Sunrise of Barrington

Meet the Sunrise of Barrington Team

Sunrise of Barrington is a beautifully appointed community located just west of downtown Barrington. We pride ourselves in living out Sunrise’s Mission, Principles of Service and Core Values. From the moment you walk through our doors, the contentment of our residents and the exceptional quality of care they receive confirms our foundational belief in the sacred value of human life. We invite you to see for yourself why our residents are proud to call Sunrise of Barrington home.

Lynette RuggLynette Rugg—Team Member Since 2019

Executive Director

"My name is Lynette Rugg and I have been in the senior living industry for over 20 years.

What I love most about working with seniors is spending time with them and absorbing their wealth of knowledge. This generation has such great insight through life experiences that I can’t help but feel more fulfilled with each interaction.

My favorite part of being and executive director is knowing that I am making a difference in their lives by enriching their days by taking the simple things in their life and making it better. Being at Sunrise, the creator of Senior Living as we know it, makes me feel like this is where I was meant to be all along.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family, sing, go to musicals, and growing my favorite tomatoes and pumpkins in my garden each year."

Christine WessonChristine Wesson—Team Member Since 2012

Resident Care Director

"I started at Sunrise 7 years ago as a Care Manager. I worked as a care manager throughout nursing school then transitioned into the role of a nurse a few years later. I most recently got promoted to the Resident Care Director role.

Being able to use my creativity and flexibility day to day to help meet the ever changing needs of the residents at Sunrise is my favorite part of my job. Being at one of the smaller Sunrise communities allows me to spend extra time with families, residents, and the care team, which in turn helps our team to produce and provide excellent personalized care. There is not usually a day that is the same as the last, which helps me to continue to nurture my understanding of caring for individuals with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s.

The best part of working for Sunrise is having a great team of people not only in Barrington but company-wide who are dedicated to championing the quality of life for all seniors.

When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family - my husband, step-daughters who are 13 and 14, and our 2 dogs."

Elsa FischerElsa Fischer—Team Member Since 2018

Business Office Coordinator

"Prior to joining the Sunrise team, I worked in public recreation for over 30 years. I was responsible for recreation programming, facility management and special events at park districts in Downers Grove, Northbrook and Glenview.

After retiring from public recreation in April 2018, I was looking for a new challenge. My sister Phyllis is the Director of Sales in Bellevue, Washington and she suggested I check out Sunrise. The Business Office Coordinator position has turned out to be a great match with my interest in helping people.

My favorite part of the job is meeting the residents and their families – everyone has a story to tell. The best part of working at Sunrise is the incredible team that I work with every day.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my partner, Paige, our 2 dogs Henry and Ruby, and our cat Fannie Mae. Depending on the season, we spend time hiking, biking and boating. We also enjoy time with family and good friends."

beth johansonBeth Johanson—Team Member since 2012

Wellness Nurse

"I’ve worked for at Sunrise since 2012. My previous nursing experience was as a Critical Care nurse in a Surgical Heart Unit.

The best part of my job is interacting with the residents and knowing that I make a difference in their lives. I feel gratified at the end of the day.

The best part of working at Sunrise is the joy of working with residents, the opportunity to keep learning something new every day, and the wonderful co-workers I work with on daily basis. I enjoy my job immensely and feel a sense of satisfaction every day.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, gardening, spending time with family and friends, knitting, and being with my dogs."

rachel neufeldtRachel Neufeldt—Team Member since 2016


“I have been with the Sunrise of Barrington team since 2016. What I love most about the Concierge position is that every day offers something new here! I can often be found working at the front desk or reminiscing with a resident. I’ve always been a big people person, so I love the opportunity to be the first smile you see at the front door. I really enjoy interacting and get to know not only the residents, but their family members as well. I have a degree in Pastry Arts and Hospitality, so being at the front desk gives me great chances to create memorable moments with everyone I meet. I enjoy oldies music and essential oils so you often know when I’m in the building because I’ll always have the oldies station on with my diffuser dispersing something bright and cheery. I am a huge fan of dogs and horses. In my free time I’m either baking and spending time with my dogs or looking for the next chance to go out to the barn.”

Sunrise of Barrington Team Member PatPat Foley—Team Member since 2007

Life Enrichment Manager

“I am proud to be a Life Enrichment Manager at Sunrise of Barrington. I started out as a care manager in 2007 and moved into the Life Enrichment Manager position shortly after that.

I have the privilege of working one on one with our residents to   create pleasant days for them. I love listening to their stories and I have learned many life lessons from them. I am a certified Sing Fit Instructor and nothing makes me happier then to see them smile and sing with me songs from their past. I truly feel like we are all one big happy family.”

Michael SMichael Schnaebele—Team Member Since 2019

Maintenance Coordinator

"My time in serving others began as a teenager, learning to become an EMT in an ambulance. From there, I began my family and found a passion in construction and facilities.

I have worked with seniors for a few years now and enjoy taking care of their requests. Whether it is making a major repair, or simply grabbing a cup of coffee and listening to their lovely life-stories, I enjoy the fact that I am surrounded by so many that feel like my own grandparents. Each day, I ask myself what I can do to help these lovely folks like I would my own family.

My favorite part about working at Sunrise is the culture we have to care for our wonderful residents, no matter our role.

When I am not at Sunrise of Barrington, I enjoy spending time with my family, kids, grand kids, and most of all, getting out fishing."

Remi CatRemi

House Cat

“Hi, my name is Remi, I am 6 years old and Sunrise has been my home for 3 years. I like to think of myself as jungle cat. Actually, let me clarify: I am more of a Jungle Cruise cat. An intrepid adventurer that can often be spotted along the riverbed—lounging atop some of the props that line the queue area by Indiana Jones Adventure. I have conquered the Chamber of Earthly Riches, the Fountain of Eternal Youth, and the wilds of the safari. Well… I guess you can just think of me as a cat with a dream. Really, you can usually find me sunbathing, getting pets from residents and enjoying life at Sunrise. Please stop and say hi when you come for a visit.”

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