Sunrise of La Palma

Meet the Sunrise of La Palma Team

We’re excited to introduce you to some of the fantastic team members who make Sunrise of La Palma, CA, a wonderful place to call home.

jennifer munoz edJennifer Munoz

Executive Director

Since 2004, Jennifer has enjoyed getting to know the residents and hearing their stories. She loves brightening their days with a smile and a hug; and appreciates working alongside a team that truly cares about their residents and families. “Sunrise is my extended family, my husband and three children enjoy participating in family events at the community” says Jennifer. On her off time, Jennifer’s days are filled with athletics and spending time at home.

sandra b dosSandra Bayless

Director of Sales

Sandra’s professional background in senior living began one and a half years prior to coming to Sunrise in March 2018. Having personal experience with her mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002 heightened her desire to become involved in the aging population and those living with dementia.

“Learning about families, their maturing loved ones and walking with them through challenges and successes is a tremendous honor. I have a deep appreciation and fondness for these courageous individuals whom walk through our doors and place their trust in our community, whether it’s for a first time visit or long-term home”, says Sandra.

Of her free time, Sandra says “Leisurely moments are spent shopping, gardening, caring for my mini animal rescue, expressing my creativity and enjoying life with my best friend, my husband.”

crystal vital hcmCrystal Vital

Health Care Manager

In 2004, Crystal began her career at Sunrise and has served at several sister communities.  Her tenure at Sunrise of La Palma began in February of 2010, “This is here where I feel truly at home”, comments Crystal.  Her previous nursing experience included working in hospice along with the skilling nursing environment. 

Crystal continues, “My love and heart is devoted to Sunrise – I love working here.  Time spent in and out of the community helping our seniors and their families is very rewarding; it is so much more than just a job."

When not at work, Crystal enjoys spending time with her family.

sarah carlsonSarah Carlson

Reminiscence Coordinator

Sarah started working for Sunrise in August 2008 as a Designated Care Manager, was promoted to a Lead Care Manager, then a Supervisor and currently manages the entire assisted living care team as the Assisted Living Coordinator. As of May 2019, Sarah is now the Reminiscence Coordinator for the community.

Taking a class on Alzheimer’s and Dementia at Long Beach City College sparked her passion for seniors and was the catalyst to go in to senior living. Shortly after beginning her career with Sunrise, Sarah learned that her grandmother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – this firsthand experience was invaluable for her role within the community.

Sarah comments, “I enjoy laughing, learning, caring, and supporting our seniors and their families. The team members that I have the pleasure of working with have become a second family to me. Away from Sunrise, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching baseball games. Go Dodgers!”

carl paa alcCarl Paa

Assisted Living Coordinator

As a Vocational Nurse graduate, Carl started at Sunrise in April 2016 as a Medication Care Manager. He quickly realized his interest in providing care to residents and became a Wellness Nurse about a year later. As of May 2019, Carl holds the position of Assisted Living Coordinator and manages the care team in the assisted living neighborhood.

“They each have their own unique stories and experiences to share; and I love being a part of Sunrise as it holds a much deeper meaning to me. Everyone in the community becomes family!”, notes Carl.

nathalia diazNathalia Diaz

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Nathalia joined the Sunrise team in 2017 as a Designated Care Manager for the night shift. She then worked as a Lead Care Manager before becoming the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator in June 2018. She was motivated to pursue a career with Sunrise Senior Living after obtaining her B.S. degree in Community Health Education. Nathalia has a passion for working with the senior population and appreciates the opportunity to engage residents in activities and bringing purpose to their days.

“I enjoy spending time with my family and trying to pet as many dogs as possible”, says Nathalia.

jeremai soto dscJeremai Soto

Dining Services Coordinator

After participating in the Culinary Arts Program at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College to learn about food and different cultures, Jeremai found his passion. Once receiving his A.A. degree in Culinary Arts, which took him to visit culinary countries like Italy, Spain and Germany, he knew that he wanted to work where food made a difference in people’s lives.

In November 2013 Jeremai began his career with Sunrise, first as a Cook, and now the Dining Services Coordinator. Jeremai comments, “Since working at Sunrise of La Palma, I have come to realize that this has been the best decision of my life. Working in a senior community makes me excited because I get to learn what food means to our residents and that what I do in the community can bring them happiness.”

In Jeremai’s spare time he likes to spend time with this family, be physically fit and workout at the gym and eat doughnuts.

sandra roblesSandra Robles

Business Office Coordinator

Beginning her career at Sunrise in November 2011, Sandra had the opportunity to care for our residents as a Designated Care Manager. Since then, she has worked as a Lead Care Manager, Administrative Assistant and now as a Business Office Coordinator. Sandra enjoys working for Sunrise because of the people; she truly believes Sunrise hires serving hearts who care for our residents and follow our mission – to champion the quality of life for all seniors.

Outside of work, Sandra enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, watching movies and visiting new places.

alejandro perezAlejandro Perez

Maintenance Coordinator

In June 2019, Alejandro began his career at Sunrise of La Palma. He began working in a senior living community in 2004 as a dishwasher and two short years later became the supervisor of maintenance. Alejandro enjoys being out and about in the community and learning the different maintenance issues that come along with a large community setting containing multiple suites.

When asked what Alejandro enjoys most about being the Maintenance Coordinator with Sunrise, he replied, “I enjoy providing service for the residents, it is very fulfilling, and it does not feel like a job. I like to make a difference in our residents’ lives by helping or just having a conversation with the them.”

During his spare time, Alejandro spends time with family, reading, and traveling. He is married with one son and one daughter and would one day like to visit New Zealand or the Philippines.

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