LifeNet – About Us

LifeNet

Program Director Jay O’Brien oversees the design, development, and sustainability of the LifeNet program, and is responsible for operations, human resources, marketing, technology, legal, budgeting/finance, and quality assurance. Prior to leading LifeNet, Jay was co-founder and director of a nonprofit information provider for families of individuals with autism and other developmental differences. Jay received an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Harvard Alumni Public Service Fellow, and a BA from Holy Cross College.

Clinical Case Managers/Personal Advocates: Clinical professionals who coordinate the intake process, perform regular check-ins, and oversee the writing, implementation, and periodic reviews of individualized LifeNet Support Plans for each LifeNet Adult in their respective groups.

Melissa Regan is LifeNet’s inaugural Clinical Case Manager/Personal Advocate. As a licensed occupational therapist, Melissa has clinical experience supporting independence for adults who face a variety of physical, cognitive, medical, and environmental barriers. Since 2012, Melissa has worked with adults on the autism spectrum across areas of everyday life in their homes, in their communities, and as a manager to residential support staff. Prior to joining the LifeNet team, Melissa did clinical fieldwork at, and then per diem OTR/L support for, the top-ranked Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital network. She earned a BA with honors in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS with honors in occupational therapy from Boston University.

Cathryn (Catie) Ryan is LifeNet’s newest Clinical Case Manager/Personal Advocate. Catie is a licensed occupational therapist who most recently served as an OT supervisor for a respected Massachusetts-based multi-service provider, winning multiple organizational awards for “going above and beyond.” Catie did clinical fieldwork at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), and is a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellow. She earned a BA with honors in human development/family studies and psychology from the University of Connecticut, and an MS in occupational therapy from Boston University.

Support Partners: Direct support professionals who specialize in in-home or community-based support visits with LifeNet adults, providing direct care and accompaniment in the life skill areas prioritized in each adult’s LifeNet Support Plan. Support Partners work closely with LifeNet Clinical Case Managers/Personal Advocates to monitor each adult’s overall health, safety, and well-being.

Betsy DeLorenzo is LifeNet’s inaugural Support Partner. Betsy has more than 20 years of professional experience supporting people with autism and other developmental differences in school, work, community, and home-based settings. Betsy also serves as a live-in caregiver to an adult brother on the spectrum, with whom she volunteers on a regular basis at a respected local cat shelter. In her spare time, she is pursuing a degree in animal-assisted therapy.

Marion Calabro is LifeNet's newest support partner. Marion has professional experience serving in both residential and community outreach services for adults. She spent a year as the Commonwealth Corps Service Member at an organization in Worcester serving adult individuals affected by homelessness. In her free time, Marion enjoys spending time with her three-legged cat, Ralph, being a dungeon master in two Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, visiting alpaca farms, and running 5K races.

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