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Angie Lazaridis
Bookkeeper
Angie handles all of our financial recording to ensure we are on track and  fiscally healthy and sound.




About Us

Valerie John
Direct Support /Job Coach
Valerie ensures personalized support for each person , while fostering independence in achieving their individualized goals at the center.


Kerin Sweezey
Direct Support/Job Coach
Kerin makes work a reality for all the  individuals she assists at their place of employment and work training.  She brings out the best in everyone!

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unwavering commitment


The Board of

Directors of The

Nicholas Center


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.

Marissa Bollet
Program Coordinator
Marissa will be developing our  Health, Wellness and Active Lifestyle offerings for all of the participants seeking to improve  on any goals that relate to their fitness and wellness goals. This also includes expanding their experiences to new hobbies and outdoor activities or sports!


Stella Spanakos
​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.

A mother's love...

The story behind

our mission

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!

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Laura Wootton
Executive Assistant
Laura supports the organization and all of its Directors with the everyday office activities critical to its operations and growth.




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!


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 at a local indoor farm,  Spectrum Grows. Brooke and her team maintain and deliver harvested crops to  Grows'  customers.

A dream team to deliver unsurpassed quality services.

Our mission is simple...

Dave Thompson
Director of Workforce Development
David manages the day to day employment supports and assignments  for our workforce  and serves as their ambassador so they may achieve their work related goals.




Allison Schear
Educational  & Behavioral Consultant
Allison ensures that each member of our team is trained and our service delivery leads to progress which is  significant and meaningful.
Nicole Sugrue
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.
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. 
Elizabete Albinski
Program Director
Liz supervises  and oversees all Coordinators and their programs. Liz ensures  all participants are receiving the level of  quality and "person-centeredness" they seek and deserve. 




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.