Senior Management Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Anthony DiFabio is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Robins’ Nest. Since being named CEO in 2007, Dr. DiFabio has helped Robins’ Nest grow into one of New Jersey’s largest and most well respected not-for-profit human and social service agencies, offering 60 programs to over 10,000 residents annually. Robins’ Nest has a staff of over 350 and operates out of over 20 commercial and residential locations throughout southern New Jersey.
Dr. DiFabio’s success in leadership has identified him as a leader at the state and regional levels, serving on a number of boards including the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, Nonprofit Development Center of Southern New Jersey, South Jersey Federal Credit Union, and Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is an Advisory Board member of SNJ Business People, Vice Chair of the Harrison Joint Land Use Board and sits on numerous county and regional committees. At the national level, Dr. DiFabio is an active member of the Mental Health Corporations of America and the Alliance for Children and Families and is a national consultant for FEI Behavioral.
Dr. DiFabio has been the recipient of a number of awards and recognitions including the Philadelphia Business Journal’s“40 under 40,” South Jersey Business Magazine’s “20 Under 40,” and South Jersey Young Professionals Association’s “Angel” awards. In 2015, South Jersey Biz magazine named him one of their “Executives of the Year,” and in 2011 he was named by South Jersey Magazine as one of their “Men of the Year.”
Dr. DiFabio received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College of Maryland, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. He is married to Dr. Alicia DiFabio and is the father of four beautiful daughters.
Chief Operating Officer
Melissa is a dynamic, results-driven professional with a distinguished 20+ year career providing operational leadership, and strategic growth and development for diverse community-based programming. This includes a Home Health Assessment program which provided short-term case management services, mental health and substance abuse treatment including prison deferral initiatives, permanent supportive housing, a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers providing integrated care for complex patient populations, and senior care.
As an operations professional, Melissa is committed to forging relationships and sharing expertise with the wider healthcare and social services community. She has served on various boards and as an expert presenter for national organizations such as the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, National Healthcare for the Homeless Council, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, National Nurse-led Care Consortium, Philadelphia Housing Authority, and the Health Center and Public Housing Symposium.
Fox is a Rowan University graduate, and was also a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. Melissa is a 2014 LEADERSHIP Philadelphia alum, and was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “People on the Move” in 2011. She has also received a certificate from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health for a course on “Leading in Health Systems”.
A long-time resident of South Jersey, Melissa is married to Gantry Fox and is a proud mother to three beautiful children.
Chief People Officer
Ruth London is the Chief People Officer for Robins’ Nest. In this position, Ruth works to engage Robins’ Nest staff and communicate the culture, mission, and values of the agency throughout the organization.
Ruth is a founder of Robins’ Nest and for the past 48 years she has remained committed to serving children and families, starting as a volunteer in 1968 and becoming an employee in 1972. She has held multiple leadership positions at the agency including Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Development Officer. These positions included the oversight of the agency’s compliance program, managing a dozen Robins’ Nest facilities across southern New Jersey, and increasing fund development from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Ruth also managed numerous renovation and construction projects, including the addition of a wing to the group home and construction of the Conference Center, the agency’s administrative building, and a three-building apartment complex, Life Link Homes, for youth aging out of foster care.
Ruth is a longtime member of the Haddonfield United Methodist Church and currently serves as the Chair of their Board of Trustees. Ruth resides in West Deptford with her husband Fred and has two children, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Treasurer and CFO
Kathy A. Wingate, CPA is the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Robins’ Nest. Kathy received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1981 from Baylor University’s Hankhamer School of Business, and became licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in 1988. Kathy took a leap of faith when she joined Robins’ Nest in 1994, leaving a comfortable position with a CPA firm for a part-time job (and a pay cut) as a budget analyst. It only took six months for Kathy to get bumped up to a full-time position, a job that only continued to grow in duties as the agency grew, leading to her title today as both Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer. Instrumental in that growth through sound accounting practices and fiscal management, Kathy now oversees a department of eight and manages the fiscal and IT matters of Robins’ Nest, which include more than 60 program budgets for over 15 funding sources, 17 properties, 102 vehicles and over 300 employees.
Kathy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the NJAMHAA Chief Financial Officers Group, and the First Presbyterian Church of Clayton. Kathy and her husband, Lee Braddock, were foster parents to five children between 1998 and 2006, and were recognized as “Treatment Home Family of the Year” by the NJ Association of Children’s Residential Facilities in 2003. Kathy was also named as a “Top CFO” in 2014 by South Jersey Biz. Kathy lives in Franklinville, NJ with her husband and cats, and enjoys travel, playing piano and bells, reading and bicycling.
Director of Human Resources and Director of Property Management
Kate Royal is the Director of Human Resources and Director of Property Management for Robins’ Nest. She has been with Robins’ Nest since 2000, and in her current position is responsible for management of all human resources related activities, as well as management of the fleet of agency vehicles and agency owned and rental properties. Kate earned her Professional in Human Resources certification in 2010 through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and is certified by the New Jersey Safety Council as a Defensive Driving Instructor.
