Dart Westphal

Interim CEO

Dart joined Seamen’s Society in November 2016. He is an organizational development consultant with over 30 years experience helping community organizations achieve their goals. He has worked independently and in affiliation with the Support Center for Non Profit Management. His past experience includes serving as Interim Executive Director of Added Value, a Brooklyn based not for profit that developed and manages the Red Hook Community Farm. He recently served as Interim Executive Director of New York Harm Reduction Educators, an organization that works in East Harlem and the South Bronx to build a world where intravenous drug users and sex workers are treated with dignity and respect. Currently, Dart teaches at Manhattan College as an Adjunct Instructor in Environmental and Urban Studies.

Dart Westphal attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. He attended Catholic University, in Washington, D.C. and received a Master of Arts in Anthropology. Dart is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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Dina Carreras, LMSW


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.


Phyllis Birmingham


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.


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Interim CEO: Dart Westphal

Sr. VP/COO: Dina Carreras, LMSW

VP of Human Resources: Phyllis Davide

Development Office: Christina Marino

VP of Programs & Policy – Chief Compliance Officer – Daryl Dyer

Asst VP, Foster Care – Shari Richardson, LCSW


Foster Care and Adoption Services

Director, Foster Care Services: Lyschel Wilkerson, LCSW

Foster Care Program Manager: Jacqueline Lawrence, MPA

Foster Care Program Manager: Terayne Thomas, MSW

Supervisor Permanency/Adoption: Janine Palmer-Finnie, MSW


Community Programs

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

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

Director, Safe Passage & Child Witness to Domestic Violence: Seven Laracuente, LMSW

Director, Family Day Care Services: Nellie Suarez, MA

Director, Health Home Care Management: Sherin Ahmed, LCSW-R


Administrative Offices

50 Bay Street,

Staten Island, New York 10301-1827

Telephone: 1-718-447-7740

Fax: 718-720-2321


Brooklyn Offices

1668 Pitkin Avenue,

Brooklyn, NY 11212

Telephone: 1 -718- 313-1111

Fax: 718 313-1661