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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 Mercer has worked in Activities, Sales/Marketing, Neighborhood Memory Care Director. At Sunrise, she has had several different positions – Reminiscence Coordinator, Assisted Living Coordinator, Sr Resident Care Coordinator (float), Sr Executive Director (float) and now Executive Director.
When not at work, she likes to be by the pool, hang out with her dogs and be outside. She also loves to travel. Ireland has been her favorite destination to visit. Her family all lives in Kansas but she notes her Sunrise Family lives all around 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, she truly thinks what makes Sunrise stand above all other companies – we genuinely care about each other and we are family.
Pam Brown joined the Sunrise of Chandler team as a Designated Care Manager in March of 2007. She has a professional background as a flight attendant of 20 years, Assisted Living Coordinator, and now as the Director of Sales at Sunrise of Chandler. Her favorite part of working at Sunrise is spending time with the residents. Each of them have an amazing story to tell about their life. She notes, "I learn so much from them and often share the stories with my children. I also love the amazing team I am privileged to work with! In my spare time I babysit my 3 year old Granddaughter, Sydney, which brings me so much joy. I also love to get out of town and explore Arizona."
Karen Nohr joined Sunrise in July 2017 as the resident care director of the Sunrise of Chandler community. She has a professional background in Nursing Communities, Assisted Living Communities, and public health. Her favorite part of Sunrise is the family atmosphere that exists between team members and residents. And... our Dog Hero!!!! In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, whether it is in the pool, playing with her dog, Chevy, hiking, kayaking or canoeing. She enjoys reading a good book full of suspense and looks forward to her facetime/phone calls with my family in different states.
Norman joined the Sunrise team in 2007 as a part-time cook and was soon after promoted to his current role as dining services coordinator. Prior to working at Sunrise, he owned a Filipino Food catering business. His favorite part of working at Sunrise is making meaningful connections with our residents. He has been friends with some of our residents for a long time. In his spare time, he enjoys going out with his family on the weekends, trying different restaurants in Arizona, and riding my Harley. He notes, "I have been blessed to be working for and with the people here at Sunrise. Coming to work is fun and rewarding."
Nancy Lombroso has been with Sunrise of Chandler since our doors opened in February of 2007. She has a passion to make a pleasant environment and serve our residents. She enjoys making their life more comfortable by nurturing their mind, body, and spirit through purposeful activities. Her 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. She notes, "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 first joined the Sunrise team in 2005 in the Chicago suburbs first as a Designated Care Manager. She then worked as a Lead Care Manager, Medication Care Manager, Assisted Living Coordinator and Reminiscence Coordinator. Jackie enjoys supporting our families through the difficult journey of having a loved one with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. All of her professional career has been healthcare with a majority helping our seniors in need. Her favorite thing about working at Sunrise is the sense of family with the team, residents and family members. She has now been back at Sunrise of Chandler since 2018. When not working Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her niece and nephew. She also enjoys hiking and traveling.
Rich Allende first joined the Sunrise team in 2019. He has a professional background as a Maintenance Supervisor, ED, COO, Route Sales and has Military experience. His favorite part of Sunrise is interacting with residents. He shares, "it is the reason I came back to working in the Assisted Living Community. I truly cherish making their lives more enjoyable in any way I possibly can." In his spare time, he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, and volunteering at the American legion.
Dora Carreon first joined Sunrise in 2011. She has a professional background as a Caregiver, med tech, Lead care giver, CNA, assistant to ALC, Assistant to sales Director, Assistant to Executive Director and with Sunrise- Executive Director. Her favorite part about Sunrise is visiting with residents and reminiscing about their past or photos. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long drives anywhere, and visit my grandbabies.
Leah Boyle first joined Sunrise in 2017. She has a professional background in many different fields including courts, insurance, early childhood learning, and healthcare. She notes working with Seniors is, by far, the most rewarding. Her favorite part of Sunrise is coming to work every day with excitement about seeing our residents. She has a passion to serve and protect our residents. It brings her so much happiness to talk with them about their past and present days. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with my family hiking, boating and exercising.
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