Brighton Gardens of Washington Township/Dayton

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Washington Township Team

We are excited to introduce you to some of the talented individuals who make up the Brighton Gardens of Washington Township, Ohio, team. Nineteen of our team members have been with our community for more than a decade, and our Reminiscence memory care team alone has a combined tenure of more than 142 years. Our experienced team is proud to provide the Dayton community with top quality assisted living and memory care.


Jeni Messer—4 years of service

Director of Sales

“My grandfather lived at a Sunrise community years ago, and at the time I told my family, ‘This is where I want to live when I need assisted living!' When a nearby Sunrise community had an opening in the sales and marketing department, I jumped at the chance to work here.  

I am so proud of the personalized service we provide, as well as our long-tenured care team.  I genuinely enjoy meeting new families and helping them learn about everything that Sunrise has to offer their loved ones.  My associate, Sharon Hammond, and I will be with you every step of the way and we can be a resource for whatever you might need. We work hard to make the transition to senior living as seamless as possible!”


Charity Paynter—13 years of service

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I have worked for Sunrise Senior Living for more than 10 years.  I served as a Designated Care Manager and a Lead Care Manager for 10 years, and was recently promoted to the Reminiscence Coordinator position.  

I have cared for my grandmother who has Alzheimer’s dementia, so I know first-hand how this disease can affect any family.  My favorite thing about working with the residents in our Reminiscence Neighborhood is that each day is a brand new beginning.  

My husband and I have two girls and one boy, and we love going to Florida and spending time with our family.”


Dylan Goetze—9 years of service

Assisted Living Supervisor

“I have been with the Brighton Gardens of Washington Township team since July of 2008, when I started as a Designated Care Manager at age 18.  After a few years (and an Employee of the Year award), I was promoted to Lead Care Manager.  After four years in that position (and another Employee of the Year award), I decided I could better serve my residents as the Assisted Living Supervisor.  

I can’t call this a job, because if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life!  My favorite part of my role is interacting with our residents; each person is unique and has so many wonderful life lessons to share.  

Another great part of working at Sunrise is the feeling that what we do for our residents truly makes a difference. This is my ‘second paycheck.’  

In my spare time, you can usually find me rescuing animals with my three children and lovely fiancé.  I also enjoy building computers and polishing my collection of Star Wars memorabilia.”  

Washington township Team Member Joan

Joan Cardoza—7 years of service

Life Enrichment Manager

“I worked as a personal caregiver in our Reminiscence neighborhood for one year, and for the past seven, I have served as Designated Care Manager and lead care manager, before transitioning to my current role as Life Enrichment Manager.

Taking care of seniors is my passion. For a while, I was my father’s primary caregiver until he passed away due to dementia. Currently, I get to spend most of my time with our residents in our Reminiscence neighborhood—providing stimulation and enjoyable activities for small groups, as well as one-on-one time. 

I love to spend my free time with my family and friends. It’s not often we all get to be together at once, so when we do, I am sure to cherish every moment!”

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