Board of Directors

Rachel Slucki

President

Rachel Slucki has worked in electrical construction, including alarm systems, since 1999. As President of Zoepaz Incorporated, she manages the daily and long-term operations of the company, whose focus is commercial fire alarm, burglar alarm, access control and CCTV.

Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering & Management from Purdue University and is licensed by the State of Illinois as an alarm contractor and professional engineer.

She is a member of NFPA, ICC and the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Automatic Fire Alarm Association.

She lives in the far western suburbs of Chicago.

John Reidy

Vice President

John Reidy has worked in the alarm industry since 1987 and is the President of Elk Grove Village-based SMG Security, which focuses on commercial projects with integrated systems that include fire, burglar, access control and CCTV. He is also a principal of Midwest Central Dispatch, which is a UL-listed central station that is also located in Elk Grove Village.

John earned a Bachelor of Business degree at Western Illinois University, is a licensed alarm contractor and holds NICET Level II certification. He has been active with the IESA for decades and also participates in The Monitoring Association (formerly CSAA).

Brian Ciasnocha

Secretary

Brian Ciasnocha, Director of Sales for the Electronic Security Division of Davenport, Iowa-based Per Mar Security Services, has been in the industry for more than 18 years.  In his role at Per Mar Security Services, he focuses on serving the commercial, residential and government markets in the Midwest by providing full-service security solutions for homes and businesses, including guard services, mobile patrol, electronic security, smart home automation, fire alarms, monitoring services, investigative services and pre-employment services.

A graduate of Illinois State University, Brian is also an active member of the Central Illinois ASIS Chapter 158.

Originally from the northwest Chicago suburbs, Brian currently lives in Bloomington with his wife and two boys.

Lauren Gierman

Treasurer

Lauren Gierman is a 41-year alarm-industry veteran who has worked in several capacities, including controller, sales management and general management. Her primary focus during the past fifteen years has been overseeing sales and operations for the six-state area around Illinois. Currently, Lauren’s title is area general manager for the Great Lakes area for Tyco Integrated Security, a branch of Johnson Controls. She earned a bachelor of finance degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

Chet Donati

Past President

Chet Donati has worked in alarm industry since 1966, first as an alarm runner for Kedzie Kane Alarm Company before founding DMC Security Services in 1970. Along with his UL central station, his original focus was on burglar and fire alarm systems, but this has expanded to video and access control projects.

Chet holds Illinois Alarm Contractor, Private Security Contractor, Private Detective and Locksmith licenses issued by the State of Illinois. He spent decades on the IESA Executive Board and is a member of The Monitoring Association (formally CSAA) Board of Directors. Chet has been a member of the NFPA since 1985, is active with the UL Standards technical panel since 1989 and maintains membership in the Associated Locksmiths of America.

A retired Police Officer for the City of Markham, Chet is a Certified Police Firearms Instructor and a Certified Firearms Instructor NRA.

Chet has been married to his wife Sue for 41 years and has three children: Christine, Charles and Cindy. He enjoys target shooting and numismatics when he has time away from work and association duties.

Don Safford

Director-at-Large

Don Safford has worked in the alarm industry for 44 years and is the President of Father & Sons Home Services, Inc., which is based in Naperville. His company focuses on residential and commercial projects that include fire and burglar systems, as well as home theater, CCTV, intercoms, central vacuum and Wi-Fi systems.

Don is a long-time, active member of the IESA and as his company name suggests, he is family oriented and lives with his wife, works with his children and is a proud grandfather of five.

BONIFAS

Director-at-Large

Nick Bonifas has worked in the alarm industry since 2009 and currently serves as Corporate Counsel for Alarm Detection Systems. Based in Aurora, ADS provides alarm services and monitoring for commercial, residential and government projects.  In addition to overseeing legal operations, Nick contributes to the management of ADS by serving on its Executive Committee.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University and a Juris Doctor from Marquette.

Nick lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his spouse, Rorry, and daughter, Frankie. Outside of work he enjoys softball, golf, fishing, brewing beer and backpacking.

IESA Illinois Electronic Security Association

Associate Chair

Scott Seibert, Branch Manager of Anixter in Wood Dale has worked in the alarm industry for 35 years as a wholesale supplier of low-voltage devices for safety, security and comfort with particular emphasis on fire-alarm products. He has been active with the IESA for decades and has served on the Board of Directors since 2005.

IESA Illinois Electronic Security Association

Associate Member

Juan Garcia has worked in the alarm industry since 2006, as an inside sales representative and branch manager for ADI, a wholesale supplier of fire alarm, burglar alarm, access control, CCTV, home automation and networking hardware for commercial, residential, government, healthcare, finance and educational facilities.   He is currently ADI’s Regional Account Specialist for Illinois and Iowa.

He has been active with the IESA his entire professional career and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014.

Consultants to the Board

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Executive Director

Dennis Gano has been involved in association management for more than twenty years. As Executive Director for the Illinois Electronic Security Association, he is both responsible and accountable for the administration and management of IESA. The position is appointed by and directly responsible to the Board of Directors. He is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the association. Within his fiduciary responsibilities he prepares and proposes annual budgets and monitors all association financial assets and assists with strategy and execution of the organization’s vision and mission.

In his free time, Dennis enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren. Dennis received the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives in 2003, and is one of approximately 4,000 association executives world-wide to hold this credential.

IESA Illinois Electronic Security Association

Counsel

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IESA Illinois Electronic Security Association

Membership Liaison