions for nonprofits and governmental agencies. Mia serves on the executive board for the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD).
Maya Holtz Groys, MA
Maya is excited to return to her role as Milestones Development Director and work with the staff, board and community to ensure a sustainable future. She is dedicated to Milestones' mission of helping families and individuals with autism. Maya has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit world with a focus on development, donor cultivation, event planning and grant management. Maya's passion for organizations that help children and families included serving as Board President of Fostering Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to enriching the lives of children in foster care. Inspired every day by her three children, Maya has a master's degree in management of child, youth and family services from Brandeis University.
Special Events Director
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Vanetta is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years of experience. As a certified event planner, she brings to Milestones expertise in planning and executing corporate, community and major fundraising events. Vanetta is passionate about many causes, including premature birth and low birth-weight babies, healthy pregnancies and health disparities in urban communities. During her time with the Solon School System, Vanetta spent time working with special needs children. In that capacity, she worked with many children on the autism spectrum. She has a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing & computer information systems and has three college-age sons.
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Conference Director Leslie Rotsky has 30 years of experience as a project manager, event planner and educator. Leslie is passionate about improving the lives of individuals living with autism. In her role at Milestones, she has focused on growing the Milestones Conference into a leading national autism event that delivers evidence-based education and professional development to attendees from across the country. Raising her teenage son who has autism informs and inspires her work every day.
Beth Thompson, MSSA, LSW
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Beth has over a decade of experience working directly with young adults with autism, guiding families and individuals toward greater independence. Prior to joining Milestones in 2011, Beth served as a Youth Transition Specialist with LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential). Beth earned her MSSA with a concentration in Community Development and Social Change from Case Western Reserve University. She has represented Milestones on the Employment First Transition Council for the State of Ohio where she assisted with policy development and implementation and also serves as a field advisor for Case Western Reserve University Graduate School of Social Work and previously sat on the internal curriculum committee. In addition, Beth was recently appointed to a three-year term with the Cuyahoga County Council for Persons with Disabilities. She has presented on topics related to teens and adults with autism throughout the state of Ohio and national conferences. Beth is dedicated to mentoring self-advocates to become teachers for others and expanding community engagement for individuals on the spectrum.
Haley Dunn, MA, LPC
OFN Grant Manager/Supervisor
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Haley works with individuals with ASD to help them transition to adulthood. Haley has worked with children birth to five, school age, teens and adults, providing diagnosis and treatment of mental health. Haley has experience assisting individuals with developmental disabilities transition from school to work as the Bridges to Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator at Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She has spoken at conferences throughout Ohio on mental health and topics related to individuals with disabilities. Haley has a deep passion for connecting people to their community, whether it is through employment, volunteering or life enrichment activities. Haley earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University.
Communications & Digital Content Manager
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As the Communications and Digital Content Manager, 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 writing. With a passion for educating and strengthening communities through media, Hannah enjoys finding new ways to connect the Milestones community and enrich the lives of others on a daily basis.
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Nicole provides the foundation that supports all Milestones programming, ensuring efficiency, accuracy and effectiveness. She handles database management and oversees registration for all events, including the Milestones National Conference. Nicole is one of the welcoming, friendly faces checking in individuals with ASD and families for consultations. 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 10 years.
Nathan Morgan, MSSA, LSW
Early Intervention/School Age Coordinator
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Nathan first connected with Milestones in 2015 as a professional intern. He then joined the Achievement Centers for Children as a full-time Early Childhood Mental Health Social Worker. Nathan returned to Milestones in 2018 in his current role as Early Intervention/School Age Coordinator. He is a self-advocate, actively sharing his experiences at events, on panels, local news, and our annual conference. Nathan has a BA in Psychology and Japanese from Kent State University and an MSSA from Case Western Reserve University.
Helena Farkas, LISW-S
Helena came to Milestones in 2014 after a lengthy career at Metro Health Medical Center. There, Helena worked extensively with the special needs population helping families navigate the medical and community systems. At Milestones, Helena coaches families, individuals and professionals to access the multiple resources that promote education, health and independence and has a particular expertise in linking families of low income to available resources. Helena earned an MSSA from Case Western Reserve University. Helena works with the Helpdesk Coordinator to support families and individuals seeking specific resources.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
As Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Salina helps Milestones more effectively reach out to, partner with, and serve all people affected by autism across all of our programs. Salina is the proud mother of two sons, and is the founder of Mother 2 Mother which runs support groups for mothers of special needs children. She previously worked at The Word Church in an administrative capacity and as a Parent Rep for Warrensville Heights Schools.
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As Helpdesk Coordinator, Estee supports individuals and families in finding resources in their communities. Estee has a professional background in pediatric patient care and is a mother to a child with autism. As a mom, she is dedicated to serving families while being able to utilizes her own child’s and family’s experiences to help guide other families. Estee is an active PTA member currently serving as PTA President in her district while sharing her passion for advocating for the autism community.
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Libby supports Milestones as our Conference Assistant. Libby 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.
Molly D. Dann-Pipinias
Molly D. Dann-Pipinias is a self-advocate with a passion for bringing awareness and advocacy to the Cleveland area. She comes to Milestones as a former volunteer and speaker, with a long history of public speaking alongside the Milestones coaching team about topics important to the autism community.
Belinda Saldaña, Ohio Family Network Coordinator, is supporting the Ohio Family Network grant which provides training, resources and connection to their communities for individuals with disabilities and their families in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga and Lake Counties. Being bilingual, she is excited to grow our diversity initiative by connecting to more Spanish speaking families through translation. Belinda comes to Milestones after many years in the field of Communications, including time with the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Communications, Cleveland Department of Public Health and Cleveland Department of Public Works. A graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, she has also worked in education, relocation and non-profit organizations. Belinda will additionally provide support to the front office as an Administrative Assistant.
Ivette has been working in the Northeast Ohio area assisting Spanish speaking families that have children, teens or adults with disabilities to understand their rights and locate resources. As the Ohio Family Network Educator she develops relationships with professionals, community leaders and healthcare providers to assist Spanish speaking families in the Ashtabula, Cuyahoga and Lake counties. She also works for the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities as a Multicultural Information Specialist and Trainer assisting parents/guardians with school aged children with disabilities. Ivette has a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish from The Ohio State University. Ivette’s mother is from Mexico City and she learned Spanish by visiting family every summer.
Digital Content/Communications Consultant
OFN Parent Mentor, Ashtabula County
OFN Parent Mentor, Lake County
OFN Parent Mentor, Cuyahoga County
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