Stella L. Spanakos founded The Nicholas Center in 2010 as a tribute to her late husband, Paul C. Kitsos. Stella and Paul’s son Nicholas is on the autism spectrum, and they realized that he would have nowhere to go once his formal education ended. Thus the Nicholas Center was born to offer autistic adults a future where their growth and development continue to flourish.
Today, the Nicholas Center is located in Port Washington, Long Island, and Pleasantville in Westchester County and serves over 100 individuals with autism each year.
Amy Beyer, President
Serving as of 12/18/2015
Owner, Controller at Men on the Move Moving and Self Storage
Wesley Smith, Vice-President
Serving as of 3/11/2016
Vice President, Medical Center Finance at NYU Langone Medical Center
John Bowman, Treasurer
Serving as of 3/11/2016
Chief Financial Officer, Periphas Capital, LP
Patrick Bardsley, Co-Founder, Secretary
Serving as of 1/8/2016
CEO of Spectrum Designs Foundation
Stella Spanakos, Co-Founder, Trustee
Serving as of 12/30/2015
Development Director, Nicholas Center, Ltd.
Nicole is driven to establish strategic methods to support people with autism lead full and productive lives. A visionary with solid experience in overseeing administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. An innovative leadership style that inspires enterprising results. An insightful approach to building and maintaining confidence with stakeholders, collaborators and supporters. Proven ability to navigate complex circumstances with inventive and creative solutions that lead to meaningful outcomes. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the non profit sector. She completed her coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State University, and is an accomplished Grant Professional with over 2 million dollars in awarded proposals. Her greatest accomplishment is being a mother of three children, one who is a young man with autism - who now leads an inspiring life with support of The Nicholas Center.
We believe in putting the needs of the people we serve first, everything flows from that belief. We believe our employees are our greatest asset in achieving our mission, and commit to their ongoing development , engagement and job satisfaction.
We believe workplace conduct directly impacts the people we serve, staff morale and donor confidence. We believe in assessment and evaluation of performance levels to ensure accountability toward all our core values.
We believe in being woven into the fabric of the community and strive to be actively involved in partnerships that sustain that. We believe in showing appreciation , humility and respect to those who give freely of their time and resources.
We believe in creative, inventive and fresh ideas that further or sustain our mission and purposes. We believe in reevaluation of current methods and have an open mind to consider all things in a flexible and responsible way.
We believe in developing processes that uphold our fiduciary responsibilities as a public charity and human service entity. We believe in the recruitment of skilled and trained professionals and advisors that will maintain the quality of having strong moral principles and uprightness.
The Nicholas Center
Long Island : 382 Main Street Port Washington N.Y., 11050 | Ph. 516.767.7177 Fx. 516-767-0133
Westchester: 175 Thompkins Avenue Pleasantville N.Y. 10570 | 914.919.9188 Fx. 914-488-6446
The Nicholas Center is an 501(c)3 non profit organization. Tax ID#45-2022370
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