Sunrise of Highland Park

Meet the Sunrise of Highland Park Team

Welcome to Sunrise of Highland Park. Sunrise Senior Living has devoted more than 30 years to championing the quality of life for all seniors. This is reflected in our team members who have a true passion in caring for our residents. We are delighted you are learning more about Sunrise of Highland Park team members. Our team looks forward to personally meeting you and your family. We welcome you to visit any day to see first hand our Sunrise Signature Experience.

Wendi Phillips–Team Member since 2012

Executive Director

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“If you can look at life as a journey- it really is a pretty cool place to be. Unfortunately, the good, the bad and the ugly often follow it, but it is an amazing thing. 

I learned very early in life that meeting people and being with people really is good for the soul. My family instilled that in me as I grew up. They inspired me to care for others no matter what. I watched each of them make a difference in everyone they came in contact with each day. Growing up in that environment has helped me find compassion, integrity, and respect in what I do every day. Taking the approach of making a difference in everyone you come across, we find ourselves on the path with families, residents and our own team members. 

I am excited to be apart Sunrise of Highland Park as your Executive Director. For multiple years, I have had the opportunity to guide families through the maze of aging in place, connecting people with assistance, and developing true belief in the sacred value of human life with dignity, passion, respect and building trust.” 

Felicite Clements - Team Member since 2004

Assistant Executive Director 

“I entered the senior living industry as an area controller for Sunrise Senior Living. The passion team members have for our residents led me to the associate executive director position at Sunrise of Highland Park in August 2016. Every day brings something new and inspiring and I love sharing each moment with our team, residents, families and guests. 

My family and I enjoy working and living in Highland Park, taking advantage of The Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia, numerous beaches, parks and festivals. 
It’s an honor and a privilege to be a member of the Sunrise of Highland Park team and champion the quality of life for all seniors.”

Adrianne Foster- Team Member since 2017

Director of Sales 

“From the first time I walked into Sunrise of Highland Park, I immediately knew it was where I belonged. Every day, as the Director of Sales, my priority is to be a resource to families and to help them find the best in care and a community for their loved ones to feel safe in. Sunrise Senior Living and our location in Highland Park, has a remarkable culture and we follow principles of service, which I am proud to be a part of and represent. Being a part of a community that provides the utmost in nursing, care, and programming, is what I am most proud of. My favorite part of my job is being able to help families in their time of need, to build relationships with our residents and to work together with the rest of the team at Highland Park, to champion the quality of life for all seniors, in all that we do.” 

Gemma Chekkouri - Team Member since 2006

Resident Care Director 

“As the Resident Care Director at Sunrise of Highland Park, my personal mission is to help families and their loved ones as the face or encounter health changes. Being able to have our resident’s age in place at Sunrise of Highland Park, is what we want for all of our residents. For myself and the nursing team, being able to help each individual still live a meaningful and purposeful life with our assistance, is what matters most.”

Ichinkorloo “Ichka” Tsuliin Tav

Ichka Tsuliin Tav–Team Member since 2007

Resident Care Supervisor

“My path to Sunrise was not a typical one.  After having a career in law, I began to feel that I was missing something.  With the advice of a family member, I decided to explore Sunrise Senior Living as a possible ‘feel good’ filler to what was missing in my life.  With no prior experience in senior care, I took a chance and applied for a Designated Care Manager position.  I knew from the moment I walked through the door that this is where I was meant to be. 

It’s hard to believe that it has been over a decade since I joined the team at Sunrise of Highland Park.  I have worked my way through different care roles in the community before moving up to Resident Care Coordinator.  I love being in an environment where I can make positive changes in people’s lives every day.  It truly is a pleasure being able to care for people who have lived such rich and robust lives.  We have a lot to learn from our seniors, so I make sure to take time every day to listen to their stories and wisdom and use that positive energy in my own life.”    

Elzbieta Kacprzak

Elzbieta Kacprzak

Lead Care Manager

“I love working with the residents because every day I learn something new from them. The knowledge and life stories they are able to pass on to me is just so precious to me. Sunrise is just one big family. The environment is always great and there is never a dull moment at Sunrise.”

Fern Martin

Fern Martin–Team Member since 2009

Life Enrichment Manager

“I have been working at Sunrise Senior Living of Highland Park for many years. I started out as a Care Manager, then a Lead Care Manager and am now a Life Enrichment Manager (LEM). I was encouraged by my department coordinator to apply for the Life Enrichment Manager position because I am good with my residents, especially in a one-on-one setting. I truly love working as an LEM because I love making my residents as happy as they can be and connecting with them so I can reach the true person inside. Sunrise provides inspiration to push ourselves to be the very best for our residents.”

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