Meet our team

Life's WORC is staffed by a team of dedicated, experienced professionals who share a deep commitment to providing individuals with autism - and the families who love them - the resources they need to live life to the fullest. We invite you to meet some of them.

Janet Koch

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. In her tenure as CFO, she displayed an ability to identify new funding opportunities, as well as an ability to maintain an exemplary quality of service to individuals … Read More

Mary Rafferty

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 Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University, with a concentration in Health and Human Services, as well an … Read More

Matthew Zebatto

Matthew Zebatto | Assistant Executive Director overseeing Development and Public Affairs

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 Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). … Read More

John Pfeifer

John Pfeifer | Assistant Executive Director of Residential Services

Assistant Executive Director of Residential Services, 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 Life’s WORC, John has overseen the Life’s WORC Clinical department for more than 15 years, assisting … Read More

Denise Walsh

Denise Walsh | Assistant Executive Director of Quality & Compliance

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 … Read More