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.”

Michele St Lawrence, Resident Care DirectorMichele St. Lawerence, RN 

Resident Care Director 

“I have been a nurse for over 30 years. I worked in a hospital almost all of my career. Mostly in women’s services and then went on to do hospice for three years and it was one of my most favorite jobs. I loved meeting people and families and felt as though I made a difference in their lives. 

Doing hospice is what led me to Sunrise. I knew I wanted to work here every time I came to do a visit. I love the environment here and love the residents and families. It feels like a second home to me. I have been married for 37 years to my husband, Marlon, and we have six grown kids. We have four boys of our own and adopted a young teenager that was a friend of our boys in high school. We eventually ended up meeting and adopting his younger sister.”  

Heidi C. Heidi Carramanzana

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."

Yolanda Duenas, Business Office CoordinatorYolanda Duenas 

Business Office Coordinator 

“My name is Yolanda Duenas, and I have been the business office coordinator for over four years. I am married to Kelly Edwards, a business development manager for an international freight forwarder. We have an adult son, Sean, a coordinator for a global media agency. We have lived in Huntington Beach for seven years, originally from Redondo Beach. We enjoy many genres of music and attend many concerts! 
I’ve spent most of my career in the international transportation industry, within accounting and human resources. 
My transition to Sunrise was a natural fit, as I was conservator for my father for many years.
I enjoy interacting with our residents and team members at our annual events!”

Erwin Lazaro, Dining Services CoordinatorErwin M. Lazaro

Dining & Services Coordinator

“I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. I've been with my wife for 17 yrs. I have five kids: Patricia, Echo, Kailey, Dominic and Mia. We have a pug named Princess, and a Siamese cat named Rivers. I've been working for Sunrise as a dining and services coordinator since 2004. I’m also a cluster dining and services coordinator, where I support five other Sunrise communities. I love cooking for our residents, their family members, team members and at home."

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."

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