Executive Staff

Sharron Madden

Sharron Madden, LCSW-R

Acting Executive Director

Sharron Madden joined Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families on September 15, 2014. She comes with a wide range of experience, which covers the span of over 30 years post master’s work.

Prior to joining the team at EGSCF she was a member of the Executive Staff at Jewish Board Family and Children’s Services where her scope of responsibilities was to manage a budget of over 13 million dollars with programming responsibility for the Divisions of Prevention, Domes- tic Violence and Clinical Consultation. Ms. Madden was a member of the JBFCS team for three and half years.

Prior to joining JBFCS, Ms. Madden was recruited to develop and take responsibility as the Director of Social Work for the Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian where she worked for nine years. The department was comprised of eighty social workers who provided care and services to 198 inpatient children and their families, sixteen ambulatory centers and six school based mental health programs. She was a strategic partner in the development of the Family Centered Care Program for the Children’s Hospital initiating such programs as Family Rounding for Physicians and Nurses.

Her years of experience also include over twelve years working for the Juvenile Rights Division as a Social Work Supervisor for the Legal Aid Society, which provided legal services to children within the Family Court system.

Ms. Madden holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a graduate of New York University School of Social Work.

Ken Semple, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Ken Semple joined Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families as the Chief Financial Officer in January 2016.  He holds an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College and comes to Edwin Gould after serving at the Jewish Child Care Association as Assistant Director of Finance. Raised in Guyana, Ken studied Commerce at the Government Technical Institute graduating with high credit and continued on to pursue his B.A in Economics with minor concentration in Accounting. He was an Economic and Financial Analyst at the State Planning Department with shared responsibility of managing Guyana’s current budget from start to finish.  During his tenure, he quickly rose in the ranks and took on various leading roles in the preparation, organization and assembling of the entire annual budget package.

In 1999, Ken moved to the United States and was soon appointed Budget Assistant at the Central Park Conservancy where he assisted in overseeing the fiscal operation of the agency’s capital and operational budgets ($60M) with responsibility for all purchasing and timesheets approval.  His work soon took him to St. Johns University as a Budget Manager, where he continued in the field of contracts management, budgeting and purchasing. In 2009, he accepted a position with Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. as Director of Government Contracts.  During his 4 years there, he helped implement an entirely new in-house finance department and established solid controls and structures. In 2013 he started a new opportunity with Jewish Child Care Association, where his accomplishments included reducing monthly receivables from $30M to $11M and instituting department reforms to increase efficiency.


Senior Leadership

Anne Patterson, LMSW, Division Director, STEPS to End Family Violence

Abu Taher, Director of Information Technology

Nardine McCleod, LMSW, Director of Quality Management

Melissa Moorer-Nobles, MA, Director of Human Resources

Sylvia Fety, LMSW , Co-Division Director, Preventive Services

Cynthia Vargas, LCSW, Co-Division Director, Preventive Services & Director, United Families

Alicia McGrath, Division Director, Intellectual & Developmental Disability Services

Amiee Abush, LCSW, Division Director, Permanency Services