Director of Development
Mari Considine is the Director of Development for Robins’ Nest. She rejoined the team in 2016, having previously served as Director of Development from 2003-2007. Mari leads and manages all aspects of fund development and fosters relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations to advance the Robins’ Nest mission. She is also responsible for the agency’s integrated marketing and communications efforts including digital and social media, marketing communications, public relations and advertising. Prior to returning to Robins’ Nest, Mari was Executive Director at Meals On Wheels Delaware in Wilmington, DE and also served as Director of the Renfrew Center Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Mari has extensive experience in individual giving, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving, marketing and special events.
Mari is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the American Marketing Association (AMA) and has served on the program and membership committees for AFP Greater Philadelphia Chapter. She has a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and French from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Director of Prevention and Adolescent Services
Debra Cornelius is the Director of Prevention and Adolescent Services at Robins’ Nest. As a member of the senior management team, she provides administrative oversight of our Maternal Health home visiting programs, Aging Out programs, and Juvenile Justice programs. She also serves as the Risk Management Chair for the agency. Debra is a licensed social worker and graduated from Temple University with a master’s degree in Social Work in 1985. Debra has over 20 years of management experience working with children and adults. Prior to coming to Robins’ Nest, she worked in a variety of non-profit settings (child-welfare, rehabilitation, and mental health) overseeing departments and programs providing social work, case management, or direct care to children and adults. Debra was born and raised in Philadelphia and has been a New Jersey resident for several years. She comes from a family of eight siblings and is the proud mother of one adult son, Brandon.
Director of Clinical Outpatient Services
Bridget DeFiccio is the Department Director for Clinical Outpatient Services. She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from West Chester University and is a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor. Bridget brings a history of working in academic and community behavioral health settings in areas of business development, recruiting, program development, and clinical services.
Since joining the Robins’ Nest team four years ago, she has overseen a large expansion of clinical services by growing our counseling center with locations now in Glassboro and Salem City and our school based contracts from one district to five. In addition, she has developed our Intensive-In-Home clinical program which currently serves four counties.
Most notably, Bridget has been a passionate advocate in increasing the delivery of evidenced based protocols and has overseen the implementation of a sustainable method for delivery across a continuum of clinical services.
Bridget is the mother of two wonderful young ladies.
Director of Child Protection and Permanency Programs
Lisa is the Department Director of our Child Protection and Permanency Programs. As a member of the senior management team, she oversees the clinical and administrative aspects of our foster, kinship, and adoption services, our in-home counseling programs, our visitation programs, and our supportive family housing program. Over her 25+ years at Robins’ Nest, Lisa has remained passionate and dedicated to supporting and developing her staff and programs so the children, parents, and families we serve can be empowered and improve their functioning and well-being. Lisa received her master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Director of Community Engagement
Niurca Louis is the Director of Community Engagement for Robins’ Nest. In this position, she brings an expertise in program development, community engagement, strategic staff development, and successful project delivery to the agency. Niurca has an exceptional ability to construct and facilitate cohesive teams, interface with public agencies, and liaise with key stakeholders throughout the community. Accomplished in Community Engagement efforts, her projects have appealed to thousands of community members and families across southern New Jersey.
An expert in the area of Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Niurca has participated as a speaker and panelist at conferences, and led seminars and training covering the topic of primary prevention methodologies to enhance community development, hosting delegations from New York City and Washington DC. She is a proven relationship builder in the complex multi-sector human services arena.
As a member of the NJTCAN’s Prevention Committee, Niurca is involved in the development of a prevention curriculum to assist professors of various disciplines to incorporate prevention into their courses. She serves as Co-Chair of the Implementation team responsible for developing the Family Success Center Practice Profile, and serves on the board the GNJUMC Hope Centers. An innovator, she co-created a web application for community use that enhances Robins’ Nest’s ability to serve our community members. Niurca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University and subsequently a Master of Theological Studies Program at Drew University.
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Nicole Stemberger is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in children and family mental health services for 15 years. She graduated from Rutgers University with a master’s degree in Social Work. Nicole started at Robins’ Nest as a program coordinator before moving into the position of director. Currently, she works for Robins’ Nest as Director of Behavioral Health Programs which includes supervising a Children’s Mobile Response/Family Crisis Intervention Unit, a Functional Family Therapy program, and three Out-of-home programs. Ms. Stemberger has experience in clinical practice, supervision, and program administration.
As Comptroller and a member of the Senior Management Team at Robins’ Nest, Jeremy Wampler serves as the manager of the accounting department and oversees all of the day-to-day accounting functions. He also provides fiscal management oversight for the agency’s budget and review process and internal reporting, as well as ensures compliance with the various external reporting requirements.
Prior to joining Robins’ Nest in 2009, Jeremy worked as a senior accountant for a local public accounting firm with experience across multiple industries in tax, accounting, and auditing services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from Eastern University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jeremy resides in Williamstown, NJ with his wife, Kelly, and his daughter, Emma. He and his wife are also blessed with the joy of being foster parents and enjoy serving as active members of Joy Community Fellowship located in Pitman.