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. 

jackie.ed_brighton_gardens_of_st_charlesJacqueline Macenas—Team Member since 2011

Executive Director

"I am the Executive Director of the Brighton Gardens of St. Charles community. I have held various leadership roles in senior living over the past 25 years.

I love working for Sunrise because the Sunrise Principles of Service, Core Values, and Team Member Credo are in philosophical alignment with how I believe residents, families, and team members should be cared for. I find joy in serving this community every day."


Nelanie Sampat | Lead Care ManagerAngelica Parker—Team Member since 2015

Director of Sales

"I have joined our team at Sunrise with more than 10 years of experience in healthcare. My top three professional goals are: to bring Sunrise to more families, to help act as an advocate for seniors’ loved ones and to create more pleasant days for our residents. 

My belief in the Sunrise mission applies to both my time at our community and the way I conduct my personal life."


brenda_rcd_brighton_gardens_of_st_charlesBrenda Self—Team Member since 2019

Resident Care Director

"Hello! My name is Brenda Self. I am the Resident Care Director at Sunrise Brighton Gardens of St. Charles. I have been with Sunrise since January 2019. I have worked within the medical realm for close to 26 years now! I chose to work with the elder population because I felt like this population needed someone to advocate, to be a voice when they either need one or are of need of one. I enjoy working with families and believe that with the assistance of each other, we can make the best care possible become reality here at Sunrise.

I find beauty in the simple things of life such as taking a walk by the water, fresh flowers and watching the sunrise and sunset. It always amazes me how many different colors the sky can become when the sun rises and sets. If we stop and think about it, this is much like how Sunrise operates- taking joy in each day in the little things of life.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis and golf as well as painting."


Julie Soukup team member profile

Julie Soukup—Team Member since 2005

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.”


Ann.AVC_brighton_gardens_of_st_charlesAnn Beach—Team Member since 2015

Activities Coordinator

"I have been a Sunrise team member for four years. The best part of my job is enriching our residents’ day by providing activities that are meaningful, purposeful, and enjoyable.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband and four children. I enjoy gardening, watching my kids sporting events, and taking our dog Molly on long walks."


kelly.rc_brighton_garden_of_st_charlesKelly Bowser—Team Member since 2018

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I have worked at Sunrise for about two years. I started my career as a Care Manager, then was promoted to a Lead Care Manager, and I am now the Reminiscence Coordinator. My favorite part about my position at Sunrise is the people and the culture that Sunrise offers. Sunrise is my “Happy Bubble.” I look forward to coming to work each day and spending time with the residents. 

The best part of working at Sunrise is I have fun every day. I never know where the journey will take me each day and I enjoy the ride. I truly believe if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life and that is what Sunrise has given to me. 

In my spare time, you will find me at a football game or in a basketball gym watching and cheering on my kids, and enjoying family time together."


mary.dsc_brighton_garden_st_charlesMary Domino—Team Member since 2017

Dining Services Coordinator

"I have worked in senior living for 25 years and have been working for Sunrise for 10 years. My favorite part about my role with Sunrise is creating beautiful dishes, interacting with the residents on a daily basis, and being a good steward for seniors, families and team members. The best part about working at Sunrise is that everyone works together as a team to take care of the residents. 

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and exercising."


melissa.boc_brighton_gardens_of_st_charlesMelissa Steichen—Team Member since 2015

Business Office Coordinator

"I have been part of the Sunrise team since 2015. This community has been my home away from home since my senior year of high school. My favorite part about my position at Sunrise is getting to know new team members and being able to see them grow with Sunrise. I always want to make sure our team members are being taken care of and have the support they need to be successful. 

When I am not at Sunrise, I love spending time with my husband and two kids. Nature walks, finding new parks to play at, and roaming the isles at Target are just a few fun things we do! 

Sunrise is an amazing place to work and I am proud to be part of the St. Charles team!"

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