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 Bowling Green State University. Colleen creates space for growth and transformation utilizing a whole-brain approach to leading, teaching, and learning. She has proven success in the design and facilitation of strategic change at the systems, team, and individual levels. Colleen is excited to lead the Elim Learning program in championing neurodiversity and thriving for all.



Allie Szczecinski

Education Consultant

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 of Special Education for more than ten years, partnering with and teaching in self-contained special education classrooms and a residential treatment center. Allie has a passion for international development in the field of special education and has helped ministries in Uganda with their disability services. Allie is excited to work with the Elim team because of her heart for Elim’s mission of fostering thriving communities for individuals with disabilities at national and international levels.



Ashley Hinton

Learning and Development Specialist

Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Ohio University and more than 10 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities and other unique backgrounds. Ashley has worked with therapeutic camp programs, in behavioral health settings, at nonprofit organizations, and also managed a Travel Training program in Chicago. She is passionate about positively impacting the lives of people with disabilities and is excited about continuing to do so through this role. She believes that through training, professional development, and continuing education, Elim team members will grow, thrive and best serve our students and participants.



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Lin Marie Carey

Staff Development Coordinator

Lin Marie has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Communications from Illinois State University and has been in corporate training, professional development, and adult education for over 25 years. Lin is passionate about creating professional development programs with respectful of individual learning and personality styles, as well as organizational culture to foster enthusiasm for lifelong learning, teaching, and service to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She feels tremendously blessed to be a part of bringing the Elim experience to local staff and partners around the globe.