Meet the Team

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.

Laura Fry Director of Operations 844.584.5254 x803

My name is Laura Fry, that was the easy part – but WHO am I? I am a lover and a peacekeeper. I possess a core belief set revolving around the values of peace and love as being essential in society. I am a fighter for human rights – ALL humans. I have a deep respect for nature, the earth, conservation, and community. Since a small child, I have been a fighter for the underdog. Fighting for a cause is nothing new to me – I have rallied for Equal Rights, the LGBT community, AIDS/HIV, impoverished children, rape survivors, religious freedom, the homeless, the mentally challenged and the mentally ill, suicide prevention, cancer awareness and prevention, autism, and education rights. So the jump to becoming an addiction prevention and education advocate was a natural one. When my son became addicted to heroin, with all the strife and change that this brought to him and to the family, I found myself floundering and scared. I became educated in the disease of addiction, taking numerous classes, workshops, seminars and webinars. What I found mostly is a lack of education, a lack of compassion, discrimination, no, or little, services, shame and sadness – for the person with the disease and the entire family. This has become my passion. These are people first with an illness. A disease that deserves to be treated like we treat any other disease on this planet – with state of the art treatment, compassion, and dignity.

In the rare moment that I am not being an activist, I am blessed to be a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, and friend to many – all of whom I will fight for, and love always. My paid work has me in an emergency department of a mid-sized, suburban Chicago hospital, where I am able to use my life lessons and education to the betterment of human treatment. My personal journey has included all of the things I am passionate about – I am an incest survivor, child abuse survivor, rape survivor, cancer survivor, successful mental health patient, and autism mother. The common thread here is I Am a Survivor and a warrior. Respect, compassion, love, and peace are my goals, always. 

Genevieve Przybylo-Soulje Community Resource Center (CRC) & OEND Program Manager 844.584.5254 x807

My name is Genevieve and I live in Arlington Heights with my amazing husband Kurt, my 3 kids, Chris 19, Sebastian,17 and Genna Bella, 12, plus our dogs, Sugar & Luci. Our family’s journey with Chris’s addiction began when he was 14. He is currently in recovery for heroin addiction. I became very active and proactive with advocacy while Chris was in treatment. We know that Chris’ addiction is forever, so I wanted to educated and advocate my myself, my family and my community. I will never stop advocating, supporting and of course, loving my son.

Agy Wielechowski Volunteer Coordinator 844.584.5254 x805

My name is Agy, and I live in Jefferson Park, Chicago. I began my journey with Live4Lali in May of 2016, shortly after I lost my best friend to a heroin overdose. Since then I have increased my knowledge on addiction and overdose and am now Live4Lali’s Volunteer Coordinator! My goals are to lift the veil of shame and discomfort that surround the subject of drug addiction, and to spread the word, while lowering the risks associated with substance use. The most important thing that I have learned during my time with Live4Lali is that no matter how hard it gets, or how large the obstacle, we all have it in us to overcome and succeed.