Sunrise at La Costa

Meet the La Costa Team

Since 1999, Sunrise La Costa has continued the 30-year Sunrise Senior Living tradition of providing high-quality, resident-centered care. No other Senior Living Community in San Diego County has a more experienced team. Our Executive Director has been here over 10 years, our Management staff has over 100 years experience in this industry, and over half of our front line team has been here for over 5 years!


Marivel Johnson Marivel Johnson

Executive Director

Marivel started her career with Sunrise in 2010 as a Business Office Coordinator and became the Executive Director at Sunrise of Claremont in 2013. Marivel has over 8 years of Hospitality and over 7 years of health care experience. Marivel enjoys interactions with the residents and their families during socials, Holidays parties, and events.  Marivel believes in Sunrise’s Mission, Core Values and Foundational Belief.


Sally McGraw

Sally McGraw

Director of Sales

Sally is most often the first voice and face of Sunrise at La Costa. Warm and compassionate with our prospective families, she listens to everyone with an understanding of their individual situations. She is very proud of our resident centered community and her long tenured team that she calls her “West Coast” family.



Rachel LauperRachel Lauper

Director of Sales

Rachel’s experience prior to working with Sunrise was in a Skilled Nursing Facility. Her goal is to get to know each family and resident on a personal level and ensure that each one is both happy and comfortable during their time at Sunrise. She strives to provide the best service possible to her residents and their families, by incorporating the Sunrise Core Values and Principles of Service into everything she does. Rachel is excited about the opportunity to assist you in making the best decision for you and your loved one!


Kendra Lemkey

Kendra Lemkey

Business Office Coordinator

Senior Living is Kendra’s second career. Kendra worked for Apple for several years before leaving in 2005 to pursue her true calling of caring for seniors. Kendra become a certified Validation Worker through the International Validation Institute training under Rita Altman, Vice President of Memory Care at Sunrise and one of the only five Validation Masters in the World. Kendra and her team have found that using Validation has helped them to better support the residents. Kendra is also a licensed RCFE Administrator. Kendra is a native of San Diego and enjoys spending time with her family especially her nephew and nieces.


Jessica FowlerJessica Fowler

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have been with sunrise for 2.5 years. I started as a reminiscence coordinator at our La Jolla community. This was my first experience working with memory care residents and I absolutely fell in love with it. The satisfaction that I received from joining the their journey every day and being able to provide quality care and making a difference in their lives is priceless.   After about a year and a half I transitioned into the Assisted living coordinator role and really enjoyed it as my background experience prior to sunrise had always been in Assisted Living. 

Recently, I was given the opportunity to transfer to La Costa as Assisted living coordinator and I look forward to the new experiences and growth opportunities. In addition, I am in the EDIT program and hope to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can and one day run one of our Sunrise buildings."


Megan Thomas, Assisted living CoordinatorMegan Thomas

Reminiscence Coordinator 

Throughout her childhood, Megan volunteered in the senior community where her mother and grandmother worked. Subsequently, she would experience her own grandparents’ transition into the very same communities. These early experiences guided her decision to pursue a formal education in healthcare administration from Ohio University. After college, Megan headed West for San Diego which has become her home. She cares deeply for the residents and families she serves and is committed to helping them feel at home and experience joyful moments each day. Megan enjoys camping, hiking, and beach walks with her friends and her dog, Gertrude.    


Mirayda Fleming

Mirayda Fleming

Terrace Club Coordinator

Mirayda has the honor of being the first the Coordinator of the first ever Terrace Club. In 2005 we were chosen to pilot a day program for residents with mild cognitive impairment and Mirayda chosen to coordinate it. Mirayda’s previous experience working in our Reminiscence neighborhood helped her to make this new program as successful as it is. Mirayda began working at Sunrise La Costa when her oldest daughter was 3yrs old. Now she is 16 and coming to Sunrise La costa to volunteer her time and gain experience for her future plans. Mirayda in born and raised in Encinitas and has a total of three daughters and loves spending time with her family.


Patty Robello

Patty Robello

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

Patty began her career with Sunrise as a volunteer. Volunteering one day a week grew into five and before you know it Patty had the job. Patty truly loves planning activities for the residents and will try anything once. The residents appreciate Patty’s bubbly personality and how she will listen to them and work with them to come up with activities everyone enjoys. Patty has two grown children and one granddaughter who just celebrated her first birthday.


Jose Cardenas

Jose Cardenas

Maintenance Coordinator

Jose has held several different positions in the community but has been the Maintenance Coordinator since 2003. Jose prides himself on knowing the community inside and out and maintaining it in the very best condition possible. Jose enjoys helping the residents to be as comfortable as possible in their new home. Jose has two grown daughters and a passion for racquetball.

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