Leadership Team

Ed Perkes, Executive Director

Ed has strong roots in beautiful Cache Valley, but when he joined the Legacy Retirement Residence team, he and his wife Autumn decided to move their family closer to the Salt Lake Valley. Ed received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Weber State University and then received his State Teaching License in special education from Utah State University. Beginning in 2007 and prior to joining the South Jordan team, Ed served at our sister-community, Legacy House of Logan. Ed and his wife spend their free time with their four children; taking them skiing and driving them to their various activities.

Leilani Palmer, Marketing Director

Leilani has been employed in the senior-care industry for 15+ years. Prior to becoming the Marketing Director at Legacy Retirement Residence of South Jordan, she worked in a similar capacity at our sister-community in Logan. Leilani believes that a leader should lead by example and should be as eager to help with everyday small tasks as they are with large, complex tasks. Leilani is thrilled to be a member of the Legacy family and looks forward to being a part of it for many years to come. She enjoys running, vacationing and spending time with her family.

Jennifer Thornton, Administrative Assistant

Jennifer has been a part of the Legacy family for many years. The one thing that she enjoys most about her job is spending time getting to know our residents. One of her favorite quotes is, "The shortest distance between two people is a smile." Jennifer not only believes this is true but practices it daily. Jennifer has been blessed with amazing children and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible. Some of her hobbies include baking, decorating cakes, reading, painting and crafts.

Beverly Seal, Resident Services Director

Beverly's career with Legacy began when she was touring Legacy Retirement Residence with her in-laws in 2004. She was so impressed with the community, employees and residents that she asked about employment opportunities and was hired two months later. She loves Legacy because she loves being around people. Every day provides different challenges and problems to solve together, which is something she looks forward to. Beverly believes in the importance of being family oriented and to have empathy for those around us. She was born and raised in Salt Lake City and enjoys golfing, reading, counted-cross stitch, good movies, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Tara Bencosme, Recreation Director

Tara loves working with the residents at Legacy Retirement Residence. She has a Masters degree in recreation management with a minor in gerontology from BYU. Tara was instrumental in starting the Huntsman Senior Games in the 1980s. She has been the Recreation Director at Legacy Retirement Residence of South Jordan since 1998. During this time, Tara has been co-chairman of the Salt Lake Valley Recreation Association for many years. She believes that everyone feels better and thinks better when he or she is up and moving. She loves coming to work and "moving" with the residents. Away from work, Tara enjoys reading, but especially spending time outside hiking and camping with her family.

Jose Serrano, Dining Services Director

Jose has worked in the hospitality industry for 20+ years, as a prep-cook, line cook, sous chef and head chef. He joined the Legacy staff in 2007 and loves to have fun at work. In fact, he does not see his employment at Legacy as work, but as an extension of home. He has been married for 15+ years and has two beautiful children. He enjoys exercising, traveling, watching soccer, dining out and keeping up on El Salvadorian news.

Mike Knight, Operations Director

Mike Knight comes to the Legacy team as an electrician by trade. He has worked on several of the Western States properties and enjoyed the senior population that live within the Legacy Family. He enjoys getting to know the residents on a personal level and taking care of their needs. Mike loves hearing the resident’s stories about their lives and feels inspired by all their accomplishments. Mike is married and has three children. When he is not at work, he enjoys time with his family camping, being outside, going to concerts and just enjoying being together.