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 | Assistant Executive Director Program Development

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

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