Board of Directors, Ambassadors & Staff
PRESIDENT - EXECUTIVE BOARD
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/
PAST PRESIDENT - EXECUTIVE BOARD
DR. SARAH KEUSS-BOYCE
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/
VICE PRESIDENT - EXECUTIVE BOARD
Transworld Advisors La Grange
Prior to owning his own business, Matt spent 15 years in the media sales industry working with The Disney Company and ESPN. After buying and significantly expanding a home care franchise, Matt is now one of the owners of Transworld Business Advisors in La Grange where he and his team help clients buy, sell, franchise, and valuate their businesses every day. Matt resides in the southwest suburbs with his wife and two children, and volunteers his time with community organizations like the Lemont Park Foundation and the YMCA Gala Board in Downers Grove. Look for Matt at your next neighborhood festival - you might spot him jamming on stage with one of several music groups that rely on his rock-star talents on the drums. Start a conversation with Matt at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattfriscia/
TREASURER - EXECUTIVE BOARD
Focal Point Coaching
David is a business coach where he draws upon his professional training and experience evaluating companies to provide his clients an objective view of their business and a thoughtful approach to meeting their objectives. Prior to business coaching, David worked as a banker with companies of all sizes, public and private in various industries. His proudest accomplishments are as a father and husband. Originally from the East Coast, David moved to Chicago after college to do the “midwest thing” and never left. Start a conversation with David at LinkedIn.com/in/davidfisher3930.
SECRETARY EXECUTIVE BOARD
Alan has spent his career leading nonprofit organizations where he's passionate about his work and service to the community. He currently heads The LeaderShop, a youth development organization based in La Grange, and has held executive roles with the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. Alan's drive to helping others has earned him accolades from numerous nonprofit organizations including the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce; the Community Memorial Foundation; the CommUNITY Diversity Group; as well as Kiwanis International. As for the La Grange Business Association, Alan says he has never met a group of people more committed to their community. Outside of work and volunteer responsibilities, you can find Alan outdoors camping, biking, snowboarding, and hiking with his dogs. Start a conversation with Alan at (34) Alan E. Morales, MBA | LinkedIn
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/
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/
HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Just Lift 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/
BUSINESS EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR
Baird & Warner
Larissa is a local Realtor® with Baird & Warner, servicing clients throughout La Grange and the Chicagoland area. Her favorite part of real estate is learning about someone’s life story and unique pursuit of happiness. Matching clients’ life goals to their final destination is a true privilege. As a working mother of three and a military wife, she certainly understands the challenges of balancing a busy work and family life. Between showing homes and driving kids to activities, you’ll find Larissa enjoying a walk on a nature trail, listening to podcasts or Zac Brown Band. Start a conversation with Larissa at (34) Larissa (Dudycz) Magajne | LinkedIn
NON PROFIT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Erin works at BEDS-Plus, the non-profit that assists vulnerable individuals with housing and supportive services in the Southwest Suburbs. She has been there 8 years and her current roll is Development Manager. Her early professional career started in film/video production as a Production Coordinator, Producer and Production Designer for clients from Intel to The Second City. A career highlight was as Production Designer of the film Ossobuco which starred Ileana Douglas, Christian Stolte and Mike Starr. Prior to BEDS she was a prenatal fitness instructor with the YMCA and an Antique Dealer at Jackson Square Antique mall while raising her 2 children with her husband Tim. She is proud to represent the dedicated members of the La Grange Non-Profit Committee. In her free time Erin enjoys the outdoors while sailing, skiing, and hiking with family and friends. Start a conversation with Erin at https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/profile/in/erin-molek-88160989?trk=contact-info
LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Robby has spent much of his career in consulting, where he has specialized in contract negotiations and client engagement. He takes the same process-driven approach to real estate, as he takes his clients through a clearly defined procedure to help them eliminate surprises and last-minute uncertainty. Robby is driven by data and challenges himself to find the most relevant facts to get the right pricing to help his clients achieve their real estate goals. He serves on the La Grange Park Planning & Zoning commission, as well as on the board of the Hinsdale Humane Society where his passion for furry friends is evident. All things automotive get his motors running, too. Start a conversation with Robby at https://www.linkedin.com/in/robby-bartholomai/
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Kevin is a Realtor® with the Jasinski Home Team @ Berkshire Hathaway. Professionally, he is passionate about educating and assisting clients with their various real estate needs. With 5 years of experience helping clients purchase and sell real estate in the area, Kevin ranks as a top producer year-over-year and is nationally ranked in the top 5% of Realtors 30 (years old) and younger. Philanthropy is near and dear to him as well - Kevin loves to get involved in the community to help make La Grange an even better place to be. For fun, you may find Kevin at a local restaurant, brewery or taking a last-minute weekend trip to SW Michigan. Start a conversation with Kevin at https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/kevinfarmar
NETWORKING COMMITTEE CHAIR
Tap Career Solutions
Terra is the Founder of TAP Career Solutions where she specializes in Career Coaching & Corporate Management Consulting. Through previous roles in facility management, operations and hospitality with big names like JLL, Omnicom and Harpo Studios, she was led to her passion for people. Terra is a firm believer that personal and professional growth happens outside of your "comfort zone;" she helps people find theirs through problem-solving skills, emotional intelligence and critical thinking. Terra has found her own fulfillment through a career filled with purpose and a home in La Grange shared with her husband and two boys. She enjoys cooking, fishing, and the Chicago Bears, and is always up for a good conversation over a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Start a conversation with Terra at https://www.linkedin.com/in/terra-phair-aaa78a3/
RESTAURANT COMMITTEE CHAIR
Bryan is a Territory Manager at Heartland where he enjoys serving his customers navigate the complexity of credit card processing, point of sale software and customer engagement solutions. Bryan and Heartland are very active with the Illinois and National Restaurant Associations where they are honored to receive an exclusive endorsement for their Restaurant Point of Sale Operating System. Outside of work Bryan enjoys competing in 16 inch no glove softball, playing golf and most importantly watching his Lyons Township High School children compete in both soccer and competitive dance. Start a conversation with Bryan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-fry-/
Kathy Dierkes State Farm Insurance
Kathy's leadership roots in La Grange run deep. She has been a local business owner for nearly 35 years under the auspices of Kathy Dierkes State Farm Insurance and has served as Board President, as well as Education Committee Chair, for the La Grange Business Association. Start a conversation with Kathy on LinkedIn.
