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Damyn Kelly

Executive Director

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Laura Welcher

Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project

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Danielle Engelman

Director of Programs

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Our Senior Staff

NamePosition and Bio
Damyn Kelly
Executive Director

As executive director of SEBNC, Damyn serves as the chief executive for the agency. He has more than 17 years of executive leadership of organizations serving the traditionally underserved.

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During his career he has developed and raised funds for programs serving the mentally ill, those living with HIV/AIDS, the formerly incarcerated, the homeless and children and families. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Hunter College, the Centers for Disease Control and Adelphi University.

He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Adelphi University and a Juris Doctor from the Antioch School of Law. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the Adelphi University School of Social Work where he is researching leadership styles amongst non-profit executives.

“My greatest joy comes from seeing the differences our programs make in the lives of those whom we serve. As an agency we have an obligation to be compassionate, competent and committed in our service delivery and our relationship with the community”.

“What matters is not to know the world but to change it”-Franz Fanon


Sheron Gayle
Chief Financial Officer

Over 16 Years professional experience managing the fiscal operation of SEBNC. Her vast knowledge of non-profit funding methods and fiscal policies have enabled SEBNC to effectively manage a myriad of funding streams, inclusive of youth programs, early childhood, Office of Mental Health Services, city, state, federal grant programs and a host of other private and public entities that aid in sustaining and institutionalizing services at SEBNC. Her unmatched integrity and commitment to the financial viability of the agency has made her an integral component in furthering the agency’s mission and delivery of services to children, youth and families.


Phyllis Forde
Coordinator of Early Childhood Education

As the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education, Ms. Forde brings more than 40 years of experience in early childhood education to the South East Bronx Neighborhood Center where she has worked for 25 years.

As the Director of the Gwendolyn Bland Center, named after Gwendolyn Bland the original director; Ms. Forde helped the Center become one of the first day care centers in the Bronx to receive a library from the Books for Kids Foundation. The Bland Center was also recognized as an “Outstanding Day Care Center” the NYC Agency for Children’s Services.

In her current position as the Coordinator for Early Childhood Education, Ms. Forde oversees SEBNC’s 3 day care centers serving more than 220 children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fordham University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Adelphi University. She also has a certificate in Special Education, Administration and Supervision from Fordham.

A strong believer in the importance of day care programs as the foundation for preschoolers’ education as providing a wealth of information so that children can be at their best and have an eagerness to learn.

Her motto is “We strive for academic excellence on a daily basis”.


Doreen Myle
Coordinator of Developmental Disabilities Services

Before beginning her career at SEBNC, Doreen Myles worked for 20 years as an educator in both the public and private education sectors in Jamaica. Doreen began teaching at the secondary level immediately after graduating from Teacher’s College and did so for six years before transferring to the elementary level where she worked for 14 years rising to the level as principal. Teaching is her passion and it is evident in everything that she does. Nearly every interaction that Doreen has with her colleagues, staff and individuals serves as an opportunity for learning.

Doreen was hired as a trainer for the developmentally disabled population of SEBNC in 2001. Her skills as a trainer and innovator were quickly recognized and within six years, Doreen was promoted to Coordinator of Developmental Disabilities Services. As the Coordinator, Doreen assumed responsibility for over 14 programs which served the population – including, but not limited to; residential homes, Medicaid Service Coordination, and 2 day habilitation programs.

Today, equipped with an MBA, Ms. Doreen Myles is the Associate Executive Director of Southeast Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Inc. where she continues to strive for excellence, not only from herself, but from her entire team.

“Eyes that look are many, eyes that see are rare” I enjoy working at SEBNC because the team sees the needs of our constituents. –Doreen Myles


Clyde Thompson
Director of Community Affairs/Training and Employment

Joined the SEBNC family in April 2001 and has held the position of Coordinator of Youth Services until his recent promotion in 2013. Currently provides services to children, youth and families in the areas of career and college planning for HS students, employment and job readiness assistance, advocacy and support services to families, tenant organizing, community building, food assistance and a host of other services that furthers the mission of the agency. 2012 he received the agency’s Humanitarian Award for outstanding service, along with a proclamation from the Bronx Borough Presidents Office, serving the youth of the Bronx for more than 28 years, and is an active member of the Bronx District #3 Community Planning Board. Sincerely devoted to the improvement of the lives of children, youth and families.


Nelson Palacios
Coordinator of Children and Youth Services

Nelson Palacios is the Coordinator Children & Youth Services. He came to SEBNC from the YMCA of Greater New York where he ran Children, Youth & Family programs. He has worked with Youth and Family Services for more than fifteen years. Growing up in Belize, Guatemala and New York City Nelson learned early on how crucial education and a supportive environment to the survival and well-being of individuals and communities. I am blessed with a job through which I can help influence and shape the personal, social and educational development of the future leaders of tomorrow. Through the “Good Offices” of SEBNC we are afforded the opportunity to provide a safe, caring, supportive atmosphere to the youth while they learn to cultivate their minds and aspire to achieve their dreams.


Raye McCollum
Quality Improvement Director

Raye T. McCollum has dedicated her life to volunteering and working for the underprivileged, underserved and underrepresented. She began volunteering as a youth with the Girl Scouts of Westchester/Putnam Counties and has since taken on many causes such as: breast cancer awareness with the American Cancer Society; and childhood poverty and homelessness by partnering with New York Cares and their Winter Wishes and Coat Drive programs. Her passion, however, has been working with and for the developmentally disabled.

Mrs. McCollum began her career serving the developmentally disabled as a direct care counselor while in her senior year of college. Shortly after attaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, she was promoted to Assistant Manager of a residence. In just 6 months, she became the Manager of a 12-bed Intermediate Care Facility and was subsequently given the responsibility of giving oversight to several Individualized Residential Alternatives. After attaining a Master’s Degree, Ms. McCollum decided that she wanted to expand her knowledge of the DD population and acquired a position in Quality Assurance Dept. As a Quality Assurance Specialist, Mrs. McCollum acquired several training certifications, became an investigator, and became well-versed in the regulatory compliance of several government entities.

As the Director of the Quality Improvement Department of SEBNC, Inc., Mrs. McCollum is responsible for the staff training, incident management and regulatory compliance of not only the DD services, but the Early Learn Centers and Child & Youth Services as well.

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle” This is one of my favorite quotes and one of the many reasons I love working at SEBNC. When one of us gains, we all gain. When one of us shines, SEBNC shines. I feel like I’m a part of something here… I feel like I’m making a difference. We all are. –Raye T. McCollum