About NewBridge

NewBridge Services Management Team

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Robert L. Parker, Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Parker has been a passionate leader in community mental health for 34 years, including more than 20 years at the helm of NewBridge Services. Through his vision and conviction, NewBridge transformed from a small mental agency into a multi-service community nonprofit that serves more than 10,000 clients each year in northern New Jersey.

Making affordable housing a priority, Mr. Parker spearheaded the development of more than 200 units primarily for individuals and families with special needs. He served on former Governor Richard Codey’s 2005 Task Force on Mental Health, which created the state’s Special Needs Housing Trust Fund. Mr. Parker fostered relationships with other nonprofits, municipalities and government agencies that now turn to NewBridge to assist on projects.

He has numerous honors, including a 2012 Ann Klein Advocate Award for his commitment to creating affordable housing for those with special needs.

Mr. Parker holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a bachelor’s degree in community leadership and development from Springfield College. His numerous leadership roles at nonprofit and advocacy groups include the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies, the New Jersey Mental Health Institute, the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, the Morris County Mental Health Coalition and the Passaic County Advocates for Supportive Housing.

L. Michelle Borden, LCSW, Chief Operating Officer

 

Ms. Borden brings more than 30 years of community mental health leadership and experience to her current role as Chief Operating Officer for NewBridge Services, Inc. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization’s counseling, education and housing services; is responsible for regulatory compliance and quality management; coordinates disaster mental health responses; and represents the organization in local, county and state-wide planning efforts. She serves on the Morris County Youth Services Advisory Council, Morris County Acute Care Systems Review Committee, Professional Advisory Committees for the Morris and Passaic County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Boards, the New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Advisory Board, the Passaic County Up-County Coalition, and the Morris County Human Services Response Network.

Previously, Ms. Borden served as the assistant director for Clinical Services and associate executive director at NewBridge; administrative director of Mental Health and Continuing Care Services at East Orange General Hospital, and branch director at The Devereux Foundation. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addictions Agencies, the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners, and the Network for Social Work Managers.

She earned a Master of Social Work at the University of Connecticut, School of School Work and a BA in Cultural Studies at Bates College. She is a Certified School Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Social Work Manager, and a Disaster Response Crisis Counselor.

Ms. Borden currently volunteers as a board member for the Passaic County care management organization, Circle of Care for Children, and Families of Passaic County, for which she is also Secretary, Treasurer and Chair of its Finance Committee. In addition, Ms. Borden is also an instructor in macro social work practice at Rutgers University.

Norma B. Talbo, MD, Medical Director

 

As medical director at NewBridge Services for the past 12 years, Dr. Talbo brings nearly 40 years of psychiatry experience to the agency.

Prior to joining NewBridge, Dr. Talbo was staff psychiatrist at the Essex County Guidance Center/Community Mental Health, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Jersey City Medical Center and Mount Carmel Guild/Catholic Community Services. She also previously served as the medical director of the Clifton MHS/Serv Centers.

Dr. Talbo is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, New Jersey Psychiatric Association, Tri-County Psychiatric Association, Philippine-American Society of New Jersey and the Association of Philippine Physicians in America. She is a life member of the University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association of America.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Talbo is past president of the Essex County Hospital Center medical staff. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines.

Andrea Wasser-Malmud, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCBT, CFT, Chief Professional Officer

 

An instrumental leader at NewBridge for most of her 30-plus year career, Ms. Wasser-Malmud ensures that the concepts of wellness and recovery are a guiding force throughout the agency. She runs the Adult and Family Services Department, and oversees the operations of the Senior Services and Partial Care Departments in her current role as chief professional officer. In her role as clinician/forensic specialist, she runs the anger management program, “Cool Under Fire.” Community involvement includes various senior, mental health and judicial oversight committees.

Previously, Ms. Wasser-Malmud served as a mental health worker at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, NJ, and a psychiatric social worker at Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove, NJ. Once at NewBridge, she served as a clinician and acting director of the agency’s partial care program before moving into her current role.

She conducts clinical trainings both within the agency and in the community. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and holds certifications as a Cognitive Behavior Therapist and Forensic Therapist. She completed extensive professional training in Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at the Institutes for Sociotherapy in New York and New Jersey.Ms. Wasser-Malmud earned a MSW from Rutgers University and a BA degree in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

David R. Lacouture, MSW, LSW, Chief Administration Officer

 

Mr. Lacouture started his career at NewBridge in 1985 as a van driver and pre-employment training instructor for NewBridge Jobs Plus — becoming program manager within a year. Following a stint as director of Homeless Outreach Service at the Mental Health Association of Morris County, he returned to NewBridge in 1993, as director of Administration.

Mr. Lacouture oversees state and county contract management, regulatory compliance, human resources, and information technology.

Mr. Lacouture earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from the County College of Morris, a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Montclair State College, and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.

Melody Federico, Chief Real Estate Officer

 

Ms. Federico has been working in the affordable housing field since 2001, and in property management since 1994. She develops all new real estate ventures for NewBridge, and oversees the property management of the nonprofit’s existing portfolio of more than 200 housing units for adults and families with special needs.

Ms. Federico earned a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Montclair State University. Her bachelor’s degree in public administration is from San Diego State University.

Ms. Federico holds a Housing Development Finance Professional designation from the National Development Council and a Real Property Administrator designation from the Building Owners and Managers Association. Ms. Federico is a member of the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey, the Housing Alliance of Morris County, Women in Housing and Finance of New York, and the Affordable Housing Advisor Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. She was a 2009 fellow of Leadership New Jersey.

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