Daniel Walsh, Chairman of the Board
and Chief Executive Officer
As the founder of LifeHouse Group, Walsh brings extensive experience in corporate planning, financial strategy, and risk management to his role as CEO. His responsibilities at LifeHouse Group include management of the LifeHouse Residential Recovery Services facility, coordinating with the Illinois DHS Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery, Illinois Department of Corrections and National Able through the SNAP to Success program, establishing relationships with LifeHouse Recovery Organization’s partners, creating, and working within sustainable budgetary constraints, and overseeing hiring and management of the management team. Prior to his position at LifeHouse Group, Walsh worked as a senior trader and fund manager at Lerner Trading Group, where he demonstrated the ability to lead and mentor teams while maintaining high ethical standards. Since 2010, Walsh has served on the Board of Directors of Good Shepherd Manor, a facility that houses and employs men with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Walsh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, and he received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2020. Walsh also serves on the board of the AYSO youth soccer organization and the finance committee of St. Catherine Laboure grade school.
Jesse Fuller, Executive Vice President
Fuller is responsible for purchasing, facility improvements, and property acquisitions for LifeHouse Residential Recovery Services, and he was significantly involved in the startup and operations of LifeHouse Recovery Organization. Fuller was President of American Group Financial, Inc. (AGF) for 16 years prior to joining LifeHouse Group. AGF is an Illinois Licensed Finance Company that specializes in equipment leasing, financing, and asset-based loans. Fuller is also involved in several other companies, including Lifetime Benefits, LLC, a Life Settlement Company that purchases and sells life insurance policies and coordinates sales in Personal Protective Equipment. Fuller attended Southeastern College and Aurora Business College, and he has an Illinois Real Estate License. In addition, Fuller has partnered with three other individuals to donate the funds necessary to build a church in Elgin, IL.
Gildersleeve has more than 30 years of senior operations and management experience within the Social Services sector. He began his career as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois in 1990 and continued as Executive Director of A Safe Haven from 1998-2014, where he was responsible for the design, implementation and management of 16 facilities with 1500 beds for men, women and children in the Chicagoland area. Under his direction, A Safe Haven offered substance abuse services, workforce development, short- and long-term residential aftercare, and multiple services to support independent living. During his tenure at A Safe Haven, Gildersleeve increased revenue from $1.5 million to $11.5 million, designed and implemented client intake and employee training programs that led to a 200% increase in client populations, and developed a program with the Cook County Department of Corrections that reduced recidivism for detainees and overcrowding in the county jail.
In 2015, Gildersleeve was appointed President and CEO of Phoenix Recovery Support Services in Chicago a men’s residential sober living environment, where he has improved profitability through increased referrals and insurance payments. Gildersleeve earned a B.S in Social Work from Trinity College and University (TCU) and holds certifications in several areas relevant to LifeHouse Group’s mission; he is a State of Illinois Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor; a nationally Certified Recovery Specialist; and a Certified HIV Education and Addiction Counselor. Gildersleeve is associated with a number of professional organizations involved in Social Services, including serving as the past Chairman and a current Board Member of the Illinois Association of Extended Care; the past President and a current regional Board Member of the National Association of American Halfway House and Alcoholism Programs; and Board President of YANA (You are Not Alone) Recovery Home. Gildersleeve joined LifeHouse Group’s Board in 2021.
Jeffrey Loeb, Esq.