President, Amy Beyer
Vice President, Wes Smith
Secretary, Patrick Bardsley
Treasurer, John Bowman
Member, Stella Spanakos
Every nonprofit has its story. The inspiration behind the creation of The Nicholas Center was ... Nicholas. A beautiful boy who is profoundly affected by his autism diagnosis. Despite the tireless efforts of his loving parents, who left no stone unturned in providing him with the best of interventions, Nicholas continued to struggle with communicating and completing tasks that did not require another's supervision and support. His parents recognized early on, that Nicholas' life would come with many challenges to overcome.
Then, tragedy struck. Nicholas' father, Paul , unexpectedly passed
away and his mother was now left to plan for their only child's future , alone. Stella was devastated, but very quickly realized, how unpredictable and precious life was.
She was determined to ensure that her only child Nicholas, and others like him, would have access to daily opportunities for personal growth, community participation and purpose. She wanted to ensure that regardless of how affected a child was from their autism, The Nicholas Center would bring comfort to their families.
Today, the center serves as a place of comfort for many families who often thought "what will happen to them when I am no longer here?" Furthermore, it stands as a lasting tribute in honor of Stella's beloved husband and Nicholas' father, Paul C. Kitsos and a reminder of a mother's special love for their beautiful son.
It takes a team of dedicated people to make sure our center is fulfilling its mission. We're fortunate to have some of the best dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to our cause.
to assist people with autism in leading full, productive and meaningful lives.
She knew she needed to surround herself with committed, driven and experienced individuals. She didn't need to look too far, or ask twice; Patrick Bardsley and Nicole Sugrue were more than willing to help Stella realize her visions for The Nicholas Center.