Harbor Child Care Board Of Directors

Board Members

Gary O’Connor - President, Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

A board member since 2005, Gary O’Connor brings to Harbor Child Care over 25 years of senior level human resources executive experience from various industries including education and the not-for-profit sector. Gary brings to Harbor a solid foundation in benefits, compensation, recruitment, training and labor relations.

Gary’s industry experience has included talent/career management consulting, healthcare, hospitality, education and working with multi-state organizations. His record of achievement is broad-based, stressing financial management, problem solving, dispute resolution, and proactive leadership.

As the Managing Partner for the Metro NY office of Your Part-Time HR Manager, LLC,  a national human resources consulting group, Gary is responsible for the design and implementation of sound human resources strategies and practices to clients. Gary holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education/Community Mental Health and advanced certification in Educational Leadership/Administration and Business from Long Island University.

Additionally, Gary is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Executive Coach and holds the certification designations as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Management - Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources.

Thomas D. Harrington - Vice President, Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

A native Long Islander, Tom has been familiar with Harbor Child Care since he attended as a child in 1980. His late mother Patricia was a board member and former President of the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors. Following in her footsteps he joined the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors in July of 2014.

Tom has been employed by Welsbach Electric Corp. for seventeen years during which time he has successfully overseen multiple NYC DOT, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and Consolidated Edison construction projects.  Tom has a degree in Criminal Justice and resides on Long Island, NY.

Ryan Goldberg - Treasurer, Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

Ryan Goldberg is a Partner at Rivkin Radler LLP in the firm’s Insurance Fraud Practice Group. He joined the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors in September of 2014. Ryan represents insurers in actions to recover payments to physicians, medical clinics, attorneys and others as part of complex, large-scale insurance fraud and kickback schemes.  

Ryan also counsels insurers on claims-handling practices and investigation techniques, and works with them to develop fraud prevention, detection and recovery plans.  As a member of Rivkin Radler’s Pro-Bono Program, Ryan routinely represents the indigent in Landlord-Tenant Court and was previously named one of the Top 40 Rising Stars in Business under 40 by Long Island Business News. 

Ryan is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law and received his undergraduate degrees from Binghamton University.  Ryan lives in Merrick with his wife Shannon and three kids, Liam, Finley and Abigail, who all attend Harbor Child Care. 

Regina Spinazzola-Kinney MD - Secretary, Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

Regina Spinazzola-Kinney MD is a neonatologist at the Northwell Health system’s neonatal intensive care nurseries. Regina attended New York Medical College, and then completed a residency in Pediatrics at NYU-Bellevue and a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Babies Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

She became actively involved in Harbor Child Care when her son attended the North Shore University site as a pre-schooler and then the Herricks site as a school age student.

Regina joined the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors in 1993, and continues to have an interest in the special needs population and services available for early intervention within the child care setting. In addition, she enjoys teaching religious education to children with special needs and singing in the church choir.

Scott Berfas - Member of the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

Scott Berfas is Managing Director of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in Melville, NY and serves as a corporate real estate specialist with focus on aligning clients’ core business goals with real estate and workplace strategy.  He joined the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors in March of 2015. Scott has also been retained by major corporations to secure significant economic incentive packages new projects involving job retention and/or creation.

In addition to providing corporate real estate advisory services, a key focus of his practice is enhancing value for commercial real estate assets; offering strategic advisory and brokerage services such as leasing, investment sales, repositioning and/or lease-up campaigns of distressed property, feasibility studies, cash flow and comparative real estate financial & market analysis.

Scott has won numerous awards including Long Island Business News “2014 Top Office Sale/Leaseback” and the Rechler Equity Partner’s “2012 Broker of the Year”. He is also a board of director for the charity group Long Island Elite and is part of the professional organization Long Island Real Estate Group, just to name a few.  Scott graduated with an economics degree from the University of Delaware and resides on Long Island, NY with his wife and two children.

Brad Caracciola - Member of the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

Brad Caracciola is the President and co-founder of Ground Force Logistics and Ground Force Freight.  He joined the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors in February of 2017.  Brad oversees corporate strategy, finance, and all legal aspects of the business units, and he brings these skills along with business management experience to our board.  He received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany, and formerly worked as an equity trader before transitioning in to the freight industry.  Brad is involved with several charitable organizations, and focuses his attention on local organizations, especially ones like Harbor Child Care that assist families and children in Suffolk and Nassau counties.

Maureen O'Connell - Member of the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell began her professional career as a Registered Nurse at North Shore University Hospital.  Maureen holds a B.S. in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph's College and earned her Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law.  She combined her knowledge of law and health administration by practicing in the areas of civil litigation, elder law and health regulatory compliance with the second largest law firm in Nassau County at the time.

Ms. O'Connell served as Trustee and Deputy Mayor of the Incorporated Village of East Williston from 1991 through 1998. In February 1998, Ms. O’Connell was the first woman elected to represent the 17th District in the New York State Assembly where she served as the Ranking Member of the Assembly’s Health Committee, and on the Assembly Judiciary, Insurance and Ethics Committees.

In November 2005, Ms. O’Connell was elected countywide to the Office of Nassau County Clerk and overwhelmingly re-elected in 2009 and 2013.  As County Clerk, Ms. O’Connell serves as Clerk of the Supreme and County Courts and is the official registrar of records relating to real property ownership in Nassau County. Ms. O’Connell has served on the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors since November of 2014. A lifelong resident of Nassau County, Ms. O'Connell resides in East Williston with her husband Don where they raised their son.

Zoe Schwam - Member Of the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors

Zoe Schwam is the Director of Human Resources at Portledge School. She joined the Harbor Child Care Board of Directors in June of 2016. Zoe brings to Harbor a background in athletics and education. Zoe received her bachelors from Hamilton College and her masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio University. She previously served on the board of the Long Island Lady Islanders where she was instrumental in the development of the girls hockey organization.