Brighton Gardens of Brentwood

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Brentwood Team

justin laddJustin Ladd

Executive Director

"My career in senior living started in 2008 upon my graduation from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Healthcare Administration. I went on to complete my MBA in 2015 at the University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. I have had the pleasure of working as a Skilled Nursing Home Administrator along with serving in other facets of long-term care administration during my career.

I enjoy seeing our team help residents find a sense of community and belonging, while maintaining their independence. It is also a delight to know what we do daily provides loved ones with a peace of mind.

The best part of being at Sunrise is being a part of a mission that has been thriving and growing since 1981: To champion quality of life for all seniors.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, learning new things and traveling to new places!"


AshleyBekcham.DOS_BGBrentwoodAshley Beckham

Director of Sales

"I have been in the healthcare industry for the past 12 years with a primary focus on geriatric nursing care. Prior to serving as Director of Sales at Brighton Gardens of Brentwood, I managed the Wellness Department at a Sunrise Community in Southern California as the Resident Care Director. I am excited to be back in my beautiful home state of Tennessee. 

My favorite part of my position is being able to serve as a trusted adviser to our potential residents and families, as well as all of those who already call Sunrise their home; focusing daily on providing the highest level of Quality Care and Customer Service that makes Sunrise so special. 

There are so many wonderful things about working for Sunrise. My favorite is probably that Sunrise has a purpose — a true mission — that everyone understands. Even better, every team member can tell you the role he or she plays in achieving that purpose while providing positive impacts to those we care for on a daily basis. 

In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors- nature walks, hiking, and being with my family & friends. I also really enjoy anything related to animals of all types, as I am an over-the-top animal lover; especially with dogs and horses.


Laurie.DOS.BrentwoodLaurie Larson

Director of Sales

I joined the Brighton Gardens of Brentwood team in 2019. Prior to arriving at Sunrise, for nearly a decade; I enjoyed the privilege of engaging with seniors, their families and the Nashville area community at large in similar roles advocating and guiding next steps for many, ever unique and always important individual life journeys. When I began working, initially as a consultant in the senior living industry; I found such great purpose as well as immense responsibility in helping seniors and their families navigate one of the most important and profound steps in their journeys. Listening to every unique story and each individual need and seeing how we can best help people both continue and further enrich their lives is the favorite part of every day for me in this role. 

Besides being able to be a daily part of this incredibly cohesive team, the best part about working at Sunrise is carrying out the foundations our company was built upon by two people who had a like-minded vision to champion such quality of life for seniors that has now grown to encompass authentically caring for seniors globally, including Canada and the UK. 

In my spare time; I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends. I love implementing and studying holistic health and nutrition. Yoga and hikes in our many local parks make any day extra fantastic, as do frequent visit to the Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium. Getaways to 30A and the Smoky Mountains are essential and always make my heart sing!


keona saifizadehKeona Saifizadeh

Associate Director of Sales

"I have always been passionate about seniors, and I firmly believe each person deserves the best quality of care and support system.

My favorite part of my position is when I engage with families and help make a difference in someone’s life. The best part about working at Sunrise is how each team member has the same common goal of providing excellent customer service and making sure each resident feels like they’re at home.

When I am not at work, I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with family/friends, and traveling."



Annette.RCD_BGBrentwoodAnnette Basilius

Resident Care Director

"My name is Annette Basilius and I have been with Sunrise Senior Living since 2018. I served as the Wellness Nurse prior to my current role, Resident Care Director. I have over eleven years of experience as a Registered Nurse and I have served in different facets of nursing during my career. I have worked in the hospital, public health, dialysis center, pediatrics and hospice prior to coming to Sunrise. I truly believe that Sunrise is where I am meant to be! 

My favorite part of the job is our residents. I enjoy interacting with them and knowing that I make a difference in their care. The best part of working for Sunrise is working with a team that is like family and we all share the same values. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, two sons and of course my two dogs. I enjoy reading and love to travel."


erin murrellErin Murrell

Director of Rehabilitation | HealthPRO Heritage

"Hello, my name is Erin Murrell and I am a licensed and credentialed Physical Therapist and currently the Director of Rehabilitation at Brighton Gardens of Brentwood. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2005 from the University of Evansville. After 4 years in outpatient orthopedics, I shifted my focus to geriatric care and have been practicing in long term care and assisted/independent living settings for the past several years. My passions lie in joint replacement therapy, balance and fall prevention, and dementia care.

