About Us


Jake Schneider

Executive Director

Jake has been Executive Director of TowerLight since September of 2014. He has over 8 years of experience in the senior living industry, as well as a background working with youth and young adults with special needs.

Jake says" As the Executive Director of TowerLight, I am dedicated to ensuring all our residents and employees are receiving the highest quality of service & care within a safe and meaningful environment. I am honored to be working here, creating many special relationships with the residents and employees.”

In his free time, Jake enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, BBQ-ing, walking around the Minneapolis lakes, catching a Twins, Wild, Vikings or Gopher game or enjoying an evening bonfire. His greatest enjoyment is being a dad. Jake and his wife Katye have two children, son William and brand new baby (February 2016) Penelope.

Polly Marell

Lead Concierge

Polly received her B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota and has worked for Ebenezer since 2011. Her experience in property management and the multi-housing industry began over 25 years ago, working as a leasing consultant at some of the Twin Cities premiere properties while in college. Polly has worked in a variety of positions over the years, but sees her most important job as being mom to Kara Rae and David. She is also passionate about Clean Eating and Wellness and loves to share what she has learned with others. Polly says, "I feel fortunate to work in a position where I have the opportunity to make a positive difference and enhance people's lives each day!"

Laura Duff

Director of Health Services

We are so thrilled to have Laura on board with us at TowerLight! (Bio to come soon.)

Angela Regan

Sales & Outreach Director

I’ve been in senior living sales & marketing for the past nine years. Making a move is a big decision and can be stressful and I really enjoy working with seniors and their families to help guide them through the transition to moving to a new community. I have a grown daughter, two dogs and a large orange cat. I like to bike, plant flowers, visit our state parks, and be outside as much as possible. Please call if you have any questions about the process. I’m always here to help and answer any questions about senior living.

Brandy Aguilera

Culinary Director

Brandy Aguilera has worked at TowerLight since the day we opened! She has the unique experience of having worked EVERY role in Culinary Services and she has been our Culinary Manager since October 2015. Brandy worked as a sous chef at the Minnesota History Center prior to joining TowerLight's team. Brandy and her family live in St. Paul, where Brandy has lived for her entire life. As a busy mom to daughters Aubrey and Lola, Brandy does not have a LOT of free time, but Brandy says, “I like to hang out at the park with my kids & grill steaks with my family. I have a large family & food & cooking has always brought us together which is where I give all the credit for my love of cooking.”

Troy Keegel

Director of Environmental Services

I grew up in Northeast Minneapolis, was the first born of six children, and have been married to my wife, Laurie, for six years. I also have two wonderful step children, Marjorie and DuWayne. I worked in construction and retail for close to 20 years until 1999 when I started doing maintenance for market rate and affordable housing companies in the Twin Cities area. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, and I am also an avid comic book collector.

Maggie Sonsteby, MA, MT-BC

Activities Director & Music Therapist

Maggie has had a love of working with seniors for as long as she can remember. She has over eight years of experience in the field of music therapy and therapeutic recreation. After receiving her B.A. in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College, she moved to Boston for her M.A. in expressive therapies, emphasis in music therapy, from Lesley University. Music, especially playing the piano, is one of her biggest passions, but when she is not there, she enjoys playing soccer, ultimate Frisbee, racquetball, trips to the BWCA, being the volunteer coordinator or Twin Cities Bronze (professional handbell ensemble), and spending time with her husband, daughter, two cats, and her friends.