Posted March 7, 2019 | General
I am beyond delighted to share that Mikayla’s Voice Board of Directors has hired Rita Cheskiewicz as our new Executive Director (view bio here). Taking no time off since resigning as The Arc of PA’s statewide Program Director for Include Me, she is excited to continue working towards a more inclusive world. While her recent work supported the inclusion of children and young adults in schools and community, she welcomes this opportunity to improve the culture in these settings. Through her participation in our inclusion assemblies and Wheels of Friendship® painting projects, she learned first hand what a positive difference Mikayla’s Voice programs make in children’s attitudes and acceptance of their peers.
The Board dedicated many hours to determine the very best approach for the greatest continued growth and success for Mikayla’s Voice. I am grateful, and confident they have made the absolute best choice. Having served as Mikayla’s Voice Executive Director since founding the organization in 2010, I am honored Rita decided to join us and happy to resign my former position to her. She is a proven non-profit executive with a wealth of professional and personal (as Mom to two amazing sons – one who happens to have non-verbal autism) experience to help expand Mikayla’s Voice mission. I am excited to assume the role of Director of (Fun and Innovative!) Programs where I can focus my time and talents on the development, replication and quality of our inclusive youth programming for education, the arts, and sports and recreation.
~ Kimberly Resh, Founder and Mikayla’s proud mom
Top photo: Kim, Mikayla, and Rita at the “Together We Can” Wheels of Friendship® unveiling at North Pocono Intermediate School (North Pocono SD)
Mikayla and Rita at the “One Yellow Spot” Wheels of Friendship® unveiling at Solis Cohen Elementary School (Philadelphia SD)
Mikayla, Rita and Kim at inclusion assembly at Neil Armstrong Elementary (Scranton SD) where Senator Casey was the guest reader of “Our Friend Mikayla”
Rita and Mikayla with inclusion consultant and school mascot at an elementary school in Erie, PA