Daryl Mackin


Daryl J.W. Mackin, Founder and Executive Director


Mr. Daryl J.W. Mackin has been married since 1995 to his wonderful wife JoJo and he is a father of three; Zachariah and twins Malakai and Nadia. Like many Americans, Mr. Mackin’s favorite past time is baseball. He has been coaching Little League baseball religiously since 1996.

Mr. Mackin is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Daryl has over 30 years of experience in the food service Industry. His Culinary career highlights include being the Executive chef of the prestigious Haile-Maile Restaurant in Maui, Hawaii and was also the Executive Chef of the Tarry-A-while Resort and Restaurant in Bridgton Maine.

In 1979, Mackin began his cooking career in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 6 years. Daryl had taught high school culinary arts for 18 years. In 2012, Mr. Mackin resigned from teaching to do A Soldier’s Child Foundation full time.

Daryl Mackin founded the nonprofit A Soldier’s Child Foundation in 2008 after his neighbor’s son Marine Staff Sargent Marcus Golcyznski was killed by sniper fire in Iraq. Daryl believes it is the responsibility of the average American citizen to show love and compassion to the children and families of our fallen heroes.

On June 2, 2008 Daryl and others celebrated ASC’s first birthday for Marc’s son Christian Golczynski, who at that time turned 10 years old. ASC has grown substantially over the years, since it’s conception in 2008.

A Soldier’s Child has 3 points of service for their ASC recipients. They celebrate birthdays up to the age of 18, offer their mentorship program which includes a summer camp experience called Journey Camp and hunting and fishing programs throughout the year. ASC also facilitate in college scholarships through their partners at The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (CFPF) and The Folded Flag Foundation.