Meet the Board Members of Uniquely Nico!
Everyone knows that sometimes it takes a village to make sure that everything goes as planned. This is our wonderful village.
Jess is our Community Representative who brings real life ideas and solutions to the Uniquely Nico table. She's a fierce advocate with a genuine heart for families and their struggles. She's often told me that she always leaves Uniquely Nico events feeling better than when she arrived. Honestly, we feel the same way about the time we spend with Jess and her family!
Meet Danielle! She's filling the role of Secretary. She's also a Registered Nurse, wife, and mom who leads her family by example in living a healthy lifestyle. We love her attention to detail, her wit, and kind heart. Thank you, Danielle, for being a vital part of the core of Uniquely Nico
Vice President and Treasurer
Carolyn is our newest member, filling our Vice President and Treasurer roles. She's soft spoken with a heart of gold 💛 Our paths crossed almost 5yrs ago and we knew instantly that she was someone we wanted as a part of our team. Carolyn is a mom of 2, who's proudly cheered from the poolside at swim meets. She has a degree in Developmental Psychology, has worked with troubled teens, and families with Autism. Carolyn has previously worked with a major nonprofit and brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the Uniquely Nico table. She's an asset and we are thrilled that she's a part of Uniquely Nico!
Tonia serves as the Medical Director for Uniquely Nico. She has worked in healthcare in Northwest Indiana since 1991 and began working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2009. She's trained in functional medicine and helps us view our health and wellness with a more natural approach. Tonia has her own experiences with Autism with family members of her own. We love that she has a realistic approach and keeps us laughing with her sense of humor. Sensing her big & soft heart, Nico has affectionately called her Gramma Tonia from day one. We love having Tonia on the Uniquely Nico team and are fortunate that she supports our mission!
Bob & Becca
Co-founders and President
We are Bob & Becca, Nico's parents. Several years ago, we saw a void in the special needs community. The sense of community was lacking, leaving us feeling isolated and lost after receiving Nico's Autism diagnosis. Over the years, we've met many wonderful people, therapists, and practitioners that have been vital to Nico's success. We wanted to share these resources with other families. After having to leave many parties, parks, and playdates due to overstimulation, we wanted to create a sensory friendly, nonjudgmental environment for Nico and kids like him to play freely and just be kids, while their parents can socialize and meet others in similar life situations~ creating a supportive village. These reasons resulted in the creation of the nonprofit, Uniquely Nico! We love seeing the ripple effect that's happened in the past two years since its birth!! We raise money to host fun playdates and award scholarships to help with costly out of pocket insurance costs. We love creating long lasting memories with other special needs families!