Our Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Young child with autism


Our Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Photo of Renee Palacios

“Through my own trials and successes, I understand the plight of those affected by autism. I believe children deserve a shot at having the best lives possible.”

Renée Palacios, Executive Director

Executive Director Renée Palacios holds a Master’s degree in Political Science/Criminal Justice from University of Toledo, where she also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminology. Renée is an accomplished advocate for those struggling against adversities such as domestic violence, child abuse, poverty, homelessness, and autism. Prior to joining Avenues for Autism, Renée worked for eight years as executive director at Family House, an emergency homeless shelter for area families.

“I believe everyone should have the opportunity to work to his or her full potential.”

Kelly Elton, Venture Bound Executive Director

Kelly Elton is the Executive Director of Venture Bound. Kelly holds a Master’s in Special Education and a graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Bowling Green State University. She has overseen the development and implementation of successful Social Living Clubs in Whitehouse and Lima, Ohio, and she participates in the Toledo Regional Autism Network. For nearly a decade, Kelly worked with adolescents and adults with autism, as Director of Educational Services for Bittersweet, Inc., and she saw the roadblocks young people with cognitive disorders face when trying to reach their work potential.

Kelly Elton

Board of Directors

Meg Ressner, Board President

Blake Pilgrim, Treasurer

Mary Jane Luck, Secretary

Joe Napoli, Director Emeritus

Bob Tyner, Director Emeritus

Melissa Voetsch, Director Emerita

Ryan Albright

Mike Ariss

Jim Burnor

Beth Ann Hatkevich, Ph.D

Gabrielle Mattimore

Greg Silloway

Brian Stuckey

Sara Swisher

Sister Dorothy Thum

Janna Waltz