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.


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.


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.


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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