Our Team


Michael Hoffner, LMSW

Michael earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Franklin Pierce College. After spending time teaching science in an alternative high school program Michael returned to get his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. Aside from Director of the Community Growth Center Michael also provides counseling services at Living Waters Counseling Center. As a man of deep faith Michael looks to both Saint Teresa of Avila and Mother Teresa as sources of hope and inspiration in his life.


Joanne Lauro, Certified Health Coach
Joanne is a Certified Health Coach, wife and mother of two sons. She decided to become a health coach to fulfill her passion of working with people to improve their health and family life. Joanne received her training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has obtained Continuing Education Units from Purchase College, State University of New York. Joanne leads workshops on nutrition and offers individual counseling and wellness and weight support groups for eating healthy and creating a lifestyle change for overall wellbeing. She has a passion for helping people who are suffering with health discomforts; obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, stomach issues and cancer to name a few.


Christine Keene, LMSW
Christine currently works as the Program Manager of the Child & Adolescent Clinic at Zucker Hillside Hospital, where she performs administrative tasks. Christine first became interested in social work as a volunteer during her college years, where she volunteered her time at The Safe Center LI. It was here that Christine learned the impact that helping others had on not only those she helped, but herself as well. Christine went on to receive her bachelor's degree in Health Science Studies with a Minor in Psychology from Quinnipiac University and her Master's degree in Social Work with a focus on Community Based Leadership from Fordham University.   Christine gained clinical experience from Harlem Children's Zone, The Safe Center LI, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Family and Children's Association, and Project C.O.A.S.T.  Christine will bring both her administrative and clinical skills to the CGC to provide the best possible care to the clients.