Sunrise of Bethesda

Meet the Sunrise of Bethesda Team

Sunrise of Bethesda Team Member

Carla Shipley

Executive Director

“I am fortunate to have been working for Sunrise Senior Living for more than a decade and have enjoyed each day! For 28 years, I’ve built my career serving seniors. Whether working as a social worker, skilled nursing home administrator, or executive director at Sunrise, I am passionate about providing quality care to all seniors by giving them my very best.

As executive director, I love talking with our residents and hearing their stories of the past. Sunrise has so many residents who have lived lives that are interesting and so eventful. They truly are our American heroes. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was joining Sunrise; I feel privileged to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life every day.

In my spare time, I am kept busy with my two children, who are 14 and 18; my husband of 27 years; and our family rescue dog, Valentine. We are very active in our church, our children’s school, and in our community.”

Sunrise of Bethesda Team Member

Vanessa Spevacek

Director of Sales

“I have been working in senior living for more than 20 years, and have been with Sunrise since 2009. 

Sunrise of Bethesda is my sixth Sunrise community in the greater DC area, and each community has been wonderful in distinct ways. I started as the Reminiscence coordinator at Sunrise of Rockville and transitioned to director of community relations at Brighton Gardens of Arlington when Sunrise took over Marriott Senior Living.

My next Sunrise was Brighton Gardens of Tuckerman Lane, where I was the director of resident services. I then worked as director of sales at Grand Oaks and Brighton Gardens of Friendship Heights, before accepting the same position at the new Sunrise of Bethesda community.

Sunrise is the true leader in our industry.  Many of our competitors have 'borrowed' from our company’s culture, but Sunrise is the real deal, heart and soul. The people at Sunrise—residents, families and team members alike—have made my time here incredible. In my role, I love helping people find solutions; when a resident moves into a community and wonders why he or she didn’t make the move years before, that’s a really great feeling.

When not working, I enjoy art galleries, theater, cooking/eating, and driving around in my convertible Mini Cooper. I have been into classic rock lately, too, but that may just be a passing fad.”

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