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Meet Our Team

The team at Kate Libby Coaching specializes in customized support services. We're passionate about helping clients find their voice and move toward each person's unique version of success. Let's get to know each other!


Kate Libby, MPS


Pronouns: she/her/hers

I LOVE helping other people achieve their goals in a creative, sometimes unorthodox way. Whether we’re working in the kitchen, on your budget or at your school, I’m here to help you achieve the confidence you want!

I love connecting people. I’m great at finding the resources you need to feel successful and free from that anxiety that comes along with leaving school and becoming an adult. And whether you’re finishing high school, in college or simply plugging along in your life, I’m confident I can help you take your life to the next level, achieve your goals and feel at home in your new adult self.

When I’m not at work, I love drinking coffee, playing with my dog and spending sunny days in my garden. My fave freetime activity is currently exploring new hiking spots in Maine. What’s yours?
- Let me know.  
- AsperCoach Intensive Training, Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) 2019
- MS in Creative Arts Therapy + Creativity Development, Pratt Institute 2012
- BA in French, minors in Art and American Studies, Stetson University, 2008

Ludovica Alcorn, LMSW

Intake Coordinator 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Ludovica Alcorn
Originally from Upstate New York with deep ties to Italy, I am a practicing social worker living in Brooklyn. I studied social work at Hunter College, assisted many folks in finding meaningful employment throughout the city, and pride myself on taking a strengths-based, person-centered approach in everything I do. 
In my free time, I like to take long walks, listen to podcasts, drink oat chai lattes, and interact with animals, loved ones, and flowers.
- Master of Social Work, Hunter College 2021 
- BA in Women's Studies with Minors in Psychology and Sociology,
   Purchase College, SUNY 2010

Juliette Altman

Social Media Director
Life Skills Coach - The Social Club

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Born and raised here in NYC, I have a passion for people and have worked with people with developmental disabilities since 2011. I enjoy building community and have fun facilitating connections as the lead facilitator of The Social Club. As a job developer at several NY-based agencies, I have helped to make the workforce a more diverse place by developing opportunities for people who are neurodiverse, while providing job placement support. I take a person-centered/social justice approach when working with people and strive to create a trusting relationship in all the work that I do.

In my free time, I like exploring the city, going out to eat, hanging out with my cats/friends, and finding cute coffee shops. 


- BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, Lesley University 2017

Kris Benbow

Program Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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- Certified Work Incentives Practitioner (WIP), Cornell 2020
- BA
in Psychology, minor in Cultural Anthropology, East Carolina  University 2014
I am a proud disability advocate who lives with a neuromuscular disability. It is my deep-rooted belief that we all have unique perspectives and skills to share with the world. I bring with me a blended experience in small business management and human services. 

In my free time, I enjoy painting with acrylics, reading and going out to dinner with friends. I live in Hoboken NJ with my fiance and our quirky rescue cat, Megan!

Katherine Deats, M.Ed., OTR/L,CPT

Life Skills Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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I was born in the Philippines and wandered around a bit before landing in NYC, where I have lived for the last 25 years.  My background as an educator and an Occupational Therapist led me to work in the Department of Education for 20 years, and I also work as a personal trainer because I love the outdoors, movement, and helping people reach their goals.  As a life-skills coach, I focus on a person-centered approach that looks for strengths that are already present, while listening to what goals are important to YOU!  I have been working with people with various abilities and disabilities since 1998, and people describe me as warm, approachable, kind and compassionate. 


When not working, I like to hang out with my dogs, run on the beach, play sports, travel and spend time with friends and family. 



- BA in Physical Education from Lehman College

- MEd in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College

Shane Holmes

Digital Marketing Specialist

Pronouns: he/him/his


Born in Manhattan and currently living in Mount Vernon (NYC Suburbs), I am the KLC Digital Marketing Specialist and a member of The Social Club. In my role, I am responsible for assisting Kate with writing an upcoming blog for the Kate Libby Coaching (KLC) website and working with Juliette to create written and visual content for our social media platforms. I also write a monthly update for the KLC Newsletter about The Social Club. My goals are to share my adventures in NYC with you, provide information about The Social Club, and keep people informed about the various events that occur at Kate Libby Coaching. I am on the Autism Spectrum and hope that my unique perspective will help potential members with their decision as to whether The Social Club is something they want to pursue.

In my free time, I enjoy following weather patterns, astronomy, baseball, ice skating, sledding, political advocacy, visiting museums and parks, riding on trains, and watching comedy TV shows. My favorite TV show is Big Bang Theory although Young Sheldon comes in at a very close second.



- BS in Civil Engineering, minor in Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College 2015

Phoebe Josephson

Life Skills Coach

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Originally from NYC, I am a Master of Social Work student at Hunter College. I am passionate about mental health and have supported fellow college students struggling with various mental health issues and life transitions through Nightline, the Columbia peer listening program. I also have experience supporting neurodiverse clients with social skills-related goals through the UCLA PEERS® Clinic. I take a warm, client-centered and strengths-based approach in my work and look forward to supporting you with your unique goals. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, listening to music, finding new places to eat, and going on long walks. 

tudent, Hunter College, 2024
- BA in Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University 2020

Kat Pheysey, PhD, MEd, LMSW

Sexuality Educator + Counselor

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Kat Pheysey, PhD, MEd, LMSW is a sexuality consultant, counselor and educator providing sexuality services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those who support them. Kat recognizes the privilege she holds to work in the field of disability and sexuality as an able-bodied and neurotypical queer woman.

Having worked in the field of IDD for more than fifteen years Kat has seen the need for better sexuality services. This is where her passion for sexuality and supporting people with IDD came together. For the past 8 years Kat has worked to educate and train professionals, families and individuals with IDD in a variety of areas of sexuality.

Learn more.


- PhD, Human Sexuality, Widener University, 2021

- MEd, Human Sexuality, Widener University, 2018

- LMSW, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 2014

- BA, Psychology with Neuropsychology, University of North Wales


Kat Pheysey
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