Meet the Team
Laura Fry Executive Director 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x803
Laura Fry (she/they) is the Executive Director, overseeing the implementation of Live4Lali’s services and outreach team. In long-term recovery from mental health, substance use, and trauma, Laura brings a unique and informed lens. She also has a son in long-term recovery from an opioid use disorder. With more than two decades in the health field and a specialization in emergency medicine, Laura has been responding to overdoses and working with people impacted by addiction for years. Laura’s professional and personal experiences helped develop the comprehensive and compassionate approach Live4Lali embodies to serve people with substance use disorders and their loved ones.
Jody Daitchman Angel Moms Coordinator & Grief Group Facilitator Direct: 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x801
Jody Daitchman is the co-founder of Live4Lali, established with her family in early 2009 after the accidental overdose death of her son, Alex Laliberte, in December of 2008.
Six years ago, Jody started the “Angel Moms” group. The group began with a handful of moms and currently has over 200 beautiful moms who have all lost a child or in some cases, more than one child to a substance-related passing. Before Covid, they got together monthly for a gathering and hopes to get back to that soon. She also facilitates the grief group that meets twice a month.
In her spare time, Jody loves to read, travel, spend time with her family – including her amazing 18 month old grandson, Luke Alex, her dog Lacy and lifelong friends. Jody loves to meet new people, give back to the community, attend spiritual events and work out.
Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW Co-Founder and Board Chair 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x802
Helping individuals and families with mental health and substance use challenges and guiding communities in addressing these issues is Chelsea’s passion. 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 now a Master of Science in Social Administration through Case Western Reserve University’s online graduate program. Chelsea practices as a mental health counselor with Cherry Hill Counseling in Lake Zurich, IL. Chelsea lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Matt, and their son, and dogs, Sam and Mickey. She loves spending time with family and friends, is a music and film lover, creative writer, culturally-obsessed travel nerd and shameless foodie.
Scott Meno Director of Operations 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x805
Scott Meno (he/him) is the Director of Operations and responsible for leading Live4Lali’s programming and financial performance. With over 20 years of business experience in audit, finance, sales and accounting, he provides wide professional perspective in management and organizational growth. He has a degree in Business Administration and MBA from Illinois State University. Scott also manages and coaches a Warren Wave travel softball team and is originally from Maui. He resides in Gurnee with his wife and four children.
Luis Aponte Outreach Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x813
Luis (he/him) comes from Waukegan, IL, and is a person in long term recovery who battled substance use disorder, incarceration, gang involvement, and continues to live with health complications as a result of his substance use. He comes from a Hispanic heritage and is fluent in both Spanish and English. He has a passion for helping people who are struggling with substance use and finds fulfillment in service-based work. His prior experience includes outreach work with Cease Fire, a Chicago-based violence prevention program and at PADS working with individuals who are chronically homeless. Luis enjoys spending time with his family and exercising in his free time.
Laurie Klapman Volunteer Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x808
Laurie (she/her) joined Live4Lali in 2016 after meeting Chelsea (our Co-Founder) through mutual friends. Her vision was infectious, one that mirrored Laurie’s. Around the same time, Laurie became a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC). Wanting to learn everything she could, she started volunteering with Live4Lali and became a SMART Recovery facilitator. Currently, Laurie runs two meetings per week and serves as an Overdose Education & Naloxone Distribution (OEND) trainer to equip community members with naloxone. Laurie is passionate about teaching harm reduction and bringing awareness to others about how to reduce the stigma of addiction. She is now the Volunteer Coordinator, helping to make sure all our bases are covered.
Laurie has brought her son and nephew onto the Live4Lali Board of Directors, now it’s a family thing! Laurie is grateful to be part of such a wonderful organization. To be able to work with such purposeful, sympathetic, and amazing people is a dream come true. In her free time, Laurie likes to spend time with her family, cook for friends and family, workout, and is especially looking forward to playing with her new grandchild!
Michelle Meno Bookkeeper 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x809
Michelle joined the team in August 2018 to assist leadership and program management with all financial and bookkeeping needs. Michelle also works with the Liberty Prairie Foundation and is a member of the Warren Township Girl’s Softball organization’s board. She resides in Gurnee with her husband and their four children.
Stefanie Gattone McHenry County Program Manager 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x816
Stefanie Gattone (she/her) is our McHenry County Program Manager here at Live4Lali. She has a passion for helping others, especially with things she has personal experience with. She got her Associate’s Degree majoring in Social Work from College of Lake County with plans to finish with her Master’s Degree. Her kids are getting older, so she is ready to start working towards her goals again- making a difference in her community and other’s lives. She has battled with Substance Use Disorder since she was young and now is a person in long term recovery with over a decade free from the use of drugs and alcohol. She has also lost many people she loved to overdoses. She is so excited and passionate about this work and is driven to help where she can. When she is not working, she is spending time with her family, hanging with friends, enjoying nature, or being active.
