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In 2020, I joined Sunrise with several years’ experience in the senior living industry and have held the positions of activity director, business office director and administrator of a newly built community. Previously, I worked for a sales and marketing firm as a business analyst and then as an event planner at Drexel University before I found my calling working with older adults. I grew up in and out of senior centers because my mom ran senior sports and fitness programs for 35 years. Ever since I was a kid, I have always been infatuated with the strength and wisdom of our older generations. Working with seniors is incredibly rewarding work and I am so happy to have found an industry where I get to make an impact every day.
"I joined the Sunrise team in January 2019, and truly appreciate the opportunity to champion the lives of our seniors. The connections I have made with our residents is something I value deeply. Engaging in a conversation, enjoying a walk around the community or having a cup of tea with a resident are the perks of my job and I treasure all the moments I get to spend with them. I am often the first contact a resident or family member has with Sunrise. I support families and residents throughout the move-In process. I enjoy helping families and residents find a warm and loving home where they feel supported.
Prior to coming to Sunrise, I was an investment adviser and then took a break to stay home to raise my children. In my free time, I enjoy all things outdoors with my family, friends and dogs. Tennis, walking, hiking, biking, skiing, reading, gardening and baking fill my free time!"
"I have been enacting 'Live with Purpose' at Sunrise for over 6 years: first at Sunrise of Dresher and now at Haverford. With 12 plus years leading activities for both personal care and Reminiscence folks, I believe Sunrise leads the way. Our guiding principle, “Enhancing the lives of seniors everywhere” is a position I have taken well before I joined the Sunrise team. I am a certified dementia practitioner, chair tai chi leader, and validation worker.
Activities at Sunrise are not about filling time. They are about spaces for our residents to create, learn new things, and enjoy their daily lives. Art, music, learning, and giving back to our community at large are all aspects of our programming that I wholeheartedly embrace and motivate. Additionally, exercise to keep bodies moving is paramount to my goals. Creating safe spaces for residents to socialize and renew their purpose is vital.
Being a former chef and caterer, cooking is my passion in my spare time. I love the Philadelphia Art Museum, MoMA, live theater, and rock and roll."
"I joined the Sunrise family in June 2020. I started my career in healthcare as a CNA in 2009 at a long-term care/rehab facility. I further pursued my passion in the healthcare field and obtained my RN. I have spent the last several years serving in leadership roles in nursing. I am blessed to be able to work in an environment that truly brings me joy. I love spending time with our residents and learning more about them each day.
I strive to be a knowledgeable resource and support system to our residents, their families, and our staff. At Sunrise of Haverford, we have a passionate, experienced and dedicated team ready and willing to provide top quality, resident centered care. Our team provides support to not only our residents, but their families as well. I truly believe that all our staff embody the Sunrise mission: to champion quality of life for all seniors.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and my son. I also love going to the beach and baking."
"I have a bachelor’s degree in food service management with a concentration on long term care in independent, personal, assisted living and nursing/dementia care. I have been working with Seniors for over 25 years. Previously, I had worked for Sunrise Senior Living for 10 years, after a few years away, I decided to return to the Sunrise family when the opportunity presented itself.
In my spare time, I like to travel, visit local Bucks County restaurants, and spend time with my dog, Baxter."
"I started out at Sunrise of Granite Run, where I worked for seven years as a maintenance assistant and housekeeper. I have worked in maintenance since high school! After working at Granite Run, I was promoted to Maintenance Coordinator for Sunrise of Haverford, where I’ve been for the last three years. It has been a great learning experience.
I chose Sunrise because I love working for and serving seniors, Seeing the smile on their faces when I can make their day is one of my favorite parts of the job. I love when I have the chance to talk with them and learn about their varied life experiences (they are all so interesting to listen to). Overall, making the residents happy makes me happy.
In my personal time, I love spending time with my family who are all very important to me. My hobbies include listening to music, playing video games with my kids, and watching sports."
"I have been working at Sunrise for 11 years. I’ve held a wide variety of positions – stated as a Med Care Manager, spent a few years doing care, I was a Life Enrichment Manager here for many years. I’ve also been a Reminiscence Coordinator and most recently I was the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator at Sunrise of Granite Run for about 3+ years before transitioning to the Business Office.
My favorite part of the job is being able to help people live and thrive during this time in their life. Being in this role, I get to help ensure the team members understand their role in that and are doing the same. the best part of working at Sunrise is the feeling of family. No matter what building I go to, you can see it amongst the team that they all truly know and love each other. I can see people I used to work with and that love always remains.
I have really been enjoying cooking things homemade over the past few years—an inspiration from my time as an AVC and getting to know the residents recipes. We had a cooking club that sparked it. Also, I enjoying spending time outdoor with my kids.. I like to hike (my kids do not), go camping, to the beach and reading."
"I have worked for Sunrise for the last 12 years. What I enjoy the most about Sunrise is their true commitment to Seniors. Their mission, core values, and principals of service are truly embodied by our entire team here at Sunrise of Haverford. I love what I do, and I love our residents. Our Team and our Residents are the reason why I enjoy coming to work each and every day."
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