Brighton Gardens of Wheaton

Meet the Brighton Gardens of Wheaton Team

We are pleased to introduce you to our dedicated team here at Brighton Gardens of Wheaton. 

nick bg wheatonNick Katinos—Team Member since 2018

Executive Director

Nick has a background in Hospitality Executive Management and is thrilled to make the jump to Sunrise Senior Living. He is passionate about working with seniors, and where he can, has contributed to the improvement of the community.

“Sunrise allows me the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life. I am proud that our community has a reputation for consistently delivering quality care. Our families can take comfort knowing their loved one is in great hands.”

He is married with two children. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching youth baseball and basketball cooking and golf.

Peterson.RC_Naperville NorthKelly Peterson—Team Member Since 2020

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My favorite part of working at Sunrise is watching our Care Managers grow into Lead Care Managers. Sunrise has the best opportunity for Care Team Members to grow and develop into Leadership Roles. The best part about working at Sunrise is that I know all of the team members that work in the Reminiscence Neighborhood feel the same way I do about our residents. They are an amazing group of people and we all enjoy coming to work every day to be champions of care! 

During our spare time, my husband and I try to keep up with our daughter who is in elementary school"

jill bg wheatonJill Polanski—Team Member since 2018

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My name is Jill Polanski, and I am the Reminiscence Coordinator here at Brighton Gardens of Wheaton. I have been in senior living for about 7 years with experience in both Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. 

The best part of this role is spending time with all of the amazing residents and their families, and the best part about working at Sunrise is the amazing team that helps bring life to our residents each and every day. 

In my free time I love spending time with my family."

ansel bg wheatonAnsel Dilang—Team Member since 2016

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise since June of 2016. I was the Activities & Volunteer Assistant before becoming the primary AVC here. 

My favorite part of my job is being able to see the residents fully engaged and happy in any of our programs. The best part of working at Sunrise is that we work as a team. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and fishing, camping, playing badminton, visiting museums, and doing school projects."

timothy bg wheatonTimothy Lazzara—Team Member since 2009

Dining Services Coordinator

"I joined the Brighton Gardens of Wheaton team back in April of 2018, but I started with Sunrise as a server at Sunrise of Gurnee in 2009. After that, I started to cook for Sunrise Senior Living in 2013, serving as Sou Chef for the Church Creek location. Then,  I opened several Autumn leaves kitchens. Following that, I got the chance to come back to Sunrise as a Dining Services Coordinator and immediately jumped at the opportunity. 

The best part of my job is the personal relationships I get to build with the residents. The best part of Sunrise for me is that they provide so much room for personal and professional growth. They really do promote within the company. 

In my spare time, I like to relax and watch movies."

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