Board of Directors & Staff

 

BOARD PRESIDENT - Executive Board

JOSEPH KROC
FNBC Bank & Trust

Joe is Senior Vice President & Department Manager for Commercial Banking at FNBC Bank & Trust in La Grange where he takes a great deal of satisfaction in lending money to local businesses and families. Joe has served on several boards including the Rotary Club of La Grange and the Pav YMCA and served two terms as Treasurer for the City of Berwyn. Through the La Grange Business Association, Joe says he has come to know and learn from many incredible people with a passion for the community. Outside of work and volunteer commitments, Joe enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading and traveling - and has a collection of great-looking ties. Start a conversation with Joe at https://www.linkedin.com/in/joe-kroc-0b666a50/

PAST PRESIDENT & BUSINESS EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR - Executive Board

KATHY DIERKES
Kathy Dierkes State Farm Insurance

Kathy is the Owner/Agent at Katherine Dierkes State Farm Insurance, an icon of business on the West End of La Grange for 30 years. As a business owner, Kathy feels that it’s a privilege to be a board member with the La Grange Business Association, an organization that helps others thrive both personally and professionally. She says it has provided her with valuable insight into how successful business leaders think, create and grow. Her personal mantra of “do good -do well” is carried out in her free time where she likes equestrienne sports, music and anything outdoors. Start a conversation with Kathy at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathydierkes/

VICE PRESIDENT - Executive Board

BILL CARNEY
The Legacy Guild

Bill is President of the Board of the Legacy Guild, a non-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for area children who've lost a parent. Bill feels the La Grange Business Association has allowed him and The Legacy Guild to forge lasting relationships that benefit our community. Bill was also past president and board member of the Greater La Grange YMCA and is passionate about supporting local non-profits. On weekends, you might find Bill on the tennis court, stirring something in the kitchen or watching the world from his front porch. Start a conversation with Bill at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-carney-970a366/

BOARD VICE PRESIDENT & MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

DR. SARAH KEUSS-BOYCE
Boyce Chiropractic

Sarah's expertise in pediatric, prenatal and adult chiropractic has won her the distinction of Chicago Magazine's top chiropractor two years in a row. A distinguished keynote speaker, Sarah is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, an Integrity Verified Doctor, a Five Star Professional Award Recipient and certified in Prenatal Webster Technique. Her other accomplishments are as a wife and mom, where she understands the importance of raising healthy families.... and healthy communities, too. Sarah's offices have donated over $25,000 to national and local charities. Start a conversation with Sarah at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-keuss-boyce-27299813a/

SECRETARY - Executive Board

STEPHANIE POSEY
Posey Law, LLC

Stephanie describes herself as a collaborative attorney with an entrepreneurial spirit, advising small business owners, local government boards and families her entire career.  She particularly enjoys working with small business owners and has helped them launch or run photography studios, mental health offices, hair salons, direct care facilities and sports foundations, among others. Stephanie has three children, the great joys of her life, and lives with her attorney husband in La Grange.  They all agree that Stephanie is a great cook, but a terrible singer and dancer. Start a conversation with Stephanie at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-posey-2788671b/

TREASURER

TOM LEVATO
Levato Consulting Group

Tom is the managing member of the Levato Consulting Group, a boutique forensic and litigation consulting firm.  With over 25 years’ experience as a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner, he has built his network of professionals to help serve his clients and credits the LGBA in that endeavor.  Tom has always wanted to serve on a Board that he felt passionate about and the LGBA has provided that.  He also serves as a Commissioner of the Board of Fire & Police for the Village of La Grange and as a member of the parent board for LTHS Boys Lacrosse. Tom, his wife and four children live in La Grange. He's a sci-fi lover and a competitive bocce ball partner - especially when teamed with his dad. Start a conversation with Tom at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-levato-cpa-cfe-9872158/

BOARD DEVELOPMENT CHAIR 

SALLY NAUSS
SAN Coaching

Sally is a role model for creating a business in alignment with personal values. Sally left a corporate job in 2010 to pursue a career in fitness and later founded Active Souls, an award-winning women’s only fitness center. Building her company with her corporate background, Sally learned powerful lessons about the importance of systems and how to create a business that can run independently of the owner. She now coaches entrepreneurs on systems for growing their business and creating the lifestyle they desire. An avid runner and triathlete, Sally is certified in life coaching and behavior change and uses this experience to help business owners create positive results. Start a conversation with Sally at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sally-head-nauss/

CARNIVAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

PEGGY MAGLARIS KOPLEY
Prasino

Peggy is a co-owner at prasino in La Grange. prasino means "green" in Greek, and Peggy and her family have made it their mission to serve only the highest quality, farm-to-table ingredients for their guests.  From the restaurant's design to the kitchen and menu, every choice reflects their respect for a sustainable environment. Peggy's priority is to serve hormone/antibiotic free meats, sustainable seafood, organic produce and eggs, and to buy locally whenever possible. We support Peggy in her family's mission - and encourage you to make buying local your family's mission, too. Start a conversation with Peggy at https://www.linkedin.com/in/peggy-maglaris-7701019/

HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE CHAIR

JACKIE ERRICO
Jackie Errico Fitness

Jackie is an independent fitness professional who prides herself on helping people reach their fitness and wellness goals.  She has a love for coaching and training and brings a fresh perspective and high energy to the LGBA's Health & Wellness Committee. Jackie is thankful for the relationships that have been nurtured through the organization and is looking forward to the growth of those relationships and of her fitness company. When Jackie isn't inspiring others to power up and burn calories, she is probably pursuing her true passion... eating! Start a conversation with Jackie https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackie-errico-mba-cscs-3742a433/

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS/OPERATIONS CHAIR

STEVE PALMER
Palmer Place

Since 1990, Steve has been an owner and operator of Palmer Place Restaurant & Biergarten,  a much-loved and family-owned business. He has been a member of the La Grange Business Association for nearly 30 years and twice served as board president. Steve sits on the Village of La Grange Community & Economic Development Commission, the Lyons Township Mental Health Commission, and the Metra Board of  Directors. Steve's an avid supporter of The Legacy Guild and founder of the Brew Moon Beer & Band Fest which benefits local non-profits - and benefits beer lovers, too. Start a conversation with Steve at https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-palmer-20b95027/

NETWORKING COMMITTEE CHAIR

MICHAEL McNAMARA
Guaranteed Rate Mortgage Services

Mike is an experienced networker who is passionate about economic empowerment. With over 22 years in the mortgage industry, he genuinely enjoys teaching people about mortgage loan programs and how they pertain to long and short term life goals. Mike is also passionate about building relationships and exploring the growth and accomplishments that the right connections can bring to entrepreneurs. A loyal Hawkeyes fan, Mike is a long-time La Grange resident who enjoys the connections he makes with family and friends at his lake house in Michigan, preferably with a cold one nearby. Start a conversation with Mike at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikepmcnamara/

NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMMITTEE CHAIR

JANET GARREAU
Interfaith Community Partners

Janet has a passion for serving others through non-profits. As Executive Director of Interfaith Community Partners, she heads an organization that provides accompanied transportation to people 60 and better to places like their medical appointments and life-enhancing errands such as the grocery store, bank, and hairdresser. Janet's nonprofit background also includes the Ministry at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and the Countryside Chamber of Commerce.  Within the LGBA, Janet helps partnerships thrive between nonprofits and local businesses. Outside of work, she thrives on early morning workouts, traveling to visit her children, bike riding, relaxing on her patio, and appreciating life lessons learned from older adults. Start a conversation with Janet at https://www.linkedin.com/in/janet-garreau-553117ba/

STAFF: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

NANCY CUMMINGS
nancy@lgba.com

Since 2011, Nancy has been at the helm of the La Grange Business Association, directing its expansion as an influential business group. Nancy's passion to strengthen La Grange's reputation as a business hub and a destination for day-tourism stems from her experience in the hospitality industry where she learned how to brand and package excitement while working with Hyatt Hotels. Nancy drives the association's focus on small business growth, diverse member programming and strategic partnerships. When she's not sweating the details of a special event, Nancy likes to sweat it out while digging in her garden - or from the seat of a spin bike. Start a conversation with Nancy at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyrcummings/

STAFF: MEMBER SERVICES MANAGER

LORI DONAHOE
lori@lgba.com

Using insights gained from a background at the apparel company Spiegel, Lori now has an eagerness for helping local entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive. She's the first person new members encounter with their on-boarding, and she assists them in determining how to leverage their involvement to grow their businesses. Lori's weekly member newsletter is a key source of information about the events, programs and business news in our community. Although she loves nurturing business relationships, her favorite relationships are the family kind where she shares a love with them for travel, golf and the Chicago Cubs. Start a conversation with Lori at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ldonahoe/

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