Sunrise at North Farmington Hills

Meet the Sunrise at North Farmington Hills Team

Meet some of the team members here at Sunrise at North Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Sunrise at North Farmington Hills Team Member KristieKristie Nagle

Executive Director

“I have been with Sunrise since 2008 and have been working in assisted living since 2000. I received a degree in business management, and paired that with my advanced clinical dementia certificate.

I left Sunrise for a year and a half to open up a new community, however, I came to realize that Sunrise is my true home. Needless to say, I am very excited to be back at Sunrise and serve the wonderful residents and families here. Working at Sunrise is great because I am given the opportunity to serve our residents and change the lives of so many people on a daily basis.

When I am not at work, I love to spend time with my husband, son, and daughter.”

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Director of Sales

“Although I spent much of my career in the commercial real estate industry, I could not be happier with my place on the Sunrise team today. While I was in the hiring process, I spent much time volunteering here at the community, and before I knew it, it became full time. 

I have always wanted to be in a career that is meaningful and rewarding every day, and Sunrise is gives me exactly that. I love being able to build great relationships with the residents and my fellow team members every time I come in.

In my spare time, I enjoy biking, golfing, swimming and spending time with my three wonderful children.”

Sunrise at North Farmington Hills Team Member MazieMazie Pilut

Associate Director of Operations

“I joined the Sunrise family in 2007, but have been in healthcare administration for more than 20 years. I love being able to incorporate my skills in both operations and care management here at the community.

I really enjoy being part of the Sunrise team and working with the residents to help ensure daily happiness and health. Through problem solving and compassion, I love being able to provide a listening ear at all times for those in need. 

When I am not working, I love coaching and attending my four children’s sporting events. I played volleyball in college, so sports are a big part of my life.”

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Sara Strubing

Business Office Coordinator

“I have worked with Sunrise at North Farmington Hills since 2010. I love working with our residents because I learn so many things from them. They have many, many stories to tell, if you just take the time to listen. 
As the Business Office Coordinator, no two days are exactly the same. There is always a new problem to solve and someone new to help. 

I truly believe in the Sunrise mission and Principles of Service. By working for Sunrise, I’m helping to make a difference in the lives of seniors by ensuring that they get the quality of life that they deserve.”

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Jenna Rahill 

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator 

“I feel incredibly blessed to have a job that I sincerely love. I believe that, as individuals, we all want to feel like we have a sense of purpose, belonging, and community. I love that my job helps instill and sustain those feelings in our residents. 

It is such a privilege to help residents realize how special, valued and loved they are. Even more than that, I love being able to learn from our residents. I’m thankful that I can genuinely take pride in the place that I work because Sunrise is a place that cares so deeply about its residents. I love that Sunrise consistently strives to put the residents first, no matter what.”

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Thomas J. Walsh

Senior Maintenance Coordinator

“I came to work for Sunrise Senior Living in 1998. Before that, I worked for a 200-unit senior housing authority and was at that building for 15 years. I have always enjoyed working with senior citizens; I was very young when my only grandmother passed away. I never grew up with a loving grandmother, and now I have a whole building full of grandmothers and grandfathers (my grand-buddies) that I get to take care of each day.

I had a hand in opening every Sunrise building in Michigan, 14 in all. 

My dad gave me my best lesson on fixing things; he always told me that if a man put it together, a man can take it apart.  So I never give up on finding a solution.

I plan on finishing my working career at Sunrise. My wonderful wife just retired from public housing as an executive director and we enjoy our summers at our property up north. I love to deer and turkey hunt. I’ve been hunting for more than 40 years now. Life is good.”

Sunrise at North Farmington Hills Team Member DonnaDonna Backers

Dining Services Coordinator

“I have always had a passion for being a cook and a leader. Before joining Sunrise in 2014, I was a business owner.

I love working for Sunrise because I get to pursue my passion for cooking while providing our residents with the wonderful meals daily. I take every chance I get to interact with our residents and fantastic team—both in and out of the kitchen!

I married my high school sweetheart and love to spend time with him and our two kids. I also love spending my spare time outdoors and going to the gym.”

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