The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 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. Since 1996 the Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope. We have helped over 4,000 families and given away over $9 million in grants helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.


The Jay Fund Team

Tom Coughlin


Keli Coughlin

Executive Director

Mary Jane Pulzello

Program Manager, NY/NJ Area

Julie Walther

Special Projects Manager

Cary Ann Moody

Community Relations & Events Manager

Marissa Ierna

Communications and Adolescent Program Specialist

Lynn Chwatsky

Managing Director

Rita Malie

Program Manager

Board of Directors

Tom Coughlin – President
Ernie Bono, Sr. – Vice President and Secretary
Dr. Michael Joyce – Medical Director
Lamar Wheeler – Treasurer
Ernie Bono, Jr.
Gary Chartrand
JJ Conners
Brian Coughlin
John Crawford
Tina D’Alessandro
Tom Rackley
Sandy Ramsey
Joanne Robertson
Tom Scerbo
Barry Zeidwig

Advisory Board

Kristin Barbato
Maribel Carson
Tim Coughlin
Carolyn D’Angelo
Mark Herzlich
Dennis Kayser
Mike McGillis
Jon Miller
Sandy Montag
Tom Scerbo
Anthony Sichenzio
Kate Snee
Allison Stangeby

Honorary Board Members

Judy Coughlin
Fran Foley
Ken Tonning

Tom Coughlin’s 2018 Leadership Team

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