Sunrise of Bothell

Meet the Sunrise of Bothell Team

Please allow us to introduce you to some of our extraordinary team members here at Sunrise of Bothell, Washington.

JennieJennie Gauf

Executive Director 

Jennie has a passion for serving seniors and has been doing so for over 15 years. She began her career with Sunrise in 2008 as a Designated Care Manager, soon putting her skills to roles with increasing responsibility -  Lead Care Manager, Life Enrichment Manager, Medication Care Manager and Reminiscence and Assisted Living Coordinator. In 2017 Jennie was nominated to participate in Sunrise’s Executive Director In Training program and in 2018 relocated to Washington with her family and joined Sunrise of Bothell as Executive Director.  Jennie feels privileged to be able to work in a community solely focused on memory care. Jennie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration. She values the countless relationships she has built with residents and their families over the years. Outside of work, Jennie stays busy with her 3 beautiful children. She enjoys staying active and going on adventures with her kids. 

Debbie.DOS_BothellDebbie Williams

Director of Sales

Debbie began her career working in the Sales and Marketing field for a variety of industries located in Washington. It wasn’t until she and her husband took a leap of faith and relocated to the state of Florida in 2010, where Debbie found her calling to work with seniors. Debbie and her husband had the opportunity to return to Washington in the Spring of 2020 and made their way back “home” to the PNW. She joined Sunrise in July and plans to continue working with seniors and their families, both as a resource in her field and as a new friend.

Debbie and her husband have a blended family of 4 children, 6 grandchildren and two cats. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking along trails, photography, reading, and crochet. She also loves a good cup of coffee!

Katherine.RCD_BothellKatie Walker

Resident Care Director

Katie has worked for Sunrise since 2016. She began her nursing career, here in our Bothell community, as a Designated Care Manager. While attending nursing school, Katie’s roles in the community also included Lead Care Manager, Concierge, and Medication Care Manager. Katie graduated from nursing school with her RN license in June, 2019 and was ecstatic to continue her nursing path as a Wellness Nurse. Katie’s passion for serving seniors and her aptitude for leadership quickly earned her the role of Resident Care Director where she is truly showcasing her skillset and make the biggest difference for our residents.

Katie plans to continue advancing her nursing career by going back to school to earn her Master’s Degree and obtain her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license.

When Katie is not in the community she can be found enjoying all that the great Pacific Northwest has to offer - whether it be hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, or camping.

nardos yeshitla bothellNardos Yeshitla

Reminiscence Coordinator

Nardos joined the Sunrise team in 2006 as a care manager, working her way up to a coordinator role. She worked as a Reminiscence Coordinator for 9 years, before becoming Assisted Living Coordinator in 2016. During this time, Nardos served as a job coach for new Reminiscence and Assisted Living Coordinators in Washington State and British Colombia. She felt honored and humbled to be part of the Sunrise leadership training team. In 2013 Nardos became a Certified Validation Technician. Nardos became a recipient of the region’s Joy in service award in 2017. Since she was a child, Nardos had a passion and desire to be a nurse. While working as an ALC, she was able to go back to college and graduate as Licensed Practical Nurse from Edmonds Community College. After graduating with her Nursing license, Nardos joined the Sunrise of Bothell team as a Wellness Nurse. She held this role until returning to her role as Reminiscence Coordinator. She is married and blessed by three beautiful daughters. Nardos enjoys doing community services and spending quality time with her family.

diane blas bothellDiane Blas

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Diane has been an Activity Director since 2001.Working with seniors and their families is her passion in life. She enjoys the gratification of her job and finds it so rewarding. 

“When you know that you can make a difference in someone’s life, it means so much. I cherish the memories of each one of the residents I’ve been so grateful to be close to”. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, George. They like going on vacations, day trips to various places, camping, shopping, spending time with family and friends and backyard BBQ’s. She has one son, Lonnie, two stepsons, Jeremy and Cameron and three grandchildren. Shayde, Elliott and Zackary.

michael white bothellMichael White

Dining Services Coordinator

Chef Michael is a Washington native and graduated from Culinary school here in Seattle. He has been in the food service industry for 40 years which sounds like a long time, but he has had many opportunities during his career. He started his career in high end hotels in Seattle, the Sorrento Hotel, The Sheraton Hotel, Willows Lodge and The Warwick Seattle Hotel. While all these fine establishments helped train him to be a fine dining chef, he loves the ability to feed people that he knows and cares about. 

