Sunrise of Crystal Lake

Meet the Sunrise of Crystal Lake Team

Welcome to Sunrise of Crystal Lake! We appreciate the time you have taken to meet a portion of our tenured team and look forward to meeting you. We invite you to come and see, firsthand, the great opportunities we have to offer your loved one! Through our Signature Experiences each day, we live out our mission To Champion Quality of Life for all seniors!

denise herrmann

Denise Herrmann—Team Member since 2018

Director of Sales

"I have worked with Sunrise since February of 2018. I have over 20 years of sales management experience with the last four being in the healthcare field. Just prior to Sunrise, I was in a similar role at a Memory Care Community. Before joining a community environment, I worked for a home health care agency assisting families with at home care needs. I found a passion for working with seniors when I decided to go back to school to potentially be a nurse. As time passed, I discovered a case manager role was more the direction I wanted to go, and I love that I can use those skills to be a better advocate for our resident’s and their families. 

My favorite part of my job is being able to partner with families during their journey of choosing a community for their loved one. It’s an honor to a part of this decision-making process with them. Once a resident moves in and the family sees how happy, loved, and full of purpose their loved one is….it’s an unbelievable feeling knowing that I have helped change their lives.     

I love spending time with our resident’s getting to know their stories, their history, and their passions. Sunrise brings out the true joy and the realness of our residents.  They SMILE every day, and it is a privilege to work in their home.

My own family is also very important to me. I spend as much time with my husband and step daughter as I can. We love being outdoors, family game nights, going to the movies, and traveling. We have a bucket list of beaches that we want to vacation to! I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services."   


Jamie Murphy | Activity and Volunteer Coordinator

Jamie Murphy—Team Member since 2000

Activity and Volunteer Coordinator

“I started as a server in the dining room and have transitioned into several roles at Sunrise, but when this activity position opened up I felt it was made for me! I wanted to see the residents come to life! I am able to use my education, love of art and natural talents to enhance the quality of life of our residents. I spent a lot of time in other nursing homes when my dad and grandmother were sick and it was so depressing. I was so impressed by the level and quality of care that Sunrise provided in such a beautiful, cozy atmosphere!”


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Ben Pigeon—Team Member since 2017

Wellness Nurse

"After 8 years of caring for individuals with developmental disabilities and surveying hospices and home health agencies for the state of Wisconsin, I believe I have found my niche in healthcare. 

I chose to come to Sunrise because of their reputation for quality care in a home-like environment. I have been with Sunrise of Crystal Lake since 2017 as the Wellness Nurse Supervisor. I enjoy learning about the resident’s unique life experiences, and love sharing a laugh or smile with them. The relationships I have built with residents, their families, and staff have enriched my life in so many ways.  

In my free time, I enjoy time with my partner and two dogs." 


Uche Ezeh | Designated Care Manager

Uche Ezehm—Team Member since 2005

Designated Care Manager

“I was drawn to healthcare because I like to take care of the residents! I am happy that I can make them happy and that they know I am always here for them when they need me. I am a part of Sunrise because they are the best! It provides a clean, nurturing environment where residents can feel at home.”





Deena Balchunas—Team Member since 2013

Sales Assistant

Sunrise of Crystal Lake Team Member Deena “I have been with Sunrise since 2013. Previously, I managed a coffee shop and over the years refined my love of coffee. Our Sunrise AVC was a customer and she encouraged me to join the Sunrise team, and I'm so thankful she did. I started in the dining room, but during my time here I've joined the concierge team and the marketing team as a sales assistant. I love having different roles at work—it brings opportunities to meet new people and family members and stay connected to the residents. It brightens my day, and I hope it brightens theirs as well.

If I'm not at work, I'm at home chasing my beautiful little boy. He keeps my husband and I on the move, so I usually have a coffee in hand and am always on the lookout for the next cup.”


Sunrise of Crystal Lake Team Member ChrisChris Interrante—Team Member since 2014

Dining Room Care Manager

“I was a flight attendant for United Airlines for 18 years, and resigned to stay home and raise my children. Sunrise is my first job back in the workforce. It’s been a wonderful experience, not only for me, but for my family. My children love to come visit with the residents any chance they get. This job has given me more than words can say. Sunrise—the residents and the employees—become part of your extended family!”




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