Sunrise of Monterey

Meet the Sunrise of Monterey Team

paul harrisonPaul Harrison

Executive Director

"I have worked in assisted living as an administrator for the past 20 years. I began in New Zealand at the age of 15 as a volunteer. Throughout my life, working in this field has been a wonderful experience. My favorite part of Sunrise is working with our residents, their family, and my staff. 

I am married to my wife Nancy and we have 5 children ages 17-21. We have twin girls and three boys. Spending time with my family is always my favorite thing to do. I also enjoy fishing, movies, and cooking with my wife."

dana deminnaDana Deminna

Director of Sales

"I came to Sunrise after working in the Hospitality Industry for over 30 years, with 11 of those years here on the Monterey Peninsula.  I have served as a Director of Catering, Senior Sales Manager, and General Manager for various resorts and venues throughout the county. I love interacting with, and getting to know, our residents and their families.

In my spare time, I mostly enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have recently taken up golf, and I'm eager to start sailing lessons in the near future. I enjoy walks, hikes, and really just anything that gets me outdoors to enjoy our beautiful community."

asha prasadAsha Prasad

Business Office Coordinator

"With over 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry, I enjoy having the ability to help residents and team members understand and find solutions tailored to everyone’s need. My favorite par of Sunrise is the relationships that I build with all the residents, families and team members.

In my spare time, I love to travel and spend time in the kitchen with my kids creating dishes and memories."

oscar gutierrezOscar Gutierrez

Terrace Club Coordinator

"I joined Sunrise as a Care Manager wanting to pursue a career that gave me more purpose, specifically in helping people. Early on, I learned that my role at Sunrise was much more meaningful than just a Care Manager; I was now part of the residents' lives and their families. I love how Sunrise is able to establish close relationships with all of our families and team members. One of the aspects I enjoy most of my job in my role as a Coordinator, is the ability to utilize what I have learned through all of my training and experience at Sunrise to make a difference in all of our residents' lives. It is important for me to also be there for my residents' families as well as my team members. 

I enjoy making my residents laugh, having coffee with them and love any activity that stimulates their mind but also reassures them that there is purpose and meaning in life. If there is anything I have learned from my residents that I value most is to live life to the fullest; enjoy everything in life now, be grateful, thankful and give back with love. I wouldn’t change any of this for the world and I thank Sunrise for that and am looking forward to many more years ahead. 

In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors; I love nature, the ocean, trees and animals. Reading is a big part of me as well as crossword puzzles and trivia. I am pretty good at Jeopardy and love history. Cooking is also a big part of my life and so is volunteering wherever possible, mainly at AFRP in PG. I’m a big NPR listener and love all kinds of music." 

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