DOUGIE, JR. 

Director of Inspiration
 

Dougie Jr., now 27, was diagnosed with childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), a very rare autism spectrum disorder, at the age of 3.  Like other kids with CDD, Dougie developed typically for his first three years but then lost most of his language, motor, and social skills. Shortly after, his parents Doug and Laurie Flutie, started the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism to help other families give their loved one with autism the same opportunities to live life to the fullest.  Twenty years later, Dougie continues to inspire everyone around him with his infectious smile and passion for all thing’s sports. During the day, Dougie attends the Scott Center for Autism in Florida, where he resides with his mom and dad, and his two dogs, Lou Lou and Elsa.  Dougie's favorite activities include swimming in the pool, horseback riding and spending time with his friends and family.  "People really connect with him," says his proud dad. "We give comfort to families so they feel like they're not alone."

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NICK SAVARESE

Executive Director

Nick has spent his entire career working to improve lives and communities for people with disabilities. Prior to joining the Flutie Foundation, Nick spent eleven years at Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) working in a variety of capacities. Most recently, Nick was Vice President for Advancement and Marketing at SOMA. In his time at SOMA, Nick led initiatives across all disciplines of fundraising - including major gifts, foundation relations, and corporate development – as well as the organization’s communications and digital marketing efforts. Nick also worked directly to build inclusive Special Olympics sports programs in communities and schools across Massachusetts.

Prior to moving back to his home state of Massachusetts and joining SOMA, Nick founded Sky’s the Limit, a Colorado-based organization providing inclusive social and recreational programs for children with and without disabilities.  Nick also worked as an employment counselor for adults with disabilities, as well as a special education para-educator early in his career. Nick received a B.A. from Metropolitan State Universality of Denver with a concentration in Nonprofit Organization Management. Nick also recently completed the core leadership program at The Institute for Nonprofit Practice, an affiliate of Tufts University.

Nick spends his free time with his wife, Stephanie, running between soccer, dance, basketball, girl scouts, and all the other activities of their two children Naomi and Dominic. Nick is also an avid sports fan, rooting for all the Boston professional sports teams to continue their recent run of great success.

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NICOLE GUGLIELMUCCI

Director of Marketing & Events

Nicole Guglielmucci serves as Director of Marketing and Events for the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, a role she assumed in August 2010.  In this capacity, Nicole leads all marketing and communication efforts, working closely with the Executive Director, as well as the Board of Directors. She plans and executes the Foundation's signature fundraising events including the Flutie 5K Road Race, Night to Shine Gala and Golf Classic.

Prior to joining the Flutie Foundation, she served as the Senior Marketing Director for Natick Collection, one of New England's largest shopping destinations. Before that, she worked at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for five years as the Marketing and Development coordinator.

Nicole holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Babson College. She lives in Natick, MA and is married with two children. 

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LISA COLLINS

Director of Programs & Operations

Lisa joined the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in September of 2009. As the Director of Programs & Operations, she develops programs and activities that further the Foundation's mission to help individuals and families with autism live life to the fullest and manages much of the administrative work that allows the organization to function on a daily basis. A significant amount of her time is spent overseeing the Foundation's three grant cycles: the Signature Grant Program, Allison Keller Education Technology Grants and Joey’s Fund's direct family support grants.

Lover of ice cream as a late-night snack and dreamer of being on House Hunters International, Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Framingham State College. Prior to joining our team, she worked as a Business Analyst for The MathWorks, Inc. and as a Scheduling Coordinator for Focus On Service, LLC. Lisa is married and has three children.

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ELIZABETH MONROE

Development & Marketing Coordinator
 
Liz Monroe joined the Foundation in November of 2018 as a Marketing and Development Associate. She works closely with the Director of Marketing and Events and the Director of Development to plan and execute events and marketing campaigns. Liz also manages the Foundation’s presence on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter) and assists in supporting 3rd party events hosted on behalf of the Foundation.

Liz was part of a 3+1 BS/MBA program at Quinnipiac University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA. At Quinnipiac, Liz was heavily involved in Relay for Life and Residence Hall Council. She loves to travel, eat tacos and walk with her two labradoodles.

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