Executive Staff

Keith Little, Executive Director

Keith Little, MPA

Executive Director

Keith Little was appointed Executive Director at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families on June 9, 2014. Keith brings over 30 years of experience in mental health, health care, child welfare, and juvenile justice in both governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Keith comes to Edwin Gould from the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) where he served as Campus Director for their Westchester Division. While there, Keith restructured child welfare services to provide specialization in the treatment of female and male residents to address mental health, sex trafficking and behavioral issues resulting in best practices in mental health treatment. He consolidated campus maintenance and fiscal operations to provide more efficient services; served on the Children’s Committee Medicaid Redesign Team of the Coalition of Behavior Health Agencies, Inc. examining the implementation and impact of managed care; served on the New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services; and was a member of the Lower Hudson regional Council on Families and Child Caring Agencies.

Prior to his work at JBFCS, Keith served as the Associate Commissioner and Deputy Director of the NYS Office of Mental Health, Division of Children and Family Services; Executive Director of the Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center and Associate Executive Director of the Queens – Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Centers; and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Youth Board.

In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Little holds degrees from Baruch College and the University of Bridgeport. Additionally, he completed the NYS Office of Mental Health Administrative Internship Program, as well as the NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations Leadership Classroom.

Sharron Madden

Sharron Madden, LCSW-R

Chief Program Officer

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.


Lucia Rivieccio, LCSW-R

Chief External Affairs Officer

Lucia Rivieccio, LCSW is the Chief External Affairs Officer at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families. Previously, as Assistant Executive Director, Lucia directed Edwin Gould’s STEPS to End Family Violence program from 2007 through August 2014. During her tenure, she was responsible for a 60% increase in revenue and oversaw the development of the Civil Legal Services program; expansion of the Children’s Therapy Program and Rikers-based services; development of court-based programming to address victims of sex trafficking; and the integration of a ReEntry program for formerly incarcerated women. Lucia came to STEPS in 2003 as the Clinical Director and ATI Coordinator. In that role she led the development of STEPS’ non-residential domestic violence program as well as spearheaded the visioning process and development of a new mission statement.

Lucia received an M.S. in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work and an A.B. from Smith College. She completed a management program at Columbia University Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, and holds a post-master’s certificate in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Lucia is a member of
the Advisory Board for Appigi and a member and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In addition to private practice and several years as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work, her previous work has included services to children and families in crisis at Manhattan and Queens Children’s Psychiatric Centers, Good Shepherd Services, and NY Presbyterian. She began her career at Little Flower Children’s Services as an Adoption Caseworker.

Her career includes a sabbatical in 2000–2001 during which she traveled extensively in India and South-East Asia. She volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India and observed the economic empowerment work of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in India, Nepal, Indonesia, and North-East Thailand.

Lucia was a disaster mental health volunteer with the American Red Cross for many years and is an accomplished soprano. A life-long New Yorker, she currently resides in Brooklyn.


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