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We are pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our team of experienced, compassionate caregivers who help our residents find joy in every day.
"I started serving seniors when I was in high school. My family moved in next door to my grandparents who were requiring more care. I cleaned their house weekly and did yard work for them. As I cleaned house for them, my grandmother and I would chat and I learned all kinds interesting things about her life. In college I volunteered in nursing homes and adult day centers. When I was graduating with my Bachelor’s degree, I noticed on my ride home from school that a new assisted living was being built. Brighton Gardens of Salt Lake City a Marriott Senior Living community. I was determined to land a job there and I got my first job in senior living as an activities assistant. While working at Brighton Gardens I completed a Master’s degree in Gerontology at the University of Utah. I worked in various positions in assisted living and home care before I served as Executive Director at Brighton Gardens in Winston Salem. Ten years later, I’m enjoying my role as Executive Director at Sunrise of Raleigh. So much has changed over the past 19 years but one thing that I really enjoy is spending time with residents, family members and team members.
I am originally from Las Vegas, NV and lived in many other places all over the country. I have three teenage children that keep me busy and my wife is a school teacher. When I’m not at work I love to be outside running, biking or hiking. I also enjoy a really good book and movies."
“I first started as a volunteer at Brighton Gardens back in 2007. I had the pleasure of being in that role for 2 years: little did I know it would draw me back years later!
I love meeting with families and hearing their stories. Working at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh allows me the pleasure of meeting with residents and families who are looking into next steps.
I believe it is my responsibility to help educate people on available options to ensure their needs are met—both in the short- and long-term.
I am so proud to tell people about Sunrise and share the benefits of living in one of our communities, specifically about our care continuum, team members, and wonderful residents. In many ways, Sunrise sells itself when someone visits.
In my spare time, I love to travel, find new restaurants and spend time with family and friends.”
“I worked in the telecom marketing industry for 22 years and decided to pursue a career in Senior Living after experiencing the daunting task of searching for an assisted living community for a family member. This experience afforded me the opportunity to connect with families who are currently going through the same challenging and overwhelming process.
I started at Sunrise of Raleigh in May 2018 as an Associate Director of Sales and transitioned to Brighton Gardens of Raleigh in July. I enjoy having the privilege of helping families make such an important decision to take that next step into assisted living and watch their loved ones flourish in our community. It is very satisfying to see happy residents and families who now have peace of mind. Our residents along with their family members are extensions of my family; they bring warm smiles to my heart!
We have a wonderful team here at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh; they are always ready to jump in and help with smiles and laughter.
In my spare time, I enjoy going to the beach for a dose of Vitamin Sea or spending time by the pool with my treasured family and friends listening to my fav, Kenny Chesney. I also enjoy spending time with our fur-babies: Cooper, Lincoln and Roxy. Lastly, I must confess…I am a dessert-aholic especially when the HOT light is on at Krispy Kreme!”
“I began working as the Dining Services Director five years ago, and brought with me 13 years of culinary experience in healthcare. Sunrise’s signature menu provides our residents with a variety of choices, and I enjoy the opportunity to involve the residents in our dining program as much as possible.
"I am a board certified music therapist and certified yoga instructor, graduate of Appalachian State University. As a music therapist, I have worked with people of many abilities and ages, but ultimately found that long term care is where I belong. I have had the privilege of working with older adults for the past 5 years, 3 of which as an activity director at a skilled nursing facility. I strive to create meaningful programs that are fun, interesting, and novel. I absolutely love being an activity director, and value every minute I get to spend with the residents!"
“My passion for senior care has been a driving force in how my career has developed. I started in Recreational Therapy at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital, and Moses Cone Behavioral Health Center. After discovering my niche I invested more than 5 years coordinating services as a case manager for seniors across Wake County. During those years, I conducted numerous care plan meetings and found that families seemed to stream toward Sunrise Senior Living communities.
In 2017 I was pleased to know, that after obtaining my M.B.A with an emphasis in healthcare, Brighton Gardens offered me the opportunity to be a part of such a loving place. Now managing 90 residents and 50 plus care staff, I can truly say I am forever grateful to serve and lead the residents and staff at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh.”
“Being a nurse has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. I find such joy in helping others and am lucky enough to have made it my career. After working for Sunrise about five years ago, I spent a few years delivering sweet babies in a high risk labor and delivery unit, and have made my way right back to Sunrise! I am passionate about caring for our senior population and believe in the mission of Sunrise Senior Living! I work in a collaborative approach with my peers to provide the best possible care to your loved ones. I am proud to be a part of this team and continue to strive to champion the life of our seniors each and every day."
“I first joined Sunrise Senior Living as an Assisted Living Coordinator in NY, but after realizing that North Carolina is where my husband and I wanted to build our home, I joined the Brighton Gardens team as the Reminiscence Coordinator. I found my true calling (the senior living industry) after obtaining my MD-MPH from Chicago. I realized that in this industry that, not only can I utilize my experience gained through my education, but I can also lend my leadership, passion, and perseverance to ensure that we give back to a generation that has helped shape this wonderful nation. Each day brings its own unique challenges, and I truly cherish each and every moment at Brighton Gardens. My favorite thing to do in my spare time is to spend the day with my best friend (also known as my husband).”
“I am proud to be part of the Sunrise team, where there is a purpose for every role. I enjoy coming to work each day knowing that I make a difference in so many lives. Here, the simple task of changing a light bulb can brighten someone’s day. Sunrise champions the quality of life for all seniors!”
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