Meet the Team
Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA Co-Founder, Executive Director, Board Member Direct: 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x802
Helping individuals and families with mental health and substance use issues and guiding communities in 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 now a Master of Science in Social Administration through Case Western Reserve University’s online graduate program. Chelsea lives in Chicago with her husband, Matt 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.
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.
Four years ago, Jody started the “Angel Moms” group which began with 5 or 6 moms and now has over 100 moms in the Chicago area – all who have lost their children to a substance-related passing. Some of these women have lost more than one child or have others that are in recovery or actively struggling with substance use disorder or addiction. She organizes social gatherings or has one-on-one meetings with them to try to support them on the very difficult journey of grief. She also leads the Live4Lali grief group that meets twice a month.
In her spare time, Jody loves to travel, spend time with her family, dog and lifelong friends, meet new people, give back, attend spiritual events and work out.
Laura Fry Director of Patient & Family Services 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x803
Laura Fry is the Director of Patient & Family Services. With a background in Emergency Medicine, Laura was no stranger to overdose, but it wasn’t until substance use disorder entered her family, did she truly understand. With her son in remission from heroin use disorder, she now mentors families and individuals impacted by substance use disorder. Laura began her career in this field as a volunteer for Live4Lali, a suburban Chicago advocacy agency, and more recently as the Director of Patient & Family Services. She will continue implementing the innovative, comprehensive and compassionate approach she helped develop, to continue serving people with substance use disorders and their loved ones.
Alex Mathiesen McHenry County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Outreach Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x806
Alex Mathiesen was a volunteer at Live4Lali before being appointed to service the county of McHenry and its people. Alex has been in recovery from heroin use disorder for the past several years. His experiences from the disease of addiction help give personal insight on the best ways to assist those with a substance use disorder or experiencing active use, their loved ones, and the community at large.
Danielle Mastriani Communications Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x805
Hello! My name is Danielle and I work as the Communications Coordinator at Live4Lali. I graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Design & Development. I am passionate about the work I do, and especially want to advocate for mental illness, including substance use disorders. As someone who personally struggles with mental illness, I believe it is crucial we push to reduce the stigma that surrounds it. My #1 passion in life is art, I love anything creative. I also consider myself a bird enthusiast – I have 11!
Amber Meeke McHenry County Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Outreach Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x807
Amber is a BSW student at Aurora University with plans to specialize in forensics and addictions at a graduate level. Serving at needs populations through advocacy, education, and case management has been her professional focus for some time. Being provided the opportunity to work with Live4Lali is especially meaningful for Amber. After losing her best friend to a heroin overdose, she realized that more needed to be done for individuals and families who are trying to survive substance use and mental health issues, as they are so often misunderstood and met with a stigma that can prevent progress. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with her son and their house full of animals. She is a huge bookworm, homebody, and a fan of almost anything fantasy and sci-fi based.
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.