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 munozJennifer Munoz

Executive Director

Since 2004, Jennifer has enjoyed getting to know the residents and families of Sunrise 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 have always enjoyed participating in family events at the community whenever possible. The residents and the team members really do become such a big part of my life." 

In her spare time, Jennifer’s days are filled with athletics, friends, and spending time at home with her family and her beloved dog Cash.

shannon huttnerShannon Huttner

Director of Sales

Shannon started at Sunrise in 2015 as a Director of Sales and has remained in the role since then. Through the years, she's found her true passion in serving the senior community and considers Sunrise her home away from home.

"I love helping families during what is for many, the most difficult decision they've had to make for their loved ones. My residents make me laugh, and I never know what's going to happen. My relationships with my Sunrise employee "family" are also some of the most important to me in the world. We truly are all here because we care...this is so much more than a job to all of us!"

In her spare time, Shannon likes to watch her teenage son play football and also FaceTime with her older son who is in the Army and stationed in Hawaii. She loves the beach, cupcakes, Boston Terriers, grammar, and true crime documentaries.

crystal vitalCrystal Vital

Health Care Manager

Crystal began her career at Sunrise in 2004 and has assisted in several other local Sunrise Senior Living communities since then. She's been in her position as the Health Care Manager at Sunrise of La Palma since 2010. Prior to that, her nursing experience includes hospice care and a Skilled Nursing Facility. 

"I truly believe in and love what I do for a living. Sunrise has been such a big part of my life for so long, and helping our seniors and their families is so rewarding to me. It's so much more than just a job!" 

When not at work, Crystal enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and keeping in touch with everyone via social media.

sarah carlsonSarah Carlson

Resident Care Coordinator

Sarah started working for Sunrise in August 2008 as a Designated Care Manager and was quickly promoted to a Lead Care Manager and then a Supervisor! She currently manages the entire Assisted Living and Reminiscence care teams as the Resident Care Coordinator. Sarah's love for seniors was prompted by an Alzheimer's and Dementia class taken at Long Beach City College. Shortly after beginning her career with Sunrise, she learned that her grandmother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This firsthand experience proved to be invaluable for her role within the community. 

“I enjoy laughing with, learning about, caring for, and supporting our seniors and their families. The team members I've worked with have become a second family to me. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching baseball games. Go Dodgers!”

amy sotoAmy Soto

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Amy started her journey with Sunrise leading activities as a community volunteer while studying Gerontology at Cal State Fullerton. She officially joined the Sunrise team in 2010 and has worked as a Lead Care Manager, Concierge, and Activities Assistant/Driver before joining the team at Sunrise of La Palma as the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. 

“I love being able to create programming that brings joy and purpose to my residents. I enjoy building new programs to help keep them active in mind, body, and spirit; beyond that my favorite moments are my weekly one-on-ones to help ensure that everyone has a voice in our community’s activities. I adore being able to hear their unique perspectives and stories, and I love building those relationships!”

On her days off,  Amy enjoys going on adventures with her husband and three kids. She also loves painting, woodworking, sewing, and crafting.

jeremai sotoJeremai Soto

Dining Services Coordinator

Jeremai began his career with Sunrise in November of 2013 as a cook and was then promoted to the Dining Services Coordinator. He found his passion for food after participating in the Culinary Arts Program at Los Angeles Trade Tech College, where he received his AA degree in Culinary Arts. Afterward he was able to spend some time in Italy, Spain and Germany to learn about other cultures and the impact food has on the everyday life of us all. 

“Making the choice to work at Sunrise was the one of the best decisions I've ever made. Working in a senior community always excites me because I get to learn what food means to our residents and that what I do in the community can bring them happiness every day.” 

In his spare time, Jeremai likes to spend time with his family and friends, focus on his health and physical fitness, work out, and eat donuts.

alejandro perezAlejandro Perez

Maintenance Coordinator

Alejandro began his career in senior living in 2004 as a dishwasher in a senior living community and two short years later he was promoted to the Supervisor of Maintenance. He joined Sunrise in June of 2019 as the Maintenance Coordinator at Sunrise of La Palma. Alejandro enjoys being out and about in the community with the residents and solving the different maintenance issues that pop up in a large community setting with multiple suites. 

“I enjoy providing service for the residents. It's very fulfilling and it doesn't feel like a job! I like to make a difference in their lives by helping out or just even having a conversation with them.” 

In his spare time, Alejandro likes to spend time with his family, read, and travel. He is married with two children and would one day like to visit New Zealand and the Philippines!

emily harringtonEmily Harrington

Business Office Coordinator

Emily began her career at Sunrise in January 2014 as a Concierge and then later as an Administrative Assistant. She is now the Business Office Coordinator at Sunrise of La Palma. She was first aware of her passion for working with the older adult community through volunteering in high school at a senior living community that specializes in Alzheimer's care. Since then, she has gone on to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work with a focus on Adults and Healthy Aging. 

"Working at Sunrise has given me the opportunity to continue to support and advocate for older adults, which I love. I truly believe that Sunrise works to champion the quality of life for all seniors!" 

Outside of work, Emily enjoys the outdoors, playing sports, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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