Staff Bios


Scott Swartz, BGS, University of CT, Avery Point.  Mr. Swartz is the Program Associate Manager, a case manager and group facilitator for the Fatherhood Initiative at Madonna Place in Norwich, CT.   His background of working with emotionally and behaviorally challenged children has enabled him to witness first hand the impact that fathers have on their children.  He provides advocacy for fathers and co-facilitates a parenting class with the 24/7 Dad curriculum.  Mr. Swartz also coordinates the Fatherhood Initiative within a substance abuse program in partnership with Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.  Mr. Swartz is married and the father of two amazing daughters.


Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer is a Case Manager/Group Facilitator in the Fatherhood Initiative Program.  He has been a social worker in a number of fields and has experience working with children in foster care and adults with psychological disabilities.  He has also been active with a number of social justice and youth empowerment movements over the last 15 years.  Currently, Patrick co-facilitates our Dr. Dad group at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT.  This group teaches dads basic skills to care for their new born and children up to age five.  Patrick also facilitates 24/7 Dad in New London, CT for fathers dedicated to substance abuse recovery and is working on a collaboration with Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, and the Norwich DCF office on ways to support families with a history of domestic violence.  He has a B.A. in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College in Richmond, IN.