Meet the Team

Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW Co-Founder, Executive Director, Board Member Direct: 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. 

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 Chief Programs Officer 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x803

Laura Fry is the Chief Programs Officer, 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.

Ana Gossman Director of Harm Reduction Outreach Services 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x805

Ana joined Live4Lali in late 2019. She began her career with the Lake County Health Department in 2010 as a Community Health Associate with their STI Program after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from The University of Norther Iowa. Within that position she worked directly with patients/clients in various settings including; clinical, corrections, and inpatient/outpatient substance use centers. Ana has experience with communicable disease education, treatment and care as well as syringe exchange programming. Ana joined the Live4Lali team as the Director of Harm Reduction & Outreach Services and has big plans for our mobile syringe support unit ‘The Stigma Crusher.’

Alex Mathiesen McHenry County Program Manager 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.

Michelle Kavouras McHenry County Outreach Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x807

My passion to help others comes from my own recovery. About five years ago, finally feeling sick and tired of being sick and tired, I searched for help. It took me over a year to finally get the help that I needed, but that was not without the efforts of others that had tried to help me. Those people that gave me a word of encouragement, drove me to meetings, called me just to check on me, referred me to support, listened when I cried, joined me in my successes, and wanted to see me thrive are the most important people in my recovery. I was ready to give up so many times, but when I saw that I was no longer alone, I got the courage to fight. I want to be that to those who don’t have it! So many people are just left to “hit rock bottom.” Why wait for that? Rock bottom for some means death. You can’t help someone if they are not here to be helped.
I am currently pursuing my CADC at College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL, and am to receive certification as a National Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist.  I am blessed to be a part of this team of compassionate, unconditional, empathetic, determined, graceful people.
My self-care consists of listening to music, live and recorded, fellowshipping, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying nature.

Laurie Klapman Volunteer Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x808

Laurie joined Live4Lali in 2016 after meeting Chelsea (Co-Founder & Executive Director) 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!

Judy Natale Operations & Communications Coordinator 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x804

Judy joined Live4Lali in late 2019 bringing her background in Broadcast Operations, Marketing and Client Engagement. Judy became involved with Live4Lali as a member of the Angel Mom’s Support Group after losing her son, Matt, to an overdose in 2017. After experiencing firsthand the profound affect substance use disorder has on the family and community, Judy is thrilled to be assisting in Live4Lali’s vision of hope and healing to those whose lives are affected by this disease.

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.