Meet the Life's WORC Leadership Team

Our leadership team is made up of a group of accomplished professionals who are all focused on one thing: the people we support.

Executive Leadership

Janet Koch, CEO
Janet Koch was selected as CEO of Life’s WORC in October 2014. Prior to her selection as CEO of Life’s WORC, she served for six years as the agency’s Chief Financial Officer. As CEO, Janet has spearheaded an organization restructuring, overseen the acquisition of more homes in Queens and Long Island, opened the new Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism (FCA), launched a new agency-wide strategic plan, and introduced a comprehensive marketing initiative. Janet’s career began in the not-for-profit industry in the field of developmental disabilities. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Dowling College and a Master of Science in Accounting from Long Island University, CW Post.

In addition to serving as CEO of Life’s WORC, Janet serves on the Board of Directors of the InterAgency Council (IAC), is a member of NYSACRA, is an NYSRA NYSACRA Managed Care Council member, a member of the LIA, and serves on the Audit Committee for the Commack Union Free School District. Janet is also a recipient of the LI Power Women in Business Award.

Mary Rafferty, Chief Operating Officer
As the Chief Operating Officer at Life’s WORC, Mary Rafferty oversees Residential Services with oversight of nursing and clinical services, community services, day habilitation and The Family Center for Autism. She has been with Life’s WORC for over 28 years.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University, with a concentration in Health and Human Services, as well as an MBA in Strategic Healthcare Management from Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business.

John Pfeifer, Assistant Executive Director
John Pfeifer has 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and autism. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who has supported people with autism throughout his entire career via innovative clinical treatment strategies.

In addition to his role at The Family Center for Autism, John has overseen the Life’s WORC Clinical department for 15 years, assisting in the development and operation of over 40 Life’s WORC residences. He has presented at several local and national conferences on topics such as Functional Analysis of Challenging Behaviors, Autism, Bullying Prevention, First Responder Training, and Understanding Psychiatric Diagnosis among the Intellectually Disabled population. John is also a staff trainer at Life’s WORC, and provides training to all new employees and Management Staff.

Matthew Zebatto, Assistant Executive Director
Matthew Zebatto is the Life’s WORC/FCA Assistant Executive Director overseeing Development and Public Affairs.
He is a cum laude graduate from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. Matthew has over twenty-five years’ experience as a Resource Development professional with experience in housing, child welfare, and human services and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Matthew currently is responsible for and has oversight of FCA sales, plus fundraising and public relations for both Life’s WORC and the FCA.

Board Of Directors

CHAIR
Lynne Koufakis

VICE CHAIR
Michael Billia

SECRETARY
Edmond O’Donnell

TREASURER
Ron Aghassi, CPA

EXECUTIVE AT-LARGE
Richard Ritacco
Steven G. Santino

BOARD MEMBER
Donald Barrick
Dawn Del Mastro Chruma
Ben Filingeri
Renee Daniel Flagler
Steven Gartenstein
Tariq Khan
Peter Klein, CFA
John Lee
Mark Salah Morgan, Esq.
John Murn
E. Christopher Murray, Esq.
Gregory J. Pond, Esq.
Justin Resnick
Vanessa Rogan
Anthony Taormina, Jr.

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD EMERITUS
Rick Del Mastro

FOUNDER, HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
Victoria Schneps-Yunis

 

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