Board of Directors, Ambassadors & Staff

PRESIDENT - EXECUTIVE BOARD

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/

PAST 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/

VICE PRESIDENT - 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 - EXECUTIVE BOARD

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/

SECRETARY - EXECUTIVE BOARD

CHARITY GALLARDO
La Grange Public Library

Charity is the Executive Director at the La Grange Public Library, a position she has held since August 2018. Charity loves the variety involved in working at the library, where no two days are the same and the mission is to serve the community and help them learn, explore and connect. Charity has worked at public libraries in New York, Florida and Texas and enjoys traveling to new places, everything Disney, and of course, reading. Start a conversation with Charity at linkedin.com/in/charity-gallardo-501b0114

BOARD DEVELOPMENT

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/

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/

ENDLESS SUMMERFEST COMMITTEE 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/

BUSINESS EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR

YAZIL BETANCOURT
Paychex

Yazil is a Small Business Consultant at Paychex and has spent the last 7 years educating business owners. The last four years, she has worked in La Grange with local banks, accountants and small businesses to ensure all are educated on the most recent legislation surrounding small businesses. Outside of work, Yazil is pursuing her masters in accounting and enjoys yoga and cycling. Start a conversation with Yazil at linkedin.com/in/yazilbetancourt

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/

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHAIR

DAN SPAIN
The Elm

Dan is the owner of The Elm restaurant in downtown La Grange. It is a two story, 13,000 sq. ft. restaurant with an elevator, three private event spaces, and a 2,700 sq. ft. outdoor rooftop patio. With Dan's background in finance and development and his wife Caitlin's eye for design, they created The Elm. Dan loves coaching his kids in soccer and you can find him on a golf course, beach or lake in his down time. Start a conversation with Dan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dan-spain-7a496218/

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR

ANNA WAGLER
American Family Insurance, Philip Wagler Agency

Anna is an Insurance Agent with her husband at American Family Insurance, The Wagler Agency. She enjoys helping her customers keep peace of mind as they move towards their dreams of family, homeownership, and business pursuits. She advocates for our community in a variety of volunteer capacities, the most notable of which is the LGBA Membership Committee Chair. Outside of the office you might find her find her at a forest preserve with her family, enjoying downtown La Grange, or sneaking in a Pilates class in the wee hours of the morning.

RESTAURANT COMMITTEE CHAIR

BRYAN FRY
Heartland

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-/

AMBASSADOR

KATHY DIERKES
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.

AMBASSADOR 

PHILIP FORNARO
Fornaro Law

 

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.

AMBASSADOR

STEVE JASINSKI
Jasinski Home Team 

A two-time past president of the La Grange Business Association, Steve is a team leader and realtor with the Jasinski Home Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago. As an experienced real estate broker, he believes in making clients for life. By focusing on relationships and not transactions, Steve provides exceptional real estate guidance and advice - with many of his clients becoming good friends. His background includes a depth of expertise in financial services, including mortgages, construction loans and home equity lines. Steve’s expert perspective is an advantage to his clients, and he helps them succeed in all market conditions. Start a conversation with Steve on LinkedIn.

AMBASSADOR

RYAN WILLIAMSON
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.

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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