Brighton Gardens of Middletown

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Middletown Team

Meet some of the members of our team here at Brighton Gardens of Middletown, NJ.

Christina Candido MorelliChristina Candido Morelli

Executive Director

"Though I have only been with Sunrise for a little over a year, it feels like so much longer (in a good way!). I came on board right before the COVID-19 pandemic and could not be prouder to work for such an incredible organization, especially after seeing firsthand how things were handled during such a difficult time. We truly are a family, with the wellbeing of our residents and team members being the top priority for all.

Prior to becoming an Executive Director, I first got into the field by volunteering abroad; I lived and worked in a live-in Alzheimer’s facility in Northern Italy. I am extremely passionate about senior living and ensuring our residents’ lives are filled with dignity, purpose, exceptional care, love, and fun! Spending time with them is hands down my favorite part of my job.

When not at work, I enjoy traveling, blogging, and spending time with my husband and our two dogs."

Peggy ScognamiglioPeggy Scognamiglio

Dining Services Coordinator

"I have been a member of the Brighton Gardens family for almost 3 years starting as a server and progressing to the Dining Serves Coordinator. Throughout my 20+ years of health care experience, I have held many positions from Activities Director to Assistant Administrator. Working with the Brighton Gardens family gives you a true sense of teamwork. A person can only hope for a job that when you wake up in the morning you love going there…and I have that!"

Kari McArtneyKari McArtney

Business Office Coordinator

"I started working at Sunrise Senior Living in 2005 and love my job! I enjoy talking with and getting to know our residents. Seeing a smile on a resident’s face is the best part of my job. When I am not at Sunrise, I am spending time with my 2 daughters and husband."

Terry team member profile

Terry Walby 

Life Enrichment Manager 

“I have been with Sunrise since 2009. Prior to working for Sunrise, I worked in preschools and ran a youth group. My prior experience taught me the art of patience and how to explain things more clearly and concisely. These skills help me in my day-to-day interactions with Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. 

My favorite part of my job is working closely with the residents and building meaningful relationships with each Reminiscence resident. Although the residents’ memories are not perfectly clear, I enjoy joining their journey. By listening to stories from their past and dreams for their future, I am able to provide our residents with meaningful days.”

Odette BaileyOdette Bailey

Assistant Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

"I have worked with Sunrise Senior Living for the past 21 years, with a brief stint in home care for 7 months in 2019. I decided to try home care but found it very boring and unfulfilling in comparison to my work at Brighton Gardens, so I came back and was welcomed with open arms.

Upon my return, I was asked to help with Activities and have been part of this department ever since. I also help out in Dietary. In my 21 years, I have worked as an Assisted Living Lead Care Manager, Med Tech, Activity Assistant, and Server. With this wealth of experience, I am able to communicate and empathize with my residents as I interact with them. Just putting a smile on their faces makes me feel as if we made their day. Being with my residents every day has taught me loads of patience. I’m glad to be a part of the Activity team!"

Joan team member profile

Joan Mustilli

Lead Concierge 

“I have been a member of the Brighton Gardens of Middletown team since 1998. Working with people and caring for them fulfills me. Prior to Sunrise, I worked as the office manager for a pain management doctor. This job helped me develop the skills that I use every day at Sunrise.

I love to make the residents smile each day. I like to make sure they have their independence, dignity, and feel loved and needed every day. I enjoy seeing the friendships that form between the residents (and sometimes a romance or a rekindled love from long ago). It is heartwarming when a married couple moves into Brighton Gardens; their love and devotion for each other is a beautiful thing to see. 

The best part of working for Sunrise is being part of a professional and caring team. Every day our team goes above and beyond for our residents and their fellow team members.”

Mike AdubatoMike Adubato

Maintenance Coordinator

"I have worked as the Maintenance Coordinator at Brighton Gardens for the past 5 years. It’s my first role in the senior living industry and I absolutely love it! The best part is learning about what our residents have done in their younger days – business, war, children, accomplishments, etc.

When I’m not maintaining the community or BBQing for residents, or driving them to Atlantic City, or calling Bingo, or running poker games, I enjoy the outdoors (fishing, boating, camping, and hunting). I also enjoy spending time with my wife and two adult children."

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