Sunrise of Northville

Meet the Sunrise of Northville Team

Meet the members of our team here at Sunrise of Northville, Michigan.

Mazie team member profileMazie Pilut-Garbarz 

Executive Director

Mazie joined the Sunrise team in 2007 with more than 20 years of health care administration experience.  As the Executive Director, Mazie has proven her skills in both operations and care management by overseeing the active days at Sunrise of Northville. She is a problem solver and a compassionate listener to those in need.  

Mazie is the mother of four active, sports-minded children.  In her free time, she coaches sports and attends many games. Mazie received her degree from Madonna University, where she was awarded a scholarship in volleyball.
 

Sylvia Palmquist team member profile

Sylvia Palmquist

Director of Sales

During her time with Sunrise Senior Living, Sylvia has gained great respect for her fellow team members. She enjoys interacting with the residents and her fellow team members, and especially enjoys helping families support their loved ones. When families realize they have made the right choice for their mother, father or grandparent, it brings Sylvia immense joy. She feels it is a privilege and an honor to serve her Sunrise family. 

When Sylvia is not at work, she enjoys travel, fine dining, wine-tasting, spending time with her family and friends, attending a book club and playing golf. She has two adult sons and six grandchildren. 


Jewel Johnson team member profile

Jewel Johnson

Assisted Living Coordinator

Jewel has always loved caring for seniors.  When she joined the Sunrise family 17 years ago, she began as a caregiver and worked her way to the Assisted Living Coordinator position. She also spent time serving as the Reminiscence Coordinator, in which she trained, mentored and managed a team of caring hearts. 

Outside of work, Jewel spends time with her family and loves to read and listen to music.


Leah Casey team member profileLeah Brown

Reminiscence Coordinator

Leah joined the Sunrise family during the summer of 2015 as the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. She left for a brief time to pursue the idea of developing her own programming department, which she successfully carried out, only to find that she dearly missed the residents she had fallen in love with. She yearned for the Sunrise culture that she adored. 

Leah is extremely happy to be back in the Northville community, leading an already amazing team as the Reminiscence Coordinator. She is filled with enthusiasm about building her team to be even stronger and effectively care for our amazing and deserving residents.  

Leah has a bachelor’s degree in science in psychology, with a double minor in geriatrics and sociology. She also is a certified prime-time health coach for seniors. 

During her time away from work, Leah busies herself with planning a June 2017 wedding.  She also enjoys spending time in her flower garden, taking long walks with her wonderful fiancé and cuddling with her orange tabby named Roo. 


Judi Compton

Resident Care Director


Judi joined our Sunrise team in November of 2015.  She is a registered nurse who has an extensive background in skilled nursing care.  Judi wanted to develop and nurture resident care on a more personal level, and appreciates the Sunrise Principles of Service.  She oversees the wellness and medication management teams and enjoys training her staff to provide excellent care.

Judi enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her new granddaughter.  She loves to cook and enjoys teaching her nieces how to bake.  


Mike Wilson team member profile

Mike Wilson

Dining Services Coordinator

Mike graduated from Grand Rapids Community College School of Culinary Art and apprenticed at Marine Highlands Hotel in Scotland. He joined Sunrise in 2006 after working at an assortment of locations, including four-diamond resorts, private country clubs and large hotels. 

Michael finds his job extremely rewarding and enjoys getting to know our residents on a personal level. He meets with residents once a month and asks for their favorite recipes to recreate on “Chef’s Choice” nights. 

Outside of work, Mike enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting. He also enjoys coaching and being involved in youth sports, especially softball. He has been married to his wife, Bobbie, for 21 years and has a daughter attending Michigan Tech University.


Sonya Burton team member profile

Sonya Burton

Business Office Coordinator

Sonya has been at Sunrise for 17 years and has had several roles managing and taking care of our residents.  She currently is the Business Office Manager and handles resident billing, employee payroll and human resource issues.  She loves our seniors and their families.  

Outside of work, Sonya loves to be with her family and friends.




Marguerite Tate team memberMarguerite Tate

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Marguerite has been with Sunrise for five years and has had the pleasure of working with the residents in our Reminiscence Neighborhood prior to her Activities and Volunteer Coordinator position.  After college, she worked in the medical field for three years and as a sales representative for eight years.

Marguerite also has served as a care manager, lead care manager, medication manager and life enrichment coach. She enjoys Sunrise because it gives her a chance to broaden her career and serve with love.  

On the weekends, Marguerite works with her church to distribute food from the Forgotten Harvest program and share information to help people in need.


Don Love team member profile

Don Love

Maintenance Coordinator

Don came to Sunrise in 2016, bringing more than 10 years of experience. Don is very family-oriented and has a unique understanding of what it takes to “Champion the Quality of Life” for our residents. He is always helpful and ready to lend a hand with a smile. 

When he’s not at work, Don enjoys football (NFL), BBQ cooking (charcoal only) and listening to “old school” music. 




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