Outside of work, I spend my time with my 7-year-old son, cooking, reading, and love any movement-related activity, especially hiking, weight lifting, yoga."

Brighton Gardens of Brentwood has a relationship with HealthPRO Heritage to provide Physical, Occupational and Speech therapies. Contact Erin for more information.


Kris Underwoodkris underwood

Business Office Coordinator

"I joined Sunrise initially as a Concierge. In late 2019, I moved into the  Business Office Coordinator role. My favorite part of the job is building relationships with the residents, families and my fellow team members.  I enjoy helping people and encouraging others.

The best part of working for Sunrise is being a part of a company that truly cares about the quality of care our residents receive.  I want to live up to the mission of Sunrise, while serving others well and performing my job to the highest quality.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, grown children and our dog, Barley.  I am an avid fitness walker.  I love to hike, travel  and read.



Tiffany.RC_BrentwoodTiffany Craycraft

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I have worked with seniors for thirteen years; Sunrise Senior Living being five of those years. Nine years of my experience has been working with individuals with cognitive impairments. I have been certified with the state of Ohio in behavioral specialties. This training helped me to create care plans with very personalized approaches. My favorite part about my job is the joy the residents bring me! When I walk into Reminiscence and residents are in the living room and see me, they get a big smile on their face. They tell me how beautiful I look today. I love hearing a resident say, “Oh, there you are. I’ve been looking for you all day”. The feeling they give me makes my whole day better. I could not imagine walking into any other job and getting that feeling. They truly make my life better. These residents give me purpose.  

The best part of working at Sunrise? That is a hard one; I love Sunrise, so for me there are many! Sunrise genuinely cares about their people. I love the way that Sunrise is true to their values. From the Mission Statement, the Principles of Service, to the Team Member Credo. Sunrise Senior Living makes everyone feel loved and cared for like a family. 

In my spare time I am a mother of four. I enjoy being wrapped up in kids’ sports and activities."


gail austin alcGail Austin

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I believe Senior Living to be my calling in life, as I have been in the industry for over 30 years. I’ve had the pleasure of serving in many capacities from Director of Dining Services, Sales & Marketing to Executive Director.

I love the interaction with the residents and families; knowing I’ve somehow made a difference in their day! Just a smile or a hug can go a long way. The best part of working at Sunrise is the fact we have a great team in place and we all share the same compassion and caring nature. Being the best we can be and practicing the core values that make a difference each day!

As with most women, I DO LOVE TO SHOP! My family is the most important thing in my life, and spending as much quality time with them as I can is when I’m happiest."


adriene ennisAdrienne Innis

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"My name is Adrienne Innis and I am the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at Brighton Gardens of Brentwood, but prior to my time here, I spent most of my career developing retail businesses for various companies nationwide as an Executive Field Manager, and as a Consultant. I also spent several years as a wardrobe stylist to some of Nashville's brightest stars. No matter what phase of my professional life, I have always made it a priority to bring authenticity, humor, and joy into what I do. 

 In terms of my philosophy for Activities at Brighton Gardens, it centers around bringing the outside world into our community, increasing social interactions with others, and helping our residents find relevance and purpose in their daily life. It has been my absolute joy to build the relationships with residents and their families over the course of the last year and I look forward to more opportunities to serve you in the future. I am always eager to find ways to engage every resident at Brighton Gardens of Brentwood in some new way!" 


brian howserBrian Howser 

Dining Services Director

“I have worked for Sunrise since 2005. I have 30 years of experience in the culinary field, the majority of my early tenure was spent in Las Vegas working for major hotels as well as a lead chef at a high end steak house. 

My favorite part of my job would be interacting with our residents and serving their needs. The best part of working for Sunrise is the daily challenges that that push me to be my best. 

In my spare time, I love to golf, fish, and have fun where I can find fun.” 


allie community dogAllie

Community Pet

"My name is Allie, and I am a nine-year old Scottish Terrier. I have lived at Brighton Gardens for nearly two years and love to participate in all the activities, especially exercise classes! I am also known to “ride the rails” going from floor to floor on the elevator to visit my favorite friends! I will answer to “Allie,” but am also affectionately known as “Bobo” or “Baby Duck,” and have yet to say no to any treat offered to me.

I bring lots of love, comfort, and smiles to our community and am proud to be the face of Brighton Gardens of Brentwood. Stop by and say hello anytime…I will probably join you on your tour of our community. After all, I know all the best places to take a nap, find a snack, or get a belly rub!

I put the Snuggle in Sunrise!"

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