Meet some of the members of our team here at Sunrise of Fair Oaks.
"I have worked with Sunrise of 18 years, 23 years as a Licensed Facility Administrator.
My favorite part of my job is advocating for residents and supporting TEAM. The best part of working at Sunrise is the team work and every day is a different day.
My hobbies are kids in sports (soccer, Lacrosse and Volleyball) in High school, pets 2 dogs, conure, cameleon, motorcycling and boating."
"I started with Sunrise in July 2019 but prior to that I worked for a company that provide non-medical in home care.
I really enjoy conversing with the residents and working with my team. We all support each other and help when needed. The team here at Sunrise of Fair Oaks is so tenured, it really speaks volumes about our trusted leader, Lyndee Whaley. I appreciate each day that I work with the other coordinators, as I have so much to learn from them.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my two dogs, Duke (Jack Russell Terrier) and Marley (Chocolate lab)."
Mary joined Sunrise of Fair Oaks in 2008 as a Care Manager. She has been promoted many times throughout her years here, completed her education to be a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and then earned her Master’s Degree in Health Administration as well as her Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly Administrator’s (RCFE) License. In her current role of Healthcare Manager, Mary takes joy in providing quality care to her residents with a smile and can-do attitude each day.
Her favorite Sunrise Principle of Service is Preserving Dignity. “Preserving ones dignity is important because it allows individuals to feel respected, valued and connected with others around them, thus improving their quality of life,” she said.
"I have worked at Sunrise for 2 years and prior to that I worked for a Sacramento hospice company, prior to that I was a nurse in the Bay Area in a long term acute care facility.
The residents are my favorite part of the day
The best part of working at Sunrise is that Sunrise supports me in creating individualized care plans in an enriched home environment including family, friends and animals.
In my spare time I like to go to the water in my free time and hike with my husband and dogs."
After many years working in sales and service, Patrick decided to rekindle his passion for cooking by furthering his culinary knowledge and skills. He has since earned two diplomas from the Art Institute of Sacramento in the art of Cooking, Baking and Pastry. His passion is in senior dining and he intends to continue using his knowledge and skills to provide a world-class experience to our residents here at Sunrise of Fair Oaks.
His favorite Sunrise Principle of Service is Enabling Freedom of Choice. “I truly enjoy not only offering our residents many choices at meal time, but also getting them involved,” he said. “I talk to our residents to find out what their favorite recipes are and to seek out suggestions on new cuisines to feature on our menu.”
Katie has more than 20 years of experience working with and caring for seniors. She began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant while still attending high school in Minnesota. Since joining our team at Sunrise of Fair Oaks, Katie has taken on many roles, including Care Manager, cook, bus driver and Medication Manager. Katie was promoted to her current position of Assisted Living Coordinator in 2014.
Her favorite Sunrise Principle of Service has always been Nurturing the Spirit. “Too often, we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear or the smallest act of caring,” she said. “Each of these things can have a positive impact on one’s spirit. Sunrise is a second home to me, and my residents are like family.”
Samantha realized her love for seniors while caring for her grandmother in 2009. She began her career with Sunrise of Fair Oaks the next year as a Care Manager, then become a medication manager and is now serving the residents as the Reminiscence Coordinator. She specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and helps others to better understand and learn how to provide meaningful care to those who need it.
Samantha’s favorite Sunrise Principle of Service is Involving Family and Friends. “Family and friends are very important to me,” she said. “They are the ones who can help heal and sooth our heart and souls, which is why I am thankful Sunrise is my home away from home.”
Erika joined Sunrise Senior Living for very personal reasons. When her grandfather’s dementia became too much for her grandmother to handle, he moved in to Sunrise of Petaluma, where Erika’s sister was the Sales and Marketing Director. Erika saw the love and care he received every day before passing away, and knew she had found her direction in life. After two years in the role of Sales and Marketing Director at Sunrise, she transitioned to Business Office Coordinator and has enjoyed that role ever since.
Erika’s favorite Sunrise principle of service is Celebrating Individuality. “Each of our residents has their own story to tell and I enjoy hearing each one,” she said. “When we truly get to know our residents, we are better able to serve them.”
"I have been at Sunrise of Fair Oaks for 18 years, skilled Nursing 5 years prior
My favorite part of the job is bringing joy to our residents and their families. The best part of working at Sunrise would be that not only are the residents our family but the team we work with is family too.
In my spare time I spend as much time as possible making memories with my family."
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