Sunrise at La Costa

Meet the La Costa Team

Since 1999, Sunrise La Costa has continued the 30-year Sunrise Senior Living tradition of delivering consistent, high-quality, resident-centered care. No other Senior Living Community in San Diego County has a more experienced team delivering high acuity care in a home like setting. Experience the Sunrise Difference as we create the ‘Joy of Everyday’ for our residents and families.

Peggy White

Director of Sales

"It was only because of my strong desire to be a part of something bigger than myself that I decided to launch a new career after 26 years in resort hospitality sales. I could have never imagined the rewards from helping families decipher their best option for their family’s care needs. I am grateful for the bonds I have developed with families, our team, as well as with my daughter. She had helped me understand the meaning of giving back when she volunteered in senior communities in Colorado which ignited my interest in senior living.

I enjoy beachcombing, gardening, classic cars, board games and playing cards (including Rummy 500)."

Maurene Cullins

Director of Sales

"I began my professional career working in hospitality for over 20 years with brands including Marriott, Hilton and IHG. I have personal experience with my own family members moving into memory care, and I am blessed to help others with deciding on next steps for themselves and loved ones. I love that the people I work with every day at Sunrise La Costa share my passion for serving seniors!

In my personal time, I love going to concerts and enjoy traveling with my husband Mitch, but our favorite family pastime is hitting the beach with our daughter Ruby."

Mirayda Fleming

Mirayda Fleming

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Mirayda has been with Sunrise for over 15 years, where she has consistently brought the “Joy of Everyday” to our residents. Mirayda’s previous experience includes working in our Reminiscence neighborhood and facilitating the first ever Terrace Club from 2005 to 2018. Mirayda’s continued dedication to Quality Activity Programing is what motivated her to pursue her new role as Activity and Volunteer Coordinator, were she is helping our Assisted Living and Reminiscence residents Live with Purpose, every day.

Elizabeth Smith, RN, BSN

Resident Care Coordinator

"I am a Registered Nurse with vast clinical experience in the field of maternity, neurology, cardiology, oncology surgery, and geriatrics. I grew up on the East Coast and was a nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to transitioning to Sunrise in February of 2021. I love leading the wellness team and providing the best care to our senior community.

In my leisure time, I am a busy mom enjoying time with my children. You can often find us outside enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather."

noel floresChef Noel Flores


"My interest in the culinary arts started when I was expected to help our family business butchering pigs to distribute. The unsold meat went to our little eatery that our family ran and I was enlisted to help in the kitchen after school learning basic skills from cutting and preparation and eventually cooking at the age of 15. I loved watching chef competition shows on the Food Network and it became a way to educate myself in how to operate in a kitchen. I was a self-taught cook when I began, but now I have learned from talented chefs with whom I have worked for. I have been a part of Sunrise Senior Living since 2017 and I enjoy every day of it. One of my favorite meals to cook at Sunrise is the Thanksgiving meal consisting of comfort foods like roasted turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole. The culinary experience of our residents is my passion and primary concern. My favorite dish to cook for my family is braised beef noodle soup and stir fried noodles.

In my spare time,  I love watching chef competition shows on the Food Network."


Community Pet

Lambo is the newest member of the Sunrise at La Costa team. He came to us as a rescue kitten, after showing up on a resident family member’s door step. After they nursed him to health, Kendra decided he would be the perfect fit for our Reminiscence neighborhood. He spends his days playing with the residents, chasing his many toys, and lounging along the windowsills with the breeze coming in. You might even catch him sitting in the Reminiscence office, making himself comfortable in Kendra’s desk chair! He is as sweet as can be, and he keeps the neighborhood lively with his vibrant kitten energy!

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