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.

scott dykstra ed barringtonScott Dykstra

Executive Director

"I first joined the Sunrise family as Associate Executive Director at Sunrise of Park Ridge. I later went on to serve in the Interim Executive role at one of our sister communities in Minnesota. Prior to Sunrise, I successfully directed non-profit programs for those with developmental disabilities and behavior disorders, in addition to serving as an Individual Service and Supports Advocate through the Illinois Department of Human Services. I worked in this field for ten years. My background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in religious studies, a minor in psychology and a Masters level education in both counseling and business. What I love most about my job is using my skill set to improve quality outcomes in senior care and spending time with our residents.

I'm married, have a very energetic Fox Hound and my spouse and I hope to adopt a child someday. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my extended family, enjoying all the City of Chicago has to offer, hiking, gardening and travel. I'm also an accomplished musician, though out of practice at the moment, and used to be a professional singer and Music Director. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with all the residents, families and team members."


kevin hessKevin Hess—Team Member since 2018

Director of Sales

"I have been a Sunrise team member since 2018 and come with many years of experience in Customer Service. 

My favorite part about working at Sunrise is working with families every day and interacting with our residents when they move in. It is truly a great experience to be able to help families find the right solution. I believe in our mission to champion the quality of life for all seniors and am proud to be able to live that out every day. 

When not at Sunrise, I like to spend time with my wife and two children, golfing, and traveling to new places."


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Lisa Borowski, RN—Team Member since 2007

Resident Care Director

"I recently celebrated 16 years of being a RN and nine with Sunrise. I began at Sunrise in Arlington Heights as a floor nurse for their skilled neighborhood, transitioned to resident care director a few years later, and then in 2010, transferred to Barrington.

Having the opportunity to share my nursing skills in different areas has led me to find my passion in geriatrics. Every resident has a story to tell and to be a part of their journey is truly rewarding."



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Jennifer Grupe—Team Member since 2012

Terrace Club Coordinator

"I have loved working with seniors since I was a little girl, so it seems natural that I found my way to Sunrise. I’ve been at Sunrise since 2012 and have worked as both designated care manager and lead care manger before moving into my current role as Terrace Club coordinator. I find so much joy in enriching the lives of seniors and the care managers that serve them."




Karen Cermak team member profile

Karen Cermak—Team Member since 2007

Business Office Coordinator

"My journey with Sunrise began more than 10 years ago. When I was greeted by the resident dog the day of my interview, I knew this was going to be more than just a job; each day at Sunrise is worthwhile and most people cannot say that of their jobs.

My residents teach me so much on a daily basis, and I love being able to serve our residents, families, and team members in any way I can."



rana nahhasRana Nahhas, CNA—Team Member since 2010

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined Sunrise in 2010 after receiving my Nursing Assistant Certification. Coming to Sunrise was one of the best career choices that I have made. Since then I was able to grow through receiving my Masters in Social Work, becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner and be promoted from within. I have worked in various roles at Sunrise, including care manager in Reminiscence, lead care manager, and Reminiscence supervisor, before transitioning to my current role of Reminiscence Coordinator.

What I really like the most about Sunrise is the Designated Care Manager model. It is because of that model, I have been able to form some of the strongest and most amazing relationships with not only the residents but their families as well. The residents have become my extended family, and Sunrise is like a second home for me.”


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

Concierge

“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 Brian

Brian Gomez—Team Member since 2011

Lead Care Manager

“I have been at Sunrise of Barrington since 2011. What I like the most about Sunrise is our resident-centered philosophy. I enjoy seeing our care managers go above and beyond to make sure our residents are happy. I choose to work here because I know I am making a difference in the lives of my residents, and that’s a rewarding feeling.”




Sunrise of Barrington Team Member John John Rodriguez—Team Member since 2011

Lead Care Manager

"I have been with Sunrise of Barrington since 2011. I am also a veteran. I spent eight years in the Army Reserves and I feel privileged to be able to serve all of our residents and especially my fellow veterans. I am able to hear their stories and experiences, which gives me great joy. I love to be able to celebrate with our residents who served our country."




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.”


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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