Chapel Haven President Michael Storz was selected to receive the Outstanding Leadership Award by Milestones Autism Resources at their national conference.

Honorees are chosen for their contributions to autism and are considered “autism heroes who go above and beyond the call.” Mike joins eight distinguished individuals from around the U.S. Mike was nominated by Chapel Haven Schleifer Center Board Chair Peggy Baker.

“One of Milestones greatest honors is to recognize the outstanding contributions of the autism community through the Milestones Achievement Awards. Hats off to our 2021 award recipients who are truly autism heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty,” Milestones said in announcing the awardees.

Learn more about the awards here

“I am incredibly honored to have received the 2021 Milestones Outstanding Leadership Award at their National Conference,” Mike said. “Thank you so much! There’s no way I would have earned this honor without the amazing Chapel Haven Schleifer Center, Inc. team. Our staff are the best in the world which only makes me look good!”


Michael P. Storz, MBA
Chapel Haven Schleifer Center

Michael P. Storz is President of Chapel Haven Inc., overseeing a flourishing campus in New Haven, Connecticut where 250 adults with social and developmental disabilities are learning to live independent and self-determined lives. Michael joined Chapel Haven in 2000. Under his leadership, Chapel Haven recently completed a $45 million transformation of its Westville campus and added a senior living facility, allowing senior members of the community to continue living among friends and with independence.

Prior to Chapel Haven, Michael worked with children and adults with autism in both the classroom and home environments. He has advised disability programs in England, Kuwait, Poland, and across the United States. He is President of the National Association for Residential Providers of Adults with Autism, is co-chair of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and chairs the Bethany Leapley Autism Spectrum Disorder Charity Fund. Mike relishes volunteering his time as a sensitive Santa for children with disabilities.

“In my work, I’ve tried to set a tone of inclusiveness and I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by a team who feels as passionately as I do about championing adult independence.”

Congratulations, Mike, your work is making a tremendous difference!