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SCO Family of Services Parent Marina Licastro-Friday Elected to SCO Board of Directors

November 29, 2022 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services is pleased to announce Marina Licastro-Friday, a parent of children served by the agency, has been elected to the agency’s Board of Directors.

Marina brings a unique perspective to the Board, not only as a parent utilizing SCO services, but also as a former employee. Her expertise on the client and staff side of the agency will add invaluable perspective to SCO’s top leadership. Her participation is in keeping with SCO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), and we are honored to have Marina lend her voice in this leadership role.

Marina has been involved with SCO’s FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, since the program first opened in 2013 when she enrolled her son, Antonio, in FirstStep’s Pre-K class. She quickly became an active volunteer on their Parent Committee, in the classroom, and throughout the Center. Her polished interpersonal skills were clear from her years of customer service, her attention to detail was notable, and her eagerness to be a part of FirstStep’s growing new community was heartwarming.

When searching to fill a new Administrative Assistant position, the program looked to the parents. Marina stood out as the perfect candidate and was offered the job. She quickly learned all of the daily tasks and responsibilities to support the Center and was later promoted to FirstStep’s Office Manager.

During her tenure with FirstStepNYC, Marina had two more sons and enrolled both of them into the program. Her youngest son, Andrew, was enrolled in their Early Head Start program in September 2020.

This fall, Marina resigned from SCO to pursue a coveted position with New York’s Strongest – the Department of Sanitation. While staff were sad to see her leave, they couldn’t help but be excited for her new chapter, knowing that she would still be a part of FirstStepNYC.

Marina brings a unique voice and a wealth of knowledge and experience to the SCO Board. She knows both the joys and hardships of being a parent in Brownsville. She has experienced raising her children in SCO programs, as well as being an SCO employee. She is committed to the success of the program and the agency as a whole.

SCO Family of Services proudly welcomes Marina Licastro-Friday to its Board of Directors.

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