Sunrise of Bridgewater

Meet the Sunrise of Bridgewater Team

todd graf edTodd Graf – Team Member since 2001

Executive Director

"I have been with Sunrise since March of 2001. My favorite part of my job is simply that I am able to interact with our residents daily.  Whether it’s leading a group activity (family feud is my favorite), helping a resident paint during an exhibition, or just pouring coffee in the dining room, I feel those moments always bring me back to Sunrise’s mission:  'To champion the quality of life for all seniors'.

The best part of working for Sunrise is that I have the opportunity and privilege to coach, teach, and motivate my team. There is no better sign of accomplishment than being a part of a team that ultimately becomes a family.

In my free time, I spend time with my wife, Elke, who I met at the age of 14. We love to travel, indulge our dogs, and play tennis. I also love to landscape and be outdoors as much as possible."


joanna picciano dosJoanna Picciano – Team Member since 2005

Director of Sales

"I have worked at Sunrise Senior Living as a Director of Sales since April of 2005. My favorite part of the job is being able to help families and residents as they transition to senior living. I get great satisfaction being able to assist them during what can be an extremely stressful time. It’s also rewarding once I get to see them thrive in our community.

I love the culture of Sunrise and their dedication to our residents. I feel like I am part of a family here.

When I am not working, I love being with my husband and family. We love to explore new restaurants, go to the beach, and travel. Some of my favorite things to do are baking, bicycling, spending time outdoors, and being with my dog, Lily!"


bruce ladson alcBruce Ladson – Team Member since 2018

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise since 2018. I earned my Masters of Health Administration through the University of Scranton and I obtained my CALA before graduation. Previously, I served as a pastor, and I was in radio for several years. Working at Sunrise is more than simply a job to me because I get to interact with some great people day in and day out. I enjoy the company of the residents. Who wouldn’t? They have some great stories to share and usually are quick to laugh. I see that same joy in the team members that I get to work with on a daily basis. It really does feel like family here. Seeing the passion and love my colleagues have for the residents is inspiring. Things can get busy, but I see a lot of Care Managers just slow things down and make the time to listen to and genuinely care for the residents in multiple ways. 

My wife and I enjoy hiking, a casual bike ride on a sunny day, sitting by a lazy river while camping in the Fall, listening to the ocean waves crashing on the beach, cozying up to a fireplace on a snowy day, painting landscapes, organizing things, and attending church. Personally, I like photography, drawing, watching action movies and running. Don’t be surprised if you catch me talking about football at some point in a conversation."


ashlee traynorAshlee Traynor – Team Member since 2016

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My name is Ashlee Traynor, Reminiscence Coordinator for Sunrise of Bridgewater, and I have been with Sunrise since 2016. I began my professional career 15 years ago as an Activity Director for a skilled nursing facility. As an activity director and certified dementia practioner, I developed a comprehensive program that incorporated therapeutic techniques that assist in the decline of expressive behaviors and the improvement of cognitive function within residents who experience memory loss.

My favorite part of my job is making a difference, creating pleasant days for our residents. Whether it is a small grin or a belly laugh, it makes my day to see our residents thrive. Sunrise of Bridgewater encompasses all of these great things. The best part of working at Sunrise is sharing the same vision with other members of the team. We all are focused on the same thing, which is to champion the quality of life for all seniors!"


jenny quagliato avcJenny Quagliato – Team Member since 2017

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise since 2017. My favorite part of the job is getting to create meaningful activities that bring enjoyment and enrich the lives of my residents. My favorite activities to do are Jeopardy and the Price Is Right. The best part of working for Sunrise is being able to surround myself with a team that cares about their residents and making a positive impact in our community.

When I’m not working, I love going to the movies, traveling, reading a good book, and spending time with my family and two cats."


renee simpsonRenee Simpson – Team Member since 2005

Business Office Coordinator

"My name is Renee Simpson, and I am the Business Office Coordinator. I have been with Sunrise since 2005. Prior to Sunrise, I worked in the financial industry as a Commercial Sales and Operations Manager. I lead a driven competitive team that consistently ranked among the best in our region.

My favorite part of my job is interacting with our team members. I enjoy coaching and mentoring our team members to become their best selves. Contributing to the growth and development of others is my passion. The best part of working at Sunrise is the endless opportunities for career advancement, and the lifelong relationships that are formed. 

In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities and volunteering in my community through serving others."


shani dopwellShani Dopwell – Team Member since 2008

Dining Services Coordinator

"My name is Shani Dopwell, and I am the Dining Services Coordinator at Sunrise of Bridgewater. I have worked for Sunrise since 2008, starting in Sunrise of Westfield, moving from Providence, RI where I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Foodservice Management. 

My favorite part of my job is getting to interact with residents. Speaking with them allows me to understand how important it is to live a full life as well as enjoy stories from their past. Meeting people from all walks of life is the best part of working for Sunrise, just having a potluck lunch can show you how diverse our team members are. 

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my 13 year old son, attending Broadway plays and dining out."

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