Serving Autism On and Off The Tennis Court

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Lisa Pugliese-LaCroix

Founder and CEO

Lisa is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the field of autism and special needs. For 18 years, Lisa has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.   

A former collegiate tennis player at Duke University and the University of Florida, Lisa enjoys combining her tennis experience and speech therapy background to teach the sport to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
After working with children for 6 years as a Program Director for a national non-profit for autism, Lisa was inspired to be able to develop her own local non-profit, Love Serving Autism, a 501(c)(3) organization in August 2016.

Lisa has a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida Atlantic University and is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association.

Board of Directors

Love Serving Autism’s Mission:

Chase Moore

Chase Moore

President

Chase Moore is an experienced professional with a career history of domestic and international business, marketing, operations and management expertise.

She is a graduate of Villanova University with degrees in International Business, Psychology and Accounting.

For several years, she volunteered for an organization that assisted children with Autism. It is from her knowledge and expertise from that program that made her one of best candidates for the Board of Directors for Love Serving Autism.

Samuel Jolley

Samuel Jolley

Vice President

Sam Jolley is a professional with over 20 years of experience in wealth management, as a business owner, as well as a sales and operations manager for several Fortune 500 companies. Currently Sam is a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Palm Beach, FL.   Sam is a graduate of GA Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree and holds an MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University.

Sam and his wife Jill relocated from Atlanta, GA to Wellington, FL in 2009. They have one beautiful son, Brandon, who was born December 7, 2008 and was originally diagnosed with Autism in 2011 at the age of two. Brandon attends the Palm Beach School for Autism and that is how Sam was introduced to Love Serving Autism. Sam has been working as a parent volunteer with Love Serving Autism as a part of the City of Greenacres tennis program since early 2019.

Sam is very excited to join the Board of Directors and is so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of such a special organization that has impacted his family in such a positive way.

Bridget Beer

Bridget Beer

Secretary

Bridget serves as the client relations liaison and events management lead for the technology company, Yotme. Prior to Yotme, she worked in the insurance industry and is a former business owner. Her strengths lie in organization, planning and best practices.

Bridget is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Business Administration and also studied Business in German at the University of Mannheim, Mannheim Germany.

Bridget has served as a chair or committee member on several local nonprofit events -mostly relating to bettering the lives of children. She has also worked as a mentor to girls in the foster care system. She is a Reiki Master and an avid tennis player.

“I was introduced to Lisa and the Love Serving Autism program a few years ago and was so inspired by the work she is doing. I picked up tennis later in life and fell in love with the sport – I love the connections she’s been able to make using tennis as a teaching and therapy mechanism. I’ve enjoyed working behind the scenes to help organize her tennis fundraising events.”

Jane Reid Sylvester

Jane Reid Sylvester

Treasurer

Jane is a native of Marietta, GA and currently resides in Roswell, GA with her husband and four sons and two daughters. Jane’s oldest son, Aidon, was diagnosed with Autism at 17 months old in 2008. Lisa used to beat up on Jane in junior tennis, but like Lisa, as a former collegiate tennis player for The University of Georgia, her life-long love of tennis runs deep and commitment strong to uplift, support and serve individuals with autism and their families. As an entrepreneur, Jane is passionate about educating and encouraging other business owners to hire individuals with autism and intellectual differences as this diversity is game-changing for a winning company culture. She is grateful for a 20+ year career as a sales, marketing and operations executive and business owner. Currently, Jane is a Consulting CXO for a global marketing agency, Brandinc.com. She is serious about growth and delivering solutions for awesome customer experiences and positive employee mindsets. She is committed to transferring those skills and branding resources to keep LSA’s vibe and visual presence strong and engaging! It is a privilege for Jane to have the opportunity to combine her love of tennis, personal journey with autism and passion for helping organizations grow to support LSA and those we serve throughout Florida and beyond. Jane serves and supports other organizations in the Atlanta area: Special Pops Tennis, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and The Marcus Autism Center.

Diane was introduced to the Love Serving Autism family through the Palm Beach School for Autism, where her son Colin was a student and participated in the program. Her interest in the tennis and the program grew when she began to see her son’s excitement playing and learning the game. His enthusiasm is what inspired her to become involved with the program and to help future expansion.

Prior to joining Love Serving Autism, Diane worked in the Consumer Retail Industry, where she held several sales and management positions at both the Retail Store and Corporate level with companies such as Levitz Furniture, TJX, Bloomingdale’s and Dillard’s.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Science, concentration in Communication from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass.

Sandy Bell

Advisory Committee

USPTA Certified Tennis Professional
Adaptive Curriculum Specialist

Keith Robinson

Advisory Committee

USTPA Certified Tennis Professional, ATP&WTA Touring Coach

Olga Concha

Advisory Committee

Autism Care Center

Kimberly Tice, M.S., CCC-SLP

Advisory Committee

Speech-Language Pathologist

Venita Litvack, M.S., CCC-SLP

Advisory Committee

Speech Language Pathologist

Marjorie Estevez, PT

Advisory Committee

Physical Therapist

Jean Brown

Parent Advisory Committee

Jessica Budd, M.A., CCC-SLP

Advisory Committee

Speech Language Pathologist

Karli Press M.S., CCC-SLP

Advisory Committee

Speech-Language Pathologist

Valerie Beatson

Parent Advisory Committee

KidJam Founder

Sona Shornden

Parent Advisory Committee

Dr. Harold "Hackie" Reitman, M.D.

Medical Advisory Committee

Julia Abrahams M.S., CCC-SLP

Advisory Committee

Speech-Language Pathologist

Emily Arndt

Medical Advisory Committee

Bianca Cook

Parent Advisory Committee

Barbara Hernandez, OTR/L

Advisory Committee

Occupational Therapist

Andrea Paul

Parent Advisory Committee

David Brown

Student Advisory Committee

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