President & Chief Executive Officer - Damyn Kelly, J.D.
Damyn Kelly, J.D. is the president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of New York (LSSNY), a leading social service agency serving more than 7,000 New Yorkers every day. Mr. Kelly oversees a $60 million annual budget and nearly 650 highly-qualified employees in the delivery of quality human services for the benefit of all New Yorkers, especially those most in need.
Mr. Kelly is a skilled strategic leader who has worked for more than 18 years as the chief executive of organizations serving many disenfranchised members of the community. His work has improved the lives of the formerly incarcerated; those living with mental illness, developmental and intellectual disabilities; and the homeless. He has leveraged his experience, industry knowledge and strong commitment to community advocacy, to bolster the business practices and financial success of several social service agencies. As CEO of Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Mr. Kelly had great success managing a multi-service agency serving more than 6,000 children and families in a variety of educational, vocational and behavioral treatment programs across 11 facilities.
Mr. Kelly has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Adelphi University and a Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Newark Emergency Services for Families and Congregations Linked in Urban Strategy to Effect Renewal (CLUSTER, Inc.). He and his wife, Diann, an Associate Professor and Chair of the BSW Program at Adelphi University, have two children.
Chief Program Officer - Kerron Norman, LMSW
Prior to joining LSSNY, Ms. Norman was Vice President and Chief Program Officer for ANDRUS. Her former roles include Director of Child Welfare for the Westchester County Department of Social Services and Deputy Director of Field Operations for the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Binghamton University. She is the proud recipient of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission’s Diversity Award, which honors individuals who work diligently to promote diversity and equality in systems.
Chief Financial Officer - Tamer Seoud, MBA, CCEP
Mr. Seoud also worked in Management Information Systems and developed database applications that integrated data from several city and state systems. His business and venture capital background has allowed him to bring a unique business mentality and acumen to the nonprofit arena. He holds an MBA in Corporate Finance and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CEEP). He is also a Microsoft-Certified Systems Engineer and a Certified Database Administrator.
General Counsel - Wanyong Austin, Esq.
Ms. Austin began her legal career as a corporate litigator with various New York law firms before becoming a staff attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation B. At Brooklyn Legal Services, she litigated family law individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of indigent clients for seven years. In 1993, she moved to Hong Kong with her family and worked with Pam Baker & Co. where she represented Vietnamese boat people held in detention in Hong Kong. Upon her return to the United States, she worked at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Ms. Austin has worked at LSSNY since 2001, first as the Supervising Attorney of the Immigration Legal Services Program and later the Director of the Immigration and Refugee Services Program. She received her A.B. from Harvard Radcliffe College and her J.D. from NYU School of Law.
Vice President for Research & Quality Improvement - Isabel Masch
Executive Director for Children's Services - Antonnette Taylor
In addition, Ms. Taylor oversees the Kinship and Family Treatment Rehabilitation Preventive programs and is responsible for the Discrete Medicaid Program at LSSNY, which was created to enhance medical, mental, developmental and substance abuse health services to appropriately meet the special needs of the children and adolescents served.
With LSSNY since 1995, Ms. Taylor has a comprehensive knowledge of the needs of the families we serve, and she works diligently—and with a tremendous amount of expertise—to connect children with loving homes. She has a B.A. and J.D. from CUNY Law School at Queens College.
Executive Director for Community Services - Cecilia Aranzamendez, LMSW, Esq.
Ms. Aranzamendez has a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and an MSW from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.
Executive Director for Education Services/Principal - Dr. Matthew Tucker
Dr. Matthew Tucker holds a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and Master’s degrees in education, with an extension in students with disabilities, as well as a second Master’s degree in school building administration from Mercy College. In addition, Dr. Tucker received his doctor of education in interdisciplinary leadership from Creighton University. He has spent 13 years in the public school sector as a teacher, program director and dean of students. Most recently, Dr. Tucker stepped into the role of Executive Director at The New Life School. Dr. Tucker is a certified NYS school teacher and school building administrator. “The best part of being principal at The New LIFE School is having the opportunity to impact the lives of our students by providing a differentiated educational experience that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom.”
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Executive Director for Information Technology - Thomas Dewar
Prior to joining LSSNY, Mr. Dewar was the Senior Director of Applications & Healthcare Systems at The New York Foundling; he has also served as the Chief Information Officer at Leake and Watts Services, Inc. He is co-chair of the Council on Families and Child Care Agencies (COFCCA) Information Technology Committee and is on the Mount Sinai Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP) IT and Stakeholders Committees.
Executive Director for Residential Services - John Ray Gonzalez, Esq.
He received a Bachelor of Science from Long Island University and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School.