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Welcome to our community! We're pleased to introduce you to some of the team members who make our community a wonderful place to call home.
"My name is Kelly Jacobs and I am the Executive Director here at Sunrise at Palos Verdes. I began my career with Sunrise Senior Living in 2006 as a Care Manager in Assisted Living at Brighton Gardens of Yorba Linda. I was hesitant about applying for the position because my only experience with senior care was a convalescent home that my great grandmother resided in when I was a little girl. It wasn’t a good one to say the least. Deciding that I could make a positive difference in such an environment, I walked into that Sunrise community to fill out an application. I will never forget my great surprise at how incredibly beautiful the community looked. It was nothing like the convalescent home that filled my memory.
Once I was hired and started working, I was so pleased to see the excellent care that was provided to the residents by the entire staff, the relationships between the two built on respect and trust, and how much the residents enjoyed their quality of life. At that time, I realized that Sunrise was more than just senior living, it is a culture based on a Mission, Principles of Service, Cor Values, a Team Member Credo, and a Foundational Belief. Since then, I have called three other Sunrise communities home and have worn many hats, but one thing remains the same; for me it is a privilege to serve seniors and their families and I cannot imagine doing it anywhere else other than Sunrise."
“I feel truly blessed to be able do what I do. Whether it’s the casual chats with residents or by being a resource to families to find solutions, Sunrise was the best career choice I have ever made. It brings me great joy advocating for the benefit of all seniors. Before joining Sunrise in 2018, I worked in Sales & Marketing for a variety of organizations from aerospace to small business to nonprofit. I attribute my involvement in a variety of South Bay community organizations including chamber of commerce, the arts and senior advocacy as playing an important role in my overall personal growth. I am an alum of Loyola Marymount University and enjoy music and spending time with my husband and small, but big personality Malti-poo, Corky.”
"My name is Lindy Hays and I am the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. I began my career here at the Palos Verdes location in September 2015. That was six months prior to our Grand Opening, and I have some wonderful memories of introducing “our” community to “the” community! We called it the “Dusty Boots” tours as we ventured into the new and almost complete building! Those were exciting days and truly the excitement has never stopped!
In 2017, I took on my current role and told anyone that would listen, “I have always enjoyed my work, but I feel that all paths led me here. This is what I was born to do!” One of my favorite elements to the AVC position is the impact that residents have on my calendar. It is never boring around here when new hobbies or interests are introduced to our activities. Every new resident is a new source of inspiration, learning, and fun for not only other residents, but me as well!"
"Hey, I am Courtney McGrath, and I am the Resident Care Director. I have worked for Sunrise twice in my life, once as a Care Manager in Reminiscence while I was finishing nursing school and again in my current role after completing my master’s degree in nursing. Prior to becoming the RCD at our Palos Verdes location, I worked at several hospitals gaining experience from different floors and specialties. The best part about coming back to Sunrise was feeling like coming back to family.
This community cultivates a tight knit culture, and it is unmatched! The best part about coming back to Sunrise in my role is partnering with my residents in creating their personal care goals and helping them reach those goals. There is no feeling that matches seeing my residents thrive. Other than my job, I love spending time with my dog Dargan, working out, and mountain biking with my husband."
"Hi, my name is Vada Dalton-Prince and I am the Assisted Living Coordinator. I have worked at Sunrise for over 5 and a half years now and the Palos Verdes location has been my home the whole time. I started working as a Care Manager in our Reminiscence neighborhood and soon after got promoted to be a Lead Care Manager. After a few years, I felt that I could bring more to this community and here you’ll find me today as the ALC! Prior to working with Sunrise, I cared for both of my parents and worked one-on-one as a caregiver for one other individual.
While caring for my residents, I found immense joy in their happiness. It is my honor to make their days worthwhile and seeing them happy is the greatest part of my job. The second-best thing about working at our Palos Verdes location is the team. I’ve had the pleasure of growing within this community and watching others grow around me. We are a family. I do like spending time with my actual family outside of work too. We enjoy going to church and taking walks, I love Jazz concerts, and I LOVE going to target, but who doesn’t?"
