Who We Are
Board of Directors
President & C0-Founder
Mr. Al Milford is a Sr. Principal Systems Engineer with HARRIS for 37 years. Mr. Milford is also the President of “The Smile”. He and his wife Patty are the founders of this wonderful charity organization. The Milfords have a son, Steven, who has Down syndrome.
Mr. John Kedash is a Strategic Relationship Manager with the Corporate Learning Group at Harvard Business Publishing. He has been working in the technology field for 30 years since receiving his Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from Rowan University.
Executive & Co-Founder
Mrs. Patty Milford is a Paraprofessional, in a classroom for students with multiple disabilities, for the Jefferson Township, Board of Education. She has also worked in the Hopatcong, New Jersey School System for children with “Special Needs”.
Mr. Chris Colabella is the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza, & Thompson. He received his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware in 1988 and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in 1985. Mr. Colabella is a practicing attorney since 1988.
Mr. Michael Roome is an Associate Director with AT&T Corporation with 30 years of experience in Finance, Marketing, and Technology. He received his Master of Business Administration Degree from Wilkes University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ramapo College with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing.
Director of Community Affairs
Susan Gallagher serves as the Director of Community Affairs for SMILE. She began her career within the nonprofit community as a Direct Support Professional and quickly found her calling. Susan has since served as a Residential Manager, Senior Coordinator of Recreation, a Special Olympic Coach, an Administrative Assistant, and a Support Coordinator.
Direct Care Staff
Kim originally joined the SMILE team in June 2016, serving as Administrator until October 2018. She returned to her position as Administrator in May 2019. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University and has 25 years of experience working in educational, day program, vocational, and residential settings.
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