Phil is the managing attorney at Fornaro Law and past president of the La Grange Business Association. Following the rule that positive energy will yield positive results, he has become adept at creating a network and team between clients, Fornaro Law and other professionals. He believes that the only way to advance the legal industry is to disrupt it and he has devoted significant energy into promoting technological solutions into his law firm. He also understands the need to give back to the community - in addition to his service as board president of the LGBA, he has been scholarship chair of the Rotary, Little League Baseball Manager and ardent supporter of the numerous local charities. Start a conversation with Phil on LinkedIn.
Horizon Wealth Management
Ryan is a partner and certified financial planner at Horizon Wealth Management where he has been providing financial guidance driven by the uniqueness of each of his clients since 2000. Ryan adheres to the Code of Ethics adopted by the CFP® Board to ensure that his practice is run ethically, competently, and with full integrity. He has believed in giving back to his community since the day he began his practice. From 2009-2012 he was the President of the LaGrange Business Association; he recently was appointed Board President for the Legacy Guild and has served on the Board of Trustees at the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo). Ryan is also the author of the book “Drafting Your Financial Quarterback: What You Need to Know When Hiring a Financial Planner.” Start a conversation with Ryan on LinkedIn.
Jasinski Home Team at BHHS
Steve is a strong civic leader who believes in giving back to the community. That belief is evident in his work as an experienced real estate broker heading the Jasinski Home Team with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services where he focuses on the individual needs of each client and serves them with compassion and integrity. Steve is committed to building relationship and not just transactions, evidenced by his years of serving others as an Army veteran, a past president of the La Grange Business Association, a former treasurer of the City of Countryside and Commander of the Robert Coulter American Legion Post. Many of Steve’s clients become friends, joining his ever-growing, extended family. Outside of work, Steve savors time spent with his wife and children, rocking to a favorite beat or mixing up a batch of his well-known horseradish. Start a conversation with Steve at (27) Steve Jasinski | LinkedIn
STAFF: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cathy has spent her career marketing Destinations, Brands and Museums. As an avid traveler and natural explorer, she realized that she could make her hobby a career. Cathy has held previous leadership roles at destination management organizations such as Choose Chicago and Brand USA where she has represented the city of Chicago and the United States of America as tourism destinations around the globe.
As someone who’s a respectful risk-taker with an entrepreneurial spirit, Cathy loves thinking creatively and strategically about both challenges and opportunities. She’s drawn to change and effective action, and always sets high goals for herself. Known as a great networker, Cathy loves to connect with people to create stronger relationships – and she’s eager to roll up her sleeves and put this to practice with the LGBA to ensure that local businesses flourish.
Cathy believes that travel sparks curiosity and cultural understanding. But as much as she enjoys the gift of travel, she also believes there is no place like home. Nothing gives her more joy than spending time with her friends and family, especially her great nieces and nephews, who are all the loves of her life. Start a conversation with Cathy at https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/profile/in/cathymdomanico
STAFF: ADMINISTRATIVE, MEMBERSHIP AND EVENTS COORDINATOR
Before coming to the La Grange Business Association, Alissa pursued her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. During her time at UW Oshkosh, she was heavily involved in her academics where she was a part of multiple different social media and public relations campaigns, all with different objectives and goals. One of her public relations campaigns placed top three in the country where another campaign was at the forefront of the rebranding of the UW Oshkosh Journalism Department. Also, she was heavily involved in Greek Life at UW Oshkosh where she held over ten positions in her sorority and ran the UW Oshkosh's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life social media accounts. She was a defined leader in the Greek Life community where she was awarded the 2024 Philanthropist of the Year award.
Alissa has a passion for helping La Grange businesses grow and empower LGBA members. She seeks to build and foster interpersonal relationships by hosting a detailed new member on-boarding process and advocating for events that benefit the members of the LGBA and the La Grange community. Alissa creates an engaging member newsletter which allows for members to showcase themselves and their business happenings. Alissa is a people-person and loves to learn about others, but also values time for self tranquility by reading a book or spending time with her pet bunnies. Start a conversation with Alissa at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alissa-wade-3b1576201?trk=public_post_feed-actor-name