Meet the Team

chelseaChelsea A. Laliberte
Executive Director/Co-founder
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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 partner Jared and their two dogs Sam and Blanca. She loves spending time with family and friends, is a music and film lover, creative writer, culturally-obsessed travel nerd and shameless foodie.

jodyJody Daitchman
Co-Founder/Board Chairwoman
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After losing her son, Alex Laliberte, in December of 2008, Jody relocated to California to try to heal and create a “new normal” for herself. When in Chicago, she’s very busy connecting with new people that have lost loved ones to overdose and has even organized a “Mom’s Dinner” that brings together mothers who have lost children to overdose across Chicagoland. Jody is passionate about connecting people with services and support. In California, she volunteers at The Hospice Center and The Senior Center, as well as working on projects for Live4Lali remotely.

alexAlexandria Gavas
Board Member, Director of Events
Direct: 844.LV4.LALI x803
Alex joined Live4Lali in 2013. With her entrepreneurial spirit, a background in bookkeeping/finance and a knack for project management, Alex’s ideas and skills greatly assist in leading the development of our of events, special projects and fundraising initiatives. When she’s not displaying her business savvy, Alex enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, live music and supporting many causes all over Chicagoland.

Stuart Kessler
Board Member, Legal Counsel, Community Education Director
Direct: 844.LV4.LALI x806
I have a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University. My Juris Doctor (Law degree) is from John Marshall Law School in 1975. I have been practicing law in Illinouis since 1976 and my office is in Arlington Heights. My area of concentration is residential real estate. Previously I spent over 20 years as a trial lawyer. I live in Buffalo Grove with my wife Laurie and have lived there for 32 years. Laurie and I have been married 37 years and we have two sons, Adam, 31 and Daniel, 34. My involvement with Live4Lali initially stems from my son Daniel who has been battling his substance addiction for many years. Laurie and I have been attending Families Anonymous meetings weekly for 4.5 years. Sadly, we have attended too many memorial and funeral services for young people over the past several years. I am passionate about educating families as to what to watch for and where/how to get help for their substance users and for themselves. Most of all, I am proud to be on the Board of Directors of Live4Lali.

terri_headshotTerri Bartlett
Operations Co-Director
Direct: 844.LV4.LALI x805
My name is Terri Bartlett and I currently live in Northern Illinois with my amazing boyfriend, Jon, and the best furry friend a girl could ask for, Godzilla. My journey started a little over 2 years ago when my son, my only child, lost his battle to heroin. Mike passed away 4 days after his 22nd birthday. As I lay in bed with my son as he was taking his last breath I promised him that I would never give up fighting the battle he had fought so hard to beat. My dream used to be, “if I could just save one.” Well, one is no longer enough for me. I love to spend time with my family, friends and fellow advocates. By helping others I am learning to understand my son’s own addiction.

Genevieve PrzybyloScreen Shot 2014-08-17 at 11.35.38 AM
Operations Co-Director
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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.

Dr. Jeana Lucarelli
Dr. Lucarelli is Licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in the state of Illinois. She earned her Masters of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University in Schaumburg, Illinois. Dr. Lucarelli brings with her a wealth of experience in multiple clinical settings including: rehabilitation centers/nursing homes, community mental health centers, outpatient hospitals, residential treatment homes, private practice and schools. Within these settings, Dr. Lucarelli has provided both individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adult and geriatric populations. Dr. Lucarelli has worked with a wide array of clinical presentations that include: depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, PTSD, life adjustment/transition issues, stress, severe chronic pain and other challenging medical health conditions such as diabetes, cardiac rehab, reduced mobility from hip/knee replacement surgeries, and stroke related issues. Dr. Lucarelli also has extensive experiencing in providing both neuropsychological and psychological evaluations to assess cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning. Dr. Lucarelli believes that psychotherapy is a collaborative and relational process. Through this process, her clients are able to grow and reach healthier levels of functioning. Currently, Dr. Lucarelli lives in Chicago, Illinois with her significant other where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, being outside, traveling and watching movies.

Kayla Cluff
Kayla Cluff joined the team as a Policy Intern in January of 2015. Kayla is a senior at Miami University majoring in International Studies and Latin American Studies. She has a passion for public policy and international travel, and is looking forward to drafting and lobbying new legislation. In her free time Kayla enjoys blogging about international travel and going to concerts.

 

2 thoughts on “Meet the Team

  1. I live in San Diego. My son is 25 he has used heroin since age 17. He lives in Lake County Illinois. I just returned home from seeing him the day he was released from jail for a dui tested positive for opiates. he is clean and is only out for 2 weeks, was in jail over 3 month. he has over dosed almost died and now im in fear…he has reunited with his 4yr old son and says he is done with drugs. I feel without support he may relapse and die. He is extremely talented artist and is looking for work now. I wanted to know if you can help me in some way please call me 619-631-9575 Michele. Thnx

    • Hi Michele,
      We are happy to help in any way we can. I will give you a call this week. Thank you for reaching out. Please feel free to email me more details at chelsea@live4lali.org should you need immediate assistance. Our team are comprised of loved ones who have been addicted to heroin and other drugs, have lost a loved one to drugs, or are in recovery. You are not alone.
      Chelsea

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