Mikayla’s Voice® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to include kids of all abilities, but our mission has taken on an even greater purpose over the years. All children should feel valued and welcome in their school and community ~ and understand that it’s their responsibility to help others to feel the same. Mikayla’s Voice challenges kids to create a kinder, more inclusive world where everyone has a friend.

“I will never forget Mikayla.  I will be her voice.”
2nd grade teacher.


Rita Cheskiewicz 
Executive Director

Kimberly Resh 
Director of (Fun and Innovative!) Programs
Founder and Mikayla’s proud mom

Board of Directors

Rose Allshouse
Retired Elementary School Principal, ​Retired inclusive regular education teacher, Principal who supported Our Friend Mikayla

Lauren Resh
​Vice Chair​
Mikayla’s sister, Student, Moravian College Accelerated BSN Program

Heather Joseph​
Retired Pension Administrator, Community Volunteer

Logan Houptley
Area Coordinator, Department of Residence Life, Alvernia University, Co-author/illustrator of Our Friend Mikayla

Alex Blackston
Orthodontist Assistant, Spark Orthodontics

Jared Brown
Co-Presenter for Mikayla’s Voice, Sign Language Interpreter, Community Volunteer

Maria Fidelibus
Vice President of Information Technology, Quick-Chek Corporation

Wendy Houptley
Bookkeeper for a local business, Mom of co-author/illustrator of Our Friend Mikayla

Timika McAdams
Retired, Mom to Austin – one of our co-presenters

Jen Miller
Senior Community-Based Support Professional, Easter Seals, Mom to teenage son with Down syndrome

Nathan Schriver
Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Visceral, Co-founder and Chief Brand Officer, TMPL Sportswear

Ken West
Director, Human Resources, Crayola

Katelyn Wilder​
Senior Account Executive, Digital Health, BCW Global



Inspiring kids of all abilities to share the message of inclusion...