The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in honor of Jay McGillis.


Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin’s team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first hand the physical, emotional, and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis Family. After going through the tragic events with Jay’s family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer.

Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started this foundation to be there in Jay’s honor. For 25 years, the Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope. We have helped over 5,000 families and given away over $13 million in grants helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

IN HONOR OF JAY MCGILLIS (1970-1992)

The Jay Fund Team

Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin

President

Keli Coughlin

Keli Coughlin

CEO

Katika Chuon

Katika Chuon

Office Manager

Lynn Chwatsky

Lynn Chwatsky

Managing Director

Jennifer Duncanson, MS, CCLS

Jennifer Duncanson, MS, CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Suzanne Funke

Suzanne Funke

Special Projects Coordinator

Sue Garbe

Sue Garbe

Program Manager, NY/NJ

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia

Donor Engagement Manager

Rita Malie

Rita Malie

Program Director

Richard Naylor

Richard Naylor

Director of Business Operations

Mary Jane Pulzello

Mary Jane Pulzello

Program Director, NY/NJ Area

Kim Todd, CCLS

Kim Todd, CCLS

Child Life Specialist

Edye Wright

Edye Wright

Director of Community Engagement

Julie Zapala

Julie Zapala

Volunteer Coordinator

Kelly Bussanich

Kelly Bussanich

Communications Manager

Board of Directors

Tom Coughlin – President
Ernie Bono, Sr. – Vice President and Secretary
Dr. Michael Joyce – Medical Director
Ernie Bono, Jr.
Gary Chartrand
Brian Coughlin
Tina D’Alessandro
Susan DuBow

Anne Coxe Mesrobian
Sandra Ramsey
Joanne Robertson

Advisory Board

Kristin Barbato
Kevin Boothe
Maribel Carson
Tim Coughlin
Mark Herzlich
Mike McGillis
Jon Miller
Sandy Montag
Kate Snee
Allison Stangeby

Honorary Board Members

Judy Coughlin
Fran Foley
Ken Tonning


Special thanks to the teammates that advise the Board Members in Committee roles: Donna Augustyniak, Susie Coughlin, Joli Craver, John Crawford, Christian D’Alessandro, Dustin Fries, Gary Hiatt, Marshall Hill, Dr. Saundra Jackson, Kerry Miller, Rick Plotkin, Tom Rackley, Peter Reynolds, Helena Richards, Pablo Saldana, Marcy Sandler, Terry Wilson, and Barry Zeidwig.


Tom Coughlin’s 2021 Leadership Team

Press Coverage

Teammates