David Gaskin

President and Chief Executive Officer

David joined Seamen’s Society for Children and Families in November 2017. David brings a unique blend of corporate sector and nonprofit leadership experience, which spans nearly 25 years, to the role. David’s corporate sector background, with world-class organizations, includes 17 years with Vanguard, where he was a Principal in the firm’s Strategy & Finance, Human Resources, and Institutional Asset Management Divisions. Other notable assignments were with leading Fortune 500 companies, including American Express, JPMorgan Chase and Johnson & Johnson.

In the nonprofit realm, David is the co-founder and trustee of the Success Through Education and Preparation Fund (S.T.E.P.), a private nonprofit foundation that has committed grants to high potential and economically disadvantaged youth to help finance their attainment of a private high school education. He is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for Oaks Integrated Care, Inc., one of the largest New Jersey nonprofit organizations, which provides a broad continuum of behavioral health, wellness, and clinical services for adults, children and families in critical need of mental and behavioral health care services. David also serves on the board of The Velocity BioGroup, Inc., a global biopharma technology and strategic advisory firm.

David can attest to the influence that one person can have in transforming, and empowering, the life of a child. He grew up on Empire Boulevard, in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. He attended P.S. 221, which is just a few short blocks from the Seamen’s Society for Children and Families Brooklyn office. His sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Lois Subotnick, was instrumental in identifying his potential, and encouraged his family, given the considerable financial hurdle, to send him to The Dalton School, a prominent private school in Manhattan. That one move, spearheaded by Mrs. Subotnick, more than any other earthly moment, changed the trajectory of his life.

David went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in History from Yale University, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.



President, Chief Executive Officer: David Gaskin

Chief Financial Officer: Philip Zweiger

Vice President of Programs: Daniel Barckhaus, LMSW

Vice President of Programs: Felicia Soodeen

Chief of Staff: Mary Ponte

Senior Director of Development: Andrew Miller

Director of Quality Assurance and Improvement/Compliance Officer: Kaywanna Burgess


Foster Care and Adoption Services

Senior Director of Foster Care: Tonya Davis-Taylor, LMSW

Senior Program Manager (PYA, Adoption, KinGap & HomeFinding): Jacquelyn Sanders, LMSW

Foster Care Program Manager: Latima Hudson, MSW



Preventive Programs

Director of Prevention/ Family Treatment Rehabilitation: Linda Tasher, MSW


Health & Wellness Programs

Director of Safe Passage and Child Witness to Domestic Violence: Dr. Seven Laracuente, LCSW

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



Community Programs

Director of Family Day Care Services: Nellie Suarez, MA


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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