NICHOLE VEIHMAN, President
I am Nichole Veihman and I am the president of LGNN. I am raising 3 little girls, Vivienne 9, Jane 6, and Ellen 4, here in La Grange with my husband Justin and our puppy Pearl. I have a strong love for La Grange - from the historic homes, to the bustling business district, and of course the amazing community. I am a real estate agent with @properties here in the Western Suburbs and I love helping people find not just the perfect home, but also the right town. I am a Barre3 fanatic, I enjoy cooking and am an adventurous eater and grew up on the beach in IN, so I am a beach bum at heart. Fun Facts - I played golf in high school and was a costume design/sewing major in college!
SARAH LORENZI, President Emeritus
Hi! I’m Sarah Lorenzi and am the President Emeritus of LGNN this year after serving two years as President...my love for the ladies of LGNN runs deep! I have one daughter at Park, a son and daughter at Ogden, and a 100-pound, 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Rocco. I taught third grade in Oak Park for 13 years and then took over my dad’s 45-year-old nonprofit for special education and at-risk students six years ago. I love thunderstorms, sushi, country music, and 90s rap. On any given day, you might find me reading some deep, spiritual book or watching some high-quality reality show on Bravo.
Oh.....and fun fact- I like to have babies on March 2.
KELLY WALKER, Vice President
Hi, my name is Kelly Walker and I am your vice president. I've lived in this area my entire life; born and raised in Western Springs, spent some time in Indian Head Park, and now here in La Grange. My husband and I have been together since we were 18 years old, and we are lucky enough to have an amazing and sweet son, Declan. I work as a Realtor with @properties and love being involved in the community. \
KATY MCQUISTON, Secretary
Hi, I'm Katy McQuiston. My husband Sean and I moved to La Grange in 2016, and I joined LGNN in 2018. This year I am excited to serve on the board as secretary. We have a 3-year-old son, Max, and two rescue dogs, Porter and Quinn. La Grange is such a vibrant community. We moved here because of the lively business district and the walkability of the community. You can find me walking around the neighborhood, spending time at a park or grabbing a coffee from one of my favorite coffee shops. I am also an active member of the LGNN Peloton group.
KATIE VERCELLINO, Treasurer
My name is Katie Vercellino, and I have lived in LaGrange for three years with my husband Mike, 8-year-old Olivia, 5-year-old James, and our mini-American Eskimo dog Mika. I love to bake, be outdoors, and explore the local parks with my kids. This is my third year as Treasurer on the Board.
FELISA LEISINGER, Book Club
Bio coming soon!
MICHELLE HALM, Charity/Service
My name is Michelle Halm, and I have been a member of LGNN since 2013. I lived in La Grange for 5 years and currently reside in Western Springs with my husband, TC, and our son who attends Highlands Middle School and daughter who attends Highlands Elementary School. I have served as chair of the Charity/Service committee in the past and am excited to be co-chairing with Amy Cholis this year. I taught high school social studies in CPS before moving to the suburbs and then shifted into working in a community mental healthcare organization. One of my favorite LGNN activities is attending Gourmet – come give it a try! My family loves to travel, and I am always planning our next adventure.
AMY CHOLIS, Charity/Service
Hi, my name is Amy Cholis, and I am co-chair of the Charity and Service Committee. My husband, Nick, and I moved to La Grange Park in July 2020. We have three boys -- Christopher (9), Jack (6), and Ryan (3). I am a speech-language pathologist in the schools and love having my summers off. You can find me walking around the neighborhood, riding bikes with my family, and exploring the downtown area. I love cooking and baking, wine, working out, reading, going out to dinner, and organizing. I am excited to be part of such a welcoming and friendly community!
