Learn more about the Nicholas Center Offerings

About Us


Our mission is simple...

​​individualized attention &

unwavering commitment

Nicole Sugrue
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Nicole is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the organization. She ensures the organization is thriving, upholding its mission and achieving all of its goals and objectives. Nicole ensures operational integrity and quality services for all NC clients.


Administrative Team


Laura Wootton
Human Resource Director/Executive Assistant 

Laura supports the organization with the everyday office activities critical to its operations and growth. She ensures our employees are well  informed of their benefit and handles matters that support their employment experience at the Nicholas Center.


Mia Dibra
Billing Supervisor 

Mia ensures all service provisions are documented , accurate and submitted . She makes sure the organization is in compliance with all necessary paperwork to provide the  highest level of quality services.


Angie Lazaridis
Bookkeeper

Angie handles all of our financial recording to ensure we are on track and  fiscally healthy and sound. She handles all employee related  transactions and is an integral part of the financial management team.​


Fundraising & Development 

Stella Spanakos
Co -Founder, Director of Development

Stella is the heartbeat of our Fundraising and Development Goals.  She helps us achieve our fundraising and development objectives while fostering critical relationships within our community.​


Directing Team

​Allison Schear
Director of Clinical Services
Allison ensures that each member of our team is trained and our service delivery leads to progress which is  significant and meaningful. Allison makes sure each participant receives the appropriate level of support to maximize their fullest potential!

Dave Thompson
Director of Workforce Development

Dave manages the day to day employment supports and assignments  for our workforce at Spectrum Designs  and serves as their ambassador so they may achieve their work related goals.  Dave ensures the work site is designed to foster independence and success!​


Supervisory Team


Justina Fischetti
Supervisor of Direct Support Staff

Justina supervises the direct support staff who work daily and most closely with the individuals we serve. She ensures they are upholding the level of quality service which Nicholas Center represents​


​Jeremy Scalchunes 
Vocational Supervisor

Jeremy makes sure the participants are given the extra support they need to be successful on their work sites. He promotes their strengths as well as help them discover new talents and interests!


​Kerin Sweezey
Workforce Supervisor

Kerin makes work a reality for all the  individuals she assists at their place of employment and work training.  She ensures the workforce  at Spectrum Designs are fully engaged and productive and are experiencing maximum success!

.

Program Coordination Team


Rachel Guariglia
Program Coordinator​

Rachel leads the Health & Wellness division of the program. She ensures participants are leading an active lifestyle and stay knowledgeable in various recreational and social hobbies they might wish to explore. She promotes nutritional choices and informs on personal hygiene, grooming and other critical wellness topics! 


Brooke Mellett
Program Coordinator

Brooke spearheads our Navigators Program, which promotes independence and community participation . She ensures each person is learning , being productive  and leading meaningful lives in the community! She also supports a team of individuals who volunteer throughout the community. 


Anna Moeller
Program Coordinator

Anna is in charge of a team of bakers who assist in the day-to-day production  needs of Spectrum Bakes,  a local granola kitchen.  She provides the team of volunteers  with any skill-training support to help them  achieve their work-related goals ! Anna also directs the graphics arts department who spearhead our Navigator News publication!


Stefanie Weinz
Program Coordinator​

Stefanie ensures individualized support and work skills are provided to a team of volunteers in charge of a boutique laundry service, Spectrum Suds.  She also heads the house and grounds keeping department, helping participants achieve many of their independent  living goals!



This is how our team of dedicated professionals ensures Nicholas Center is fulfilling its mission. 
​We're fortunate to have some of the best dedicating their energy and expertise to our cause.
 to support individuals with autism in leading full and productive lives in the community.

The Board of Directors 

Nicholas Center


President,  Amy Beyer

Vice President, Wes Smith

Secretary, Patrick Bardsley

Treasurer, John Bowman 

Member, Stella Spanakos




Stella selects her Co-Founders

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.

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 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.

A mother's love...

The story behind

our mission





Join Our Team
See our job openings
We seek one of a kind people, to work at this one of a kind organization. If you are really serious about what we do, click here.