Brighton Gardens of St. Charles

Meet the Brighton Gardens of St. Charles Team

Meet some of the members of our team here at Brighton Gardens of St. Charles, Illinois. 

Jason O'Higgins team member profile

Jason O’Higgins

Executive Director

“I have been working in senior care since 2005.  I have spent a great deal of the past 10 years working in many different communities across the U.S. and in Canada. Through this experience, I have developed a keen understanding of what it takes to build a great team and provide the best levels of care and customer service. I strive each day to develop and grow my team to ensure that the Sunrise mission is upheld.

I have been with the Sunrise family for six years.  I am a true believer in teamwork, and I’m grateful to work side by side with such amazing people.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and music.”


Jen Mallo team member profile

Jennifer Mallo

Director of Sales

“I came to Sunrise in 2016 with more than 12 years of health care experience. I hold a master’s degree in public health, am a certified dementia practitioner and have certified nursing assistant experience.  I have worked in a variety of health care settings including long-term care, hospice and schools, but assisted living is where my heart is.


Sunrise is extremely supportive and encouraging.  The people genuinely care and they do what they say they are going to do.  I also love the fact that I can be so creative and expand my knowledge of the health care industry. With so much training, it is impossible to fail!

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music and watching movies!”



Nikki Borrico team member profile

Nicole Borrico, RN

Resident Care Director

“I have been involved in health care for 20 years, the past nine of which have been favorably dedicated to Sunrise. I enjoy caring for others the Sunrise way.

At Sunrise, we have a family-focused atmosphere; intelligent nurses; holistic, resident-centered care; activities; and supportive team members who make Sunrise a great place to make great things happen, every day.

When I have spare time, I enjoy sports, traveling, reading, photography, and watching reality TV.”


Julie Soukup team member profile

Julie Soukup 

Assisted Living Coordinator 

“I have been employed by Sunrise since 2005. I love knowing that what we do on a daily basis makes a difference in our residents’ lives. We get to make it happen and pay it forward! 

I love interacting with our residents, listening to their concerns and resolving any issues that they may have.  It is a huge honor to know that we are given the responsibility of caring for the generation who took such good care of us. I am delighted to be an advocate for the residents and am blessed to be here. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband of 35 years, Ryan, three children, and one grandson.”


Aksei Huerta team member profile

Aksel Huerta

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise Senior Living team in 2004.  Working for our seniors gives me the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life. Sunrise provides me with a rewarding feeling I bring home at the end of my day, and I consider it a privilege to be able to care for our seniors.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and enjoy outdoor activities such as basketball, football, and traveling.



Barbara Gallagher team member profile

Barbara Gallagher

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

“I joined the team at Sunrise in 2006. I always wanted to be around seniors, and I helped my grandmother out when I was a young girl. At 50, I realized that serving seniors is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and it has been a dream. 

Each day, I leave our community with a full heart, knowing that I helped make the day better for our residents. Seeing the smiles and the satisfaction when residents are involved in an activity is all I really need to feel successful. 

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family, especially my grandson, Ben. I travel a couple of times a year to California because two of my sons live there!  I also love to play tennis, run and practice yoga.  I am very involved in various ministries of my church, and was on the committee for the St. Charles Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past two years.”



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