Our Leadership Team

Jessi Pillon
Executive Director/Director of Wellness

The opportunity to become the Executive Director & Director of Care at Southgate Village could not have come at a better time. Coming from management in long term care, I am loving the atmosphere being back in a retirement home. I previously worked as a UCP here while I was in school. My education includes a minor in French Studies at the University of Windsor and completion of the RPN program at St. Clair College. The Residents and the staff here at Southgate make every day entertaining and special. I love that I am always learning, and I want to continue to do that with the staff members here.

Jessica Swain
Resident Wellness Supervisor

I’ve been working in healthcare for about 9 years, starting as a Personal Support Worker in Long Term Care. I eventually went back to St.Clair College and graduated with my RPN Diploma in 2018. I was offered the opportunity to join the Southgate team full time in mid 2023. I just love the environment and the energy they have to offer and couldn’t turn it down!
I am so thankful and fortunate to be able to work for and with our seniors to ensure they are getting the best care in their retirement years and to hear all about their experiences throughout life, because they have so much to offer in return. Each and every one of our residents has a unique story and background that brings so much versatility that really makes it feel like a home.

I look forward to many more years building, supporting and learning at Southgate Village.

Jodi Brush
Resident Services Manager

I have enthusiastically joined the Southgate Village family in September 2022. I am delighted to meet the residents, staff teammates and welcome new residents to our wonderful home.

As a lifetime resident of our area, with significant local family, I am the proud, loving mother of three "young adult" children. I have significant previous experience as a fianacial advisor (specializing in retirement, investment, estate and health planning). Furthermore, I enjoyed a career as a college instructor with St. Clair and Southwestern College.

I am passionate about helping people and am thrilled to be supporting and growing our Southgate Village family!

Karen Siddall
Food Services Manager

I have worked at Southgate Village since 2001 and became the Food Service Manager in 2015. I love to work with our residents, they know how to cook so it can be a challenging but rewarding job. We live in an area where the fresh local produce is plentiful and I love to incorporate it into my cooking. I take recipes that are given to me by the residents and prepare them to make them feel at home. On a monthly basis, I like to make a special meal for different nationalities and have their input on the preparations. I have a great relationship with our residents and you can often find me out in the dining room looking for input. The dining experience is a big part of their lives and I am happy to be part of it.


Valerie Judas
FUN Coordinator

From Volunteer to Personal Support Worker on the floor , then to Fun Coordinator, this building has been a second home to me.

With a background in personal care of Dementia and other needs children to adults, and a forever learner, I bring a new perspective to the department. Keeping mind, body and spirit are uppermost when creating meaningful experiences and keeping the resident a priority.