Sunrise of Huntington Beach

Meet the Sunrise of Huntington Beach Team

We are pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our dedicated team here at Sunrise of Huntington Beach.

Eric Mensah, CDP

Executive Director

"I have been with Sunrise since 2016 and recently transferred from Sunrise of Claremont. I really enjoy working for Sunrise and serving seniors. I began my career in health care as a certified nursing assistant more than 15 years ago. I've been an Executive Director for the past ten years, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in community health from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. I'm a Certified Dementia Practitioner, a job coach and enjoy training new team members. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time my wife Linda, daughter Madison and son EJ." 


Jessica Bacca Guajardo sunrise of huntington beach team member

Jessica Bacca 

Director of Sales and Marketing 

“I’ve been with Sunrise for eight years; four years in sales and marketing. Before that, I was the Reminiscence Coordinator here at Sunrise of Huntington Beach. I attended San Diego State University and obtained my gerontology degree. Previous to Sunrise, I worked at another senior living community that specialized in Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

At Sunrise, I love being able to help families and friends find solutions for their loved ones during difficult times. I really enjoy having camaraderie with my peers and developing lifelong friendships. Being able to offer solutions and support to families that are going through difficult times is gratifying. I like building trust with families by ensuring them that we can be their next loving home. 

When I’m not at work, I am a nationally qualified athlete and compete in fitness competitions throughout the United States.”


Heather EvansHeather Evans

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise since 2018 in the Director of Sales Position. My previous experience includes being the Director of Sales for other senior living communities and several years of sales experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device sales industry. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

My favorite part of my role as Director of Sales is getting to know the families and helping to guide them through the move to Sunrise. I LOVE OUR RESIDENTS! They always brighten my day with a story and keep me laughing. Every single day at Sunrise is different and I love that about working here.

Outside of work, I like to spend time with my husband, children and friends. I love sports and I am always cheering on my Michigan State Spartans. GO GREEN!"


Jean FurneyJean Furney

Reminiscence Coordinator

"Greetings! Prior to Sunrise, I worked with old adults and seniors in Intermediate Care Facilities for the past 12 years. I wanted to learn something new so I continue my work with seniors at Sunrise of Huntington Beach as the Reminiscence Coordinator. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from California State University, San Bernardino. I have always had a passion for helping others and promoting growth. At Sunrise I am able to help my Residents and my Care Team do both!

In my spare time, you can find me at Huntington Beach with my dogs enjoying the California sun, going to concerts and finding new restaurants. I look forward to meeting you and your family!"


Heidi C.

Heidi Peter

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator 

"I joined Sunrise of Huntington Beach in February 2018.  Previously, I worked for our sister community, Sunrise Villa Bradford as the Activities Assistant.  I’ve worked in several jobs since the age of 18 coordinating activities for seniors, here in Southern California and in South Carolina.  I received my bachelor’s degree in health science from Cal State Fullerton.

From a young age, I’ve had a strong connection with seniors.  I love spending time with them.  It’s like having a never-ending supply of grandparents! It’s a blessing to go to work each day knowing I am doing something I love. When I am not working, you can find me exploring and photographing different cuisines with my husband and friends or singing with the Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble."


Tabitha Aguilera | Assisted Living Coordinator

Tabitha Aguilera

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I joined the Sunrise of Huntington Beach team in 2012 and have held many roles during my time here. My favorite part of my current role is using my creativity and compassion to find resolutions to any problems residents may encounter. I enjoys being surrounded by like-minded people who share a resident-centered approach to caregiving. When I'm not working, I enjoy going to basketball games with my daughter and enjoying music at concerts or other events."


Julianne Rubio | Terrace Club Coordinator

Julianne Rubio

Terrace Club Coordinator

"I say that when the residents and their families are having a great time together, my team and I feel like part of the family. As the Terrace Club Coordinator, I feel that Sunrise gives me the opportunity to feel that I'm making a meaningful impact on residents’ lives. Outside of work, I like to garden, cook, watch movies and spend time outside."


Jasbir GevenderJasbir Govender

Business Office Coordinator

"I decided in needed a change in career wanting something that was more fulfilling than working in the real estate industry as a Jr. Escrow Officer for over 13 years. I started my career at Sunrise of Tustin in 2017 then transferred to Sunrise of Johns Creek GA in 2018 and moved back to California nine months later. I am excited to have the opportunity to work at Sunrise of Huntington Beach. I love being able to help and interact with our residents and team members on a daily basis, which brings a sense of purpose to my life.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband, cooking up new recipes and spending time with our two fur babies."


John Carramanzana

Maintenance Coordinator

"I served in the US Navy as a nuclear chemist and engine room supervisor on the attack submarine USS Birmingham, and later repaired other ships while stationed at Pearl Harbor. I’ve been doing maintenance in the healthcare field for 18 years, and have felt very welcome here at Sunrise. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family."


louie romoLouie Romo

Dining Services Coordinator

"I have worked in assisted living since 2010. My prior experience comes from working in the hospitality industry for over 25 years as having worked in a hotel, casino, collage, fine dining, golf course, and assisted living.

The best part of my job is seeing the smiles on the residents when they are enjoying the meal made in our kitchen. Also, being able to joke around with the residents, making them laugh, or having them tell me stories gives me great joy. The best part of working at Sunrise is the quality of life, being able to be at home at a reasonable time. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and being able to race motorcross on the weekends." 

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