Personal Legacy Advisors: A Collaborative Approach

The associates of Personal Legacy Advisors are experienced, independent professionals bringing their own particular strengths to serve clients.

Lani Peterson, The Arnzen Group: coach & workshop leader

Lani PetersonLani is a psychologist, life coach, public speaker and professional storyteller. She has extensive experience working with individuals, groups and organizations in the application of narrative as a leadership tool and medium for personal growth, connection and change.  Working with both written and oral forms of communication, Lani specializes in leading clients through personal reflection that results in intentional, meaningful expression. Lani serves on the executive committee of the Healing Story Alliance and is a member of the National Speakers Association. Her CD, Stories from Within, won a 2004 honor from Storytelling World Magazine for her original story “Broken Glass.”  Lani lives in Westport, MA.

Anne Stokely: writer, personal and family histories

Anne StokelyAnne C. Stokely is a freelance writer who recently returned to her roots in Asheville, North Carolina, a region with deep respect for both family history and storytelling tradition, after a long stint in the Boston area. With a B.A. in English and History, Anne has worked as a writer for several community newspapers, and as an editor for Emory University and for publishing companies on both coasts. She is a member of the Association of Personal Historians.

Francie King: editor, personal and family histories

Fancie KingFrancie is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers throughout New England.  Over the years, she has conducted and taped hundreds of personal interviews, as a news and feature journalist and most recently as development communications officer for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston University.  She considers the personal interview a privilege not blithely granted, a shared experience that requires respect, keen observation, good listening, a sense of humor, and a reverence for both story and story-teller. Francie is a member of the Association of Personal Historians, Boston Women Communicators, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and a contributing editor of the Marblehead Oral History Project.

Ann Schlecht: transcriber

Ann SchlechtAnn Schlecht lives in Hamilton, MA. She established a transcription service in 2003, and provides meticulously transcribed documents for many clients, including those of Personal Legacy Advisors. A graduate of  Dean Junior College, Ann is also a jewelry designer, selling her pieces under the name The Gilded Lily.

David D’Apice, The Simon Group: graphic designer

David D'apiceDavid  is founder of The Simon Group in North Andover, MA. With over 20 years of continuous experience in the marketing and graphic design of collateral material, his firm has been successfully advancing the interests of firms and municipalities throughout New England. David is also an historian, and takes a personal interest in genealogical research, public exhibitions, the archival handling of ephemera, and the preservation of historic ancestral documents.His firm can provide graphic design expertise to clients of Personal Legacy Advisors, whether it be individuals wishing to format their work professionally or advisors who want to create an  invitation or other materials in advance of a presentation by Susan.

Rae Jean Sielen, Populore Publishing: publisher/project manager

Rae Jean SielenRae Jean Sielen, M.S., is the founder of Populore®, offering design, printing, and binding services for softcover and heirloom-quality hardcover books. Since 1995, she and her team have helped individuals, families, and organizations publish their stories for private as well as small public audiences. She is a charter member (1997) and former board member of the Association of Personal Historians. Rae Jean organized the regional gathering Finely Crafted: A Celebration of Beautiful Books, and is a Rotarian, local historical society member, and co-editor of three anthologies featuring heritage stories. She teaches for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (life writing and publishing related offerings). For many, the production of a book means venturing into “new territory.” Rae Jean expertly guides writers through the journey, listening carefully to meet needs and desires―whether presented with a completed manuscript or a jumble of stories, notes, clippings, photos, family trees, letters, and memorabilia.

Pam and Rob Cooper, Verissima Productions: legacy video biographies

Pam and Rob Cooper own Verissima Productions in Cambridge MA, a company dedicated to preserving history with the highest standards of narrative integrity and visual quality. Rob has 30 years experience as a videographer, editor, and producer in major market broadcast, corporate, and documentary production. Pam is a seasoned family therapist and oral historian. Their films have won CINE Golden Eagle, Telly, Emmys, and Communicator Awards, and have appeared on PBS stations internationally. They are members of the Association for Personal Historians, the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, the Mass Historical Society, and the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review.  When they are not preserving histories, Rob plays traditional Memphis soul and blues, and Pam serves as a volunteer tour guide for Boston by Foot.

David O’Neil, Story Trust: writer: personal, family and business histories


David O'NeilAs the founder of Story Trust, David helps families, businesses, and organizations tell their remarkable stories in ways that create a lasting legacy. His projects have ranged from single-person oral histories to full-featured corporate histories for some of the nation’s largest firms. He specializes in broadcast-quality oral histories and custom crafted history books for families and businesses. Based in the Boston area, David has been a high-school English teacher, book editor, and publishing executive. He holds a BA in economics from American University and a master’s degree in theology from Harvard University.