Stephen H. Samuelson, MPA (President & CEO) completed his undergraduate studies at Marquette University.  Since then, he has served in a variety of positions at Maryville Academy (a child welfare agency), Individual Advocacy Group, Inc. (a human services organization), and Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation (a public health/medical organization).  During his tenure at these not-for-profit organizations, he gained a thorough understanding of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Human Services.  In 2006, Mr. Samuelson successfully attained his Master of Public Administration degree with a not-for-profit management concentration from Roosevelt University.  He joined the Frisbie Senior Center in 2011.

Melissa Kalliantasis, MSW (Program Manager) completed her undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University. Upon graduation, she began working at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly where she visited lonely and isolated older adults living throughout the Chicagoland area.  In 2007, Melissa joined the Des Plaines Community Senior Center as Program Manager, and, in 2011, she successfully completed her Masters of Social Work degree.

Alicia Carlile, (Program Coordinator) Alicia has a background in restaurant management and Real Estate.  She has a long history of fundraising and volunteering for a variety of organizations, including Toys for Tots, Center for Economic Progress, USO, and others.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Roosevelt University, and is currently pursuing a Technical Communications Certificate.  Alicia joined the Frisbie Senior Center in 2017.

Tom Lucansky (Custodian)

Deborah Nelson, CFRE (Development Coordinator) is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with a 30-year career dedicated to serving non-profits. A fourth-generation Chicagoan, Debbie led the membership programs at the Chicago History Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden and Museum of Contemporary Art. Later, she served as a consultant guiding membership organizations across the U.S. An elected official on the Arlington Heights Memorial Library board for nearly a decade, her past experience also includes directing a nearby chamber of commerce and fundraising for the North Shore Senior Center and Lutheran General Foundation. Debbie holds a B.A. degrees in English and Spanish from Lake Forest College. She joined the Frisbie Senior Center in 2017.

Sally Thomphsen (Trips Manager), came to the Center with an extensive background in retail. She served as a volunteer at the Center for many years until March 2003, when she joined the organization as Program Manager. Since that time, Sally has been integral in opening the Cumberland Café and the Once & Again Boutique. Always eager to help, she continues to represent the Frisbie Senior Center very well.

Dawn Husby (Manager, Once & Again Resale)