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Our Team


Bonnie BellBonnie Bell, founder of Milestones, the Gift of a Lifetime in 2003, knows how to tell a meaningful story. She started her career as a reporter for Newsweek magazine and for 20 years was a correspondent for People magazine where she refined her skills as an interviewer writing about authors and artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and politicians, and corporate executives. She has ghostwritten numerous personal histories.

Bonnie has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Education from De Paul University. Additionally, Bonnie has taught writing and copy editing at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and currently conducts seminars on memoir writing.

Now let her tell your story.

Andrew Pacelli brings to Milestones a wealth of experience shaping narratives and writing content in both the public and private sectors. Andrew has worked in the White House Speechwriting Office of President George W. Bush and served at the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican, where he helped America's then ambassador craft a definitive history of U.S. diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The book, The United States and the Holy See: The Long Road, has been published in six languages. Most recently he collaborated on Children of the Kingdom (see Summaries). With an MBA from Harvard Business School, Andrew has deep knowledge of the business challenges and achievements encountered by the executives and entrepreneurs who engage Milestones. With a degree in history from Harvard College, Andrew brings structure and coherence to these client experiences. His humor, technical knowledge, and empathy results in client interviews rich with the essence of the individuals with whom he works.

Beth SmithBeth Smith, owner of A Life in Print, specializes in designing private publishing of personal histories and tributes that in turn result in bound books of the highest quality. She has worked with consumers and celebrities on custom magazines and books. These include a photo book for the fan club of the rock musician Sting, collaborating with the artist and his team. Other projects include 365 Saturdays, a stunning coffee table book about a family’s year-long journey around the world. For Milestones the Gift of a Lifetime, Beth recently completed Charmed Lives, a 14” x 12” narrative of one couple’s sixty-three year adventure at sea, in Florida and in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her work can be viewed on our Home page in Amazing Grace, a family’s tribute to their deceased mother, and How Dad Lived to Be One Hundred.