The core of why we opened For Papa’s Sake was centered around my father, Harry Picker (or better known as Papa to his grandkids). I spent most days at the nursing home with him as his health declined. Papa was our everything. He was an entertainer, a loving father, a comedian, an adored grandfather, a singer, a brother and so much more. Even towards the end of his life, he was determined to make us laugh. When we decided to dedicate our business to him, we wanted to keep his spirit with us. We recognize that often times, we can’t change the circumstance. We can’t change that mom or dad needs help, but we can do everything we can to put a smile on their face. We can go above and beyond to ensure family members have what they need, plus some.
Ellen Simon, Owner
For Papa’s Sake is Ellen’s most treasured professional accomplishment. She takes great pride and works tirelessly to match the needs of her clients with the skills and personalities of our caregivers. When asked what sets her company apart from her competitors, it has to be Ellen’s determination and genuine interest in making sure that both physical and emotional needs are equally being met for her clients. Ellen firmly believes that in addition to being a service for her clients, For Papa’s Sake is a vital support system for the families that are going through the challenges of caring for their aging loved one. She maintains an ever present and ongoing relationship with her clients and caregivers genuinely caring about each one of them as she would her very own family members.
In addition to running her successful business, Ellen serves as a Commissioner on Wheeling’s Board of Health as an advocate for healthy living. She also participates at many local community events that focus on health and senior related concerns.
Ellen’s hobbies include yoga, traveling, reading, theater and spending cuddle time with her Shih Tzu, Bissel.
Robert Simon, Owner
Robert is an integral part of our support systems. Keeping well informed about each of our client cases and working closely with Ellen and their staff, he creates a real “team” approach to running their business. Robert oversees all of the financial aspects of For Papa’s Sake, but his #1 priority is being the necessary liaison between our clients, caregivers and the FPS office staff. He actively ensures everyone’s concerns and needs are being met. With firsthand knowledge of the issues our families are dealing with, he makes it his mission to listen, understand and facilitate wherever he can. Robert’s mom suffered from Alzheimer’s, so he easily relates to the frustrations, challenges and heartbreak of having a loved one afflicted with debilitating issues and how it impacts the entire family.
In his limited free time, Robert can be found at the gym pumping iron or relishing time with his two grandchildren, Jacob and Julianna.
Linda Henningsen, Office Manager
Linda has an extensive background in care giving that evolved by taking care of multiple elderly family members for many years. Navigating through life with a bedridden grandmother and grandma’s 24/7 caregivers living in Linda’s home for almost four years, was care giving experience learned under some of the most trying conditions. For ten years prior to joining For Papa’s Sake, Linda worked at a sheltered workshop for disabled adults as their office manager.
At For Papa’s Sake, Linda has fostered caring and meaningful relationships with our staff, our clients and their families. Her warmth and compassion for our organization is clearly evident and we are thrilled to have her as a part of our team. Linda handles inquiries, all administrative duties, helps in marketing and assists in our hiring and training processes. She is also one of our caregivers on an emergency basis and gladly handles any miscellaneous tasks that arise. When not at work with For Papa’s Sake, you will find her enjoying life with her wonderful husband, Harry, and their precious little grandsons, Beckett and Keaton. Linda also loves to travel, cook and enjoys all sorts of craft projects.
Becky Reel, Director of Marketing and Operations
Becky brings over 10 years of marketing and operations experience to For Papa’s Sake. Becky received her undergrad from Columbia College in Chicago focusing on media management and Masters in Business Administration from Lake Forest College.
In Becky’s free time, you can find her at a dog park with her dog-sons, Arthur and Doug.
Jennifer Ninapayta, Office Associate and Senior Caregiver
Jennifer started at For Papa’s Sake as a caregiver and quickly expanded her role into the administrative side. Jennifer helps with client assessments, scheduling, payroll and anything in between. She also still fills in as a caregiver when needed.
Jennifer resides in Chicago and loves spending time with her family.