Sunrise of Aurora

Meet the Sunrise of Aurora Team

We are pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our devoted, caring team, all of whom believe in the Sunrise mission and take pride in providing high-quality senior care.

Joanna Courtney | Executive Director

Joanna Courtney

Executive Director

Joanna has returned to Sunrise of Aurora as the Executive Director after seven years of service with Sunrise in various roles.  Joanna’s mission is to lead a team that will show kindness and compassion to our residents each day, welcome every opportunity to demonstrate Sunrise core values to our residents, and enjoy the unique and magnificent journey of each resident.



cheryl stefanovicCheryl Stefanovic

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise since March of 2016. My career began here as the Business Office Coordinator and have moved on to the Director of Sales. My back ground is in Restaurant Management and a strong sales background as a Real Estate Agent; however, I was not fulfilled- I needed something more. I reflected back to a time when I was happy. I was happiest when I worked in a Retirement Home in the early 90’s as a Cook and an Activities Assistant. So I came to Sunrise and I have never looked back. I am so fulfilled and happy to come to work each and every day.

My favorite part of my role here at Sunrise is connecting families with solutions for their loved ones. I enjoy getting to know them and all their beautiful memories. In my opinion I have the best role here!"


Diane Leslie | Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

Diane Leslie

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Diane joined the team at Sunrise of Aurora during the summer of 2014 as a Care Manager and transitioned into the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator role a few months later.  Whether she’s playing a game of cards in our bistro or driving the bus to an exciting destination, Diane’s gentle, loving and fun nature brings joy to our residents.




Elena Austria | Lead Care Manager

Elena Austria

Lead Care Manager

Elena is our Lead Care Manager and is proud to be one of our original team members, joining the team at Sunrise of Aurora when the building opened its doors in October 2004. The constant smile on her face makes Elena’s dedication, passion and joy in service evident in every shift she works!





Donna Benzies | Care Manager

Donna Benzies

Care Manager

Donna joined the team at Sunrise of Aurora in 2009 as a Care Manager in our Reminiscence Neighborhood.  Donna’s devotion to nurturing the spirit of our residents is inspiring as she diligently and lovingly prepares and shares weekly sermons with residents and families.

Donna diligently and lovingly prepares and shares weekly sermons with residents and families, demonstrating her devotion to nurturing the spirit of our residents.

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