Meet the Team

 

 

Colleen Steele

Director of Learning and Development

colleen.steele@elimcs.org

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.

 

 

Lauren Surbaugh

Learning Coach

lauren.surbaugh@elimcs.org

Lauren is a Learning Behavior Specialist with a Master’s degree in Special Education from Trinity Christian College. She has experience coaching, mentoring, and consulting with educators and has a special interest in AAC. Lauren has a passion for training and staff development. She believes in fostering an environment of collaboration and trust. Lauren is dedicated to Elim’s mission of being a learning and sharing community and striving to see people with disabilities thriving in their communities both locally and internationally.

 

 

Dominic Milano

Learning Coach

dominic.milano@elimcs.org

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.hinton@elimcs.org

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.

 

 

Leah Medema

Learning Coordinator

leah.medema@elimcs.org

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.