An acronym for the Voice OInclusion for Children Everywhere, Mikayla’s Voice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that inspires kids of all abilities to share the message of inclusion. Having never spoken a word, with the help of other children, Mikayla is using her “voice” to:

  • Inspire children and young adults to embrace individuals of all abilities.
  • Empower them to create cultural change by teaching others to include everyone.
  • Educate our community about the meaning and importance of inclusion.

“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

Jennifer Miller
Vice Chair
Proud mom of Owen (delightful 12 yr. old with Down ​syndrome) who is included in his 7th grade class

Heather Joseph​
Retired Pension Administrator, Community Volunteer

Lauren Resh​
Mikayla’s sister, Mikayla’s Voice Volunteer Intern, returning to school for nursing

Alex Blackston
Dental Assistant

Jared Brown
Sign Language Interpreter, Community Volunteer

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

​Logan Houptley
Student at West Chester University, Former Junior Board Co-President (5 years), Co-author/illustrator of Our Friend Mikayla

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

Nathan Schriver

Ken West
Director, Human Resources, Crayola

Nick Wilder​
Manager, Corporate Sponsorships, Lehigh Valley IronPigs



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