Meet our team

The Family Center for Autism 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 | Chief Executive Officer

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

In addition to her role as the Assistant Executive Director of Residential Services at Life’s WORC, Mary Rafferty oversees the programming and operations at 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 MBA in … Read More

John Pfeifer

John Pfeifer | Senior Director of Clinical Services

Senior Director of Clinical Services John Pfeifer has 30 years of experience working with people 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 … Read More

Kristen Schreck-Many

Kristen Schreck-Many | Director of Behavior Intervention Services

Kristen is responsible for the behavior intervention operations and activities, as well as overseeing school district and insurance contracts, and ensuring stakeholder satisfaction at the Family Center for Autism. With 12 years’ experience with autism, behavior analysis, and special education, Kristen specializes in behavior modification, classroom management, and conflict resolution. Kristen also is certified in Strategies for Crisis Intervention and … Read More

Scott Mergl

Scott Mergl | Program Director

As the Program Director of the Family Center for Autism, Scott’s role is to manage the day-to-day operations, while ensuring that all families feel happy and welcomed.  He is also responsible for working collaboratively with the rest of the Family Center management team to create and implement the programming that is recreational in nature but fosters social and other skill development. … Read More

Joseph Laudadio

Joseph Laudadio | Assistant Director of Behavior Intervention Services

Joseph is certified in Applied Behavior Analysis and holds a Master’s in Special Education. He specializes in behavior consultation, classroom management, and conflict resolution, and is a certified crisis prevention intervention instructor, as well as being certified in strategies for crisis intervention and prevention. Joseph also presents to local Special Education Parent Teacher Associations, as well as at staff development … Read More

Tina Moreno

Tina Moreno | Special Events Coordinator

Tina works closely with The Family Center for Autism on the development, implementation and execution of our important special events and assists with our fundraising and community awareness efforts. Her mission to support the special needs community has spanned her entire lifetime, serving as a career for the past 20 years. With a tremendous passion for ensuring equal opportunities for all, she … Read More

Matthew Zebatto

Matthew Zebatto | Assistant Executive Director Development and Public Affairs

Matthew Zebatto is the Life’s WORC/Family Center for Autism Assistant Executive Director overseeing Development and Public Affairs. He is responsible for and directs the Center’s sales, plus fundraising, marketing and public relations for both Life’s WORC and the Center. Matthew has over 25 years of experience as a resource development professional with experience in housing, child welfare and human services and … Read More