We’re pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our excellent team who make Sunrise of Claremont, CA, a wonderful place to call home.
Eric has been with Sunrise since 2016 and recently transferred to Sunrise of Claremont from Sunrise of Willowbrook (Chicagoland). As the leader of our beautiful community, Eric always advocates for our residents and demonstrates his compassion for seniors every day. You will often find him pouring coffee in the dining room or sitting with a resident to listen to one of their treasured stories.
Eric began his career in health care as a certified nursing assistant more than 15 years ago. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL, and he is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
When Eric is not supporting his residents at Sunrise of Claremont, he loves to spend his free time with his wife Linda, their daughter Madison and son, EJ.
Before beginning his career with Sunrise in early 2015, David worked as a home improvement consultant, and he particularly enjoyed assisting older adults with their projects. He decided to go back to school and learn how to serve and advocate for older adults, and he earned his master’s degree in aging services management from University of Southern California’s School of Gerontology. This prepared him to work exclusively with seniors.
David says that his spirit is constantly nurtured when he sees families and residents who were once in physical and emotional distress become transformed by the Sunrise team. He loves to watch the residents experience joy once again. Knowing that he plays a pivotal role in this process by introducing them to Sunrise brings great purpose to his life.
In his spare time, David likes to travel to relaxing tropical locations, practice Transcendental Meditation, spend time with loved ones, exercise and make people laugh.
"I am new to sunrise and but have been a RN for over 11 years with experience in critical care, transplant care and coordination and Managerial Home Health Experience.
My favorite part of my job is managing my team, listening to the concerns of our residents/families, and collaborating with their medical providers to accomplish the simple goal of providing the best quality resident care possible. The best part of working at Sunrise is simply the relationships that you build with co-workers and residents, and knowing that I make an impact on their health and quality of life is truly amazing.
In my spare time, I enjoy working within my community and mentoring foster children. I have a passion to help Foster Children, particularly teenage girls, rewrite their story and become someone they never thought they could become through mentorship programs."
"I have worked for Sunrise for over 10 years as an Assisted Living and Resident Care Coordinator. Also, I have been a Job Coach training manager for neighboring Sunrise Communities for over 8 years. Before coming to Sunrise, I was a Certified Nurse assistant for 7 years, then I became Department Coordinator for 5 years for a nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community
The best part of my role here is training and leading our frontline team who will be the next generation of nurses and healthcare workers. It warms my heart to see my residents happier and more dignified under my care. The best part of working at Sunrise is the homey feeling, the flexibility in my schedule, and providing me with the hours of staffing we need to deliver the best care.
In my spare time, I love to entertain. Both my husband and I have large families, and I love to host and cater events where we can all enjoy each other’s company."
"I have worked with Sunrise since 2005. I originally started as a Care Manager but soon became a Lead Care Manager. Then, in 2014, I took on my current role as Reminiscence Coordinator.
My favorite part of my job is providing thorough and detail-oriented quality care for my residents through dedicated team members that I take pride in developing. Additionally ,I take pride in leading the ongoing education in Validation and Behavioral Expressions which gives our team the tools to provide amazing care for our residents experiencing various degrees of memory loss. The best part about working for Sunrise is the opportunity for career growth at a place where our residents can get the high level of care they need, in home-style environment.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my lovely husband and my two handsome boys."
"I have been with Sunrise since 2017. Before coming to Sunrise, I attended the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California where I earned my Master's in Aging Services Management. Also, I have two years of experience as an activities coordinator in the senior living industry.
My favorite part of my job is helping the residents and planning activities that bring them joy. I also enjoy listening to the residents' life stories. The best part of working at Sunrise is the welcoming culture from all who work with the company and the support that is available company-wide.
In my free time, I like to read, practice yoga, travel, play with my Australian shepherds, and attend country music concerts."
"I have worked here at Sunrise since 2017. I have worked with the senior population for many years, and prior to Sunrise, I worked for another assisted living community.
My favorite part of my job is listening to the residents and hearing their stories. There are so many great things about working at Sunrise, but the best part to me is the support provided by our team leaders.
In my spare time, I love going to the movies and spending time with my three grandchildren."
"I have worked in assisted living since 2010. My prior experience comes from working in the hospitality industry for over 25 years as having worked in a hotel, casino, collage, fine dining, golf course, and assisted living.
The best part of my job is seeing the smiles on the residents when they are enjoying the meal made in our kitchen. Also, being able to joke around with the residents, making them laugh, or having them tell me stories gives me great joy. The best part of working at Sunrise is the quality of life, being able to be at home at a reasonable time.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being able to race motorcross on the weekends."
"I have been the Maintenance Coordinator here at Sunrise since March 2014.
I have a deep respect for the elderly and love that I can maintain and provide our residents with a safe, comfortable, and pleasant environment for them to live. The best part of working at Sunrise is mentoring and working with the frontline team.
When I'm not at work, I enjoy reading and listening to country music."
For more than 15 years, Elsie has enjoyed talking with Sunrise residents and getting to know them. She has a passion for her work and believes in the Sunrise Principles of Service.
At home, Elsie enjoys spending time with her family.
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