Lisa Pugliese

Lisa is a USPTA and PTR Elite Certified Tennis Professional and an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. For 19 years, Lisa has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities.

A former collegiate tennis player at Duke University and the University of Florida followed by WTA tournaments, 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 the FL program director for a national non-profit for autism, Lisa was inspired to be able to develop her own non-profit, Love Serving Autism, a 501(c)(3) organization in January 2017.  In 2021, Lisa was elected by USTA National to co-chair for 2 years the Adaptive Training and Education Subcommittee to develop an adaptive tennis curriculum. She is the chair of the 2022 USPTA National Adaptive Task Force. Lisa is the recipient of USTA National’s 2022 Eve Kraft Award for community service.

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