Our experienced and diligent client support team help manage our business operations and ensure timely reporting and accurate responses to client inquiries.


Patricia A. Melnick, Administrative Director

Patricia joined Seaward in March of 2003, bringing over 25 years of operations management experience to the firm. Prior to joining Seaward, she was Vice President of Operations at Babson United Investment Advisors. Patricia's responsibilities at Seaward focus on human resource management, corporate finance, information management, compliance, information technology, communications systems and network administration. Patricia received her undergraduate degree from Worcester State College in Economics and earned her MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

Nicki A. Bonanno, Associate/Trader

Nicki joined Seaward in 2016 as an Associate/ Trader and brings a combined 16 years of experience in financial services.   She spent the previous eight years as the Head of Operations at Ironwood Investment Management.   From 2000 to 2007 she had multiple roles at Anchor Capital Investments including lead trader of Separately Managed Accounts. Nicki earned her B.A. in Art History from Tulane University.

Beth I. Fleitman, Associate

Beth joined Seaward in 2009 as a Portfolio Administrator, brings a combined 17 years of experience in financial services. Her previous experience includes working with Natixis Global Asset Management, Atlantic Trust, and Columbia Management Investment Advisors. Beth received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Anna Maria College and a Master of Science in Finance Degree from the Lemberg International Business School at Brandeis University.

Cathy A. Fougere, Associate

Cathy joined Seaward Management in September of 1995 when it merged with P.D. Sinclair & Associates. As a Portfolio Analyst, Cathy is responsible for several administrative activities and specializes in custom reporting. Prior to the merger, she was an Administrative Assistant and Research Analyst. Cathy received her B.A. in Business Administration from Salem State University. 

Kerley Hairston, Associate

Kerley joined Seaward in August of 2011 as a Portfolio Administrator.  She has over twenty years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining Seaward, she spent six years at MassDevelopment as a Portfolio Administrator.  Her previous employers include Wellington Management, Sasaki Associates and US Trust. Kerley received her B.S. in Business Administration from Suffolk University.

Karina Johnson,  Associate

Karina joined Seaward Management in April of 2017.  She spent the previous three years as executive assistant at Data for Decisions, an economic consulting firm. She is a graduate of Colby College, where she earned her B.A.in Art.

Heather Matheson,  Associate

Heather joined Seaward in June of 2017 as a portfolio administrator. Before joining Seaward, she spent 20 years as an Executive Assistant.  Her previous experience included working at Harbor Capital Management, and most recently for Frederick Thorne, LLC.  She attended Boston University and is a certified secretary from Katherine Gibbs School.

Jean O'Rourke,  Associate

Jean joined Seaward Management in May 2010 as a Portfolio Administrator. She brings a combined 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Her previous experience includes BNY Mellon, Beacon Fiduciary Advisors, University Bank and Patriot Bancorporation. Jean received her B.S. in Education from Boston State College. 

Susan D. Vallerand, Associate

Susan joined Seaward in July 2010 as a Portfolio Administrator. Prior to Seaward, Susan spent 19 years working in the financial sector, primarily for large institutional custodian banks. Her past employers include BankBoston, Investors Bank & Trust and State Street Bank. Susan graduated from Regis College where she received a B.A. in Economics.