Our Staff

Kathy Long, President

Stillwater brings together Kathy’s expertise in building homes with a population she holds dear. “This is a culmination of all my professional talents and experiences and my love of family.” Her treasured memory of a grandmother’s reassurance to look down on her from Heaven, fuels the creation of a loving “place” for grandmothers and grandfathers.

Kathy has been assisting people in finding “homes” for 30+ years.
Currently a commercial & residential real estate developer, Kathy has been a real estate agent, broker/manager, owner/broker, franchise owner, general contractor and developer. Project sizes range from one custom-built home to subdivisions of 250. Evolving from young real estate agent to small business owner, she quickly learned the vital role of hiring employees and facilitating their professional development. Kathy is also a Certified Dementia Care Instructor.

Stillwater’s synergy comes from a handpicked staff melded with a property complemented by nature and supplemented by desirable amenities brings a vibrant community offering active lifestyle options. It’s a place where Kathy hopes parents like hers and …yours ...will enjoy life!

Guided by faith in God and supported by a strong family bond, Kathy’s motto is one that persistence carries one further than talent and knowledge alone. Kathy was born and raised in Highland, IL. Kathy resides in Edwardsville with son, Seth.




Emily Bruegge, Executive Director

Emily comes to Stillwater Senior Living with almost ten years of senior living experience and fifteen years of leadership experience. A unique path lead Emily from her first career as a professional Chef to working with seniors. Food is something she is still passionate about and she understands that meals are an integral part of our resident’s daily experience. She enjoys building relationships with our residents and their family members and strives to ensure that our employees are well-cared for as well. Emily is a recent graduate of Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management. In addition, Emily is a Certified Dementia Care Instructor, as well as a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner.

“Happy employees means that you will have happy residents.  Building a strong, empowered group of individuals towards reaching the ultimate goal of happy residents is what I strive to do on a daily basis”






Gay Lynn Harper, Director of Operations

Gay Lynn brings decades of customer service experience to the Stillwater Senior Living team.  A local native of Bunker Hill, Gay Lynn joined the Stillwater team in its infancy in 2015. If you ask any resident who they can count on or who is their favorite person, nine times out of ten, Gay Lynn is their answer. She’s there to from move in day on to ensure that Stillwater’s resident’s needs are met in a timely manner.

When I think of Stillwater and serving our most beloved generation, I think of an old-time gas station on Route 66 and the customer service during that era.  Here at Stillwater, we believe service is just that, you just stay in the car, and we take care of the rest.”







Shameem Coppotelli, Director of Marketing

Shameem is Stillwater’s greatest fan, and she will encourage the same sentiment when touring our potential residents and family members.  Sales Expertise is just one of her many talents, but what Shameem really thrives on is assisting our residents and families in navigating their needs through the aging process and long-term-care. A resident of Collinsville, Shameem has been involved in our local theatre companies as an officer and board member of Curtain’s Up Theater Company and Miner’s Institute Foundation. Shameem is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management. In addition, Shameem is a Certified Dementia Care Instructor, as well as a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner.

”Having several personal experiences with senior family members enables me to have empathy and understanding to assist navigating our families through this difficult and sometimes stressful life decision. Interacting with our residents on a daily basis as they become our extended family members is something that I enjoy dearly.”






Sophie Fairman, Assistant Executive Director

Sophie joins team Stillwater with years of team captain experience. As an All-American Scholar Athlete, Sophie has plenty of motivation to share with our residents in encouraging them to participate in our daily planned activities. Serving seniors is her passion and her smile is infectious, just ask any of our residents and they’ll say that Sophie just brightens their day.  Sophie is a recent graduate of McKendree University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness. In addition, Sophie is a Certified Dementia Care Instructor, as well as a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner.

I know this may sound cheesy, but I have the privilege of coming to work every day and hanging out with my friends. I’m proud to say that some of my best friends are our residents, it’s an absolute joy to be around them.






Alexis Young, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Alexis comes to Stillwater Senior Living with many years of customer service. Starting out as our Concierge in 2016, she is now our Life Enrichment Coordinator; having a knack for bringing fun into our resident's lives. Alexis loves spending time with the residents, talking to them, laughing with them, and building a strong friendship with them. A little side bar - you might catch her on the radio now and again; 590AM The Fan based out of St. Louis, MO.

"Stillwater is my home and these residents are my family. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and I love being able to spend time with them on a daily basis. It's like getting to be with the cool kids all the time."








Our Mission
Embracing generations through listening hearts, compassionate care and purposeful activities modeled in Christ’s love.