Board of Directors

Chelsea A. Laliberte Co-Founder, Executive Director, Board Member Direct: 844.LV4.LALI x802

Helping individuals and families with mental health and substance use issues and guiding communities on addressing these issues via strategic interventions is Chelsea’s greatest passion. Focusing on community organizing and strategic partnerships, she assists advocates and key stakeholders in the development and implementation of comprehensive opioid awareness and overdose prevention strategies. Chelsea graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a B.A. in Integrated Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Since graduating, she has developed digital and print marketing campaigns in real estate and healthcare industries with her core skill set in the digital advertising world. She is currently working towards a Master of Science in Social Administration through Case Western Reserve University’s online graduate program. Chelsea lives in Chicago with her dog, Sam. She loves spending time with family and friends, is a music and film lover, creative writer, culturally-obsessed travel nerd and shameless foodie.

Jody Daitchman Board Chairwoman Direct: 844.LV4.LALI x801

After losing her son, Alex Laliberte, in December of 2008, Jody relocated to California to try to heal and create a “new normal” for herself. When in Chicago, she’s very busy connecting with new people that have lost loved ones to overdose and has even organized a “Mom’s Dinner” that brings together mothers who have lost children to overdose across Chicagoland. Jody is passionate about connecting people with services and support. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter/co-founder, Chelsea Laliberte, traveling, attending spiritual events, yoga and exercising, and hanging out by the ocean with her dog, Lacy. 

Stuart Kessler Board Member

I have a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University. My Juris Doctor (Law degree) is from John Marshall Law School in 1975. I have been practicing law in Illinois since 1976 and my office is in Arlington Heights. My area of concentration is residential real estate. Previously I spent over 20 years as a trial lawyer. I live in Buffalo Grove with my wife Laurie and have lived there for 32 years. Laurie and I have been married 37 years and we have two sons, Adam, 31 and Daniel, 34. My involvement with Live4Lali initially stems from my son Daniel who has been battling his substance addiction for many years. Laurie and I have been attending Families Anonymous meetings weekly for 4 and a half years. Sadly, we have attended too many memorial and funeral services for young people over the past several years. I am passionate about educating families as to what to watch for and where/how to get help for their substance users and for themselves. Most of all, I am proud to be on the Board of Directors of Live4Lali.

Melissa Hobley Board Member

In Melissa’s 15+ year career, she has worked with some of the biggest celebrities, brands and organizations in the world, but finds her work with Live4Lali the most rewarding. Melissa turned heartache to activism after losing her younger brother Ryan just a few years ago. As the Marketing and Communications Director for Live4Lali, Melissa helps drive the conversation around on a national and local level.

Currently, Melissa is a marketing executive in New York City where she works in the beauty industry. Originally a native of Indiana, she is a graduate of Fordham University. She lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband and handbags, but gets back to the Midwest as often as she can.

Phil Atteberry Board Member

Phil Atteberry has had a successful career of incorporating passion with strong analytical skills.  This combination has made him very effective as an executive leader of several international corporations including Siemens, G4S, and Chemtura as well as small start ups.  Most recently, he has teamed up with two other professionals to start an opiate addiction treatment clinic called Brightside that is changing the way individuals are treated for heroin and prescription pain medicine addiction.  As the Chief Business Officer, Phil is responsible for the strategy, marketing, finance, and technology for the business and partners with one of the other founders to implement a culture that eliminates shame from treatment.  In addition, Phil is a board member of the Allison Toby Smart Memorial Fund.  This Memorial Fund seeks to promote the spiritual, educational, and emotional well-being of adolescents and their families.  Phil Atteberry is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Management.