Sunrise of Boynton Beach

Meet the Sunrise of Boynton Beach Team

Ellen LambersonEllen Lamberson

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise for 15 ½ years. Prior to that, I was a Territory Sales Manager and Sales Trainer at Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Company where I gained valuable sales and marketing experience.

My favorite part of my job is that I truly enjoy selling the Sunrise Difference to families and explaining the culture of our company which is like no other in the industry. My mom has been a Sunrise resident for 9 years and is now 98 years old. She has truly thrived as a result of our care.

The best part of working at Sunrise is selling a service and a product that I truly believe in. I enjoy working with teams who are dedicated to the senior population and their needs. The culture of the company and its management sets us apart on every level.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my mom, husband, friends and family. I enjoy shopping and participating in community and condo events locally as well."


Kelli LeonardKelli Leonard

Resident Care Director

"My name is Kelli and I am the Resident Care Director. I moved from Minnesota to the Boynton Beach area in June 2020. My background includes 10+ years in the healthcare field. I began my career by serving as a CNA, then transitioned into to the role of Registered Nurse. My background includes acute care, where I gained knowledge and hands on skill in a hospital setting and most recently served as the Assistant Director of Nursing at an assisted living in MN.

I became a nurse because I love caring for others. I have a very special place in my heart for the elderly and our residents who live with memory loss. My primary role is to ensure the highest quality of care for all our residents. I complete resident assessments to determine care needs and create individualized service plans. I also oversee our Wellness Nurses and Medication Care Managers. I lead our team through education and evidence-based practice. I am here to be a resource for our residents and their families. I love what I do and truly look forward to coming to work every single day.

Outside of work, I soak up quality time with my family and friends. I plan to travel back to Minnesota (my home state) often. My fiancé and I have a 5-year-old German Shepherd named Maya and she keeps us very busy. I believe in lifelong learning and continue to dedicate time to further my education."


Candyce ThomasCandyce Thomas

Assisted Living Coordinator

I’m a new member of the Sunrise family! I’ve worked in Skilled nursing as a Social Worker for over 9 years, throughout this time I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Services and gained valuable experience in the healthcare field, with a focus in the geriatric population. Over the years I’ve developed a great passion for the senior community and have truly fallen in love with being able to serve and help those in need.

My favorite part of my job is being able to build relationships with the residents and families as well as being a part of the memories they will forever share. Being able to work with an organization who’s principles and values line up with my own is an added bonus.

Throughout my years in the medical arena I’ve always heard great things about Sunrise, to be given the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team by working with this organization is honorable. We have a Fantastic team who are dedicated, passionate, warm and who truly have a heart for those we serve.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, retail therapy and traveling. Fun fact: In my past life I enjoyed dancing, however time doesn’t allow me to enjoy it as much!"


Tylin RolandTylin Roland

Business Office Coordinator

"I have been a part of the Sunrise Family for 5 years now and I absolutely love it. I started out as the concierge at our Boca Community making my way up as the executive assistant and then the Human Resource Representative. Sunrise truly has been a place for me to grow and thrive over the years and has helped me flourish in my career.

Although I enjoy my administrative duties, interacting with the residents is my true passion. I love to sit and chat with them as they tell me about their adventurous and exciting lives growing up. I value being an ear for them to listen to and a shoulder to lean on when they just want someone to talk to or even do activities with. I see myself as a ‘Jill’ of all trades and I try to jump in anywhere I can when it comes to the residents and staff.

The best part of being with Sunrise is also knowing my grandmother lives in a Sunrise community as well and I wouldn’t have chosen any other place for her to live. All the staff and the entire team take such great care of her and I wholeheartedly recommend Sunrise as your forever home. You would no longer have to worry about cooking or cleaning or just the everyday hassles of life. Just sit back, relax and enjoy life.

In my spare time, I love hanging out with my husband and three boys, two of which are twins! They keep me super busy outside of work and they are the reason for my joy and happiness."


Denise OdenaDenise Odena

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My name is Denise ODena I have been with Sunrise Senior Living four years. Prior to becoming the Reminiscence Coordinator, I was the Activities & Volunteer Coordinator at Brighton Gardens of Stamford.

One of my favorite part of the job is building trust with our residents and making meaningful connections with families. As a Certified Validation Group Practitioner, one of the greatest joys for me is acknowledging our residents’ feelings and being able to empathize with them.

The best part of Sunrise is they understand the needs of our seniors, and the culture of Sunrise is like no other. They embrace diversity, believe in their team and ahead in the newest technology.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. When I need to feel rejuvenated, you can find me by a lake or the beach, making cranium prosthesis or making jewelry."


Jimmy VelezJimmy Velez

Maintenance Coordinator

"Hello! My name is Jim Velez, the Maintenance Coordinator at Sunrise of Boynton Beach. I started with Sunrise communities almost 10 years ago in Tampa. I love my residents and co-workers within Sunrise communities, and I am very happy and proud to be part of something so meaningful. I have three children and I enjoy as much time as I can with them.

In my spare time, I build and operate RC vehicles and flying crafts. I have worked with our activities department doing demos and shows for the residents. Cheers to many more years with our residents and associates, because their kindness and appreciation make life a truly wonderful and unique experience."


Victor PoitierVictor Poitier

Dining Services Coordinator

"I am originally from the Bahamas, and moved to Florida when I was 6 years old. I developed a love for cooking from my great grandmother and I’ve been cooking ever since. I’ve been a professional Chef for over 15 years and have experience cooking in casual and fine dining.

I have been a Sunrise team member for 2 years. I started my journey at our sister facility in Boca Raton and worked in every capacity within. My favorite part of the job is being able to interact with the residents and hearing their stories.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano. Fun fact about me - my great grandfather is renowned actor Sydney Poitier! I believe food is something that unifies all if us!"

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