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.
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.
Chelsea Laliberte Barnes, MSSA, LSW Co-Founder and Advocacy Strategist 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.
Alex Mathiesen Associate Director of Programs 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x806
Alex Mathiesen (he/him) is Live4Lali’s McHenry County Program Manager and oversees programming funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board. He was a volunteer at Live4Lali before being appointed to serve the county of McHenry. Alex has been in recovery from an opioid 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 Program Manager 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x807
Bella Crum Programs Administrator & Health Educator (844)LV4-LALI (584-5254) x804
Chris Seerden 844.LV4.LALI (584.5254) x805
Chris (he/him) is the McHenry County Outreach Coordinator with Live4Lali. He believes his unique experience growing up in foster homes, in families with substance use disorders, his journey reaching undetectable HIV status, and lived experience in the McHenry Country Mental Health Specialty Courts will allow him to understand and engage with the community on their journey to find themselves. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters and fiancé, motorcycle racing, delving into history, and cheering on his favorite sports teams (Go 49ers!).
Luis Aponte Outreach Coordinator
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 (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!
Nadine Henderson Communications Coordinator
Nadine (she/her) is the communications coordinator. She is a rising senior at Indiana University Bloomington. She is studying Media Management, Industry, and Policy with a specialization in creative industry management. She found Live4Lali after her brother passed away from an accidental overdose. Now her ambition is to help those impacted by substance use. In her free time, she enjoys being with family and friends, binging Netflix series, and listening to music.
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.
Marissa Maldonado Communications Intern
She lives in Chicago, Illinois. During her free time, she loves meeting new people, exploring different places, and going to baseball games. She is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.
Nick Fonarev Clinical Social Work Intern
Hector Cervantes Communications Intern