Leadership and Board

LifeWay Network achieves its mission through the combined efforts of many passionate and dedicated individuals who work together to build a world in which human trafficking is abolished and every survivor is strong, connected and free. Our work is supported by hundreds of volunteers, partner agencies, sponsors, and our committed board of directors.

Leadership Team:

Marion Kendall, M.Ed, MSW, PhD Candidate
Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Marion Kendall takes a vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded and respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic financing partners, and establishing governance boundaries. Marion earns a seat at the table wherever she serves. Marion holds a Masters in Education from Columbia University, a Masters Degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University, and is a Ph.D candidate.

 

 

Lima James, MSW
Director of Education & Community Engagement 

As the Education and Community Engagement Director, Lima James is responsible for training and increasing community awareness on human trafficking. Lima is an experienced educator and public speaker with a demonstrated background in government agencies, non-profits, and academia. Skilled in leadership, development, and collaborative work, Lima was eager to use her skillset toward bringing an end to human trafficking. She has previously worked with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services drafting policy on human trafficking, SUNY Albany developing and instructing a course on human trafficking, and Sage Publications reviewing a textbook on human trafficking. Lima holds a Master’s in Macro Social Welfare from SUNY Albany, and B.A. in Spanish with minors in International Studies and Latino Studies from University of Connecticut.

 

Audrienne Boyd, MSW
Director of Safe Housing Program

As the Director of Safe Housing Program at LifeWay Network, Audrienne Boyd is responsible for leading a trauma-informed approach and program model to serve women survivors who have been trafficked. As an experienced social worker with a background in working with vulnerable populations, Audrienne was motivated to use her skill set to assist LifeWay Network in its mission and to achieve its goals of changing the future for women survivors of human trafficking by providing them with a supportive and nurturing environment that helps them move towards a life of freedom and independence. Her strong clinical, organizational and mentorship skills will serve her in good stead at Lifeway Network. Audrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Sociology major from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Masters of Social Work from Adelphi University.

 

Courtney Biederbeck, MPA
Director of People & Strategy

Courtney leads LifeWay’s operations and strategic planning and partnerships. She manages the volunteer, risk management, and self care programs. Courtney was drawn to be part of the leadership team of women at LifeWay because she is driven by its urgent and paramount mission to end human trafficking. She fiercely believes in LifeWay’s impact, and its culture of community, empathy and courage. She previously worked at Children’s Aid in program management. She consulted in strategic planning while completing her Master of Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy at New York University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and in Spanish at The State University of New York at Geneseo.

 

Tiffany Perkins, BA
Director of Development & Communications

As Director of Development and Communications, Tiffany Perkins is responsible for ensuring the long term financial stability of LifeWay network through cultivating relationships, and maintaining LifeWay’s message among various audiences. Tiffany’s upbringing in Chicago surrounded by strong women pushes her to strive for that same level of strength in all women. She brings that fight to the women of LifeWay so that they too can be strong, connected, and free. Tiffany has a bachelor’s in Public Communications from DePaul University and has worked in the non-profit field for almost a decade.

 

 

Jeannie Colangelo, BA
Director of Finance & Technology

As the Director of Finance and Technology, Jeannie Colangelo is responsible for managing the Fiscal and system functions to ensure smooth and efficient operations of the organization, as well as support organizational growth and program development with financial planning models. Jeannie also leads the development of the organization’s a technology roadmap, including identification of appropriate systems to meet growing organizational needs. Jeannie left the corporate world for LifeWay Network because of her strong desire to help women who have been trafficked become strong, connected and free. Jeannie has a BA from Purchase College.

 

 

 


Sr. Joan S. Dawber
Founder

Since 2006, Sr. Joan S. Dawber, SC has been engaged full-time in working to abolish human trafficking. As the Founder of LifeWay Network, her focus has been establishing safe housing for human trafficking survivors in the New York area and educating the general public on this important issue. Sr. Joan’s contributions to the abolitionist movement have been lauded by numerous organizations, including St. John’s University, who awarded her their Caritas Medal in 2014; Pax Christi Metro New York, who presented her with the Sister Christine Mulready Peacemaker Award in 2015; and New York’s New Abolitionists, who named her as one of their own in 2014. A member of the Sisters of Charity Halifax, Sr. Joan is a former co-chair of the New York Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking in Persons, serves on the Sisters of Charity Global Concerns Resource Team, and is a board member of the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.