"I joined Sunrise in April of 2017 as the Associate Executive Director and have recently transferred to Sunrise at River Road as the Executive Director. I have worked with seniors since 2013. Prior to working with seniors, I worked in the Real Estate Industry as a Realtor for 23 years. I also owned and operated several franchise businesses.
I absolutely love what I do, and someone once told me that if you love what you do, it isn’t considered a job! I am so thankful to share each day with our residents! If I see a smile on their face, I truly feel happy in my heart. I am passionate about coming to work each day. I enjoy hearing stories the residents share and getting to know them.
I have been married since 1992. I have two children. I enjoy spending time outdoors, riding my bike, or kayaking whenever possible. I was born in Las Vegas, NV and grew up in Southern California."
"The most amazing aspect about being a Healthcare Coordinator with Sunrise is getting to know each resident as an individual and becoming a part of their family. Unfortunately, I was unable to grow up under the watchful eyes of grandma and grandpa never knowing my grandparents from either side of my family.
When I stepped through the doors to Sunrise, I truly felt at home and consider myself one of the luckiest gals in the world to now have so many grandmas and grandpas!
It gives me immeasurable pleasure to care for our residents and to be a part of a team that truly believes in the mission to “Champion the Quality of Life for All Seniors.” I have found my true niche in this world and I can’t imagine being anywhere else!"
"When I first walked into Sunrise I noticed how beautiful it was, how nice it smelled and how friendly everyone was to me as a total stranger. I knew I wanted to work here!
Now that I am part of the Sunrise family, the joy I get from being the Reminiscence Coordinator has changed my life. I use the company’s mission, principles of service and core values in my everyday life and I feel that I’m a better person for it."
"As the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator I have the best of both worlds. I get to use my creativity to bring activities to the residents that strengthen their bodies and activate their minds while making them smile. We have a great team here that works hard to keep the balance between what needs to be done and what is fun to do. When my day is over, I know in my heart that I made a difference in the lives of those who live here."
"I love working at Sunrise because I am surrounded by grandparents which I no longer personally have. I know what families are going through as I went through it with my beloved grandma, and this is my way of giving back."
Abel is a born leader! He has a way of communicating with his team members that not only gets the work done, but also earns their respect. He has guided his team to success with his strong work ethic and cheerful disposition. Abel's compassion and patience as a lead care manager is to be admired and we are lucky to have him as a member of the Sunrise family!
Denise has been with Sunrise since May 2010. She started as an overnight care manager, promoted to lead on the night shift; then senior lead care manager being groomed by the ALC to manage schedules, and the ALC backup. Then, this past fall, she became the interim ALC and was promoted to the ALC in May. Denise is a shining example of the progression team members can make internally and she has worked so hard in the past years. She says the best part of her job is the relationship with her team and the opportunity to educate and coach them and help them succeed. Because she has “been there” she says the respect is mutual.
A note from her supervisor, our Reminiscence Coordinator: “Katrina, is one of the hardest working individuals I know. She is the first person to say ‘I’ll do that’ or ‘I will stay.’ Her passion for what she does is evident in the care she provides our residents and her team. Katrina truly ‘champions quality of life for all seniors.’ It is an honor to serve alongside her."
Amadou has been a part of our Sunrise family since 2008. Amadou started as a care manager, then became a lead care manager, and due to his exemplary leadership skills and his amazing ability to pay attention to the detail, was promoted to a medication care manager. As amazing as Amadou is on the medication care manager side, the most compelling attribute Amadou has is what a few of us refer to as “magic.”
With his caring heart, compassionate demeanor, and brilliant smile he is able to get through to even the most challenging residents. The “Amadou magic” ensures every resident accepts their medication, blood pressure checks, temperature checks, weight checks, blood sugar checks, insulin injections, and much more. Our beautiful little community here at River Road would not be the same without him.
Sandra has been a care manager since 2012 and she just knew she would work for Sunrise one day. She used to drive by our community and tell her husband, “One day, I’ll work there.” Once she interviewed, we snapped her up quickly. She agrees that the Designated Care Manager program is the difference in the quality of the relationships with residents. She loves getting to know the residents and becoming their family, saying, “I just love it. Honestly.”
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