Brenden Gardens | Springfield, IL- Independent Living

Our Staff

Brenden Gardens

John Balota
Executive Director

John grew up in Benton, IL and graduated in 1972 while stationed in Crailsheim, Germany in the US Army.  He attended ISU University and went to work for Caterpillar as a shipping and receiving dock manager for over 20 years. As Executive Director he has attended many certification programs to enhance his ability to lead his staff and provide a wonderful experience for our residents  here at Brenden Gardens. He and his family have owned and operated family restaurants throughout Illinois. John married his wife in September of 1976 and they have 2 sons. "My 11 years working  at Brenden Gardens long side of my wife has been a joy."

Carolyn Balota
Assistant Director

Carolyn Balota has two great sons with two great grandchildren that she enjoys spending time with on her days off! Carolyn came from a family owned business for 25 years and got interested in the health care industry after being involved with the nursing area where her mother was residing. She started doing some years of research on Alzheimer and Dementia to progress her knowledge on these heartbreaking diseases. Carolyn has been Director for 11 years at Brenden Gardens and has enjoyed the challenge of working with a great staff and the greatest residents and their families! "It has been a great experience!"

Christine Brimer
Lifestyle360 Director

Christine grew up in Bushnell, Illinois where she graduated high school. Christine moved to Springfield when she met her husband. They have been married for 10 years. Christine started working at Brenden Gardens in 2005. She has been at Brenden Gardens for 11 years. Christine started as a dishwasher and has held other positions within our community such as Housekeeping Manager, Dining Room supervisor, and now the Lifestyle360 Director.  She absolutely loves being around our residents every day and hearing their stories of their lives.

Stan Stigleman
Maintenance Director

Stan Stigleman was born in Glen arm, Illinois.  Stan graduated from Springfield High School in 1972. He attended Southeastern College and majored in Communications. He received a Universal Technician Certificate in AC in 1992. He also received a Pastoral Degree from Springfield Bible Institute in 2001. He was active for several years as the leader of the Royal Rangers at his church. He learned most of his present skills from building houses with R F Patton for many years. It taught him all aspects of plumbing, drywall, framing and all of the building skills. He has worked for the past 12 years at Brenden Garden as the Maintenance Director where he is the friendly neighborhood maintenance man to the residents. Stan has 4 children and has lived in Springfield, Illinois for 60 years.

Carlos Deleon
Food & Beverage Director

Carlos Deleon was born in Mexico City. His specialty is in Mexican, TAPAS and Italian Food. Carlos got his Bachelor degree in Business Administration in Mexico, and he received his Associate Degree in Law Enforcement at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL.  He then graduated from the Police Academy at the University of Illinois Champaign. Carlos was the owner of two Mexican Restaurants, one TAPAS Restaurant and one fast food Restaurant   (Gyros and Burgers). He has worked as a Manager for a couple of restaurants and also Manager for the cafeteria at the University of Illinois Springfield.  He also had the honor of cooking twice at the Governor`s Mansion for Governor Pat Quinn. It is a privilege to be invited to cook for the governor, but it is rare to be asked to do so twice.  Carlos has been married 24 years, has two children and has lived in Springfield Illinois for 25 years.

Brandy Ayers
Dining Room Supervisor

Brandy grew up in Riverton, IL, and graduated from Riverton High School, Class of 2001. Brandy had a few restaurant management jobs when she was younger.  She then went into retail Management at Shoe Carnival for five years.  She took some time off when she had her daughter Jaydyn.  Brandy then re-entered the work force at Brendan Gardens to which she has been employed
since 2011.  While working there she had her second child, her son Brysyn. She enjoys working here and hearing all the residents life stories and helping them out.