Sunrise of La Jolla

Meet the Sunrise of La Jolla Team

We’re pleased to introduce you to some of the members of our extraordinary team here at Sunrise of La Jolla, CA. 


La Jolla - ChristianChristian Van Cleave

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

“Before joining the La Jolla family as the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator in 2016, I was the Activity Director for another senior living community for 11 years. Prior to my involvement in activities, I worked in development and membership for a large arts organization.

I enjoy being able to provide our residents with activities that bring joy and excitement to their days. I like to say that I have the 'fun' job. Being able to interact with the residents on a daily basis gives me the opportunity to really get to know them and build great relationships.

When I am not working, I enjoy reading and playing computer games.”

La Jolla BOC - HuyHuy Huynh

Business Office Coordinator

"In 2005, I began working at Sunrise as a Business Manager. My favorite part of my job is interacting with all levels of management, from front line team members to corporate level management.

The best part about working at Sunrise is always seeing the smiling faces of residents and team members.

In my spare time, I enjoy backpacking through the back country."  

La Jolla RCD - Brian

Brian Banbury, RN BSN

Resident Care Director

"In 2017, I began working at Sunrise of La Jolla.  My prior experience includes work in medical and surgical units, critical care, and nursing leadership as a nurse manager and director. 

My favorite part of my job is leading the wellness team and interacting with residents and families to deliver great service and healthcare.

I love working for an organization that is passionate about and dedicated to truly serving those they care for, and this is what Sunrise provides.

In my free time, I like to do woodworking, home improvement projects, camping with my family, fishing, hiking, hunting, and shooting sports. I also enjoy brewing beer and winemaking."  

La Jolla RC - Natalia

Natalia Del Toro

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I have more than a decade of experience in senior care. I started at Sunrise of La Jolla in 2011 as a care manager, worked myself up through multiple positions, and eventually found my passion in memory care as a Reminiscence Coordinator.

I deeply believe in what Sunrise stands for and what they have to offer the elderly with dementia and Alzheimer’s. I enjoy making a difference in our residents’ lives here at Sunrise.

I am a mother of three, two beautiful girls, Jasmine and Talia, and my son, James. In my spare time, I enjoy going to my son’s swimming lessons and participating in them. I also love spending time with my friends and family." 

La Jolla DSC - Jonathan

Jonathan De La Pena

Dining Services Coordinator

"I started working for Sunrise of Huntington Beach in December of 2016 as a cook, but I soon became the Dining Services Coordinator in October 2017 here at Sunrise of La Jolla.

It’s a blessing to be a part of a company who provides outstanding care for their residents and staff. I am very happy and grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me along with being able to share my passion for cooking.

My favorite chef is Gordon Ramsay. When I’m not working, I am cooking at home and making new recipes of my own. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I like to play basketball among other outdoor activities." 

Patrick Walsh, Maintenance CoordinatorPatrick Walsh

Maintenance Coordinator

"I am a family man and have been married to my wife Vasti for more than a decade. I have five children ranging in ages, from ten years old to eight weeks. 

My family and God are the most important things in my life. I am a Navy veteran where I was a jet mechanic and learned many mechanical skills. Most of my life, I have repaired or made things—from as early as ten years old.

As maintenance coordinator, I get to use my gifts to help others. I find great joy in serving others, so as a maintenance coordinator I get the best of both worlds: I get to fix things, which I love to do, and I get to serve others. I am truly blessed."

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