Dr. Phyllis Cureton is the Director of Samaritan Daytop Village a substance abuse and mental health program located in Mariners Harbor.
A Staten Islander since the age of ten, Dr. Cureton lives in Mariners Harbor. A graduate of Curtis High School and Cornerstone University, she holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Counseling and is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor (CASAC) and an international certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC). She is an ordained Deacon at Mount Sinai United Christian Church in Tompkinsville and co-directs the Marriage enrichment ministry. She also serves as the Chaplain for the Mount Sinai United Christian Church choir.
Dr. Cureton has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in the community. She received the 2017 Staten Island Advance Woman of achievement award, the 2016 Second Chance Woman of Distinction Award, the 2015 NAACP William A. Morris Humanitarian Award, the Staten Island Help our People Excel award, Person of the Year Award, the Community Growth and Opportunity Virtuous Woman Award, and the Gerard L. Carter Award. She has received recognition from Mayor Bill De Blasio, Senator Diane Savino, Congressman Dan Donovan, District Attorney Michael McMahon, council woman Debi Rose and Senator Andrew Lanza. She was one of fifty leaders selected to meet with former President Barack Obama to discuss community issues.