Sunrise of Chandler

Meet the Sunrise of Chandler Team

We are pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our outstanding team who work tirelessly to make our community a wonderful place to call home.

brenda mercerBrenda Mercer–Team Member since 2007

Executive Director

"Over my career in long term care, I have worked in Sales & Marketing, Activities, Memory Care, Sr Resident Care, Senior Executive Director and now I am in the Executive Director position here at Sunrise of Chandler. When I am not at work, I love to be outside by the pool or with my dogs. I also love to travel. Ireland has been my favorite destination so far, but I am planning my next adventure now! I love my job and getting to spend time with our residents and team members. 

My entire family lives in Kansas, but I have my Sunrise Family that lives all over the country. It doesn’t matter what state you are in, when you walk into a Sunrise, you are FAMILY. The residents and team alike, I truly think what makes Sunrise stand above all other companies is that we genuinely care about each other and we are family."

pamela brownPamela Brown–Team Member since 2007

Director of Sales

"There is nothing more rewarding to me than serving our seniors. I learn something new every day and I am in awe of the experiences they share with me. I started at Sunrise as a Caregiver, and I knew in my first week here I should have been doing this my entire life. I then had the opportunity to serve as the Assisted Living Coordinator. Eight years ago, I became the Director of Sales, and the experiences I had in each of these roles prepared me to help families make difficult decisions with confidence. Working with people I truly care about makes coming to work something I look forward to every day!

In my personal life, I love spending time with my three adult children and soon-to-be two granddaughters. Family means everything to me and I am blessed to have two."

karen nohrKaren Nohr–Team Member since 2017

Resident Care Director

"I joined Sunrise in July 2017 as the Resident Care Director for the Sunrise of Chandler community. I have a professional background in Nursing Communities, Assisted Living Communities, and public health. My favorite part about Sunrise is the family atmosphere that exists between team members, residents and our Dog Hero!!!! 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outside (whether it is in the pool or playing with my dog, Chevy), hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. I also enjoy reading a good book full of suspense."

norman hoferNorman Hofer–Team Member since 2007

Dining Services Coordinator

"I started at Sunrise as a part-time cook and was soon after promoted to my current role as Dining Services Coordinator. Prior to working at Sunrise, I owned a Filipino Food catering business. My favorite part of working at Sunrise is making meaningful connections with our residents. I have been friends with some of our residents for a long time. 

In my spare time, I enjoy going out with my family on the weekends, trying different restaurants in Arizona, and riding my Harley. I have been blessed to be working for, and with, the people here at Sunrise. Coming to work is both fun and rewarding."

nancy lombrosoNancy Lombroso–Team Member since 2007

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I have a passion for creating a pleasant environment and serving our residents. I enjoy making their life more comfortable by nurturing their mind, body, and spirit through purposeful activities. My favorite part about working at Sunrise is introducing new things for our residents to learn - music is one. Sunrise of Chandler has a Tone Chime Choir where 8 to 10 residents learn to perform music together. This brings joy and laughter, but most of all brings us together. 

Live with Artistry is another wonderful new learning skill that our residents are doing. Family members have enjoyed receiving some amazing art from their loved ones. I enjoy planning activities in our community that include outings to Chandler Center for the Arts, Tempe Center for the Arts, and other venues in the Phoenix area. It is my pleasure to be a part of the Sunrise Family. In my spare time, I enjoy good movies, traveling, and cooking…but most of all, being with my family."

Jackie Leicht–Team Member since 2005
Jacqueline Leicht

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I first joined the Sunrise team in 2005 in the Chicago suburbs. I started as a Designated Care Manager and then worked as a Lead Care Manager, Medication Care Manager, Assisted Living Coordinator and I am now Reminiscence Coordinator. I enjoy supporting our families through the difficult journey of having a loved one with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. All of my professional career has been in healthcare with a majority helping our seniors in need. I recently completed the essentiALZ® certification exam with the Alzheimer’s Association. 

My favorite thing about working at Sunrise is the sense of family with the team, residents and family members. I have now been back at Sunrise of Chandler since 2018. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my niece and nephew. I also enjoy hiking and traveling."

richard allendeRichard Allende–Team Member since 2019

Maintenance Coordinator

"Previously, I have worked as Maintenance Coordinator, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer in the Senior Living industry. I am very passionate about my residents. I care deeply about their well being and environment. Being former military, I am big on team work. That is why I love working at Sunrise - their commitment to excellence and team work is second to none. Those who work with me know that I am always there for what ever needs they may have, and I am the same way for our residents. I love this industry simply because I get to make a difference in someone’s life on a daily basis. 

When I’m away from Sunrise, I enjoy spending time riding my motorcycle and participating in American Legion activities. I love sports and the outdoors, and yes, at my age, I still get to enjoy them and participate in them quite often. I am a plant interventionist. I am also plant-based as far as my dietary needs. I help people bounce back from bad health such as heart disease and diabetes by adjusting their diet to a plant-based one. I also help out wherever I can when ever I can. I truly believe in paying it forward."

dora carreonDora Carreon–Team Member since 2011

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have a professional background as a caregiver, med tech, lead care giver, CNA, Assistant Living Coordinator’s Assistant, Sales Director Assistant, Assistant to the Executive Director, and Executive Director. My favorite part about Sunrise is visiting with residents and reminiscing about their past, and looking through old photos. 

In my spare time, I enjoy taking long drives, and visiting my grandbabies."

leah boyleLeah Boyle–Team Member since 2017

Business Office Coordinator

"I have a professional background in many different fields including courts, insurance, early childhood learning, and healthcare. Working with Seniors is, by far, the most rewarding. My favorite part of Sunrise is coming to work every day with excitement about seeing our residents. I have a passion to serve and protect our residents. It brings me so much happiness to talk with them about their past and present days. 

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, hiking, boating and exercising."

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