Sunrise of Fort Worth

Meet the Sunrise of Fort Worth Team

Meet some of our experienced team members here at Sunrise of Fort Worth, TX. 

James Washington

James Washington—Team Member Since 2018

Executive Director

"I joined Sunrise Senior Living as the Associate Executive Director at Sunrise of Plano in March of 2018 but have recently taken on the role of Executive Director at Sunrise of Fort Worth. I have over fifteen years of experience in Planning, Marketing, Operations, Sales Development and Management.  

My mother was diagnosed with cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s/Dementia) in 2007. It was important to me that she received the best care possible.  Her condition motivated me to obtain my Caregiver Certification in 2007, so that I could care for her. As her In-Home support caregiver, I was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing programs and services for my mother until her passing in 2013.

Caring for my mother inspired me to pursue a career in Healthcare and I received my M.B.A in Healthcare Administration. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my American Bulldog (China). 

I am excited to be working for Sunrise Senior Living and look forward to making your loved ones stay here better than you ever expected."


Kelly.DOS_FortWorthKelly Harris—Team Member Since 2019

Director of Sales

"I started my sales role with Sunrise in 2019. Prior to joining Sunrise, I spent over 15 years working in sales and marketing leadership within the Acute Rehabilitation and Pharmaceutical Industries.

My favorite part of the job is that I am passionate about empowering and educating seniors and their families. Providing them some comfort during difficult times. The best part of working at Sunrise is that is has provided me the opportunity to take that passion for empowering and educating seniors and provide them solutions and resources to Live their Life with Purpose.

Most of my spare time is spent enjoying time with my wife, children, two dogs and a cat. The chaos is what makes it so fun. We enjoy traveling, exercising and photography."


keyana blackwellKeyana Blacknell

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I began my journey at Sunrise of Fort Worth in 2013 as a care manager and then became a med care manager in 2015. After gaining the experience as a med care manager for seven years, I decided I wanted to expand my opportunities within the company. I was promoted to a lead care manager in 2020 and accepted into the Department Coordinator in Training program. After completion, I became the Assisted Living Coordinator. What I love most about my job is getting to interact daily with the residents, families, and team members. I enjoy coming to work every day and being able to impact the lives of others in a positive way. 

In my free time, I like to watch my boys play football and other sports they are involved in, and spending quality time with my daughter and husband."


talia makaweTalia Makawe—Team Member Since 2018

Business Office Coordinator

"I joined Sunrise in July of 2018 as a Care Manager after caring for both of my grandparents until they passed away. Since their passing, I developed an even stronger compassion for seniors. 
After spending some time as a care manager, I was promoted to Lead Concierge in 2019. Once I realized Sunrise was a perfect fit for me, I applied for the Department Coordinator in Training program and was accepted I became the Business Office Coordinator in July of 2021 and have enjoyed interacting with the team members, residents and families daily.  

Within my time at Sunrise I have been able to grow and develop long lasting relationships with our residents, families and team members in our community. I look forward to caring for your loved ones and continuing to further my career with Sunrise. 

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my daughter building forts and playing dress up."


Alicia.DSC_FortWorthAlicia Regalado—Team Member Since 2013

Dining Service Coordinator

"I started my career at Sunrise of Frisco in 2013 then transferred to Sunrise of Plano, and now I’m at Sunrise of Fort Worth, my home. I began my position as a cook, then landed a promotion as lead cook and moved into the Dining Service Coordinator role shortly after in 2017. I was born in Mexico and always loved to cook as a child. I have also thought that after a long day or a bad day that a deliciously made meal would make it all right again. As a child, I knew that I wanted to be a chef and led into my career in culinary. I am beyond thankful to Sunrise for allowing me to be a part of their beautiful family.

The best part about my job is being able to connect with the residents, make them feel special and to see the smiles on their faces after a delicious meal. Those things are priceless to me.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my sweet family and taking care of my garden."


Bill RossBill Ross—Team Member Since 2019

Maintenance Coordinator

"I have worked for Sunrise since October 2019. Prior to that, I have had 10 years’ experience in Maintenance.

My favorite part of my job is being able to spend time with the residents.

The best part of working at Sunrise is being part of a team and all working together.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family."


Ashley.SA_FortWorthAshley Garcia—Team Member Since 2013

Sales Assistant

"My Favorite part of my job is getting to know new residents and building relationships. The best part of working at Sunrise is growth! I started as a housekeeper, then a Care Manager for Assisted Living and Reminiscence, moved to the Activities Assistant, then Concierge and currently I’ve been the Sales Assistant since 2017. Opportunity for growth at Sunrise is possible, I’m living proof.

In my spare time I love doing hair and makeup and going to Ulta Beauty. I am such a girly girl!"

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