Meet The LeaderShop’s Staff
Executive Director Since joining as Executive Director in 2003, Alan has aligned The LeaderShop's mission and programs to help local youth become community-minded individuals. His education and work history have prepared him well: he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Family Resources, with an emphasis in Child Development. More recently he earned an MBA in Leadership and Change Management from Concordia University.
Before coming to The LeaderShop, Alan served as Executive Director of a YMCA in Metropolitan Chicago and as Assistant Vice President of Operations at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago. When he started at The LeaderShop (then known as CEP), it faced a serious financial crisis. Working closely with the board and staff, Alan led the agency out of this crisis and set it on a path to long-term stability. During his tenure the agency has received several nonprofit-management awards, and Alan has received the Community Service Award from the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He currently serves as President of the La Grange Kiwanis Club.
Cathy began her LeaderShop experience as a volunteer when she was home during college breaks. In 1984, after graduating from the University of Iowa, she was hired part time to provide clerical support. She assumed this would be a temporary position, but soon discovered that working with kids was her passion. She considers her career at The LeaderShop a blessing and says it has made her the person she is today. Over the years, she has had the pleasure of witnessing the life-changing impact that The LeaderShop has had on the lives of so many youth.
Cathy has received several awards throughout her career, including the NAACP Humanitarian Award (1996), the Maasaline Staves Humanitarian Award (1998), The Whispering Oaks Girls Scout Council Woman of Distinction (2003), and the CommUNITY Diversity Group of LaGrange Life Time Achievement Award (2012).
Bruce was named the Director of Development and Public Relations for The LeaderShop in September of 2014. After a lengthy career in Development in higher education he decided running his own small development and public relations office would be an exciting opportunity. A graduate of Elmhurst College and the University of Memphis, he worked at Elmhurst, National Louis University and Aurora University. Bruce volunteers at his church and continues to serve on the Board of the Suburban Chicago Planned Giving Council, where he was president from 2010-2012. He also helps an enthusiastic group of volunteers raise money for the Bosworth Scholarship at Elmhurst College.
Fun Fact about Bruce: Bruce has been the public address announcer for Elmhurst College athletics for the last 30 years.
Katie joined The Leadershop team in January of 2016. She is an alum of the University of Illinois, where she previously served as a Project Manager for the Learning in Community program. In addition, Katie has worked with youth at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, the Urbana Park District and COVE Alliance Uganda. She is deeply motivated by serving others, youth development, and the thrill of project planning. Her personal and professional expreiences working to create positive change have helped her develop as a leader, so she is excited to help youth do the same.
Fun Facts about Katie: Katie loves traveling, running, listening to music/podcasts, and following the Chicago Blackhawks.
Matt joined the LeaderShop staff in February 2016, after graduating from Roosevelt University with B.A. in Social Justice. While attending Roosevelt he spent 3 years working with the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, leading restorative practice peace circles with CPS students K-8. Before this, he spent 7 years as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the Des Plaines Park District. Matt found his niche working with youth and is eager to help those whose voices are often marginalized.
Fun Facts about Matt: Matt enjoys cooking, hiking, drawing, photography, spoken word/poetry, art galleries and concerts.
Lynne joined the staff at The LeaderShop in May 2015 after a 10-year hiatus from public accounting, with a specialization in the not for profit and healthcare areas. She attended the University of Illinois for her undergraduate degree as well as for her Masters Degree in Accounting. Go Illini! Lynne has lived in Western Springs for 15 years, she has 3 boys, one in elementary school, one in Middle School and one in High School at LTHS. She is actively involved in Cub Scout Pack 216 and Troop 216, from La Grange Highlands.
Fun Fact about Lynne: Lynne is an HGTV binge watcher!
Danielle began working at The Leadershop in July 2016. She graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Throughout her years at DePaul, she served as both volunteer and intern at multiple organizations with responsibilities including mentoring CPS high school students and assisting recent immigrants with English skills. She grew up in the Brookfield/LaGrange area and is excited to help advance The Leadershop’s mission to empower the youth in both her home town and the surrounding neighborhoods.
Fun Facts about Danielle: Danielle loves reading, journaling, watching movies, and hanging out with her family (especially her little cousins!)
Catherine (Cat) LeBeau
Catherine joined the LeaderShop staff in November 2016. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2014 from Washington University in St. Louis and her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2013 from the University of Iowa.
Catherine has always been interested in working with children and youth, holding such positions as babysitter, nanny, swim coach, foster care case manager intern, community organizing intern, and bookseller. Having lived in La Grange her entire life, Catherine is eager to give back to her community and encourage others to do the same.
Fun Facts about Catherine: Catherine’s hobbies include reading, hanging out with her husband, and watching old reruns of CSI.