Sunrise of Gurnee

Meet the Sunrise of Gurnee Team

Welcome to Sunrise of Gurnee, Illinois! We are delighted to introduce you to our team members who are committed to championing the quality of life for all seniors. More than 24% of our team has served at Sunrise of Gurnee for more five plus years, and 18% has been with Gurnee for more than a decade. We happily serve as a resource to residents within our Sunrise community and their families, in addition to those who reside in the greater Lake County area. We look forward to personally meeting with you and sharing the Sunrise Signature Experience.

Kimberly Dilg | Executive Director

Kimberly Dilg

Executive Director

“I enjoy the opportunity to visit with residents, understand their needs and expectations for care, and to be an advocate to ensure that the highest quality of care is provided. Sunrise is a progressive company continually striving to “do it best.” I appreciate the strategic initiatives that help each of our communities to succeed in offering exceptional care that focuses on each person’s individual needs and preferences.

Kyle.DOS_GurneeKyle Donohue

Director of Sales

"I have worked with Sunrise for 1 month. I have over 20 plus years in sales, holding many different positions throughout my career. Although this is my first experience in Senior Living, I have a passion for people and really getting to know our current residents and any future residents and their families here at Sunrise of Gurnee. I believe building a great community starts with building strong and meaningful relationships with our residents and team members. As a 2018 AHCA / NCAL GOLD Quality Award Recipient Community, I truly feel that it is our team that makes Sunrise of Gurnee a special place to live!

The best part of my job, is meeting and talking with families to better understand how Sunrise can be a resource for them in their search for Senior Living. I truly believe it is our total team approach that sets Sunrise Gurnee apart. The best part of my job is our residents. The opportunity I have every day to learn more about our residents. Get to know who they are as a person, their likes and life experiences. The stories they have to tell are what I love about my job here at Sunrise of Gurnee.

What I like to do in my spare time is spend time with my wife and our two daughters, as well as our dog Libby. I also enjoy golfing, playing sand volleyball and most anything outdoors."

Sunrise of Gurnee Team Member Eldarada

Eldarada Searcy

Resident Care Director

“I love working at Sunrise because it is a company that aligns with my personal values and beliefs in championing quality of life for all seniors. Sunrise’s mission is fully lived out by fellow team members as we serve our residents and families.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my three children, reading, and walking my dog.”

The Sunrise of Gurnee community is proud to share that Eldarada has been distinguished as a 2017 Quality of Care Champion by Sunrise Senior Living.  This recognition is well deserved, as Eldarada provides an outstanding model of nursing management to the Wellness Nurse team.  We appreciate her devotion, leadership, and compassion in ensuring a high-quality of clinical care to Sunrise of Gurnee residents.

jonathan rodriguezJonathan Rodriguez

Assisted Living Coordinator

"The best part about my job is being able to learn every day from residents. Their life experiences are all unique and give me inspiration to be the best person I can be. The best part about working at Sunrise being able to work with our team members to build a great environment for our residents to live. In my spare time in enjoy spending time with my golden doodle named Sadie and hangout with family and friends."

carl oliveriCarl Oliveri

Reminiscence Coordinator

"Before joining Sunrise, I was part owner of a memory care community in Southern Oregon. My favorite part of the job is spending quality time with the residents, their family members, and Sunrise team members. The best part of working for Sunrise is getting a chance to learn validation techniques, teaching the techniques to my team, and being able to use the techniques to help our residents experience pleasant days. In my spare time I enjoy archery, skeet shooting, golf, bowling, billiards, and taking my dog on long walks."

KenWilson.DSC_GurneeKen Wilson

Dining Services Coordinator

"I’ve been cooking for over 23 years and I’m very passionate about the industry, the food and my residents. I enjoy providing residents with exceptional dining experiences. I particularly enjoy interacting with them to review their requests, responding to their feedback and offering them themed events/celebrations. I truly believe in providing a dining experience unlike any other community. Good food brings good times!"

Jean Thiemeyer team member profile

Jean Thiemeyer


“The best part of working at Sunrise is what the seniors give back to me.  From the very first senior to the present, they have taught me that no matter what their life concerns are, they are still worthy and can contribute a lot. They share life memories and many talents. I equally enjoy talking with their families and value the trust they have in me.  Most of all, I love to tease and make everyone laugh.

Many team members would say that my favorite part of my job is that I get great joy “hounding” them to get their paychecks. I consider myself a team player, so I enjoy providing that service, and others, for them during their busy shifts. 

The activities I like to do outside of Sunrise would be spending time with my twin grandsons, reading, biking, working out, church activities, wine-tasting, subbing, sharing time with good friends, and taking ballroom dancing lessons. Working at Sunrise has definitely enriched my life…leaving me feel very blessed not only within our home but also out in the community.”

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