Dr. Anthony DiFabio is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Robins’ Nest Inc., a not for profit corporation that provides human and social service programming throughout Southern New Jersey. Since being named CEO in 2007, Dr. DiFabio has helped grow Robins’ Nest into one of New Jersey’s largest and most well respected not for profit human and social service agencies offering over 80 programs to over 13,000 children, adults, and families annually. Robins’ Nest currently has a staff of over 490 and operates out of 30 commercial and residential locations across New Jersey’s 10 southern Counties. 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 (Chair), South Jersey Federal Credit Union (Chair), Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair), and the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. In addition, he is Vice Chair of the Harrison Joint Land Use Board, an Advisory Board member of SNJ Business People, and sits on numerous county and regional committees. A respected and progressive leader in population health and integrated care, Dr. DiFabio was recently appointed to the Commissioner of Health’s Integrated Health Advisory Panel. At the national level, Dr. DiFabio is an active member of the Mental Health Corporations of America and the Child Welfare League of America. 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 “20 Under 40,” and South Jersey Young Professional’s Association’s “Angel” awards. In 2017 and 2018, South Jersey Biz Magazine included Dr. DiFabio in their Power 50 list which recognizes the most influential people in business. He was also recognized by SNJ Business People as the region’s “Top NPO Leader” in 2017. Dr. DiFabio has previously been acknowledged by South Jersey Business Magazine as one of their “Executives of the Year” and 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, Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Farleigh 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.
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.
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 matters of Robins’ Nest, which include more than 90 program budgets for over 21 funding sources, 28 properties, 117 vehicles and over 400 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.
Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing
Mari Considine is the Senior Vice President of Development & Marketing for Robins’ Nest. Mari leads and manages all aspects of philanthropy and fosters relationships with the community to advance the agency’s mission. She is also responsible for the organization’s strategic marketing and communications efforts including digital and print communications, public relations, and advertising. Mari has extensive experience in individual and corporate giving, planned giving, marketing, and special events.
Mari is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Marketing Association and currently serves as President-Elect for the American Marketing Association NJ. She is also is a member of the Marketing, Awards and Communications Committee (MAC) for Association of Fundraising Professionals International. Mari has a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and French from Mount Saint Mary’s University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Business Administration at Johnson & Wales University.
Senior Vice President of Quality, Compliance and Risk
Katherine Foy is the Senior Vice President of Quality, Compliance and Risk at Robins’ Nest where she partners with senior leadership to develop and maintain a population health-focused regulatory quality/compliance program through leadership, oversight, strategic guidance and program execution. Prior to joining Robins’ Nest in 2018, Katherine was the Director of Compliance and Consumer Risk at PHMC, Inc. She identified potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk; develops/implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and institutes preventive measures to improve future outcomes. Katherine managed day-to-day operations of the Compliance Program to alleviate violations of rules and regulations and Standards of Conduct and initiated investigate procedures, when necessary and ensured uniform system for handling such violations. In addition,
Katherine served as a Federal Project Officer/Program Specialist with the United States Department of Health and Human Services from 2002 to 2014. She monitored and oversaw more than $60 million for Head Start programs; offered expertise on federal rules and regulations; directed teams in defining risk assessment processes for federal, state, and local compliance; and educated board members and senior management on fiscal oversight and program governance requirements. Professionally and philanthropically, Katherine has more than 25 years of experience in social services, economic empowerment, and education. She received a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from Temple University.
Vice President of Finance
As Vice President of Finance at Robins’ Nest, Jeremy Wampler serves as the manager of the finance 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 their four daughters. He and his wife are blessed with the joy of being foster parents and enjoy serving as active members of Joy Community Fellowship located in Pitman.
Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services
Kate Royal is the Vice President of HR and Administrative Services 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.
Vice President of Integrated Health
Bridget DeFiccio is the Vice President of Integrated Health. 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 in 2011, she has overseen a large expansion of clinical services by growing our counseling center with locations now in Glassboro, Egg Harbor Township, 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.
Vice President of Child Protection and Permanency
Lisa is the Vice President of Child Protection and Permanency. As a member of the senior management team, she helps guide and develop the clinical and administrative aspects of our in-home counseling programs, foster, kinship and adoption services, visitation programs and our supportive family and adolescent housing programs. Having participated in multiple work groups on the integration of Evidence-Based Practices into child welfare services, Lisa is leading the initiative to infuse EBPs into her service array. With over 25 years in the field, Lisa remains passionate and dedicated to supporting and developing her staff and programs so families receive innovative and quality services that empowers families and enhances their functioning. Lisa received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.