Sunrise of Columbia

Meet the Sunrise of Columbia Team

Meet some of the members of our team here at Sunrise of Columbia, MD. 

Wes Street team member profile

Wes Street 

Executive Director

“I have worked with Sunrise for 15 years.  I became a licensed nursing home administrator in 1992. I got my start in healthcare as a housekeeping supervisor and then proceeded to enter an administrator in training program. I have been working in healthcare ever since.

My favorite part of my job is spending time with our residents. I studied history in college and I love sitting with the residents and listening to stories about the things they have done.”

At Sunrise, we can make a difference in people’s lives each day. The residents and team members become an extended part of your family. When you come in in the morning and you greet a resident as you would your next door neighbor, you have made a friend.

In my spare time, I like to be outdoors boating or camping in the mountains. I love baseball and have coached kids for the past nine years. I like to spend time with my wife and family. I am a big fan of all kinds of sports. Recently, I have begun taking an interest in some travel, as well.”

Finda Solee team member profile

Finda Solee 

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I was born in Liberia, West Africa. I am a Certified Validation Group Practitioner and a certified dementia care trainer. I have worked for Sunrise for 18 years, starting as a care manager. I was promoted to the Reminiscence Coordinator position two years after I started in November of 1999.

My favorite part of my job is being able to spend time with our residents, learn their stories and validate them. In dementia care, we learn to enter our residents’ world and be with them where they are at any given moment. 

At Sunrise, I can make a difference in our residents’ lives and join them on their collective journey. 

When I’m not at work, I enjoy entertaining families and friends and shopping, but the highlight of my life is spending time with my grandson, Kingston.”

Sharon Wissel team member profile

Sharon Wissel  

Business Office Coordinator

“I have been at Sunrise of Columbia since April 2, 1999.  Previously, I taught middle school in Carroll County. 

I love that I get to do a first-day training with all of the new employees because I get to spend time with our new team members before they actually start working. The best part of working at Sunrise is meeting so many people from the Howard County community. I am always amazed how our residents, who have daily challenges, have found ways to be happy with their lives as they age. 

When I’m not at work, I am always happy spending time with my seven grandchildren and their parents.  When I’m at Bethany Beach by the ocean, life is good.”

Jerry team member profile

Jerry Brown

Cluster Dining Service Coordinator

“I began my career with Sunrise Senior Living in February of 2006.  Overall. I’ve been in the food industry for 40 years, 25 of which have been spent working with seniors. 

I can honestly say that cooking is my passion. When I prepare meals for our residents, my favorite Principles of Service are Enabling Choice and Nurturing the Spirit. It’s always a pleasure to see others smile. Not only do I love to cook, I enjoy caring for seniors as well. 

Aside from cooking, I enjoy playing a good game of basketball and jogging.”

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