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A Familiar Face Takes the Helm at Carillon of Newton


There’s a new sheriff in town at Carillon Assisted Living of Newton, but hers is a familiar, welcoming face to residents and team members. Rhonda Brazzell was recently named executive director after serving nearly 10 years as the Catawba County community’s sales and marketing director.

Brazzell actually began her career with Carillon in the business office, an easy transition given her past experience in accounting and finance. Her love of seniors and open, honest way with people made her a successful marketing director for many years. When the opportunity to be part of Carillon’s Administrator-in-Training (AIT) program came along last year, Brazzell eagerly accepted the challenge.

“The AIT program really prepared me well to become an executive director,” she said. “I went to different Carillon communities, sat in the ED chair, and basically learned by doing.”

The Gaston County native says she was thrilled to return to Carillon of Newton, the community she’s been an integral part of since it first opened. And the community, in turn, is thrilled to have her back and at the helm, according to Keith Ensey, Brazzell’s regional supervisor.

“Rhonda is a real relationship builder and knows the people and community very well, so those relations were the perfect segue way to her becoming executive director,” Ensey said.

Brazzell was chosen for the AIT program because her core strengths are perfectly suited to the head administrator role, Ensey said.

“She’s detail oriented, people focused, extremely thorough, and she manages every single situation that she encounters to completion,” he said.

When she’s not at Carillon, Brazzell can be found in one of two places: the vegetable garden at her Cherryville home, or cheering on the Carolina Panthers with her husband and two sons.

Posted in Sage Stories on December 18, 2015

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