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

Executive Director

"To say that I love what I do would be an understatement.  Working with seniors and their families has been the most fulfilling work that I have ever done.  Since 2015, I have been privileged to work in this field. There are no words to describe how great it feels to help a family through the process of making a life changing decision to move their loved one here to our community.  I am so proud to work for Sunrise-it is truly my home away from home. Our residents have taught me humility, grace, and, a better understanding of what it means to live a life with purpose.  Every day I make it my goal to make a difference in their lives and give back as much to them as they give to me."

kristine babinksiKristine Babinski – Team Member since 2018 

Director of Sales

"My original background is Sales, Business Banking and Mortgages. My passion grew in the healthcare industry when my dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness. During the last few years of his life, I spent a lot of time in skilled nursing facilities and loved the bond I formed with the patients and their families. I always felt rewarded and accomplished at the end of the day- whether it was as simple as making someone smile or giving them a hug. I realized very quickly that I have a passion for the elderly and that’s where my heart belongs. 

As the Director of Sales, I have the honor of working closely with our community families, residents, and our amazing team members. The most favorite part of my job is spending time with our residents and assisting their families.   

My family is very important to me. I am fortunate to be able to spend time with my mom on a regular basis. My husband and I have 2 wonderful boys. Our older son is a college student and our younger son is in high school. In my spare time I enjoy attending their school functions as well as bike riding." 

Jamie MurphyJamie Murphy—Team Member since 2000

Activity and Volunteer Coordinator

"This job has become a big part of my life. I love to come to work, in what I call the best job of all- activities!  I am the mother of 4 daughters. They all work professionally, either behind the scenes, or performing on the stage.  That means that they all share my joy of music, ballet, art and theater. I love to share that with our residents. On my days off, I can be found loving on my two boxer dogs, riding my bike on long adventures, or reading books that are on the “bestseller list”. I also love to create customized art as a hobby. I enjoy sharing my creativity with our residents in all mediums, and most of all, I love to laugh.  I feel so rewarded to have a job that I love so much!"

Christine WessonChristine Wesson—Team Member since 2012

Resident Care Director

In 2014, I joined Sunrise as a Care Manager. I worked as a care manager throughout nursing school then transitioned into the role of a nurse a few years later. I most recently got promoted to the Resident Care Director role. Being able to use my creativity and flexibility day to day to help meet the ever changing needs of the residents at Sunrise is my favorite part of my job. Being at one of the smaller Sunrise communities allows me to spend extra time with families, residents, and the care team, which in turn helps our team to produce and provide excellent personalized care. There is not usually a day that is the same as the last, which helps me to continue to nurture my understanding of caring for individuals with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s. The best part of working for Sunrise is having a great team of people not only in Barrington but company-wide who are dedicated to championing the quality of life for all seniors. When I’m not at work, I like to spend time with my family - my husband, step-daughters who are 13 and 14, and our 2 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


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!”

CherylCheryl VonHohenstein—Team Member since 2018


"Meeting the needs of residents and their family members at Sunrise is personally rewarding. Watching residents come to life when laughing, joking, or simply having lengthy conversations with them is great fun. It gives them an opportunity to smile and be joyful. Working at Sunrise, means that I get to make a positive difference in their day to day living. We give our residents a sense of purpose and I am so grateful I get to witness that first hand. "


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