Sunrise of Buffalo Grove

Meet the Sunrise of Buffalo Grove Team

We are pleased to introduce you to just a few of our many essential team members. Each member of our group here at Sunrise of Buffalo Grove, IL, firmly believes in the Sunrise mission: to champion the quality of life for all seniors. We are honored to spend our days caring for the residents that we call family.

Sunrise of Buffalo Grove Team Member JoshSue Church—Team Member Since 

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Sue has a way with people, but she really found her niche working with seniors. She enjoys coming up with activities that make their days a little brighter and really values those moments when she can see a resident’s eyes light up engaging with a sing-along or a game of charades.

Sue is passionate about Sunrise’s Live With Purpose programming, as it ensures a well-balanced approach to the physical, mental, and spiritual growth of each resident, saying, “I love that Sunrise provides an opportunity for every resident to engage, enjoy, express, learn, and continue to grow….we truly put the Sunrise mission of championing quality of life for seniors into action.”



Mercelyn Taylor-Lyn | Lead Care Manager

Barbara Weidig—Team Member Since 2004

Lead Concierge

Barb has been a Lead Concierge and part of the Sunrise family for more than a decade. Barb has learned that each resident she has meets touches her life in their own way and gives her a memory that she will forever cherish. 

Barb says that her days at Sunrise are filled with laughter, good conversation, many chances to make a difference … and a history lesson or two!



Latoya Fairclough | Lead Care Manager

Erika Laczko—Team Member Since 2002

Resident Care Coordinator

Erika has done it all in Sunrise! Since joining the team in 2002, she has served as Care Manager, Lead Care Manager, Medication Care Manager and Reminiscence Supervisor. She uses the skills learned throughout her years to provide the best quality of life for her residents. She enjoys coming to work each day to see how she can touch a resident and/or family’s life for the better. Erika says Sunrise is her home away from home.



Latoya Fairclough | Lead Care Manager

Sofie Balyasny—Team Member Since 2005

Dining Services Coordinator

Before joining the team at Sunrise in 2005, Sofie and her husband, Neil, spent more than 25 years as owners of a restaurant and catering business. In 2008, Sofie became Dining Services Coordinator and says she takes pride in preparing fresh food each day (and keeping one of the cleanest kitchens around!). She loves the challenges and rewards of cooking for our residents and enjoys helping with events such as brunches and parties. In her spare time, Sofie enjoys – what else? –  cooking for her husband.



Josh Daniels Maintenance CoordinatorJosh Daniels—Team Member Since 2015

Maintenance Coordinator

Josh has been the Maintenance Coordinator with Sunrise of Buffalo Grove since 2015. His previous occupations and educations have given him a surplus of knowledge that he uses to make the community run and look great.

Josh enjoys getting to know the residents and how he can better serve them. He especially enjoys taking residents out of the community on special trips for Men’s Club.



Buffalo- Grove Sahar

Sahar Jalali—Team Member Since 2011

Resident Care Director

Sahar has been with Sunrise since 2011. She began as a wellness nurse before recently transitioning to the resident care director role. She has vast experience with the geriatric population—working as a home health nurse and alongside Alzheimer’s and dementia physicians and psychiatrists.

Sahar is very dedicated to our community, saying, “I love the diversity of our residents and the staff here at Sunrise. I enjoy listening to the residents and understanding their needs. My goal is to continue to be an advocate to ensure the highest quality of care to our residents."

Sahar is a family-oriented person and loves spending time with her four beautiful boys. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and skiing with her family.




Sunrise of Buffalo Grove Team Member JenniferJennifer Cruz—Team Member Since 2015

Business Office Coordinator

Jennifer feels very blessed to be able to work in such a loving and warm environment. She says the people really make her job rewarding—both her team members and the residents and families.

She says "When I walk through the doors of Sunrise and I see my beautiful residents face light up, life does not get any better than that. Life is about love and laughter and I am reminded of that daily."



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