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  • APRIL 2014
    Making history in New York
    Making history in New York

    On May 6, 2014, New York is joining more than 100 communities throughout the United States for a national day of local giving. Give Local New York will generate significant funds for causes right in our own backyard. We will be part of a movement to reignite the spirit of giving across the country and support causes in the community in which we live, work and play.

     

  • APRIL, 2014
    Happy Birthday to Seamen’s Society!
    Happy Birthday to Seamen’s Society!

    Seamen's Society is celebrating its birthday on April 2, 2014. We will be 168 years old. We have been weathering life’s storms since our inception in 1846. Our philosophy has not changed any. Today we serve over 5000 children and 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

  • 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
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    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.

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  • 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. 

  • JANUARY, 2013
    Scholarship Reunion
    Scholarship Reunion

     

    On Tuesday, January 8, 2013 Seamen’s Society held its 3rd annual scholarship reunion at our headquarters. Nine scholarship recipients currently attending college and who were home for winter break joined donors, staff and board members for ...a casual and enjoyable dinner. The atmosphere was completely informal. Everyone present exchanged life experiences, successes and ongoing challenges that they face today. The evening was a success and everyone is looking forward to next year’s reunion

     

     

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
    STATEN ISLANDER OF THE WEEK:
    STATEN ISLANDER OF THE WEEK:

    Dedicated Foster Parent Gets Praise From Bill Clinton

    The latest Staten Islander of the Week is Laura Graham, a Graniteville native and Westerleigh resident who will re

STAFF/BIO

Bios of Key Personnel

Nancy Vomero, MBA, CPA

President/CEO

Nancy a native Staten Islander, has been with the agency for over 13 years; serving as Chief Financial Officer for 8 years and 5 years in her current position. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from the College of Staten Island and her Masters in Business Administration from Wagner College. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Vomero has served as the President and Treasurer of the Seton Foundation for Learning Parent’s Guild. She served as a presenter for the SCORE high school programs, Treasurer and vestry member of the Church of St. Andrew and President and Treasurer of the Monsignor Farrell Family Association as well as volunteering with other community organizations. Currently she sits on the board of Community Resources and is a member of the Development and Community Relations Committee.

Gina Cambria, LMSW

Sr. VP/COO

Gina R. Cambria, LMSW, is the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer at Seamen’s Society for Children and Families located in Staten Island, NY.

Ms. Cambria comes to Seamen’s Society with over 25 years experience working in the New York City Child Welfare System.  Ms. Cambria is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  She is a graduate of Long Island University with a Master’s Degree in Education and she also possesses a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College.

Anna Opsha

VP/CFO

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-Davide

VP of Human Resources

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: Nancy Vomero, MBA, CPA

Sr. VP/COO: Gina Cambria, 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: Sherifa Guyah, LMSW

Assistant Director, Foster Care Services, Brooklyn: Michelle Basquiat, MSW

Assistant Director, Home Finding: Zoraida Gonzalez

Adoption Coordinator: Jacqueline Joseph

Director, Health Services: Kelly Collins, LCSW

 

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: Paul Schooling, M.Ed

Director, Family Day Care Services: Nellie Suarez, MA

 

Quality Assurance

Director, Quality Assurance & Training: Nicole Perry, MPA

 

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