News & Events
  • APRIL, 2016
    Happy Birthday to Seamen’s Society!
    Happy Birthday to Seamen’s Society!

    Seamen's Society is celebrating its birthday on April 2, 2016. We will be 170 years old. We have been weathering life’s storms since our inception in 1846. Our philosophy has not changed any. Today we serve over 1500 children and 800 families annually in both Staten Island and Brooklyn. We believe that every child deserves a chance. We are committed to our mission to provide all our children with the roots and wings they need to grow

  • JANUARY 2016
    Roots & Wings Appreciation Award
    Roots & Wings Appreciation Award

    Valerie Grant Martin, Recipient of the first “Roots & Wings” Appreciation Award with Annette Angiuli, Board of Trustee Chairman and William Sabado, President/CEO

  • JANUARY 2016
    Seamen’s Society President/CEO, Board Of Trustee Chairman and Safe Harbor Award Honorees, Peter Tesoriero and South Shore Kiwanis Club
  • JANUARY 2016
    Cirque D’Espoir
    Cirque D’Espoir

    Seamen’s Society held its annual gala, “Cirque D’Espoir” on Thursday, October 29th at the Excelsior Grand. The theme this year was one of “hope” for a brighter future for our children and families

  • MARCH , 2014
    March is Social Work Month
    March is Social Work Month

    Seamens would like to recognize and praise all individuals in the social work profession for their outstanding work and dedication to the children and families they serve so diligently. Read more about social work month in our newsletter.

  • JANUARY 14, 2014
    Scholarship Reunion
    Scholarship Reunion

    On January 14, 2014 Seamen’s Society held its 4th Annual Scholarship Reunion at our headquarters. Ten scholarship recipients home for winter break joined staff, donors and the board of trustees for an enjoyable evening filled with good food. Excitement and laughter filled the room fueled by tidbits of everyone’s life and school experiences.

  • NOVEMBER 2013
    Amazon Smile
    Amazon Smile
    Seamen's Society     

     

    Each time you shop with Amazon and use our link 0.5% of your purchase will be donated to Seamen’s Society. Please use the link below to get started.

    CLICK HERE
  • NOVEMBER 1, 2013
    National Adoption Month
    National Adoption Month

    November is National Adoption Month. In honor of this occasion Seamen’s Society has available its new 2014 Desktop Calendar dedicated to our Adoptive Families. If you are interested in purchasing a calendar please contact Development at 718-447-7740 ext. 4269. The cost of the calendar is $20. All money will benefit the many children and families that we serve. 

  • NOVEMBER 2013
    Thanking our Gala Sponsors
    Thanking our Gala Sponsors
    Seamen’s Society would like to say a big thanks to all our sponsors, donors and guests who made this evening a success.
  • JUNE 11, 2013
    Seamen’s Society for Children and Families Elects New Trustee
    Seamen’s Society for Children and Families Elects New Trustee

    The 167th Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families was held at their headquarters, at 50 Bay Street, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. One new trustee, Laura Fitzsimmons Volsario, the Director of Operations at Gateway Arms Realty in St. George, Staten Island was elected to the Board of Seamen’s Society for Children and Families. 

  • DECEMBER, 2012
    Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach
    Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach

    Standing Left to Right: Nancy Vomero, President/CEO Seamen’s Society; Ralph Branca, Board Chair Seamen’s Society; Caroline Ferreri, Gala Chair; Allan Weissglass, Chair Staten Island Foundation; Cesar J. Claro, ED Richmond County Savings Foundation

    Seated Left to Right: Mary Petrone, Principal P.S. 19; Jeanne Raleigh, teacher P.S. 19; Betsy Dubovsky, ED Staten Island Foundation

    On Thursday, October 25, 2012 Seamen’s Society held its Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. This year’s Save Harbor Award honorees were Richmond County Savings Foundation, Staten Island Foundation and P.S. 19 in West Brighton. Over 225 guests were in attendance where they dined, danced, enjoyed musical entertainment and participated in a silent auction.

    On Thursday, October 25, 2012 Seamen’s Society held its Black & White Gala at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. This year’s Save Harbor Award honorees were Richmond County Savings Foundation, Staten Island Foundation and P.S. 19 in West Brighton. Over 225 guests were in attendance where they dined, danced, enjoyed musical entertainment and participated in a silent auction.

