Sunrise of Naperville North

Meet the Sunrise of Naperville North Team

Meet some of the members of our team here at Sunrise of Naperville North, Illinois.

patrick hurtsPatrick Hurts - Team Member since 2016

Executive Director

"I have been the Executive Director at the community since 2016. My favorite part of my job is engaging with our residents and assuring they are truly cared for while providing our family members peace of mind. The best part of working at Sunrise is the phenomenal amount of support and dedication provided to all team members in every aspect of their role and the extensive resources and systems available to provide the best care and service to our residents. 

In my spare time, I enjoy sharing moments with my beautiful wife and two daughters and I also enjoy listening to my extensive vinyl collection while taking on various wood-working projects."

christine zakChristine Zak - Team Member since 2016

Director of Sales

"I work with a team of professionals that have caring, serving hearts; and who show compassion to our residents and their families while providing the best care. They exemplify our core values of passion, respect, trust, joy in service and stewardship. The Sunrise team takes a kind-hearted approach to senior care. It’s a value we all share. And we are guided by the same Principles of Service to our residents: encouraging independence, enabling choices, preserving dignity, celebrating individuality, nurturing the spirit, and involving family and friends.

I love knowing that I make a difference every day in the lives of our residents. It is a privilege to work with my team members to champion the quality of life for all seniors through a care-focused environment that allows them to live their life to the fullest. Working with seniors is my passion. I enjoy being in their company and learning about their lives and experiences and I am fortunate to do what I love as a career.   

In my spare time, I relax by playing golf and exercising, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.

It is a privilege to work for Sunrise."

Jennifer.RCD_Naperville NorthJennifer Charicki — Team Member Since 2019

Resident Care Director

"My favorite part of my job is getting to know every resident and being able to make an impact on his and her lives. It is my goal to ensure that all my residents are receiving quality resident center care while living at Sunrise. The best part of working at Sunrise is that it feels like you are working with your second family. When I am not working, “I enjoy spending time at home with my family and two miniature Goldendoodles Gio and Rosie. I also enjoy traveling especially to Europe during the summer time”

Tenisha.ALC_Naperville NorthTenisha Evans — Team Member since 2003

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have been a part of the Sunrise family since 2003. My favorite part of my job is that I love knowing I make a true difference not only to our residents’ lives, but their loves ones and our entire team. The best part is that I feel like I’m going to my second home to be with family. In my spare time, I am spending it with my wife, our kids and grandkids. I love adventure and traveling when time allows."

Peterson.RC_Naperville NorthKelly Peterson — Team Member Since 2020

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My favorite part of working at Sunrise is watching our Care Managers grow into Lead Care Managers. Sunrise has the best opportunity for Care Team Members to grow and develop into Leadership Roles. The best part about working at Sunrise is that I know all of the team members that work in the Reminiscence Neighborhood feel the same way I do about our residents. They are an amazing group of people and we all enjoy coming to work every day to be champions of care! During our spare time my husband and I try to keep up with our daughter who is in elementary school"

Ebony.AVC_Naperville NorthEbony Clark - Team Member since 2015

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"My favorite part of the job is being able to give resident’s purpose back through the many different activities that we create for our residents. In our community, we engage residents in a robust daily activity programming. We offer two types of programming, Live with Purpose and Live with Fulfillment. 

The best part of working for Sunrise is being able to work for a company who truly cares about residents and the staff.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and friends."

Mark.DSC_Naperville NorthMark Stutz — Team member since 2019

Dining Service Coordinator

"I have been a Chef for 30 years and a restaurateur in the Chicago area. I have always loved catering and making people happy. My favorite part of my job is bringing back the old memories of family favorite recipes and family gatherings. The best part of working at Sunrise is when I can make our residents smile when I prepare their old family traditional favorites. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, the great outdoors and creating new recipes."

Benita PinedaBenita Pineda - Team Member since 2005

Lead Care Manager

Benita has worked at Sunrise for 14 years and truly has the “spirit to serve”. She always has a smile on her face and has a passion for helping seniors. She is Lead Care Manager in our Reminiscence Neighborhood and her favorite part of the job is helping residents with Alzheimer’s and Dementia and the relationships that she has with our residents and their families. She also loves music! Dancing, doing Zumba with residents and she “loves feeling a part of our residents families and the special moments that she has with them during the day”. She enjoys learning about their lives, sharing and listening to their stories.

“Sunrise is a great place to work and our residents, families and my amazing team are what I enjoy most about my job. I have a wonderful husband, one son and in my spare time, I love cooking, singing Karaoke and spending time with my family and friends."

Maribel Deal, Lead Concierge

Maribel Deal - Team Member since 2002

Lead Concierge

Maribel is usually the first friendly face a family meets when visiting Sunrise of Napeville North. Maribel loves the daily interactions she has with the residents. They enrich her life with the conversations she has with them and she learns so much from speaking about current and past events, and getting their perspective on both. Maribel chose Sunrise because of their Principles of Service and Core Values. She feels if you work from the heart then these items will come naturally, and Sunrise will be like a second home – which is why Maribel has been here for over a decade!

Rochelle Totten, Care Manager

Rochelle Totten - Team Member since 2003

Care Manager

Rochelle has been a care manager at Sunrise of Naperville North for over a decade. She feels that the residents have become a part of her and her life. Rochelle has always had a passion for helping the elderly, and feels joy when listening to their stories. They make her laugh when she is sad and pick her up when she is down. She loves knowing how much fun she will have when coming into work, and that she makes a difference in their lives every day. Rochelle has worked at Sunrise of Naperville North for so long because it makes her feel like she is a part of a big family!

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