LISA CORONADO, Empty Nesters
My name is Lisa Coronado, and I moved to La Grange in 2020, after enjoying more than 23 years moving around the country with my husband, John who was a career Naval Officer. With all of our children officially out of the house - daughter Julia, 21, a senior at the University of Iowa; nephew Louie, 27, living in Tampa, FL; and niece Tanya, 31, living in Brookfield - I started the LGNN Empty Nesters group in 2021, as a way to meet other La Grange-area women in the same life stage adapting to life without kids to tend to. This year, I'm co-chairing Empty Nesters with Josie Giovanelli, and we are having a great time meeting and socializing with some amazing women! Outside of LGNN, I'm an environmental engineer working in business development for a worldwide engineering firm. I love to eat, drink, read, travel, and have recently developed an addition to Tik Tok.
JOSIE GIOVANELLI, Empty Nesters
My name is Josie Giovanelli, and I have been a member of LGNN since January 2021 and am excited to co-chair the Empty Nesters group with Lisa Coronado this year. I have lived in La Grange for 16 years with my husband, Gary, and dog, Mali. We have two young adult daughters - one is a registered nurse, and the other is a senior at Calvin University. I am a passional educator and teach third grade. In my free time, I love to read, cook, and enjoy the outdoors.
KELLEY MALAY, Gourmet
My name is Kelley Malay, and I have lived in La Grange for 18 years and have been a member of LGNN since 2012. I have served on many different committees over the years, but I have found my “home” with the ladies of LGNN Gourmet. Not surprisingly, cooking is one of my favorite things to do, and I am excited to launch "Gourmet After Dark" this year, which will be a series of food-focused evening social gatherings and workshops. My other favorite thing to do is travel. I own The Royal Journey Travel Group in La Grange, and recently hosted a wine-themed European River Cruise that included several LGNN Gourmet members. I am eager to plan more travel adventures for the group in the future! I live with my husband, Mike, and our two boys, ages 13 and 15.
JULIE GALLATIN, Ladies & Littles
Hi! My name is Julie Gallatin, and I serve as your Ladies and Littles chair. I quickly joined LGNN once we moved from the city in 2017. I needed a way to connect with other ladies and families in the area, and I'm so grateful to be part of the community. I work part-time for Master Manager, an ed-tech company helping teachers across the county. As a former elementary teacher, I'm fortunate to still work in schools and stay home with my children. My 5-year-old son is in kindergarten at Seventh Avenue and my 2-year-old son will be at First United Methodist Parents' Day Out. My husband and I love to travel and are always planning our next trip. Can't wait to meet you soon!
JORDANA SHAWLER, Ladies & Littles
Hi! I'm Jordana Shawler, and I am your co-chair for Ladies and Littles. Originally from Louisville, my husband amd I moved to Chicago five years ago. Like many, when our family started growing, we made our way to Harding Woods from the city in June of 2021. I am a proud Momma to Ben (almost 2-years-old) and dog mom to Riley, our mini goldendoodle. My career is in energy consulting, working with CPG firms on their sustainability strategies. I love traveling, music and concerts, sports, vino, and good food! However, family and friends are my true purpose in life, which is why I am thankful I found LGNN!
LAURIE WALDECK, Ladies and Not-So-Littles
My name is Laurie Waldeck and this is my first year as Ladies and Not-So-Littles chair after co-chairing the Social Committee for three years. I moved to La Grange in August of 2016 and found LGNN the following year. My husband, Justin, and I are the proud parents of: three daughters, Aubrie (15), Lydia (13), and Quinn (10), a dog named Oakley, and 45 houseplants (okay, the plants are all me.) I love the character and community feel of LaGrange, and I am thankful we settled here after moving around for a few years. We love going to the restaurants and movie theater as a family, and I can't get enough of cocktails at Lucca's or the antiques at Jackson Square Mall and Whisper Me Home. I am thrilled to be an LGNN committee chair again, and I love being a part of an organization that helps people feel welcome and included in such a wonderful community.
BROOKE ARAM, Marketing
Hi! I'm excited to be heading up Marketing this year! I have lived in La Grange for over ten years now and feel blessed ot have found such a vibrant community to call home. I like coffee (a lot); tacos (maybe more); long walks; good books; and finding my next adventure, usually with my crazy family in tow, which includes two kids at Ogden and one at LTHS. (I'm not old enough to have a high schooler, so not sure how that happened.) Looking forward to attending LGNN events this year and hanging with existing friends and making some new ones. See you soon!
