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.
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.
Denise Walsh, Assistant Executive Director
As a professional in the field for 31-plus years, Denise Walsh is dedicated to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life. Throughout her career, Denise has provided psychological supports to people with I/DD and their families as a direct support professional, oversaw clinical services of an Article 16 clinic for people with I/DD, worked as Director of Training, Consulting Psychologist, Training Consultant, CQL trainer, and oversaw the I/DD services of a multi-human services organization as its Assistant Executive Director.
At Life’s WORC, she leads and manages a team of supervisors in the community programs & services for people with developmental disabilities funded by and regulated by NYS OPWDD & DOH. She also oversees the Family Center for Autism’s Behavior Analytics services, School District partnerships, and the membership classes for children and adults.
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
Ron Aghassi, CPA
Steven G. Santino
Dawn Del Mastro Chruma
Renee Daniel Flagler
Peter Klein, CFA
Mark Salah Morgan, Esq.
E. Christopher Murray, Esq.
Gregory J. Pond, Esq.
Anthony Taormina, Jr.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD EMERITUS
Rick Del Mastro
FOUNDER, HONORARY BOARD MEMBER
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