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We’re excited to announce that Tara Songster has joined Milestone as executive assistant! Tara received her bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo in health and human services. She went on to get her master’s in organizational leadership from Medaille College. Tara will be working out of our Buffalo headquarters and supporting the team at large. We asked her a few questions to get to know her a bit better. Here’s what she had to say!

What led you to Milestone?

I wanted to work at Milestone from the moment that I learned about the company. Milestone’s unique vision to serve in the present and advocate for the future is truly inspiring. I’m a firm believer that a positive work environment paired with a supportive team is crucial to success, and I knew that I could find that at Milestone.

Share something that’s particularly unique about your life.

I’ve recently discovered through a DNA testing kit that I have more Neanderthal DNA than most people. Supposedly, this means that I’m more likely to have a bad sense of direction and difficulty discarding rarely used possessions. But rather than labeling myself a hoarder, I like to say I have a knack for collecting cool things – almost always thrifted or bought at an estate sale.

You have a unique pet – tell us about her!

I have a Golden-Albino Axolotl named Madonna. She’s about 2 years old, 10 inches long, and still growing! Although Axolotls are rampant among the pet community, they are endangered in the wild because they’re native to only one lake in Mexico, and these conditions have worsened due to water pollution and the development of Mexico City. What I find fascinating, yet incredibly sad, Axolotls are studied in cancer research for their regenerative properties, they’re able to regenerate any part of their body (including their spine), any number of times. While Madonna is extremely cute and fun to stare at, she does take a lot of hard work and dedication.

What’s the best part about living and/or working in Buffalo?

Since moving to Buffalo in 2011, the city has changed drastically. While I’ve always loved it here, it is exciting to watch the exponential growth happening all around. I’m also a big foodie. Ethnic food preferred; Indian food favored. With Buffalo having such a large immigrant population, there are so many places to find authentic ethnic cuisine. Lastly, do I need mention Buffalo is home to the greatest football team in the league?

Join us in welcoming Tara to the team!

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