"Hi! My name is Eboni Bentley and I am the Business Office Coordinator. I have worked with Sunrise for seven years and I’ve loved every moment of it! Prior to working in senior living, I was a teacher’s assistant in special education. Not long after, I started caring for a dear friend and discovered my passion for working with older adults. My journey with Sunrise began at our Seal Beach location, where I worked as a care manager while earning my BS degree in Business Management. I was then promoted to administrative assistant and later transferred to my current position at our Palos Verdes location.
What I enjoy most about working with Sunrise is caring for our residents and hiring AMAZING new team members! My role in the community is important to me and I work tirelessly to ensure our building runs smoothly. My passions outside of work revolve around family and relaxation. I love reading, listening to music, and comedy!"
"Hello, my name is Emmanuel Ramirez, or “Manny“ and I am the Maintenance Coordinator. I am also a cluster leader of 6 other communities in the Los Angeles and Orange counties. I have been with Sunrise for over 9 years. I started out as the Security / Night Janitor at the Seal Beach location. My prior occupations include Police Officer, K-9 Public Safety Officer, and Hospital Security. I liked Sunrise from the beginning because it really felt like I was providing a meaningful service. Although I provided public service throughout my past, this job gave me a feeling that touched my heart. Over the years, I transitioned into a Maintenance Assistant role and LOVED that position. I would change a light bulb and the resident’s gratitude was far beyond what I was used to receiving for such a small task. The bulb in my head turned on as well and made me realize that this is where I belonged.
I learned so much in that role that I eventually thought I could run my own building. It took a few tries, but I found someone that believed in me, and gave me the opportunity to be the Maintenance Coordinator for the Palos Verdes location. I have been in this role for over 4 years and am happy to come in each day. From the beginning, it never felt like a job. I like to get straight to the task at hand as my days are never slow, but I always make time for meaningful interactions with the residents I serve. I am grateful for everything Sunrise and the people within have given me; they have taught me I have so much more to appreciate than before and I will never forget this family."
"Hi, my name is Peter Mathos and I am the Dining Services Coordinator. I have worked with Sunrise for over 5 years, but I have been in the healthcare food industry for over 30 years. I was a part of the movement bringing fine dining to upscale retirement facilities when it was a new concept to senior living. Prior to that, I worked in fine dining on both the east and west coast. Throughout my profession, I have been recognized in many publications for the quality of my work. These experiences and skills are what I love to bring to my residents every day.
The best part of my job is giving my residents a diverse menu and hearing their pleased opinions. You can’t please everyone though, so I openly welcome any food critics as well to always keep my menu enjoyable. The team at the Palos Verdes location is unlike any other; we are a tight knit group and that is rare to find. My life outside of work does include cooking, but I do also enjoy working in my garden, getting a good workout, and my amazing family."
"My name is Debra Bein and I am the Terrace Club Coordinator. I have been with Sunrise for over 2 years. Prior to working at Sunrise, I volunteered many hours at an Alzheimer’s Day Care facility and ran activities, led small groups, and worked on special projects. This type of work gave me so much joy and fulfillment that I went back to school at CSU Long Beach and earned a graduate level certificate in Gerontology. My favorite part of being at Sunrise is working with so many smart, compassionate, and talented co-workers, who are unparalleled to any other group I have ever worked with in my professional career.
The best part of my job is that I get to laugh and cry tears of joy with residents on a regular basis. They are all funny, smart, and have lived very interesting lives. I am honored to be a part of their family. When I’m not at work, I enjoy reading, running, and traveling to close and far away destinations. And by the way, my grandmother lived to 107.5 years old, so I’ve had a keen interest in older adults for many years. This also means that with my genetic lottery, I plan on being at Sunrise for a long time to come."
"Hello, I am Jazmin Rosas and I am the Reminiscence Coordinator. I have been working in memory care for over 10 years! I started working at Sunrise over 5 years ago as a Care Manager and quickly realized I wanted to become a coordinator. I felt that I had more that I could give to these residents and our community. I cannot imagine being anywhere else as I feel my purpose is here. Helping my residents and families during this time in their lives truly brings me joy.
Serving my residents isn’t the only thing that I love; my team and my fellow coordinators at Sunrise of Palos Verdes are my family. Not one of us sees our work as “work” and on those tough days we are there to support each other. Outside of Sunrise, I like to watch movies, enjoy the company of my children, and dance dance dance!"
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