Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Raleigh

We are pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our team of experienced, compassionate caregivers who help our residents find the Joy of Every Day.

English Edwards

Director of Sales

English Edwards | Director of Sales“Growing up, my family would visit my great-grandmother at her nursing home.  I would take all my stuffed animals with me and walk around visiting the residents.  Those visits led me to pursue a degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a specialty in Geriatrics from UNC-Wilmington.  When my family moved my grandmother to Brighton Gardens of Raleigh, the transition was made so much easier because of the kindhearted Director of Sales. At the time, I commented to my dad that I’d love to help families in that way. The Director of Sales position soon opened up and I have been fortunate to work for Sunrise since 2003.

It’s easy to come to work each day for a company that truly puts the residents first and lives out their mission on a daily basis:  to champion the quality of life for all seniors..  There is no greater peace than knowing your loved one is in a safe, secure and nurturing environment.  I love that I can be a part of that.”

Amy Phillips

Business Manager

Amy Philips | Business Manager

“As the Business Manager at Brighton Gardens of Raleigh, I interact with team members, vendors, regional management, family members and, most importantly, residents, on a daily basis.  Being a resource and providing assistance to others brings me great personal and professional satisfaction.  I’ve worked in several communities during my eight years with Sunrise, and consistently see the passion for seniors and joy in service our company promotes and exemplifies.

The opportunity to work at Sunrise and with seniors fell into my lap unexpectedly, and has changed my life for the better in many ways.  I’m proud to be part of a team that not only provides exceptional care for seniors, but enhances the quality of life for every member of the community.  We truly are a family here!”

Andrew Keravuori

Dining Services Director

Andrew Keravuori | Dining Services Coordinator

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 cherish interacting with our residents and team members every single day, and working for Sunrise Senior Living has given me a passion beyond the work place.  I am truly grateful for the time I have been part of this incredible community and look forward to the future."

Ellen Jones

Resident Care Director

Ellen Jones |  Resident Care Director

“I have been a registered nurse for 32 years - the last 24 years in senior care – and I can tell you that Sunrise does it best.

To champion quality of life for all seniors is the Sunrise mission.  Through this mission, I am able to help meet the needs of our residents and families using a holistic approach, while also being instrumental in developing our team members to do the same.”

Claire Severt

Reminiscence Coordinator

Claire Severt | Reminiscence Coordinator

“After obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology, I began my career with Sunrise as a Care Manager and have served in various roles during the past five years. I have a niche for working with memory-impaired seniors and love creating moments of joy.

Making sure that our residents are receiving high-quality care and stimulating engagement is my top priority. I am passionate about training others and seeing successful results when providing care and activities to our residents. ‘Ah-ha’ moments are the best!”

Roxanne Walkotten

Assisted Living Coordinator

Roxanne Walkotten |  Assisted Living Coordinator

“Six years ago, I began my career with Sunrise as a Recreational Therapy Intern, and have moved up through the company as Activities Assistant, Activities Coordinator, Terrace Club Coordinator and now Assisted Living Coordinator of 90 residents and 60 team members. Throughout my entire professional career, one constant is my love of working with seniors and sharing my passion for their care, well-being and happiness with those around me.

I firmly believe in Sunrise’s mission to provide the highest quality of care, the most well-trained team members, and a safe environment for our residents. I look forward to the future and my continued growth and development with Sunrise.”

Lucia Pinedo

Maintenance Coordinator

Lucia Pinedo | Maintenance Coordinator

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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