Our Team Members
Fran Piekarski, CPG,IAC
Fran is a Certified Integrated Aromatherapist and a speaker, author, mentor and founder of Living Life with Dignity. She founded the company to advocate for those that are not able to find the support they need to have a quality life. Patience, compassion, strategic planning abilities and resources are the foundation for support to those that are stressed and overwhelmed by everyday life while trying to manage their own personal challenges or care giving for a family member. This is the basis of why Living Life with Dignity was created.
Fran is a certified professional guardian, holds a Level II CD certificate from the Institute for Chronic Disorganization and has been mentored by renowned professional organizer and host of A&E’s “Hoarders”, Dorothy Breininger. Fran is a Certified Dementia Professional (CDP), Past-President, PR & Program Director for Napo-Chicago, Past President for the Fox Valley Chapter of BNI, former VP for Delnor Hospital Auxiliary, a Certified Toast Master and the author of "The Road to Remedease" & the "Personal Injury Organizer." Fran has been featured on TLC's "Hoarding, Buried Alive", WGN morning show, WGN Radio "The Wendy McCormick Show" and many print media articles including an editorial by Sun-Times columnist, Marc Brown.
Linda Tomasello, B.A. Social Work, CDP
Linda is a Certified Dementia Specialist and is passionate about engaging people with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. She develops and leads programs to support their well-being. She employs her experience to support clients through case management and individual cognitive engagement.
Sue Salach-Cutler, M.A. Gerontology, CDP
Sue has a master’s degree in Gerontology and has worked in the field of gerontology for close to 30 years. She was the recipient of the YWCA Marguerite Henry Leadership Award for Communications/Technology and the Influential Women in Business Award from the Business Ledger and NAWBO. Her previous company AgingInfoUSA, received the Excellence in Business Award from the Business Ledger and was nominated for the Chicago Innovation Award. Her books and programs have aided family caregivers around the country in defining the vital resources needed to help them maneuver through their caregiving journey. In late 2017, Sue partnered with Living Life with Dignity to support family caregivers by way of geriatric care management, along with the elderly and those with mental health issues through guardianship services.
Maryellen Jachimowski, RN
Nurse Case Manager
Maryellen obtained her undergraduate nursing degree at Loyola University (Chicago), followed by a graduate degree in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at Boston University. She has more than 30 years’ experience in clinical, administrative and teaching positions at nationally-ranked medical centers including work at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) and Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago).
Maryellen’s professional heart, mind and energies are focused strongly on empowering clients to understand and implement choices about their own healthcare. She recently gained status as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and as a Board-Certified Patient Advocate (BCPA). In the past she served as an Air Force Reserve flight nurse, and feels a special dedication to America’s veterans. She continues to lecture at and attend professional seminars that enhance her ability to decrease patient’s and families’ stress in any part of the healthcare system, and is proud to join the Living Life With Dignity team of professionals as they protect the health and legal rights of their clients.
Mary Anderson, B.A. Psychology