Sunrise of Des Peres

Meet the Sunrise of Des Peres Team

Harold LutzHarold Lutz

Executive Director

"I have been with Sunrise since January. Prior to Sunrise, I was an administrator in the St. Louis area for 14 years and have my Administrators License in two other states as well.

My favorite part of my job is spending time with the residents, getting to know them and their life stories, and building a relationship with them.

My favorite part about working for Sunrise is that I have lived in the Kirkwood/Des Peres area for 23 years so this is my home community. Sunrise is a beautiful place with a great reputation and I am excited for the opportunity to join the team.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching and coaching my kids hockey, playing hockey myself, hunting and fishing or just spending time outdoors, and quality time with my family."

Sunrise of Des Peres Team Member JennaJenna Gullett

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise since 2008. I started when I was in high school as a concierge and fell in love with this place. I have worked in many different positions within our community, and I feel very fortunate to have experienced many different roles so I can share with families what makes Sunrise great!

I spend most of my day talking to families who are trying to make a really tough decision. The highlight of my day is when someone tells me about their loved one's needs and then seeing their relief they get when I show them how Sunrise can meet their needs.

Sunrise is truly a family. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to build such close relationships with both residents and team members.

I enjoy spending my spare time with my husband and our young son. We love looking for fun and new things to share with him."

Kristel Yocomrsz_kristel_yocom

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

"I’ve been working at Sunrise since 2018. I have been working in senior living for about 10 years and worked at a few other communities before finding my home at Sunrise."

"My favorite part of your job is spending time with the residents and creating pleasant days for them. I love to see residents come out of their shell and enjoy spending time with each other while engaging in activities they enjoy."

"I love coming to work every day because we have so many wonderful team members here. I also think Sunrise has a great foundation for our activities programming through Live with Purpose, and I then have the opportunity to customize my calendar each month for our residents here."

"In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors. I love going hunting, fishing, and working in my garden. I also love when I have time to catch a Blues game with my husband"

Cliffie Rucker

Cliffie Rucker

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I did not choose Sunrise Senior Living, it chose me. After fighting myself for six months, Sunrise Senior Living gave me the opportunity to be a Care Manager and I am so dedicated to Sunrise Senior Living and their core values that now I am the Reminiscence Coordinator!"

Kourtney team member profileKourtney Johnson, CNA CMT

Lead Designated Care Manager

“I found out about Sunrise because of school. Once I spent some time at Sunrise of Des Peres, there were so many things I found that I love. 

I love how we treat all of our residents with dignity, no matter their situation. There is so much support in the community, from team members to family members to residents. I think the home-like environment makes Sunrise a great place to work and it is certainly a great place for residents. My favorite thing about working here is all of my residents, who I love like my own family.”

Sandy Sayre

Business Office Coordinator

"I have been working for Sunrise since 2005. I really enjoy helping to serve breakfast in the dining room so I can interact with the residents and help start their day off on a positive note. I love working in a community that has such a comfortable, home-like environment. When I come in to work every day I feel like I’m coming to my second home.

In my spare time, if I’m not sitting in the sun and reading a good book, then I’m trying to keep up with my grandkids."

Sunrise of Des Peres Team Member NickNick Napolitano

Dining Services Coordinator

"I have worked at Sunrise since 2011, and prior, I worked in a variety of St. Louis restaurants for more than two decades. I love making residents' days better through creating dishes they love. My favorite days are events and parties because I really get to be creative.

Outside of work, I like spending time at home with my four children."

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