Brighton Gardens of Northville

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Northville Team

Since 1998, Brighton Gardens of Northville, MI, has continued the more than 30 year tradition of providing the highest quality resident-centered care. Backed by the experience of our Brighton Gardens leadership team, residents of our larger community enjoy the warmth and hospitality of a place they are proud to call home!


Mazie Pilut-Garbarz

Associate Director of Operations

Mazie Pilut-Garbarz | Executive Director

Mazie came to Sunrise in 2007 with more than 20 years of health care administration experience. As Executive Director, Mazie has demonstrated her skills in both Operations and Care Management by overseeing the active days here at Brighton Gardens. With more than 100 residents, their families and friends, she has proven to be a problem solver and a compassionate listener to those in need.

Mazie is the mother of four active, sports-minded children. In her free time, she coaches sports and attends many games. Mazie received her degree from Madonna University where she was awarded a scholarship in volleyball.



Patricia DeLeeuw

Director of Sales


Patricia Deleeuw | Director of Sales

Patty began her career with Brighton Gardens of Northville in 2003 as a concierge. She fell in love with the senior care industry and realized she had found her calling. Sunrise quickly promoted Patty to a sales position. Patty is the usually the first contact families have with Brighton Gardens. Her sincere desire to help these families is evident. Patty’s compassion and empathy makes new faces comfortable immediately. She is very proud of Brighton Gardens and all it has to offer in Assisted Living.

Also, Patty is eager to share that she chose Brighton Gardens as a home for her own mother. Patty has degrees in communications and psychology. Prior to Sunrise, she worked in the advertising industry.


Kelly Hardy

Associate Executive Director

Brighton Gardens of Northville MI Kelly HardyKelly received a graduate degree from Siena Heights University and a director’s license from Michigan Center for Assisted Living.  With 10 years of experience in elder care, Kelly truly understands the passion and dedication needed to provide outstanding care for our seniors.
  
Kelly is a mom to three very active daughters.  She enjoys traveling and had the opportunity to spend a couple of summers experiencing Hungary, Romania and the Ukraine.  Kelly also enjoys hiking and playing volleyball.  In her quiet time, you’ll find Kelly avidly reading.




Joy Backhaut 

Assisted Living Coordinator

Brighton Gardens of Northville MI Joy BackhautWhile studying to obtain her nursing degree, Joy worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has experience working in the senior industry in both management and administration.  

Although Joy has lived in several states, she now calls Michigan her home. She lives here with her husband and her four-year-old son, Leo.  In her spare time, Joy loves spending time with her family, following NFL and college football, and dining out.





Jeffrey Swider

Dining Service Coordinator


Jeffrey Swider | Dining Service Coordinator

In 2011, Jeff joined the staff at Brighton Gardens of Northville as the Dining Services Coordinator. Jeff’s background in the specialty catering industry gave him extensive experience in food quality, nutrition, display and, most importantly, pleasing his customers.

Today, his customers are our seniors who live here at Brighton Gardens. It is his priority to ensure our residents have delicious, healthy and appealing food. Jeff makes it a point to have happy customers. As the father of three children, Jeff spends his free time involved in their activities.




Michael Samulak

Business Office Manager


Michael Samulak | Business Officer Manager

Mike joined Brighton Gardens of Northville in 1998 before the building was even built. He was a member of the team that opened this community. Among Mike’s responsibilities, he ensures the business side of our community operates efficiently and smoothly. However, he brings so much more to the table. His love of seniors is evident with every exchange he has with our residents. His door is always open.

Mike’s education is in health care management, but he spent years in the automotive and marketing fields. His interest and love for seniors brought him to Brighton Gardens and he has never regretted that decision. Mike has five children and 10 grandchildren and tries to get a round of golf in whenever he can.



Maria Bumbuts

Reminiscence Coordinator


Maria Bumbuts | Reminiscence Coordinator

Maria joined the Brighton Gardens of Northville team in 2004. As a Care Manager, she consistently exhibited her devotion to our residents. She soon became a Lead Care Manager and helped other team members appreciate the importance of this position. Within time, Maria was promoted to her current position of Reminiscence Coordinator. Her neighborhood is a nurturing, stimulating environment for our residents with memory loss. They experience the joy of living every day with activities such as gardening, music therapy, exercising and outings.

Maria played professional volleyball in her native homeland of Romania. She is the mother of two adult sons, who live in Romania today.


Sarah Gonzalez

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah Gonzalez | Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah joined our Brighton Gardens of Northville team in 2005. She has held four positions during her time at Brighton Gardens, beginning her career as a Care Manager.  She then became a Medication Tech, and subsequently spent time in our marketing group before accepting her current position as the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator.  Sarah spends her days planning activities that our residents truly enjoy.  Art classes, exercise groups and music appreciation classes are just a few of our in-house activities.  Museum visits, boat rides and trips to the movie theater are some of our outside activities. Sarah is committed to enriching our residents’ lives. 

Sarah earned her degree health care administration.


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