Our Team Members

Fran Piekarski, CPG,IAC

President

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

Case Manager

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

Vice President

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.

Jean Woodhouse, M.Ad.Ed., B.A.Sc.

Case Manager

Mary Anderson, B.A. Psychology

Case Manager

Polly Maschinski, B.A.Sc, B.A. Human Services

Assessment Coordinator

Polly has been providing support and guidance to families that struggle with loved ones that have a diagnosis of a behavioral health and are unable to remain in their present environment for over 25 years. From Guardianship, to evaluations, case management, advocating for our clients by identifying and obtaining benefits for our client, providing the support and guidance needed to stabilize our clients in the appropriate environment, insuring a safe and respectable life filled with dignity. She specializes in supporting an aging population that recognizes the need for help with their aging children's' mental health population, and their own needs. Her background includes Supportive Services for Veterans Families, assisting veterans that are homeless or at risk of homelessness with temporary financial assistance security deposit, rent, moving, stability planning, budgeting, advocating, benefits, employment. Her expertise in initial assessment and evaluation of needs is an asset to Living Life with Dignity clients.

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