Meet the Team
Our team is dedicated and caring with a wide range of education and training that they readily share.
Dr. Phillip Bruce, Executive Director
Since 1987, Phillip has been the Executive Director at Nairn Family Homes. While completing his Bachelor of Arts, Phillip worked at Ausable Springs Ranch as a houseparent and teacher for at-risk youth. Following this, he continued his schooling and obtained his Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, while working as a social worker, and supervising and training house parents. Phillip then moved into the role of treatment coordinator at Bluewater Family Support Services. In 2014, Phillip obtained his Doctorate in psychology, focusing his research on parent-child relationships. Today, Phillip continues to serve as Executive Director for Nairn Family Homes. Along with overseeing all aspects of management and operations, Phillip focuses much of his attention on the clinical and treatment needs of the children as well as the training of support professionals and foster parents.
Dr. Jennifer Bruce, Associate Director
After completing her PhD in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University, Jennifer worked in several schools as a School Psychologist in Quebec and Ontario. She completed psycho-educational evaluations, and consulted with teachers and parents on issues related to child and youth mental health, learning disabilities, behavioural difficulties, and other childhood disorders. Jennifer has a passion for understanding child development, child and youth mental health, child welfare and systemic factors in order to better support children and families. Jennifer has been with Nairn Family Homes since November of 2019. Jennifer Bruce is the Associate Director at Nairn Family Homes.
Ruth De Peazer, Regional Director
Ruth completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Social Work at Goshen College, Goshen Indiana in 1981. Her first work experience was as a Child Care Worker with Real Life Group Home in Stratford. Several years later she helped to open a second group home with Real Life and became the Live In Staff Person. This experience was pivotal in Ruth’s understanding of the power of attachment when caring for children, even those who are not your own. Ruth moved to a role in the organization’s foster care agency before joining Nairn Family Homes in November of 1996. It is her passion and immense privilege to walk alongside foster parents to support them in the important work they do in caring for children. Ruth is the Regional Director in the Central Division at Nairn Family Homes.
Dean Mullin, Regional Director
Dean received his Bachelor’s Degree at Tyndale University and his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School in Chicago. Dean has been in the people helping professions for the last thirty-nine years. He has worked as a psychotherapist with the Institute of Family Living and as an Ordained Minister for the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Dean’s passion is to facilitate the development of strong, resilient foster families through training, support and collaboration. Dean has been with Nairn Family Homes since 1999 and is the Regional Director of the Toronto-East Division.
Doug Schade, Regional Director
Doug completed a Bachelor's degree in Social Work at King's University College at Western University in 1990. He spent the first five years of his career in child protection with high risk families at Sarnia Lambton Children's Aid Society. Doug has a passion for and has spent his entire career learning to best serve and equip foster families to meet the needs of children. Doug has been with Nairn Family Homes since 1995 and is the Regional Director of the London-West Division.
Beth Reiber, Office Administrator
Although Beth’s history with Nairn Family Homes began in the 1970’s when her parents were recruited as foster parents, she began working for Nairn in 1995. Having worked in retail for a few years, the opportunity to work for Nairn provided Beth with the chance to integrate her B.A. in Psychology with her desire to serve others. It also made for a smooth transition to working full time as her son began school. She has taken on several roles while at Nairn, but has held the position of Office Administrator since 2001.
Melissa Andres, Family Supervisor
Melissa has a BA in sociology and gerontology and a BSW from McMaster University. She has also completed the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention train the trainer course. Prior to joining Nairn, Melissa worked in both child protection and long term care. During her 14 years at Nairn, Melissa has supported foster families by working with them to plan and advocate for the children placed in their care. Melissa also teaches the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention techniques at the Nairn foster parent training sessions and is currently working on courses towards achieving a trauma certificate through Laurier University. Child development, developmental trauma and attachment parenting are topics Melissa is passionate to learn about and utilize to support foster families in her work at Nairn Family Homes. Melissa has been a Family Supervisor with Nairn Family Homes since 2006.
Barb Mullin, Family Supervisor
Barb earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Tyndale University. She completed a Master of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School in Chicago. Barb is dedicated to bringing children to healing and maturity through strategic relational interventions. She has training from (TLC) the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children and (HANDLE) Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency that provides techniques to reduce anxiety for children with neuro-developmental and learning issues. Barb also has experience in providing remedial counselling for Sexual Abuse Victims. She has been working for Nairn Family Homes as a Family Supervisor for 30 years.
Mary Lynn Redmond, Family Supervisor
After completing her Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Studies at the University of Guelph, Mary Lynn started her career in Saskatchewan where she facilitated parenting programs and Life Skills training for Catholic Family Services. She returned to Ontario and worked for Dale Brain Injury Services as a Case Manager and Residential Manager. Mary Lynn spent several years working from home, raising her children and helping her husband in his business. Ready to return to work part time Mary Lynn worked as a Youth Ministry Coordinator and completed a Certificate in Youth Ministry. Mary Lynn found her true calling when she began working for Nairn Family Homes. She is passionate about serving others and encouraging them to be the best they can be. She receives great satisfaction from supporting the families and children on her caseload. Mary Lynn has been a Family Supervisor with Nairn Family Homes since 2007.
Marilyn Wynes, Family Supervisor
After graduating from Social Services at Conestoga College Marilyn worked with young offenders in a youth facility followed by work in children’s programs with Family and Children’s services. Her work experience also included front line work with adults with Developmental disabilities. Working with children, youth and families has been a life passion for Marilyn. She participates in ongoing learning opportunities through conferences and seminars in relevant areas such as attachment theories, trauma awareness, crisis intervention and many more. Working with foster families and the children they parent continues to be a challenge and an honour. Marilyn has been a Family Supervisor with Nairn Family Homes since 2002.
Melissa Poulin, Administrative Assistant
Melissa has been with Nairn Family homes since November 2018. She holds an Early Childhood Education diploma. She has experience in centre based care and an educational setting working with children with varying disabilities as well as social, emotional and behavioural challenges. When she’s not at work, she is out training her dogs or doing photography.