Board Members


Barb Whiteman, Founder

I’m Barb, founder and director of Living Well United. I am happily married with 2 kids and 2 grandkids. Originally from Michigan  I have called Illinois home for 28 years. I  have been a school secretary for 23 years, founder of a nonprofit, certified personal trainer, senior fitness specialist and massage therapist who has run 8 marathons, bakes cupcakes and decorates cookies. My passion for keeping God’s older children active comes from seeing how mental, physical, and spiritual activity need never stop but can change, grow, and bloom to become a way to give back throughout life! Everyone has something to give!  My desire is for seniors to gather and expand their social connections, engage their minds in learning, stay active physically, and join in activities to share their wisdom, talents, and time with the community.

Marissa Jones-Sosamon, Director

Hi! I’m Marissa! I was raised on a farm just outside of Saybrook, IL and currently reside in Saybrook.  I am happily married to my husband, Trevor, and together we have our sweet dog, Leia and 13 nieces and nephews who we adore.  I went to Ridgeview High School and later completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Illinois Wesleyan University.  Go Titans!  I have a love of all things music, DIY projects, reading, and Disney!  My love for seniors started at a very young age, as I visited my great-grandmothers with my grandma daily. The time spent with them greatly impacted me and is something I will forever cherish. I previously worked as the Activity Director at an Assisted Living Community, where I really saw the power of what the word “community” means to seniors and how it can truly enrich their life.  From a simple conversation to educational events, my goal is always to encourage and empower seniors to live their life to the fullest.

Living Well United Board Members

Rosemary Parker-president

Bill Frautschi-vice-president

MaryLou Munster-treasurer

Diana Jones

Joyce Niklaus

Jeanne Beal

Evelyn Johnson

Mike Beal

LWU Core Values: Loving, Inclusive, Serving/Teamwork, Fellowship, Resource/Referral