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.

Dominic Vayalumkal

Interim Comptroller

Dominic Vayalumkal joined Seamen’s Society in February 2017 as interim Comptroller. He will oversee all of the agency’s financial matters including the annual operating budget, payroll, purchasing, and the endowment, among other areas.

Dominic Vayalumkal still serves, in a limited capacity, as the partner of Government & Not-For-Profit services at the Manhattan CPA firm of John, Jacob & Vayalumkal, LLP. He has a keen interest in various direct and indirect rate-setting methodologies, cost allocation techniques, restructuring and right-sizing financial departments, enhancing efficiency and savings.

Dominic Vayalumkal is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State with membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Phyllis Birmingham

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.

Daryl Dyer

Vice President / Chief Compliance Officer

 Daryl serves as the Vice President of Programs & Policy/Chief Compliance Officer, since January 2017. Daryl began his career at Seamen’s Society as the Director of Quality Assurance & Program Development; a role he continues to hold.  His duties include implementing and managing the organization’s Compliance Program, including designing, implementing, and monitoring an annual work plan as well as developing and revising relevant policies.  He oversees training of staff and Board members concerning applicable laws and regulations.

Daryl came to Seamen’s Society from the NYC Administration for Children’s Service where he spent his last five years as Director of Agency Program Assistance Foster Care in the Division of Policy, Planning and Measurement.  He came to us with a wealth of experience in foster care and child welfare practices.

He graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.


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Interim CEO: Dart Westphal

Sr. VP/COO: Dina Carreras, LMSW

VP of Human Resources: Phyllis Birmingham

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

Asst VP, Foster Care – Shari Richardson, LCSW

Development Office: Christina Marino


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

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