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.
Joan S. Dawber, SC
Executive Director & Founder
Courtney Biederbeck, MPA
Director of People & Strategy
Director of Development
Director of Finance & Technology
Elizabeth Falcone, MSW
Director of Safe Housing
Lima James, MSW
Education & Development Manager
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:
Anne Green, President
Anne Green is a Principal & Managing Director of G&S Business Communications, an integrated communications agency. She previously served as President & Chief Executive Officer of CooperKatz & Company, Inc. and spent 22-years building the agency prior to its 2018 acquisition by G&S. She is responsible for the strategic growth, operations and culture of the G&S New York office, as well as providing senior communications counsel for key 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.
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.
Elizabeth J. Kolb, RSHM, Secretary
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.
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.
Evan Harrel is a strategic consultant focused on supporting non-profit organizations in the development of strong, implementable strategic plans. Previously, he served as the executive director of an early childhood non-profit in inner-city Houston’s poorest neighborhoods and as the interim executive director of Houston Habitat for Humanity. He was awarded a Masters of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Princeton University. Evan’s passion for achieving social justice for people in need drew him to LifeWay Network.
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.
Sr. Roberta Kerins, SC
Roberta is a member of the Sisters of Charity, Halifax, presently serving on the leadership team of her congregation. Her past ministries include being the Director of the Spirituality and Continuing Education Programs at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC, a member of the Formation Team with the Paulist Fathers, and many years serving in a number of pastoral capacities in parish settings. Roberta has been involved in women’s empowerment opportunities as a mentor for women transitioning from the DC Jail. She has been a supporter of LifeWay from its inception.
August (Gus) Thomas Lembo
Gus Lembo is a semi-retired attorney. A graduate of Georgetown University and Rutgers Law School, he worked in the private practice of law and in government including as an assistant counsel in the New Jersey Governor’s Office, as deputy director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, and as a board member of an organization providing shelter to the homeless. He continues to provide legal advice to hospital ethics committees. Gus participated in an orientation program for new volunteers to the LifeWay Network. He was most impressed by the efforts of the LifeWay organization to confront the appalling human trafficking issues.
Marianne C. Mocarski, LMSW
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.
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.