Leadership Team - Legacy Retire South Jordan

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, Sales & Marketing Director


Leilani has been employed in the senior-care industry for over 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, Resident Services Director


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.

Jose Serrano, Dining Services Director


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

Tara Bencosme, Recreation Director


Tara has a master's degree in recreation management with a minor in gerontology from BYU. Before coming to Legacy, she was instrumental in starting the Huntsman Senior Games. Tara joined the Legacy family in 1998, and during this time, has been co-chairman in the Salt Lake Valley Recreation Association for many years. She believes that everyone feels and thinks better when they are up and moving. She loves coming to work and moving with the residents. Away from work, Tara enjoys spending time outside hiking and camping with her family.

Braxton Hall, Operations Director


Braxton comes to Legacy with over 15 years of facilities and construction management experience, most of which was also in healthcare. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University and has been through flight school as well as an electrical apprenticeship. Braxton chose Legacy because he loves taking care of people. Braxton is married with four amazing children. While growing up, Braxton played several sports but fell in love with soccer. In his free time, you will most likely find him on the sideline of a soccer field, spending time with his kids, working on classic cars, or traveling with his family.

Nicole Pelick, OTR, ONR Director of Rehabilitation


Nicole is an Occupational Therapist by background and excited to be the Director of Rehabilitation for Legacy House of South Jordan. She is originally from Pennsylvania and received her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy at Misericordia University in 2015. Nicole has a passion for dementia care and recently received her certification as a Certified Dementia Practitioner. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family in the beautiful outdoors of Utah.