Sunrise of Metairie

Meet the Sunrise of Metairie Team

Meet some of the fantastic members of our team here at Sunrise of Metairie, LA.

Denise GordyDenise Gordy

Director of Sales

"As the Director of Sales for Sunrise of Metairie I have the pleasure of helping families find the best senior living solution for a parent or loved one that can no longer safely live at home. This is often a difficult and overwhelming time and every person’s situation is unique. What I love most about my job being able to provide the best solution at this difficult time. I am passionate about educating people on the many things that sets Sunrise of Metairie apart, explaining that at Sunrise you can age in place because we will care for you no matter how frail you may become and through the end of life. To see the stress leave a face and tensions ease is the best part of my job. Knowing that I have helped someone’s son or daughter rest a little easier or a senior feel safe again brings me such joy. My journey with Sunrise of Metairie began in 2009 and I am as passionate today as I was then in my dedication to always fulfilling the Sunrise Mission: 'To champion the quality of life for all seniors'."

Cheryl Henry Team member profile

Cheryl Henry 

Assisted Living Coordinator

“I have been a team member here at Sunrise since 2000. I really value the daily interaction with our residents, their family members and my fellow team members.

Sunrise is a company that cares not only about the residents, but also about the team members. Working in our community is akin to being at home with my family; this is my extended family.  

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I particularly enjoy spending time with my daughter. Since we don’t live in the same town, our busy schedules don’t allow us to see each other often enough!”

Schelita Smith team member profile

Schelita M. Smith 

Dining Services Coordinator

“I’ve been working for Sunrise since 2008. My favorite part of my role as Dining Services Coordinator is watching my residents enjoy their meal. At Sunrise, we are all one big family; I’ve watched my co-workers and residents grow up, get married, start new families, and create memories both happy and sad. 

When I’m not at work, I travel every chance I get – even if it’s just to play tourist in my own town.”

Janet team member profile

Janet Ferran

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator 

“I have been a member of the Sunrise of Metairie team since 2010. My favorite part of my job is finding new and exciting events that my residents can not only enjoy but also participate in the planning of, such as our annual Easter Bonnet Tea. For that event, each resident designed his or her own bonnet, and each hat was a unique reflection of that resident.

Our residents continue to love the inter-generational experience that our visiting youth groups provide. From the 2nd graders trick or treating our halls at Halloween in their adorable costumes, to church and school holiday carolers to local sororities and fraternities sponsoring our Senior Prom. Our “seniors” get to enjoy a fun night while recalling their own high school days.The best part of working at Sunrise is seeing the enriched quality of life I am able to provide each day for my residents. Their lovely smiles tell me that it is a job well done.

When I’m not at work, I am with my grandchildren.”

Daniel.RC_MetaireDaniel Schap

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My name is Daniel Schap. I have been with Sunrise since 2013. I have 10 years of senior care experience and 6 of those years were spent as the Life Enrichment Manager at Sunrise of Metairie before taking over as the Reminiscence Coordinator at the beginning of 2020. 

I take great pride in a whole-hearted and dignified approach to life enriching experiences. I now coach and mentor Reminiscence team members in the use of the Validation method when interacting with residents. I’m currently working on my Master’s Degree in Social Work with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Loyola University. 

In my spare time, I perform and produce theatre and circus."

siesha sturgis metairieSiesha Stirgus

Business Office Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise since 2019. Prior to Sunrise, I oversaw several medical clinics at Ochsner Medical Center. 

My favorite part of my job is building relationships with team members as well as the residents and having them be able to come to me if they need help The best part of working at Sunrise is assuring all the family that their family member’s finances and well-being are in good hands by staying in close contact with them throughout every week. 

 In my spare time, I like to shop!"

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