Meet the Team



Colleen Steele

Director of Learning and Development

Colleen is a Learning Specialist with more than twenty years of experience as an educator, clinician, consultant, and coach. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University and is earning a Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at BGSU. Colleen creates space for growth and transformation utilizing a whole-brain approach to leading, teaching, and learning. Colleen is excited to lead the Elim Learning program in championing neurodiversity and thriving for all.



Allie Szczecinski

Learning Coach

Allie is a Learning Behavior Specialist with a Master’s degree in Special Education & Multiple Disabilities from the University of Illinois. She has been in the field for more than ten years and has extensive experience coaching and consulting with educators in general education, special education, and co-taught settings. Allie has a passion for international development in the field of special education and is dedicated to Elim’s mission of fostering thriving communities for individuals with disabilities at national and international levels.



Dominic Milano

Learning Coach

Dominic is a Learning Behavior Specialist with over ten years’ experience, holding Master’s Degrees in Teaching and Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. In both teaching and administrative roles, Dominic has built collaborative relationships to transform Special Education in Chicago, seeking to provide equitable, high-quality programming. He has a passion for growing teacher competency and efficacy in the classroom, as well as changing the structure of education to meet the needs of students and communities.



Ashley Hinton

Learning and Development Specialist

Ashley earned a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Ohio University and has more than 10 years of experience in the management of learning and development initiatives for participants and staff in therapeutic camp, behavioral health, and nonprofit settings. She is passionate about positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities. She believes that through training, professional development, and continuing education, Elim team members will grow, thrive and best serve our students and participants.



Kathleen Fox

Learning Coordinator

Kathleen has over 20 years of experience in education and human resources. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University and has worked in both general education and special education classrooms. She is passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of students and adult clients through supporting the learning and development of Elim’s staff. Kathleen feels incredibly blessed to be able to work for an organization that makes a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities and their communities.



Leah Medema

Learning Coordinator

Leah has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Purdue University Northwest and experience in leadership coordination, nonprofit development, and institutional support. Leah is passionate about community development and the implementation of culturally responsive, trauma-informed approaches to support learning and development. She is excited to be a part of an ever-reaching team that supports and cultivates an environment where people with disabilities can thrive to their fullest, God-given purpose.