Sunrise of Decatur

Meet the Sunrise of Decatur Team

Meet some of the members of our talented team here at Sunrise of Decatur, GA.

Sonya Cooper 

Executive Director

“Sonya began her career in long term care in 2011 working in the business office of a skilled nursing facility.  After several years as a Business Office Manager, she obtained her Nursing Home Administrators license.  Sonya joined the Sunrise team in January 2018.  It is a joy for Sonya to serve seniors and their families every day.  I love working for Sunrise because of the team culture.  Everyone is a champion for seniors, and we all come together to enrich their lives.

When Sonya is not at Sunrise, she enjoys spoiling her dachshund, Oscar Mayer."


Toni Smith

Associate Director of Sales

"Toni Smith has been with Sunrise for three years. She begin her journey with Sunrise of Five Forks as a Concierge. In January of 2018 she was promoted as an Associate Director of Sales. I am passionate about assisting our seniors, if it’s at work or Church, it is such a pleasure. I love working for Sunrise because it is a family oriented atmosphere. The best part of working at Sunrise is watching the resident dance and participating in the activities."


Dee Dee Thomas

Resident Care Director

"I have been a nurse for over 35 years and have worked in many different areas of the nursing profession from Labor and Delivery to the complete opposite, Geriatrics. I started in Long Term Care right out of Nursing School then after about a year I felt there would be so many other things to learn in nursing, so I followed my desires. As I grew older, my passion came in the form of assisting the geriatric population, so I started my search for the most appropriate position I could find. Then there was Sunrise. I have been with Sunrise for more than 10 years and still have that same desire to take care of my residents. 

My home life consists of being the proud mom to 2 daughters with 2 Sons in law and Grans to 5 grandchildren who are better than anyone’s (let me hear your grandkids stories, I bet I can top it. Haha) I also have an extreme passion for all animals.  I have 2 puppy dogs who take up much of my home time and  I think maybe in my next life I will become a veterinarian." 


Polly Kelly 

Assisted Living Coordinator

"Polly began her career in long term care in 1998 working as nursing assistant. Shortly after moving to Georgia from Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2010 she was promoted to Staffing Coordinator. Polly joined the Sunrise team in March 2018. What I like most about Sunrise Senior Living is the family based community. I also like learning the residents likes while engaging with their families.
Polly enjoys football season, and her home team is the Greenbay Packers." 


Dorothy M. Brown 

Dining Service Coordinator

“I began my journey with Sunrise of Decatur in May 1998, as a Care manager.  Within one month I was promoted to Medication Manager, then Concierge, Activity Director, and within ten years I became the Dining Service Coordinator.  Throughout the years I have gained a wealth of knowledge regarding modified diets, nutrition and allergens. 

The part of my job that motivates me is greeting residents, and seeing the smiles on their face early in the morning as I pour their coffee or bring them juice.  As well as listening to their stories throughout the day.  

In my spare time I enjoy going to church, sharing my faith, reading and spending time with family and friends.”


Shirley Adams 

Activity and Volunteer Coordinator 

“Shirley has been with Sunrise for over 5 years.  She began her Sunrise career at Sunrise of Decatur and returns from Sunrise of Buckhead.  Her enthusiasm, creativity and overall concern for the quality of life for our residents has been a welcome addition to the Decatur Community.  I like to know that I’ve brought a little sunshine into the lives of our residents and families through the stimulating activities and services.
Shirley is a grandmother who loves spending time with her grandchildren.”  



Tawana Thornton

Business Office Coordinator

"I began my Sunrise career in August 11,2006 as a Care Giver. Within 3 months, I was promoted to Concierge, three months later, I was promoted to BOC. I love what I do! I enjoy meeting people of various walks of life and assisting them for their loved ones. The best part of working at Sunrise is knowing I can make a difference in someone’s life today. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, shopping, and spending time with my family."

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