  • JANUARY 09, 2012
    Challenge from Bill Clinton turns into a windfall for Seamen's Society
    Challenge from Bill Clinton turns into a windfall for Seamen's Society

    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A challenge from charismatic former President Bill Clinton attracted $50,000 in donations for the Seamen's Society for Children and Families over the holiday season.

    read more...
  • OCTOBER 28,2011
    Clinton Honors Staffer's Efforts At Annual S.I. Gala
    Clinton Honors Staffer's Efforts At Annual S.I. Gala

    The event raised $100,000 -- half of the money the Seamen's Society has lost in federal aid due to budget cuts.

    "All we need is another hundred thousand and we won't have to cut any of

  • OCTOBER 27, 2011
    For Bill Clinton aide, foster mother's her chief role.
    For Bill Clinton aide, foster mother's her chief role.

    Laura Graham's Staten Island home might not be a permanent stop for foster kids. But it doesn't stop each little one from staking out a steadfast slice of real estate within her heart.

    read more...

STAFF/BIO

Bios of Key Personnel

William Sabado, LMSW, JD
President/CEO

Mr. Sabado is a resident of Staten Island. He most recently served as President and CEO of St. Vincent’s Services. He was a key figure when St. Vincent’s merged with HeartShare. He brings over 10 years of executive leadership experience from the Health and Human Services area. Bill received his undergraduate degree from New York University, College of Arts and Science and he received his Master’s of Social Work from the University of Buffalo. He continued on to receive a Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. His professional certificates include his LMSW from New York State and an Executive Leadership Institute Certificate from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business & School of Social Work. Bill received the “Spirit of Detroit” Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in 2007 by the Detroit City Council.
Bill is an innovative, results-driven and passionate leader with a reputation of shaking things up. He brings new ideas and a method to what Seamen’s does best, caring for children and families to empower them to lead fuller and richer lives.

 

Dina Carreras, LMSW
Sr. VP/COO

Dina joined Seamen’s Society in November 2015. She most recently served as Chief of Staff  to CEO & CPO at The Children’s Village. She has over 10 years experience in project management and organizational transformation and change. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and her Master’s Degree of Science in Social Work from Columbia University City of New York. 

  

Anna Opsha, CPA
VP

Anna joined Seamen’s Society as VP/CFO in September 2010. She received her BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Anna’s work experience includes Loeb and Troper and BDO Seidman where she was a Senior Auditor before coming to Seamen’s Society.

 
 

Phyllis Birmingham
VP

Phyllis a native Staten Islander, joined Seamen’s Society as the Director of Human Resources in July 2007. Phyllis came to Seamen’s Society with over 15 years of Human Resources experience. Formerly she managed the St. Vincent’s Hospital Regional Compensation Program for 3500 employees.

 

A. KEY STAFF IN ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAMS

To contact staff listed below please email them at: Information@roots-wings.org

Administration

President/CEO: William Sabado, LMSW, JD

Sr. VP/COO: Dina Carreras, LMSW

VP/CFO: Anna Opsha, CPA

VP of Human Resources: Phyllis Davide

Development Office: Christina Marino

 

Foster Care and Adoption Services

Director, Foster Care Services: Shari Richardson, LCSW

Assistant Director, Foster Care Services, Staten Island: Jacqueline Lawrence, MPA

Assistant Director, Foster Care Services, Brooklyn: Lyschel Wilkerson, LMSW

Adoption Coordinator: Janine Palmer-Finnie, MSW

Director, Nursing: Jennifer Benoit, BSN

 

Community Programs

Director, Prevention & FT/R, Staten Island: Linda Santlofer, LCSW

Director, Prevention & FT/R, Brooklyn: Roland Sombai, MSW, MPA

Director, Safe Passage & Forward through Education:

Director, Family Day Care Services: Nellie Suarez, MA

 

Quality Assurance

Director, Quality Assurance & Training: Daryl Dyer

 

B. OFFICES

Administrative Offices

50 Bay Street, Staten Island, New York 10301-1827

Telephone Number: 1-718-447-7740; Fax: 718-720-2321

 

Brooklyn Offices

Brownsville: 1668 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212

Telephone Number: 1 -718- 313-1111; Fax: 718 313-1661