A lifelong resident of Illinois, Representative Dan Ugaste was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. He lived in Oak Park, Schiller Park and Lake Forest before graduating from Lake Forest High School in 1981. As the first person in his family to complete college, he graduated from Lake Forest College in 1985, and earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University in 1988. He is a 20-year employee and a shareholder in the Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie and Lowry Law Firm in Chicago, where he specializes in workers compensation defense. He and his wife Denise moved their family to Geneva in 1994. They are the parents of three adult daughters and currently have four grandchildren with five and six due in 2019. Representative Ugaste served for many years on the Lake Forest College Alumni Board and as the Board President from April 2016 to April of 2018. He and his wife attend the United Methodist Church of Geneva and St. Athanosios Greek Orthodox Church in Aurora.