Sunrise at Holladay

Meet the Sunrise at Holladay Team

Meet some of the talented members of our team here at Sunrise at Holladay, UT.

Jeff Folsom.ED_HolladayJeff Folsom

Executive Director

“I have worked with Sunrise for 8 years. Prior to working for Sunrise I was managing nursing homes.

My favorite part of the job is my team. They are absolutely incredible people with hearts of gold. It is such an honor to work with them and share in our mission to champion quality of life for all seniors.

The best part of working at Sunrise is the opportunity to build relationships with people and make a difference in the lives of so many. It fills me with joy and satisfaction to have such meaningful work.


In my spare time I love spending time with my wife and four kids. We love sports, music, art, the outdoors, and movies.”


Nate LaytonNate Layton

Associate Executive Director

"I have worked for Sunrise since March of 2019. Previous to working for Sunrise, I worked for a mail-order pharmacy for five years.

My favorite part of my job is the relationships I form with the people around me. This includes residents and co-workers. We have cherished experiences that I will never forget.

The best part of working at Sunrise is the satisfaction that comes from serving people. It is what we call the “second paycheck” that comes from working at Sunrise.

In my spare time, I enjoy being active with my beautiful wife. We enjoy mountain biking, climbing, camping, and skiing together whenever we get a free moment."


Ginny EchevarritaGinny Echevarria

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise for seven years - five-plus as a Director of Sales at Holladay and a year-and-a-half as a Sales Specialist. Prior to Sunrise, I worked at Highland Cove Retirement, run by Century Park, as their Marketing/Sales Director for 11 years. I have a Masters of Professional Communication in Marketing and Public Relations from Westminster College.

My favorite part of my job is talking to a distraught daughter who is worn out from taking care of her mother or father, and making her realize that there is light at the end of the tunnel - and we are that light.

The best part of working at Sunrise is working with families and bringing them to our community. My mother was at Sunrise after we had tried three other places that broke my heart in one way or another, and Sunrise took great care of my mother. Giving others this same experience is really satisfying.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking and running in the mountains around my house or cabin, playing with my grandchildren and taking trips with my husband to new places."


Janessa ClarkeJanessa Clarke

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise for 7 months, and my background prior to Senior Living was in Skilled Nursing Facilities where I was the Director of Marketing and Admissions for 2 1/2 years.

My favorite part of my job is that each day brings something new, new people to connect with, new challenges to overcome. It brings me so much joy to make personal and lasting relationships not only with our residents but also with their families, and providing direction and help to them in what usually are times of stress or heartache allows me to find purpose in my every day.

The best part of working with Sunrise are the people I work with and the support I get from my direct team as well as the support I receive from our corporate team.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading books, and it’s even better if it’s on the beach. My husband and I love to travel whenever and wherever we can, we have a pretty extensive bucket list that we are working on."


Chris Lyngle.DCD_HolladayChris Lyngle  

Dining Services Director

“I enjoy talking our residents about food; what they like, what they grew up with, what they used to make, what region of food they enjoy. Of course, I enjoy serving them the best food possible. At Sunrise, I get to play with food and see our residents enjoy the meals every day. Everyone is so nice when their stomach is full! Food is life. 

In my spare time, I like to sit on my boat, fish and work in my yard. I like to go to thrift stores and find a hidden gem and add to my collections.”  


Victoria Sijon.CLD_HolladayVictoria Sijon 

Community Life Director

“Before joining our team at Sunrise, I worked as a therapeutic recreation specialist at a state adult psychiatric hospital.  Before that, I worked for Emeritus in South Carolina as the Activity Director in Assisted Living for 5 years.

My favorite part of my job is planning quality activities and seeing the residents happy and involved! At Sunrise of Holladay, the staff is irreplaceable!  Everyone is a team player, intelligent, kind, loving and really good at their job.  It’s a really nice work atmosphere.

Outside of work, I like to be active, spend time with my very funny little girl and learn new things with her.”


Alyssa Bohn.RCD_HolladayAlyssa Bohn

Resident Care Director

"I have worked with Sunrise for 8 months. I worked at Silverado for 4 years as a floor nurse and 3 months as the director of the rehab unit.

My favorite part of my job is working with the residents and helping them with whatever they need. I love the conversations I get to have and the things I learn from each one.

Sunrise’s culture is absolutely amazing! The team work, and people that are employed are quality people and I have loved getting to know each employee.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family. My two year old is so fun and we get to do lots of fun things with her!"


Rachel Jensen.ALC_HolladayRachel Jensen

Assisted Living Coordinator

I have been with Sunrise for 1 year. Previously I managed living programs for adults with disabilities.

My favorite part of the job is celebrating holidays with the residents.

The best part of working at Sunrise is all the passion staff bring to the residents, making the job more fun and focused on why we are here.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time in the mountains with my dog, anything outdoors, and traveling.


Kari Wahlquist.RC_HolladayKeri Wahlquist

Reminiscence Coordinator

I have been with Sunrise for two years, part of which I was care manager and the rest as Life Enrichment Manager.

My favorite part of the job is looking for and finding ways to make a difference for each resident, every day. It is such a joy to be part of their journey!

The best part about Sunrise is the mission of Sunrise and the Team Member Credo to make the best work environment. I love that we give the highest level of resident centered care and look out for each other too.

In my spare time I love being outside hiking and camping with my husband, children and grandkids. I enjoying sewing and crochet. Going to movies or watching one on Netflix is a great go to if there’s a bit of down time too."


Merab VargasMerab Vargas

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I’ve worked at Sunrise for almost 3 years and have been working in activities for 17 years.

My favorite part of my job is that I love that I get to help our residents realize that they still have a purpose and that I get to make each interaction a special experience!

The best part of working at Sunrise is knowing that I get to work with a company that believes in treating our residents with dignity and respect, no matter where they are in life. Also, Sunrise believes that what I do is valuable and therefore provides me with all the support needed so that I can better serve our residents.

In my spare time, I enjoy time with family, reading, cooking, singing, and traveling to Mexico."


Karina RomanKarina Roman

Business Office Coordinator

"I have worked for Sunrise at Holladay for 9 years, and I call this home.

My favorite part of my job is the interaction we all have with our residents, and being able to bring happiness and smiles. Our Team Members are incredible and are always going above and beyond for our residents. We make sure to deliver Our Principles of Service every day.

The best part of working for Sunrise is being able to grow within the company. We offer much growth for all positions and encourage advancement. I, myself, have had the opportunities and plan to thrive further.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending it with my beautiful and wild 2-year-old daughter and husband. We enjoy going horseback riding, and planning family events- as my family will find any reason to celebrate and cook."


Larry NelsonLarry Nelson

Maintenance Coordinator

"I have worked for Sunrise since 2008 and I have 20+ years in the construction and remodeling field.

My favorite part of the job is getting to know the residents and the amazing things they have accomplished in their lives.

The best part of working at Sunrise is knowing that I am making a difference in my residents lives and to see the smiles on their faces as I walk through the community.

In my spare time, I spend a lot of time on the many golf courses of the valley and I enjoy going on cruises every other year to the Carribean."

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