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Devereux New Jersey Leadership

Nicole O'Neal, MBA-HMSA
Assistant Executive Director

Nicole O’Neal serves as Devereux New Jersey’s assistant executive director, where she supports the Executive Director in overseeing operations, organizational growth and licensing and compliance for more than 500 individuals throughout the state and their families. O’Neal joined the organization in 2007 as a program manager, and was promoted to assistant executive director in October 2019. She holds nearly 20 years of experience in the field of human services, having begun her career in a direct care role. Prior to joining Devereux, O’Neal supported adults at several providers in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas including Intercommunity Action, Inc. and Community Service Alternatives.

In 2017, the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP), an advocacy organization that promotes higher wages and clinical excellence for staff and individuals served by providers like Devereux, honored O’Neal with its prestigious Leadership Award for her dedication to the population we serve. O’Neal also has been an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned her undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University and her MBA, with a concentration in Medical Services Administration, from Widener University.


Ebony Poe, MSW
Operations Director, Residential Services

Ebony Poe is Devereux New Jersey’s operations director of residential services. In this role, Poe oversees operations, management and staff training and compliance for more than 65 residential programs across the state. Poe joined the organization in 2004 in a direct care role, and in 2019, she was promoted to operations director of residential services. Poe’s individualized approach to care, coupled with her background in social work, has poised her to become an outstanding leader in the field of human services.

In 2013, the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP) honored Poe with its prestigious Leadership Award for her dedication to the population we serve. The Devereux Foundation also awarded Poe its Supervisory Excellence Award, an honor bestowed each year upon only one supervisor at every Devereux center across the country for his or her outstanding leadership skills. Poe earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Social Work from Rutgers University.


Michelle Lipchock, Ph.D
Statewide Clinical Director

As Devereux New Jersey’s statewide clinical director, Michelle Lipchock leads a growing team of clinicians across the Garden State. Lipchock joined Devereux in 2000, and is an outcomes-driven clinician who sets the highest standards of excellence in all of Devereux New Jersey’s service lines. In her role, Lipchock utilizes evidence-based, individualized treatment plans in our residential, vocational and behavioral health programs. She has become a prolific speaker and lecturer in the fields of social work and behavioral health, and is considered one of the premiere thought-leaders in the state. Lipchock leads our Devereux Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (D-PBIS) program, training staff on this proven clinical model. In her current role, she oversees our growing Treatment Home Program, as well as our Intensive In-Home and Intensive In-Community (IIH and IIC) service delivery models. Lipchock also is a master’s level professor in the field of Social Work at Rutgers University.

In 2007, the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families named Lipchock “Clinician of the Year,” an honor bestowed on one practitioner in the state who exemplifies clinical excellence and dedication to her work. Lipchock earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Social Work from Temple University and her doctoral degree in Social Work from Rutgers University.


Christine DiGiampaolo, M.A.
Compliance and Risk Management Director
HIPPA Privacy Officer

Christine DiGiampaolo joined Devereux New Jersey in 2011 as human resources director and since that time, has transformed her role to become a leader in compliance and risk management. In her current position, DiGiampaolo oversees audits; manages critical incidents across the state; and leads a team of five professionals dedicated to investigating, reporting and resolving unusual incident reports. DiGiampaolo and her team are integral to maintaining clinical excellence and accountability across the organization. As a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy officer, DiGiampaolo upholds the highest standards of privacy for the individuals we serve, and ensures protected health information remains secure. DiGiampaolo has more than 20 years of healthcare, human services and Human Resources experience, and is a trusted and key member of our leadership team.

DiGiampaolo also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for McAuley Hall Healthcare Center, a long-term care facility in Watchung, New Jersey, as well as on the Corporate Compliance and Quality Assurance Committee for the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP). She also is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association; the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); and a participant in the New Jersey Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kean University, and holds a certification in Healthcare Compliance from the Health Care Compliance Association and a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from HRCI.


Michele Price, M.A.
People Operations Director

Michele Price is Devereux New Jersey’s People Operations director. In this role, Price is responsible for the oversight of the organization’s more than 1,000 employees. She manages a team of eight team members who are directly responsible for analysis; employee recruitment and retention; employee relations; compensation; benefits administration; performance management; employee safety; and workers compensation. Price joined Devereux in 2007 as a Human Resources manager, and was promoted to People Operations director in 2019. In addition to her work that directly impacts the organization and its staff, Price also serves as a liaison between federal and state licensing bodies to ensure best practices and adherence to accreditation and external regulatory requirements.

Prior to Devereux New Jersey, Price worked in various industries, including the education and nonprofit sectors. She earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Brockport, and her master’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.


Kevin McDonald, MBA, CPA
Finance Director

Kevin McDonald serves as Devereux New Jersey’s finance director and is responsible for the organization’s financial performance. Since joining Devereux in 2019, McDonald has revolutionized the finance team. He stepped into his role during a transformative time of unprecedented growth in our history, and worked quickly to ensure our expansion of services remained on budget. Prior to joining Devereux, McDonald oversaw the finance department for another large provider in the state. Beyond his experience in healthcare and human services, McDonald’s financial background spans various sectors, including the pharmaceutical and publishing industries.

McDonald earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern University and his Executive MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He also is a Certified Public Accountant.