Sunrise of Des Peres

Meet the Sunrise of Des Peres Team

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!





Dawn Seppi team member profileDawn Seppi, RN BSN

Resident Care Director

“I wasn’t looking for a job at Sunrise, it found me! I was a hospice nurse working in homes and other senior living communities, including Sunrise. I became the ‘regular’ hospice nurse at Sunrise, and for almost five years I loved the way the team members and residents became like family to each other. I wanted to be a part of this amazing team who works so well together for each other and for their residents. 

I have never had a job where so much support for one another is exhibited daily.”


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.”



Tara Karnes

Tara Karnes 

Housekeeping Supervisor

I started with Sunrise as a dishwasher and I have now been promoted to Housekeeping Supervisor. Sunrise has taught me to give love everyday. My favorite part of my job is the residents. I love them. We are all one big happy family.”







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.






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