Our Team

Fran Piekarski, Founder & President

Fran Piekarski

Fran has extensive experience working with people with mental health issues and developmental disabilities. She began her career working with individuals with hoarding disorder and helping those that had challenges with executive functioning skills. She is a Certified Professional Guardian and Hoarding Specialist. Meet Frances Piekarski of Living Life with Dignity in St. Charles

Sue Salach-Cutler, M.A.

Sue has a Master’s degree in Gerontology and has worked in the healthcare field for over 25 years.  She is the Author of “Along Comes Grandpa”, a caregiving resource guide, and the novel “If I Walked in Her Shoes” Her programs and books provide the vital resources needed to help family caregivers as they maneuver through the caregiving journey. Find out more about her books and programs here: CaregiverLife.com.

Scott Tolan, Care Manager & Guardian Representative

Scott works with clients on a one-on-one basis to meet their needs and help them maintain a level of independence and dignity appropriate to them. His primary area of expertise is dementia and dealing with individuals with memory impairment. He has worked with clients and family members in various settings, including assisted living, skilled nursing, home care, and hospice.

Scott has completed advanced training and certification for special care/dementia unit directors that focuses on an activity-based approach in working with dementia residents. He has also facilitated several support groups for family members of those with memory impairment.

Before joining Living Life with Dignity, Scott was a dementia director for Sunrise Senior Living and, most recently, the director of two different memory care units at skilled nursing centers in the Chicagoland area.

Polly Maschinski, Case Manager

As a case manager, Polly applies her knowledge and skills to help those in need obtain and maintain what we all want — our independence and dignity.

Her career choice was influenced by the importance of faith, family and community in her life and a grandmother who convinced her to go back to school in her late 30s to obtain her degree in Gerontology. She went on to obtain her degree in Human Services and Family Violence Counseling.

Polly has worked for Catholic Charities, the Kenneth Young Center, non-profit agencies and private corporations. She is an active member of senior advisory councils for the Kenneth Young Center. She has been a guest speaker at Elgin Community College and Roosevelt University and has provided outreach to the community on benefits and services provided by government, state and local organizations.