Sunrise of Newton

Meet the Sunrise of Newton Team

Valerie HousherValerie Houshar

Executive Director

"I have been working in the assisted living industry for over three decades. My dedication and commitment to seniors started at an early age. As a native of San Diego, I was blessed with a childhood filled with a family of elders. I spent most of my time with my great grandparents, great aunts and uncles and all the generations that followed.

Today, I live in Rhode Island and enjoy spending time with my twins, Michael and Margo. I also love to travel, listen to music and enjoy the beach!"

Burlington- Karen Wood

Karen Wood

Director of Sales

“I got into this field because of my own experience as the consumer researching assisted living options. I love meeting with families and helping them navigate such an important step in their lives. Whether they choose Sunrise or not, I want to help them understand what questions to ask, know what to look for and help create a sense of relief during an often emotional and difficult time. 

The team of people I met throughout the interview process really impressed me. Everyone reassured me - through their actions and how they spoke about the people we care for - that I wanted to work here. Their passion was contagious.”  

Deirdre WirtanenDeirdre Wirtanen

Directors of Sales

“My name is Deirdre Wirtanen and I am one of two Directors of Sales for our Sunrise of Newton community. I have been with Sunrise Senior Living for over 4 years. Before transitioning into senior living, I was in the hospitality industry for 15 years as a sales manager. The best part of my job is getting to know each of our residents, and being a part of their lives. My favorite thing about working at Sunrise is our team. I am honored, each day, to work with people who truly “champion quality of life for all seniors.”

In my spare time, I enjoying traveling, playing golf, spending time with family, friends, and my beloved cat, Annie (who I adopted from a former resident of Sunrise).”

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