Board Members

Our Team

Robin DiStiso



Robin Distiso is the President of Robin’ Nest. In 2015 she obtained an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Naugatuck Valley Community College. She also received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of the Young Children (NAEYC).
Robin Distiso has worked over 350 hours with children public schools children, social centers and home care.
As mother of 4, Robin knows how precious a child can be to a parent. In her own life experiences, she was still able to strive from an abusive home be it, physical, verbal, and/or mental abuse.
Currently Robin spends 5 hours at the Yale Autism weekly to support children who are challenged with autism; and is starting an autism program at the Waterbury Mattatuck Museum. On May 6th Robin participating in the Autism Walk with Autism Speak.
Other initiatives that Robin does:
• Participated as a medical assistant for Stanislaus School Summer Camp, Meriden, CT.
• In 2008-2010 supported a Spring/Summer program for low income youth.
• From 2010-2012 volunteered at a children program at the Church of Christ Waterbury, CT.
• Works at a museum as one of the educators where she as worked with over 220 children. Also work with children who were dealing with substance abuse and deemed suicidal.

Robin is also an author of children’s books: “Cyber Monsters”; “You Are Not Alone”; “Multiville”; “Blind Bullying”; “Angels On Earth”.

Clara Rountree



Clara Rountree was appointed Secretary of Robin’s Nest on April 25, 2017. Clara is currently a program manager at Community Residence Inc. for two years. She creates a nurturing positive learning environment and develop strategies to help clients cope effectively with social, emotional and physical situation of daily living. As part of this employment Clara facilitates independent performance in these areas and maintains clients’ rights to privacy and adheres to confidential policies. She also has developed personal skills that enable her to recognize, identify and quantify real or true problems. In addition to those responsibilities, Clara provides meetings on leadership, management and facilitation.

Nicola Fitzgerald

Executive Director


Nicola was appointed Executive director of Robin’s Nest on April 25, 2017. Nicola is currently Working for Bellport primary care A Non-Profit organization that’s works with the community with no health insurance. She is a Certified Application Consultant for NY State of Health Marketplace which helps patients get the care they need serving as a liaison between patients and staff. Nicola graduate from Briarcliffe College in Patchogue, New York with Associates of Arts in Criminal Justice May 2005. She is currently the owner of Dashing Divas Event planning. As Executive Director, she will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Robin Nest programs, staff, fundraising, and execution of its mission. She will also be responsible for establishing and executing major strategic goals and objectives.

Bruce Jordan



Bruce Jordan was appointed as a trustee in April 25, 2017. In 2006, he served on a Board of Directors for the Preserve at San Jose Condominium community in Jacksonville Florida. In 2014 Bruce obtained his Florida real estate license. In 2015 Bruce was certified as a Guardian ad Litem in the state of North Carolina. He advocated for abused and neglected children in a court of family law. He is an ongoing member of ASPCA. He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. While also obtaining his bachelor’s degree Bruce also became certified in the Six Sigma methodology. He is the sole owner of PicUrSign social website.