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Healing For the Broken Hearted
Setting The Captives Free

About Us

We have grown and so has our board to accommodate all the many aspects of managing the Living Water homes. Here is some information about our founding director and current board members:

Lisa Cohn Executive Director

Since 2001 Lisa has been facilitating weekly workshops at Nassau County Correctional Center. It is here that the vision for Living Water was birthed as Lisa saw women return multiple times to jail. This happened most often because they had no sufficient support system as they reentered society. Lisa oversees the daily operations of the Living Water homes in conjunction with our in house manager to create a structured lifestyle and calm in the ever present conflicts of the day.

She was President/Owner of Lifeline Communications, Inc. from 1981- 2011. Knowing that she would one day open Living Water, Lisa returned to college, receiving her BS in Human Service Management at Empire College. After selling Lifeline Communications, she was able to devote all her time to Living Water for Women which was formerly founded in 2010.

Lisa received the Community Merit Award from the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce and has been Vice President of the Chamber since 2010. She has been a member of Glen Cove Rotary since 2003, and served as President from 2008-2010. It is because of her former business experience, that Lisa has retained and cultivated the ever important contacts in the local community. Through these contacts our clients are receiving food, clothing, tickets to art museums & concerts, free gym membership, and job internships. Many of our volunteers providing workshops in budgeting, art, writing, self-esteem, and stress reduction, have also come through former business connections and friends made in the local community.


Deborah McGee Vice President

Former Founder & President of Byte Syze Inc., a technology consulting concern whose client list included corporations such as Sony, MTV, CBS, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and The Lowes Corporation, Deborah possesses a wealth of computer technology understanding that is only exceeded by her commitment and zeal for God and helping others. She served as Youth-Minister at the Abundant Life Tabernacle in the Bronx, NY, Open Door Bibleway in Jamaica, NY and continues in that capacity at Shaarei HaShamayim, a Messianic Jewish Congregation in Bellmore, Long Island, NY.†

As a former member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Deborah has a heart for the hurting and wounded. Putting action behind her passion to see lives restored to soundness, Deborah attended faith-based Victory University majoring in Psychology.† In order to have solid base of knowledge and effectively advocate for women facing the dilemma of incarceration or who have been incarcerated, Deborah enrolled at Christ Centered Crown College where she is studying Criminal Justice and Substance Addiction Counseling.†

Deborah reaches out to the business community to forge relationships that will impact the women residing at our transitional homes via apprenticeships, volunteer opportunities and donations. Deborah believes that in partnering with local businesses and churches to aid in the rehabilitation, restoration and reconciliation of the ladies of Living Water for Women, we will see their lives† transform into women of faith, destiny and purpose which will positively impact our communities and the generations to follow.


Rene Minter Carr, LCSW-R

Rene is a Christian based Psychotherapist in private practice since 2004.She is a licensed clinical social worker. She was previously an adjunct professor at LIU School of Social Work from 2004-2010. Rene also served as the clinical director of the Salvation Army Therapeutic Foster Boarding Homes in Mineola from 2006 -2008. She was the Program Director for Adolescent Psychiatry at North Shore LIJ. She also served as Assistant Director for SCO Therapeutic Forster Care and family based treatment programs. Rene was also a staff developer, affirmative action officer and senior caseworker for Nassau County Dept. of Social Services. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Rene recently left as Program Coordinator of the INN shelter in Roosevelt. She brings to Living Water a wealth of knowledge from that experience. Every week she travels approximately two hours to counsel every woman residing at our homes. Rene will often return for a second day if needed and she has also intervened by phone when there are conflicts where we need her expertise. She is highly respected and appreciated there by all our clients.


Pat Douglas

Pat currently teaches special education in the South Bronx, New York. She has experience working with the toughest population in the Bronx which has prepared her to work with many of our clientele. She is certified in Approved Medication administration Personnel (AMAP) and Behavior Management/Psychology Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP).

Pat worked in ministry with Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center in 2008 and then helped found Living Water for Women in 2010. Because of her long history with Living Water she helps oversee the finances as treasurer. Having struggled with addiction herself she has tremendous insight and compassion for our women as she mentors them, during projects or special dinners and game nights.


Kathleen Izzo

Has been an art teacher for NYC public schools for 31 years. Kathleen involved her students in a quilting project for 9-11 that is on display in NYC at the 9-11 museum, along with a DVD she that composed.

In addition to teaching art, Kathleen is also an accomplished artist using mixed media and very innovative techniques on canvas. Kathleenís work depicts strong women as seen in Godís eyes. She has had several shows and has sold many beautiful works of art. Kathleen has also donated several pieces to grace the walls of our homes. Kathy also provides art workshops for our women as well as inspirational times of discussion surrounding various types of writing, art, documentaries and movies.


Tom Rice

Tom is a former gang member and a former NYS licensed plumber. He is now on disability but he continually pushes himself to serve. Tom has ministered extensively at Nassau County Jailís DART program at both the men and womenís dorms. He has also worked with Teen Challenge. Tom is currently an interfaith prayer minister at South Nassau Community Hospital and has served there for over three years. He runs several prayer meetings, one of them at Island Park United Methodist Church. Tom is our prayer warrior and he keeps sending volunteers, prayer partners and supporters to us.


Grace Pellegrino

Grace holds an accounting degree and is currently a commercial mortgage broker and commodity facilitator. She is a woman of faith for over 35 years and has led a Victorious Overcomes support group for 8 years. She is passionate about helping woman overcome their addictions and plans on finding and leading a similar support group that is like the over comers at our homes. Grace plans on conducting other workshops from time to time to help the woman in the houses. Grace has a servantís heart and helps at the houses whenever it is needed.


Theresa Farr

Theresa is a recovering addict. She has worked with the mentally and physically challenged. Theresa also studied sociology and psychology at Mercy College and is currently pursuing her CASAC degree. She facilitates a weekly group at the Nassau County Correctional Facility where she endeavors to bring hope and inspire women to make a change. While there she also builds relationships with the women there who may want to transition to Living Water when they leave jail. Theresa also leads workshops at the Living Water homes and often mentors the women one on one. When there is conflict resolution needed Theresa is always available to help facilitate a solution.


Danielle Bivona

Danielle is our newest board member. She is a licensed Medical Massage Therapist, Medical Assistant and Certified Phlebotomist. She is also a Holistic Medical Practitioner with several yearsí experience in both medical offices and private care settings. Danielle has facilitated opening 3 businesses, all of which she managed and operated while being a single mom.

Danielle brings a fresh excitement and energy to our ministry. She has a passion for God and helping women and children. She works tirelessly to build up organizations, while sustaining them with fundraising projects. She has also hosted talent shows and other events for women and youth. She has served on the board of the Glen Cove football and cheerleading and has successfully raised funds for St. Patrickís CYO basketball league. She is currently the Leader of Friendship Baptist Church Womenís Ministry serving large groups of women ranging in ages from 18- 60. She also helped to establish the EJoy Community Resource Center in Roslyn.