LAURA TESTA, Membership
Hi, my name is Laura Testa and I am the Membership Chair! I moved to LaGrange in 2022 by way of Chicago and Burr Ridge, with my husband, John, and our now 4-year-old daughter, Lillian. I work for a local healthcare system as an attorney. In addition to family time, I enjoy reading, date nights/girls nights out, Peloton, attending sporting events/concerts, traveling, wine, and watching reality TV competition shows like Survivor, Big Brother, and The Challenge (yes, they're all still on!)
JENNY TATRO, Newsletter
I'm Jenny Tatro, and I manage the newsletter for LGNN. I have worked in marketing and PR for 15 years. I have lived in La Grange for five years with my husband, two young daughters, and our Boston Terrier. As a native Chicagoan, I love chatting about food, travel, college sports, and the Chicago Bears.
ASHLEIGH POWELL, Social
Bio coming soon!
TESS WEBER, Social
Hi! My name is Tess Weber, and I moved to LaGrange in February 2020 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I grew up in Key West, Florida, so I'm a beach bum at heart! I taught third grade for ten years, but I currently stay home with my 4-year-old and 2-year-old who both attend Methodist Preschool. I am thrilled to be the LGNN Social Co-Chair and love being part of this amazing organization.
JOY WALKE, Social Media
Bio coming soon!
MAGGIE BRASHLER, Sponsorship
Hi. I'm Maggie Brashler. I joined LGNN after moving to LaGrange in 2015. I have two children, a 4-year-old daughter attending Kensington School and a 7-year-old son attending first grade at Ogden. After having my second child I became more involved in LGNN, joining book club, wine down Wednesdays, and wellness events. This past year, I've become very active and am always looking to try something new! This year I will be the head of Sponsorship for LGNN and will be focused on how we can leverage our fantastic group of women to support the small business in LaGrange.
ERIN SHANAHAN, Website
Hi! My name is Erin Shanahan, and I am the Website Chair for LGNN again this year. I grew up in La Grange, and my husband and I moved back to La Grange Park ten years ago to raise our children, ages 11 and 6. I work as a residential real estate attorney, am the VP of Fundraising for the Forest Road PTO, and co-lead my daughter's Daisy Girl Scout troop. I've been a member of LGNN for five years, and I love that it's filled with such amazing women. In my free time, I enjoy reading, quilting, trying out new recipes and restaurants, and traveling.
NICOLE OESTMANN, Wellness
HI! My Name is Nicole Oestmann, and I am the LGNN co-chair of the Wellness Committee. I have lived in the LaGrange area with my husband for the past five-and-a-half years along with our four kiddos – two teenagers and two toddlers. Our life is what I refer to as a semi-organized circus – crazy and fun mixed into one. I have been a member of LGNN for the past five years with this year being my first time on the board. This group has been an amazing outlet for me to get out of my routine, meet great ladies, get involved and integrate into our awesome community. I work as a Hybrid Infrastructure Solutions Manager at CDW for the past 19 years, and when I am not working I enjoy time with my family, the outdoors, traveling and a good glass of red wine. I love to meet new people and look forward to getting together more often again in person (hopefully soon!)
JENNY PERLONGO, Wellness
Hi! I'm Jenny Perlongo, co-chair of the LGNN Wellness Committee. We moved to LaGrange in July of 2020 from Wicker Park and couldn't be happier! My husband Mike and I have two boys at Ogden in first and third grades and a sweet, 11-year-old yellow lab named Lucy. LGNN has been so lovely as a newcomer to the area when it comes to meeting people. In 2021, I started the first ever LGNN Golf League, and I can't wait for Year Two! It was such a great way to meet new friends and get out of the daily routine to spend time outdoors with amazing LGNN women. I work in Medical Device sales, and in my free time, I enjoy Peloton, Pilates, golfing, walking the dog around our beautiful neighborhood, spending time in Wisconsin at our lake house, traveling, and of course wine. Fun Facts: I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, including college, I started my own tea company in 2019, and I once tried out for American Idol