Cedric Brown Outreach Coordinator
Cedric Brown is one of the Outreach Coordinators for Live4Lali. He’s been living the life of recovery for many years. He enrolled in CAAP (Certified Associate Addiction Professional) to expand his knowledge. For years, he has been active in his community as an outreach advocate. He has worked with other non-profits doing presentations for kids about gang and drug prevention. Cedric loves spreading awareness, education and his experience to people affected by Substance Use Disorder. He is an asset to our organization and we are proud to have him on the team at Live4Lali!
Charlie Sullivan McHenry County Outreach Coordinator
Charlie is one of our McHenry County Outreach Coordinators and started working in the substance use/mental health field following his own recovery from substances. He is passionate about helping others. He is excited to be able to assist in many different ways including peer support, treatment navigation, advocacy and trying to give hope to those who may be struggling or just trying to make any positive change in their lives. Charlie also spends time volunteering with other non-profit organizations throughout McHenry County. While not working or doing volunteer work, he enjoys spending time with his family, animals, gardening, riding bikes and attending concerts.
Jennifer Parker McHenry County Outreach Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x807
Jennifer is one of our McHenry County Outreach Coordinators and is a person who, after working in healthcare, has seen a great need for more coordinated care, empathy and compassion in the community towards people with substance use disorders. She had struggled with her own misuse. She is passionate about helping others grow to see their full potential as well as a voice for those who have lost their own. Jennifer is very excited to be part of such a like minded hardworking group of people. Before Live4Lali she would spend her free time talking about programs available to anyone in need, which is still one of her favorite pastimes. During her off time Jennifer enjoys hanging out with her family, going to concerts, karaoke, being outdoors, and team sports. She is a great problem solver and ready to spring into action!
Camille Cleveland, MPH Program Manager - Northwest 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x818
Camille Cleveland (she/her) is the Program Manager for the Northwest region of Live4Lali’s service area. Camille received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Child Advocacy studies and a Masters in Public Health Administration and Policy. She is passionate about helping people and has focused a lot of her time professionally working in community health and infectious diseases. Camille loves healthy policy, focusing on health equity and improving health outcomes. She believes everyone deserves quality healthcare and access to it. Camille is an avid baker and crafter who loves spending time with her friends and family as much as she can.
Hayley Demus Program Manager - Northeast 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x820
Hayley Demus (she/her) is the Program Manager for the Northeast region of Live4Lali’s service territory, primarily focusing on Suburban Cook County. She developed a passion for harm reduction after serving as an Americorps VISTA in Olympia, WA to help develop a low-barrier, harm reduction buprenorphine clinic. After earning her BA in Political Science and a minor in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University, she worked for a number of non-profits focusing on international human rights and immigration rights. Her areas of interest include destigmatization of OUD/SUD within the medical field and access to healthcare, increasing access to services for the LGBTQ population and indigenous communities, and community education. She lives in Chicago with her fiancé, son, and cat.
Katie Sherman CARA Outreach Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x821
Katie Sherman (she/her) is the CARA Outreach Coordinator for Cook County and her role is primarily centered in the suburbs. After being impacted by her personal experience of having Polysubstance Use Disorder, she has a passion to be of service to those suffering from addiction. She has been a person of recovery for multiple years. Over time she developed a passion for harm reduction after being acquainted with Harm Reduction Circle out of Southern California. Her areas of interest include services for the Queer community, racial equality, services for the homeless, advocacy for those with SUD, Neurodiversity Acceptance, recreational recovery activities, and SMART Recovery. Katie lives in Fox River Grove and when she’s not at work she spends her time painting, hiking, cuddling with her cat, and instructing Alcohol-free Painting Party Events.
Matthew Rago Cook County Outreach Coordinator
Matthew Rago is Live4Lali’s Cook County Outreach Coordinator, principally focusing on the Northwest region of Live4Lali’s service sector. Joining our organization from a history, justice studies, and communications background, Matt hopes to employ his secondhand lived experience in his efforts to assist participants on their journeys toward recovery.
Lola Adebimpe Human Resource Generalist 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x822
Lola Adebimpe (she/her) is the Human Resource Generalist here at Live4Lali. She got her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Dakota State University and is currently getting her master’s degree in mental health counseling and hopes to become a trauma therapist. This summer she will be working as an intern counselor leading group counseling sessions for those recovering from substance use disorder. Lola’s passion for working for this organization stems from her desire to help people as well as her personal experience with personal loved ones that have struggled with a substance use disorder.
Erin Carney Marketing, Communications & Advocacy Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x804
Erin Carney (she/her) is our Marketing, Communications and Advocacy Coordinator. Erin’s passion about harm reduction and mental health advocacy comes from a disability rights background, both personally and professionally. Erin previously worked in behavior therapy and inclusive programming for children and adults with disabilities before earning her B.S. in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During college and after graduation, Erin’s drive for advocacy led her to political work, and she is passionate about health care, decarceration, and civil rights. When she isn’t at work, you can find Erin playing her guitar, listening to a podcast, or gardening at her home in Oak Park.