Sunrise Senior Living prides itself on promoting from within, having an experienced team, and making it the most enjoyable environment to come to every day. Our community, Sunrise of Bloomingdale, is no exception to the rule. When it comes to experience, our team of directors, have collectively accrued about four decades in senior care where the average tenure of care managers is ten to fifteen years.
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Russ has been with Sunrise Senior Living for more than eight years. He began his career as a cook after graduating from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, moved up to director of dining services, and now serves as our community’s executive director.
He exemplifies Sunrise’s culture of growing from within and through his dedication to our residents.
When not in the community, Russ enjoys spending time with his wife and adorable young daughter.
Julie has been working with the senior population for more than a decade. She is passionate about being a resource for our families and residents and always goes out of her way to ensure they feel right at home.
She loves taking a few minutes to sit down with our residents to hear stories of their past or how their day is going and jokes, “my friends are jealous because I’ve inherited twenty times the grandparents they all have!”
Vince began his career with us in 2005 as a Designated Care Manager, prior to transitioning to his current role of assisted living coordinator.
Vince has an extraordinary attention to detail and very high standards for care; he advocates for our residents on a daily basis and partners with family members to ensure each resident is receiving everything he or she needs for the highest quality of life. His penchant for event planning can be seen during the holidays with our impressive 13-foot Christmas tree on display, which the residents love!
Pamela is one of our founding team members—she has been with the Sunrise of Bloomingdale since the community first opened in 1999!
Sunrise is truly her second home. Pamela works with team members, families, and residents each day to solve problems or do whatever it takes to make our residents comfortable.
Sue began her career with Sunrise in 2013 as a concierge and moved into her current role of sales associate in April 2014. Sue has quickly become a favorite among our residents. Sue chooses to spend any free moment she has laughing with residents, telling stories, and giving warm hugs.
Sue always goes out of her way to meet our new residents to help them adjust to a new environment and make new friends.
Sue is also the proud mother of four grown children!
Letty started at Sunrise after falling in love with Paul and Terry Klaassen’s founding story. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 2010, and has brought a great deal of senior-specific experience to our community.
Letty is a friendly face that everyone knows and loves. She values spending meaningful time with our residents and their families and finds this time to be very rewarding. Letty understands the ups and downs that are part of the aging journey and is a wonderful advocate for her residents and their families.
Dina decided to become a Designated Care Manager at Sunrise of Bloomingdale after her grandmother passed away. Taking care of her grandmother for ten years taught her compassion and understanding, and led her to apply to Sunrise.
She earned her Certified Nurse’s Assistant Certification during her first five years as a team member in our community and has recently become the activities & volunteer coordinator. In this role, she loves planning exciting programs for our residents and provides opportunities to attend off campus programs including local shopping and restaurant trips, movies, plays, baseball games, or anything she hears from the grapevine!
Dina treats our residents with the same loving care that she did for her grandmother; there is no doubt you will feel Dina’s love for the community the moment you meet her.
William was born Chicago, Illinois and began his culinary education at age 13, assisting his uncle at their family restaurant. He learned very early in his career the dedication and long hours necessary to butcher meat, cut fresh fish, prepare sauces, and cook on the line. He earned his formal culinary skills as an apprentice to chef for fifteen years at The Hamlet Restaurant, under Master Executive Chef Fred Sigrist and Executive Chef Jack Rigert (from Drake Hotel Chicago).
William developed a passion for fresh food in his youth by spending every other month on his family’s farm in Beecher, IL, where he did everything from raising livestock to churning butter and pickling vegetables. He brings this love of the freshest ingredients with him to Sunrise, where he enjoys preparing creative and healthy meals for our residents each day.
Merlin has been at Sunrise of Bloomingdale since only 2016, but you would never know it by seeing her in action—she is usually hanging out among our residents near the front door, at socials, or taking a quick snooze in a common area.
She is so happy to have been rescued and has become someone everyone loves to see. If you ask her really nicely, she will even give you her infamous smile!
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