Michael transitioned to Senior Living in 2012 and has really found his niche for providing great food for family members.

akrutis munshiAkruti Munshi

Business Office Coordinator

Akruti has worked for Sunrise since 2016. She has an extensive background in the field as she holds a master’s degree in Business Management and Human Resources. Akruti loves being able to listen to our residents share their wisdom and life stories. She values the relationships she builds within the community and strives to be a resource for families.

Akruti is happily married with two beautiful daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing with her girls. Akruti also loves to travel with family and friends.

asim khalilAsim Khalil

Medication Care Manager

Asim has worked at Sunrise of Bothell since 2012 as a Med Care Manager. What he enjoys most about working at Sunrise is to be able to bring a smile to his resident’s faces. Asim continues to pursue excellence in work quality and team building, which are the hallmarks of his personality.

Asim is currently working towards earning a degree in nursing as he enjoys working in the healthcare industry and strives to develop and enhance his skills with hands-on experience here at Sunrise of Bothell. Asim considers himself privileged to be part of the Sunrise team.

Asim is married with a wonderful 7-year old daughter. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, reading, and spending quality time with his family.

navneet bediNavneet Bedi

Life Enrichment Manager

Navneet loves working as the Life Enrichment Manager because she gets to spend one on one time with her residents. She cherishes the trust she establishes with them and having the opportunity to relive some of their most precious moments.

Navneet is happily married with two active boys, Gurek and Samrath. She loves spending time with her family.

jonathan wiedermannJonathan Wiedemann


Our concierge, Jonathan Wiedemann, is always first to greet visitors, family members, and residents with a smile. He loves working for Sunrise and has been with us since 2014. Jonathan started off in the kitchen as a server, transitioned to activities, and now, he has been a wonderful concierge since 2016. He has worked in all of these departments because he plans to finish school and continue building his career with Sunrise on his way to one day becoming a Director of Sales. At some point in his career, Jonathan also plans to work in the other departments within the community so that he can better understand the operations and inner workings of the industry.

His favorite part about working at Sunrise is getting to know the families and making lifelong friends and memories with the residents. His goal each day is to bring joy and purpose into their lives, along with putting a smile on every face he encounters. He is passionate about his work and considers it an honor and a privilege to work with residents that he considers his family. 

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing soccer, basketball, hiking, and bonding with his recently adopted Beagle puppy, Loki.

celeste starneCeleste Starne


Celeste Starne loves being the concierge for Sunrise of Bothell. Her energetic and upbeat disposition brings a smile to every person she interacts with. Celeste has always enjoyed being able to help others and be there to listen to what people’s needs may be. Her previous career has always been focused to helping and serving others. She was a studio portrait photographer for the last 10 years. 

In her free time, Celeste loves being outdoors in the sunshine, the arts, and cooking healthy.

martin padilloMartin Padillo

Maintenance Coordinator

Martin joined the Sunrise of Bothell team following many years in the Military, being an industrial Fire Fighter, Refining, and volunteerism. He brings these experiences to Sunrise to serve the residents. These events have prepared him to ensure the community is a safe, well maintained environment for the residents, their families, and Sunrise team. Martin enjoys the rewards of caring and helping in his own way in all the years to come. Martin’s wife is also a Sunrise team member. Before he joined the Sunrise family, she would share with him the happiness she enjoyed working with seniors and Sunrise. Martin wanted to have that feeling for himself, and one might say he joined the “family business." 

He and his wife have enjoyed many years of adventures. They share in the love of having four sons; Shaun, Chase, Anthony, and Gabriel. Throughout all these years they have been lucky to share great memories with their children including; vacations, camping, boating, hiking, day trips, exploring new cuisines, and plain ole hanging out with the dogs. His happy place is everywhere his wife and kids are, and his two puppies. He feels grateful for the opportunity to serve our community.

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