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!


Eugenia Welch

Eugenia Welch

Executive Director


Eugenia has worked in the Assisted Living Industry in California since 1994. Eugenia is a long term volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association; she has Chaired or Co-Chaired many events over the years, served on the Board of Directors and was the Chair of the Board from 2010-2012. Eugenia serves the local community by volunteering with the Magdalena Ecke YMCA and has been on the Board there since 2007. Eugenia has cared for two family members with Alzheimer’s and knows first hand how devastating the disease can be to a family. Eugenia and her husband have lived in North county since 1997 and love spending time camping or at the beach with their 5 year old son.




Catherine Cadell

Catherine Cadell, R.N., B.S.N.

Resident Care Director


Catherine has over thirty years of nursing experience with a focus on caring for seniors. Catherine is a wealth of information and has wonderful working relationships with local physicians and other care providers. Catherine’s own father in law lived at Sunrise La Costa. Catherine is a native of Southern California and has two grown sons. She and her husband enjoy skiing, concerts, traveling and spending time with family and friends.




Kendra Lemkey

Kendra Lemkey

Reminiscence 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.




Angela Rossman

Angela Rossman, LVN

Assisted Living Coordinator


In Addition to being the Assisted Living Coordinator Angela is also a nurse and licensed RCFE Administrator. Angela has enjoyed working with seniors for the last 17 years. Angela’s focus is on creating a safe environment for the residents while ensuring all of their needs are met. Angela is equally committed to ensuring her team is supported. Angela has a 16 year old son and love being active and spending time outdoors.




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.




Jacques Patou

Jacques Patou

Dining Services Coordinator


Jacques originally joined Sunrise to open Sunrise of La Jolla. Once that community was up and running her transferred to Sunrise La Costa. Jacques trained in classical French cuisine in his home town of Paris, France. Later Jacques moved to Montreal Canada and then in 1974 moved to Minneapolis MN to open the first French hotel in USA. Jacques and his wife have two daughters and many grandchildren. Jacques is very involved in his church and spends much of his free time volunteering there.




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.





Elaine Wright

Elaine Wright

Business Office Coordinator


Elaine first came to work at Sunrise La Costa as a care manager but has found her niche in the business office. Elaine likes nothing more than solving a problem for a team member or figuring out a billing issue for a resident. Elaine’s daughter also worked her as a Concierge while she was attending college. Elaine has two grown children and lives in Solana Beach in a house that she is always working on.




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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