Sunrise of Des Peres

Meet the Sunrise of Des Peres Team

Ryan McHughRyan McHugh

Executive Director

"I joined the Sunrise Family in October of 2017, having worked as Executive Director/Administrator at different AL and SNF communities over the course of the last nine years. I love seeing our residents happy, and think Sunrise stands apart from other senior living communities thanks to our fantastic programs and care management systems. In my spare time, I enjoy running, going to Cardinals games and trying out new restaurants!"


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."


Laura Cross

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have been working in healthcare since 2013 and enjoyed the environment. During that time my grandmother was living in a senior living community out of state and I saw the difference the staff there made in her life. After she passed I away I felt it was important for me to give back to the industry, and that is when I found Sunrise in 2017. 

Getting to know each resident is a favorite part of my day. I love when residents stop into my office and I get to have long conversations and learn about their lives. I know it creates pleasant days for them, but it really ends up being the highlight of my day as well. I’m so glad I joined the team here at Sunrise of Des Peres because everyone is so positive and works well together. 

I have a dog named Walter who I like to spend time with. I even bring him out to some of the restaurants in my neighborhood to hang out with me and my friends! I also enjoy going to the many festivals that St. Louis hosts throughout the year."


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.”


Jill McMillen team member profileJill McMillen, LPN

Wellness Nurse

“I came to Sunrise looking for a place for my father to live. When I walked in, there was such a warm feel. I was so impressed with the interactions and laughter amongst the care managers and residents. Even then, I knew it would be a great place to work.  

Working at Sunrise of Des Peres has been very rewarding. When I leave at the end of the day, I’m hoping I’ve made a difference.  It’s a true family atmosphere and a positive work environment.”


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."

Belinda Ratty

Belinda Ratty 

Certified Medication Technician

"In the past I had only worked in hospitals and I applied at Sunrise because of the Sunrise Story that I read online. I love spending my day with the residents and I like going home knowing that I have helped someone. I started as a Care Manager and now my Sunrise journey has lead me to being a Certified Medication Technician."



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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