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

Executive Director

Lynn Chwatsky

Lynn Chwatsky

Managing Director

Sue Garbe

Sue Garbe

Program Manager, NY/NJ

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia

Donor Engagement Manager

Rita Malie

Rita Malie

Program Director

Mary Jane Pulzello

Mary Jane Pulzello

Program Director, NY/NJ Area

Kim Todd

Kim Todd

Child Life Specialist

Edye Wright

Edye Wright

Director of Community Engagement

Julie Zapala

Julie Zapala

Special Projects 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
Sandy Ramsey
Joanne Robertson
Tom Scerbo
Barry Zeidwig

Advisory Board

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

Honorary Board Members

Judy Coughlin
Fran Foley
Ken Tonning


Tom Coughlin’s 2020 Leadership Team

Press Coverage

Teammates