Meet the Team
Alicia Sieplinga serves as the executive director for Brentwood at Niles. With a background in law enforcement, Alicia served as an assistant executive director in two Michiana communities before joining the Brentwood at Niles team. Alicia cares deeply for her residents and staff, upholding high expectations in her community.
When she’s not working, Alicia enjoys traveling and spending time with her wife and their three dogs. She also enjoys watching football and is an Alabama Crimson Tide fan.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Jennifer Kedik joins the Brentwood at Niles team as the director of Sales and Marketing. She has been working in the senior industry for three years and has found her passion working with the senior community. Jennifer has a B.S. degree in organizational management and is an avid volunteer, working with many local nonprofits.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys hiking, cycling and photography. Jennifer is happily married to her partner and together they have two adult children and two grandchildren. She also hosts a podcast called “Caregiver Shenanigans” with her fellow DSM, Shawn.
Vibrant Life® Director
Michelle Smith is the Vibrant Life® director at Brentwood at Niles Senior Living. Prior to this role, she traveled across the Midwest working in different communities and schools. Michelle graduated from Lake Michigan College with a degree in occupational therapy and is working toward her dementia practitioner and activity director certifications. Michelle’s favorite part of her job is talking with the residents and making them smile.
Outside of work, Michelle likes taking the train to visit family in Chicago.
Resident Care Director
Kay Thomas joins the Brentwood at Niles Senior Living team as the Resident Care director. She has almost three decades of experience as a nurse in the emergency room, skilled facilities and home health. She lives every day by her motto, “God did not put me on this Earth to be greedy, but to serve.”
In her free time, Kay enjoys spending time with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, who live in St. Joseph, Mich. She likes to sing and was in a philanthropic choir that traveled across the country.
Resident Care Coordinator
Ryan Hinegardner is the Resident Care coordinator at Brentwood at Niles Senior Living. She brings over a decade of experience to the team, across all aspects of the health care industry. She has extensive Alzheimer’s and dementia care training and worked in our memory care unit for three years before being promoted to Resident Care coordinator. Ryan is passionate and dedicated to her work in our community and wants to continue to make a difference, big or small, in our residents’, families’ and staff’s lives.
Outside of work, Ryan enjoys reading, spending quality time with her family, going on drives in her Jeep and boating on the lake.
Generations Program Director
Tina Cox serves as the Generations program director at Brentwood at Niles. Along with eight years of phlebotomy experience, Tina has 15 years of experience in geriatric care. Tina’s passion lies in working with patients with dementia.
Outside of the office, Tina enjoys listening to music, spending time with her friends and family, and exploring nature.
Jennifer Thompson-Boothe, M.S., OTR
Rehabilitation Director with ONR TOUCH Therapy
Jennifer Thompson-Boothe serves Brentwood at Niles Senior Living as the Rehabilitation director. She has over two decades of experience as an occupational therapist, working in multiple settings from acute hospital care to long-term care. She has a B.A. degree in psychology and a master’s degree in occupational therapy, specializing in geriatrics, from Towson University in Baltimore, Md.
When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and three pets, exploring the outdoors, and traveling.
Business Office Director
Lucia Taylor serves as the Business Office director for Brentwood at Niles. Lucia has over 14 years of experience ranging from senior living to working with troubled youth in the legal system, foster care and more. When a former client’s guardian recruited Lucia to become a supervisor for seniors in long-term care, she discovered her passion for working with seniors. Since then, she has focused on working with seniors in skilled nursing, independent living and assisted living.
Outside of work, Lucia volunteers and enjoys gardening. She is happily married and has six children. Lucia is also a “Golden Girls” and Snoopy fan.
Culinary Services Director
Jerry Lawson has been serving residents at Brentwood at Niles for almost two decades. Now working as the Culinary Services director, Jerry has served in many high-level roles in the food service industry, including head chef and general manager at Famiglia’s Italian Restaurant and chef at Niles Elk Lodge.
Jerry enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, fishing, and golfing, when he is not working.
Building Services Director
John Blaylock, the Building Services director for Brentwood at Niles, is a Michigan native who has four years of experience in facilities and operations management. Before joining our team, John was the Maintenance director at a community in South Haven, Mich. John loves his work, the staff and the residents at Brentwood at Niles.
John is married and has three children, two grandchildren and three dogs. Outside of work, John enjoys swimming, spending time with his family and playing cards and is a movie enthusiast.