Sunrise at George Mason

Meet the Sunrise at George Mason Team

Our team is devoted to our residents and their families. We are pleased to introduce you to a few of the people who make our community so special. 

katrina cohenKatrina Cohen

Executive Director

"I joined the Sunrise Family in May, 2018. I’ve been an advocate for the geriatric population and involved in healthcare for well over 10 years. I’ve been in the long term care sector for the past four years where I was the Administrator for a privately owned community in Georgia. 

The favorite part about my job is that it’s no longer a job. I am doing what I truly love and enjoy, which is striving to deliver an optimal experience in assisted living for both my residents and their families. The best part of working at Sunrise is the residents. Each day is a new day and a new beginning to create something great and bring a smile to their faces. 

In my spare time, I appreciate spending time with both my family and friends. My two nephews, Landon Allen and Cohen Lee are my heartbeats. I also like to decorate and travel while trying out new eateries."

ElaineElaine Soska 

Director of Sales

I began working in the senior living industry as a Director of Sales & Marketing in the Blacksburg/Roanoke area in early 2016.  I joined Sunrise in April, 2019. Prior to that, I lived in Northern VA for 30 years where I first began my sales and marketing career in the new homes/builder industry as well as the multi-family housing industry. My many years’ experience helping families determine their perfect home for their particular needs made the transition into senior living a very easy, successful and rewarding one. 

Helping families thru the decision-making process, understanding the options available to them, being a resource and a helping hand, and then experiencing their smiles and sighs of relief as they see their loved one begin to thrive in our community are the favorite parts of my job. 

The best part of working for Sunrise is the sincere commitment to treat all residents (as well as team members) as individuals deserving of respect and dignity.
In my spare time I enjoy watching Netflix movies, cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, reading, listening to music, tending to my many houseplants and exploring new restaurants and vineyards in the area.

cynthia gitauCynthia Gitau

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have worked for Sunrise since July of 2018. I was a care giver for 6 years and was promoted to Resident Services Coordinator when I was living in California.

My favorite part of this job is listening to our residents’ stories and experiences that they have had throughout their life. The best part of working here at Sunrise is being surrounded by people that truly want to make a difference in our residents' lives. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and cooking for my family."

McKenzie.AVC_GeorgeMasonMcKenzie Williams

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

“I joined Sunrise at George Mason in September, 2019 as the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. 

My favorite part of this job is having the opportunity to be creative and plan fun events that the residents will enjoy. Additionally, I absolutely love getting to interact with the residents and learn more about them. They make me smile and laugh constantly. Everyone at Sunrise, from my coworkers to the residents, have been so welcoming from the moment I began. It is an extremely welcoming community that I am thankful to be a part of. 

In my spare time, I am completing coursework for my MEd in Counseling at George Mason University, or spending time with family and friends.”

Andres_GeorgeMason.DSCAndres Doroja

Dining Services Coordinator

I have worked for Sunrise Senior Living in the Northern VA are for over 9 years. 

"My favorite part of my job is that it gives me the opportunity to learn new things, be creative, and be a problem-solver. There is never a moment to get bored. I enjoy working with my team, sharing my jokes and knowing at the end of the day we more than satisfied our residents appetites with tasty, nourishing meals they all enjoy. The best part of working at Sunrise is the opportunity I have had to grow in the company. 

During my spare time, I love watching movies and taking walks. During good weather, my family and I love hiking on local trails."

Basma_GeorgeMason.BOCBasma Talballa

Business Office Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise for a little over 3 years. I started as a Life Enrichment then a Lead Concierge while studying Health Administration at George Mason University. I graduated from GMU on 2017, and then enrolled in the Sunrise Leadership Program. I was then promoted to the BOC position within Sunrise.

 I like to explore the world through our residents’ stories and wisdom, and that is my favorite part about working in this field. Each one of our residents has his/ her own experience in life and word of advice to share. Sunrise is a great place to work at! At Sunrise there is always a room for growth and programs that prepare you to reach your next career’s goal. 

The home like atmosphere at Sunrise is very welcoming and friendly to both residents and staff. Sharing and welcoming different ideas and opinions towards accomplishing the same goal is a Sunrise signature due to our diversity and different backgrounds. We work as a team to ensure that the highest quality of care is always delivered to our residents on an everyday basis. 

On my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends because every day is another opportunity to make life lasting memories. I enjoy watching movies, travelling and experiencing new things. My future plans include visiting different countries and places."

messi mekuriaMessi Mekuria

Lead Concierge

"I have worked for Sunrise since 2018. I have had a long history in customer service doing various jobs in sales, airline services, and was even a supervisor in accounting. 

My favorite part about my job is the interaction I have with the wide range of people I meet. Often being the first person that our residents and visitors meet, I love that I have the opportunity to leave a positive, lasting impression on each and every person. What I value most about working at Sunrise is the relationships I make with our residents and the culture around working with such a diverse team. I learn so much through my interactions with the residents and my team members and strive to make every day meaningful for both. 

When I am not working, I love to spend my spare time at the gym. My favorite activities at the gym include swimming and relaxing in the spa. I also greatly enjoy traveling. I have visited places such as Europe, Israel, and Africa."

keyko maykoskiKeyko Maykoski

Lead Care Manager

"I have been with Sunrise since 2008. My favorite part of my job is to accomplish the daily living care for the seniors and to see their happy smiling faces.

The best part about working at Sunrise is to champion the quality of life for all senior citizen at Sunrise.

In my free time, I like walking in the park and shopping."

sonia trujilloSonia Trujillo

Care Manager

"I have worked for Sunrise since 2000. My favorite part of my job is to work with residents, to see them happy and comfortable everyday.

 The best part about working at Sunrise is to provide quality care and spend time with residents.

In my spare time, I like shopping and watching TV."


Community Pet

Charlie was adopted by George Mason a couple years ago. When he first joined our community, he was very anxious. He has since settled into his new home – he greets our visitors, but makes his presence known with a friendly bark, especially to our visiting delivery drivers. Our residents have greatly benefited from having him in our home. He enjoys a good rub on his back and anyone can spoil him by grabbing a treat from his jar on their way in the door!

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