Sunrise at Tustin

Meet the Sunrise at Tustin Team!

We’d love to introduce you to some of the members of our exceptional team here at Sunrise at Tustin, CA.

Tyler Hawktyler_hawk
Executive Director

“I have been with Sunrise since December of 2019. My previous experience includes being an executive director for Enlivant Senior Living (Ohio), nursing home administrator for Elmwood (Ohio), assistant administrator for Otterbein Senior Living (Ohio), and activities director (Ohio).

"In my role, I enjoy being able to impact so many different lives. I am able to assist residents with needs, families with requests, and staff with any help they need. I really enjoy building relationships and helping everyone achieve the goal of providing excellent resident care. I love that Sunrise provides front-line staff with specialized programming guidance for employee growth, which enables us to seek out high performers to push them to advance in their careers. Sunrise does an amazing job of keeping the residents first and pioneering advances in senior living."

"During my spare time I love to play guitar, piano, and sing. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling back home to Ohio, and golfing when I am able."

Darlene Duartedarlene_duarte
Director of Sales

“I began work for Sunrise as a concierge in January 2013 and have served as the Director of Sales since 2014. Prior and during the beginning of my journey with Sunrise, I studied and earned my degree in Gerontology from SDSU."

"My favorite part of the job is being able to bring Sunrise to more families; sharing with them our philosophy of care and demonstrating the quality of life we provide for our residents. The best part about working at Sunrise is being able to share memories with our residents, their family members, and our team members. I consider our community my home away from home and cherish all the relationships that I’ve made, and will continue to make." 

"Outside of work, I like to spend time with my family and friends in both Orange County and San Diego and spend time with my dog, Nokona."

Sara Modugno, RNSara_modugno
Resident Care Director

I was a bedside emergency room and medical surgery nurse in an acute care setting before beginning my Sunrise career in early 2019."

"My favorite part of being a resident care director is being able to teach residents and families about our Sunrise wellness programs and their benefits of our resident’s overall quality of life. The best part about working at Sunrise is being able to work in a home-like environment to support the health and well-being of our residents."

"In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family."

Margarita Datoonmargarita_datoon

Business Office Coordinator

“I have been working with Sunrise for three and a half years. Prior to Sunrise, I was working as an operations manager for a corporate office of a retail chain."

"My favorite part of my job is when I get to interact with our residents. I love to hear their stories about when they were growing up, and how they have lived their lives. The best part of working at Sunrise is being part of a family, which is our team. I get a sense of belonging and enjoy what we do for our community."

"In my spare, I enjoy spending time with my family. My only grandchild just turned one, and I enjoy being with him as much as I can. I also enjoy cooking because meal time is very important to our family. We make it a focus to eat together every day.”

Angela Boyd, LVNangela_boyd

Wellness Nurse

“I have worked with Sunrise since 2018. Before joining Sunrise, I worked as a nurse case manager for a home infusion company."

"My favorite part of my job is knowing that we are genuinely making a difference in the lives of our residents. I love spending time with them and watching them enjoy their lives on a daily basis. The best part of working for Sunrise is working with an amazing, hardworking and supportive team."

"In my spare time, I like to go hiking with friends and spend time with family."

Michael Rodriguesmichael_rodriguesrevised

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

“I began my journey with Sunrise at Tustin in May, 2017. Prior to Sunrise, I worked as an Activities Director in Senior Living for fourteen (14) years. My favorite part of my job is being able to bring genuine and memorable experiences into a resident’s life. I’ve always believed it is in the little details of life that can truly make the difference, and being able to make those details larger than life really fulfills my own sense of purpose. 

The best part of working at Sunrise for me has to be the very residents themselves, as well as the opportunities I get to connect with them. The residents of Sunrise at Tustin are so witty and have such colorful personalities, and they do such an amazing job of making me feel welcome. 

In my spare time, I enjoy studying cinema, video production, and spending time with my wife and two pups, Riggsy & Olive."

Beth Sernabeth_serna

Dining Services Coordinator

“I have been with Sunrise for 18 years. I began with Sunrise as a volunteer, and was later hired into the dining services department. I have been the Dining Services Coordinator now for 16 years. My favorite part of my job is exercising my passion of service, which coordinates with the philosophy of Sunrise, and am grateful to be part of an organization that believes in nurturing not just the body, but also the spirit."

"In my spare time I enjoy gardening, dancing, and being in contact with nature."

Alma Lopezalma_lopez

Reminiscence Lead Care Manager

"I have worked at Sunrise of Tustin since February 2015. Prior to working at Sunrise, I was a caregiver for my Aunt. My favorite part of working here is interacting with the residents; getting to know them personally, and learning about their past. The best part of working at Sunrise is the team! We genuinely care for each resident and strive to provide the best quality of life. The resident’s smiles and appreciation that I receive in return provide me with great satisfaction."

"In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the movies, and relaxing at home."

Tony Cantoraltony_cantoral

Maintenance Coordinator

“I have worked for Sunrise for five years, starting at our sister community, Sunrise Villa Bradford. Prior to working at Sunrise, I had seven years of experience working in the senior living industry in various roles including being a bus driver, dining services employee, and activities assistant."

"My favorite part of the job is knowing that I can make our residents happy by assisting them with any maintenance requests that they have. The best part about working here is knowing that Sunrise is able to provide us with all the tools and resources to provide the best quality services to our residents."

"In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my two daughters, watching sports, going to the beach, and outdoor activities-such as hiking."


Reminiscence Community Cat

Remy has been a Sunrise family member since August 2019. Remy enjoys bringing smiles and comfort to everyone he meets by sitting on their laps, lounging around, or playing with his toys in the common areas. The best part about having Remy with our family is his affectionate nature; loving everyone he meets!

In Remy’s spare time, when he’s not with residents or playing with his toys, he enjoys taking long naps.

carl paaCarl Paa, LVN

Resident Care Coordinator

"As a Vocational Nurse graduate, Carl started at Sunrise of La Palma in April 2016 as a Medication Care Manager. He quickly realized his interest in providing care to residents and became a Wellness Nurse about a year later. In May 2019, Carl then became Assisted Living Coordinator and managed the care team in the assisted living neighborhood. As of October 2020, Carl is now the Resident Care Coordinator here at Sunrise at Tustin and manages the care team and residents in both our Assisted Living and Reminiscence neighborhoods. 

Residents each have their own unique stories and experiences to share; and I love being a part of Sunrise as it holds a much deeper meaning to me. Everyone in the community becomes family!"

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