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:

Joan S. Dawber, SC
Executive Director & Founder

Courtney Biederbeck, MPA
Director of People & Strategy

Melissa Camardo, SCL
Director of Development

Jeannie Colangelo
Director of Finance & Technology

Elizabeth Falcone, LMSW
Director of Safe Housing

Lima James, MSW
Education & Development Manager

Corporation Members:

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, represented by Monica Walsh, RSHM
Sisters of Charity – Halifax, represented by Kathleen Kull, SC
Sisters of Charity of New York, represented by Mary Ellen O’Boyle, SC
Sisters of The Good Shepherd, represented by Maureen McGowan, RGS

Board of Directors:

Marianne C. Mocarski, LMSW, President

Marianne Mocarski was drawn to the work of LifeWay Network because she was horrified that in our current day we were treating people like possessions, and treating them brutally. She wanted to do something to make a difference. Having a Masters in Social Work, and being an administrator in social work agencies for children and families since 1982, Marianne felt she could bring her skills and experience to provide knowledge in program planning and organizational development. Her deep commitment to people in need continues to draw her to the mission of LifeWay Network.

Maura Grimes, Treasurer

Maura Grimes most recently served as Senior Director of Fiduciary Services for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. She earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Villanova University, is a  Certified Financial Planner™ professional and a member of the Financial Planning Association of New York. As Treasurer of LifeWay Network, Inc., Maura employs those skills gained over the course of her career to help guide the Board in meeting its fiduciary duty of fiscally responsible stewardship.

Mary Beth Moore, SC, Secretary

As a Sister of Charity – Halifax, Mary Beth Moore has worked as a rehabilitation counselor and pastoral worker for forty years. She is currently Assistant Director of Centro Corazon de Maria. Her full-time ministry to recently arrived immigrant women has sensitized her to the plight of women and children driven by poverty to cross borders. She is keenly aware of the need to combat gender violence at all levels.  As Secretary of LifeWay Network she feels she can contribute in some small way to protecting women and raising awareness of the need for gender equality.

David Brown

David Brown served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for R. H. Macy and Co. Inc, followed by years in the executive search business with Korn Ferry International, and Pen James Associates. Prior to his retirement he served as a key executive with two ‘turn-around’ businesses, Linens ‘n Things and Ashley Stewart. David also has experience with nonprofit organizations, having served as a trustee with Drew University, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. He is currently a Director of thee Selective Insurance Group, Inc. He is honored to serve on LifeWay Network’s board and to support its mission to combat modern day slavery.

Anne Green

Anne Green is President & Chief Executive Officer of CooperKatz & Company, Inc., a public relations and marketing communications agency. She is responsible for the agency’s strategic direction, growth and operations, as well as providing senior communications counsel for its clients. Anne holds a B.A. in English Literature with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Vassar College and an M.A. in American Literature from New York University. Her passion for women’s issues and rights drew her to the mission of LifeWay Network, and she is proud to support the organization in its dual focus on education and safe housing in the fight against human trafficking.

Regina Holtz, FSP

Regina Holtz is Office Manager at First Friends of NJ & NY, an NGO which provides non-legal support services to immigrants in detention. Her social work background includes ministry as  Manager of a day care for homeless and HIV+ children in Newark, NJ. She served 16 years on the Leadership Team of her congregation, the Franciscan Sisters of Peace, during which she was active with the Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop Trafficking (CRC-STOP). Regina sees LifeWay Network as a positive force in the struggle to combat human trafficking. She believes the two-fold emphasis of LifeWay on education and safe housing is the key to success in abolishing modern slavery.

Elizabeth J. Kolb, RSHM

Sr. Elizabeth Kolb, a Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, has worked with marginalized populations and vulnerable persons in her work as pastoral counselor, spiritual director and psychotherapist.  As a licensed clinical social worker she has supervised countless social work students and social workers in agencies throughout NYC and Westchester County, and has taught social work at the graduate level. She currently has a private practice, and is the Residence Administrator at the Lurana Health Care Residence in Garrison, NY. She was drawn to Lifeway because of her desire for justice for all persons, especially those who have been abused.

Jessica Schaefer, Esq.

Jessica Schaefer is an Assistant General Counsel & Director at Bank of America, N.A.  She received a B.A. in History from Williams College and earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law.  She is honored to serve on LifeWay Network’s board, as she believes it is an invaluable opportunity to contribute to her community and combat the exploitation of women.