Brighton Gardens of Brentwood

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Brentwood Team

erika gibsonErika Gibson

Executive Director

"The growth of my professional career has been within the senior care industry. I began my career at a large Continuum of Care Community in Bradenton Florida. There, I developed a passion for serving those in all settings of senior living. With more than 25 years of experience, I have had the opportunity to venture into all aspects of the community life and gained a respect for the overall function of a community. I have had the privilege to lead in various management roles and enjoyed being apart of the front line. Dementia care is an area that I have specialized in. I became a strong advocate for the disease after the loss of a grandmother. Senior care continues to be a passion for me. I believe in family and community and strive to teach those goals to those who serve with me in senior care. 

What I enjoy most about Sunrise Senior Living is the tremendous support that is demonstrated by all members of the company. The feeling of family and unity is never in short supply. 

The Tennessee country farm life has been a terrific setting for my family. We have two boys who are very active in Basketball, friends, and caring for rescue animals. When I’m not preoccupied, I enjoy writing and watching movies."

claudia buchananClaudia Buchanan

Director of Sales

"I began working in healthcare over nine years ago as a Hospice Chaplain. It was sacred work and I loved serving the community in this way. Spending time in Senior Living communities was a special part of this work. When visiting a resident in Assisted Living, I found them engaged in activities or dining with friends. Within the community, I was often greeted with smiles and laughter! For several years I served as a Memory Care Director. My strength in working with seniors is helping families make hard decisions about caring for their loved one. I am grateful to help families understand how senior living can help their loved one live vivaciously and safely. 

Working at Sunrise was an easy choice. Their reputation for providing Quality Care and Customer Service reaches back decades. Their purpose and mission is evident everyday. Every team member can tell you their role in achieving that purpose. I am amazed at the number of team members who have worked here for over a decade. I moved to Nashville 22 years ago to attend seminary at Vanderbilt. I raised my two boys here where they graduated from high school and higher education.

When I am not at work, you can usually find me with my bestie, Hollie, the cutest Wheaten Terrier. We enjoy walking, traveling together, and most of all hanging out with our friends."

cassandra washingtonCassandra Washington

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise for over 10 years fully dedicated to serving our memory care residents. I started my Sunrise journey working as a care manager for our residents here and then moved into a lead care manager role. I worked daily to ensure quality services were provided to our residents with caring hands each day. After focusing as a lead care manger for 8 years, I have most recently moved into the coordinator position. My favorite part of working at Sunrise, specifically in Reminiscence, is being able to help guide residents and their families through their memory care journey. Sunrise always makes sure that we truly encourage all and celebrate each person's unique individuality.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and two children. I also enjoy reading and going for walks."

katie garapicKatie Garapic

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I come to Brighton Gardens with 5 years of experience in activities and resident engagement. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and focused my studies on community development and public health. I built an activities foundation as a Resident Assistant on campus, and I began my senior living career in 2020. In my previous position, I facilitated an intensive memory care program designed to maintain cognitive function. I was awarded Rookie of the Year and the esteemed 'most likely to wear overalls!' I am thrilled to serve the Sunrise community as your Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. The staff is so passionate, and the residents’ camaraderie is uplifting and inspiring. However, my favorite thing about Sunrise is everyone’s willingness to laugh and be silly together!

When I’m not teaching watercolor classes or calling bingo, I enjoy cooking, road trips, thrift shopping, and singing in church choir! I look forward to many more sunny days with my friends at Brighton Gardens of Brentwood!"

angela terwilligerAngela Terwilliger

Assisted Living Coordinator

Angela was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She graduated from Nashville Christian High School in 1999. She then proceeded attending Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN for nursing. In 2002, Angela became a mother to a beautiful daughter who now is a college student, studying psychology. In 2003, Angela fulfilled one of her dreams and became a certified patient care technician where she took care of all ages in Renal failure. During that time, she discovered her passion for caring for the elderly or people in need. Angela has spent the last 19 years working in the Medical field. For the last 8 years Angela has worked as a caregiver and a manager for facilities and in home care. Angela works every day to ensure the residents receive the utmost care that they need. Both of Angela’s parents are Nurse Practitioners. Angela was raised surrounded by medical professionals with the passion for caring for others. 

In her free time, Angela loves being a mother. She also enjoys reading and running when she is not working. Angela’s passion is to help anyone in need and will do her best to provide the care needed for you or your loved one.

connie grundoConnie Bishop-Gruno

Dining Services Coordinator

Connie comes to Sunrise Senior Living with 24 years of food service experience. While working her way through college for a bachelor’s degree in Education, she worked for a catering company and continued her career in foodservice. She owned and operated her own family style dining restaurant for 25 years before moving to senior living in 2012. Connie comes to Brighton Gardens of Brentwood from her home state of Mississippi. Sunrise Senior Living is the perfect connection for Connie because we all share the same goals for enriching the lives of our elders. The "team" mentality is very strong at the community and Connie states, "The mission is alive and at work here at Brighton Gardens of Brentwood and I am proud to be a part of it."

In her spare time, Connie enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Keifer-Lee (3) and James (9). She also enjoys volunteering especially in projects related to veterans and riding motorcycles.

matthew klinedinnstMatthew Klinedinst

Maintenance Coordinator

Matt Klinedinst has racked up almost 15 years worth of management experience since his composition days as a music student at Belmont University. His professional background includes auction houses, historic homesites, houses of worship, home renovations, and church ministry. And thanks to his time working in historic buildings, he’s encountered just about any possible scenario relating to building maintenance that has aided his creative problem-solving skills. Matt is glad to work at Sunrise because he prides himself in working hard and making lasting improvements to the spaces that he inhabits, but most importantly, he finds a deep sense of fulfillment in helping seniors with their maintenance needs.

When he is not fixing things (or at least attempting to fix things), Matt enjoys spending time at home with his wife and pets, fishing, playing music with friends, video gaming, and raising chickens. He also hosts a podcast and a monthly bad movie night.

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