Stephen H. Samuelson, MPA
(President & CEO)

Joining the Frisbie Senior Center team in 2011, Stephen Samuelson brought along a wide variety of experience at other not-for-profit organizations, including 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 time with these agencies, he gained an appreciation for the field on not-for-profit work while he secured a thorough understanding of Illinois’ Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Human Services, and Department of Healthcare and Family Services as well as various accrediting bodies.

Steve completed his undergraduate studies at Marquette University and, in 2006, he successfully attained his Master of Public Administration degree with a not-for-profit management concentration from Roosevelt University.

Steve and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Des Plaines with their two daughters, Hannah and Abby, for over seventeen years before moving to Mount Prospect, where they currently reside.


Melissa Kalliantasis, MSW
(Program Manager)

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, Melissa worked at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. This background provided a solid foundation of experience for when she joined the Frisbie Senior Center in 2007.

In 2011, Melissa received her Masters’ Degree in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Melissa has spent her entire career in the field of geriatrics – visiting lonely and isolated seniors early on, and now managing the day-to-day programming and services offered at the FSC. She recently became a SHIP Coordinator and helps older adults to navigate the complexities of Medicare, Medicaid and everything in between.

Melissa lives in Chicago with her husband, Johnny, and three beautiful children, Joshua, Benjamin, and Amelia.


Arielle Weston, LSW
(Social Worker)

Arielle earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master’s degree from the University of Chicago. In addition to her formal education, Arielle is also a licensed social worker with experience in a variety of fields including child welfare, public health, disability, homelessness, and policy advocacy.

Arielle joined the Frisbie Senior Center in February 2018, and currently lives in Hoffman Estates with her boyfriend, Duane, and their French bulldog, Chi Chi.


Sally Thomphsen
(Trips Coordinator)

Coming to the Frisbie Senior Center with a background in retail and non-profit work, Sally served as a volunteer for many years. Then, in March of 2003, she officially joined the organization as Program Manager. Since joining the Center’s staff, Sally was integral in opening the Cumberland Café and the Center’s Once & Again Resale Shop.

In May of 2016, she took on the Trips Coordinator position and has revitalized and expanded the Frisbie Senior Center’s portfolio for day, extended, and international trip opportunities.

Sally and her husband, Russ, have lived in Des Plaines for 20 years and are currently residents of the historic Methodist Campground.


Janet Cullen
(Manager, Once & Again Resale)

For many years, Janet Cullen has been interested in the resale, gaining experience through her background in estate and moving sales. In addition, she developed a career in resale working at both local and national resale outlets in sales and supervisory roles.

In late 2018, Janet joined the Frisbie Senior Center. She currently resides in the Albany Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side.


Paulette Krzankowski
(Finance Manager)

Prior to joining the Frisbie Senior Center in December 2018, Paulette was the Vice President of Finance for over 30 years at Hecso, Inc., a national distribution center.

During that time, Paulette mastered many standard accounting procedures and processes, several software suites, and various internal and external auditing functions. As her role grew over time, she found herself accountable for meeting with vendors, hosting sales presentations, conducting inventory management, and fulfilling many Human Resources responsibilities.

Paulette came to the Frisbie Senior Center looking to step back from the pitfalls of Corporate America, relishing the smiling faces and friendly atmosphere that the Center offers every day.

She and her husband Gary have lived in Des Plaines for 32 years where they raised their sons, Phillip and Michael.


Joshua Lopez (Custodian)

Joshua Lopez is joined the Frisbie Senior Center in May 2019, where he loves the atmosphere and day-to-day encounters with its many visitors. Prior to that, he worked in the painting and custodial fields.

Josh and his wife, Elyza, are currently raising their son, Damian, and nephew, Camrin, in Berwyn. He enjoys spending time with his family and dog and is active coaching his son’s and nephew’s various sports teams.


Board of Directors



William F. Knee, The Knee Law Firm LTD (President)
Paul Seguin, PT, DPT, COMT,
Athletico Physical Therapy (Vice President)
John Daly
Daly Investment Management LLC (Treasurer)
Donald Miletic
Des Plaines Park District (Immediate Past President)



Steven Demeas, Interwork Architects Incorporated

Patrick Duffy, TD Construction Services, LLC

Victoria Engstrom-Goehry, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

Jose Lebron, Rivers Casino

Sharon Lynch, Century 21 Elm

Emmett Mosley IV, KCM Capital Partners LLC

Rev. George M. Schelter, Retired

Donald A. Smith, Ptasinski & Smith, P.C.

Tony Wierer, FSC Senior Advisory Council

Ella Woodford-Parker, AMITA Health


Directors Emeritus

Larry G. Gille

Roger Hull