Sunrise of Newton

Meet the Sunrise of Newton Team

Valerie HousharValerie 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!"


Nicole LeoneNicole Leone

Director of Sales

"Although I have just begun my career with Sunrise, I have been working in the Senior Living industry for nearly 10 years. Working with seniors gives me such a sense of pride and happiness knowing that I supported them and their families with such a big decision while making the transition as seamless as possible.

The best part about working at Sunrise is the community. Sunrise strives to meet the best level of care for residents, while incorporating the principles of service, core values and strong leadership team.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, John, our 3 kids and our dog, Lilly."


Sandy LacrossSandy Feeney

Director of Sales

"I have been with Sunrise since June 21, 2021. Prior to joining the Sunrise family, I have worked with other Assisted Living Communities and have over 10 years of experience with senior living.

What I like most about working in Senior care is getting to know my families and our residents; they all have a unique background and love hearing their stories. It also gives me great pleasure in guiding our families through a difficult time and process and seeing the relief when they know their loved one is in the right place.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Pat and my two kids. As a family, we enjoy spending time at the beach.”


Elsa PerezElsa Perez

Business Office Coordinator

"My name is Elsa Perez, and I am the Business Office Coordinator at Sunrise of Newton. I have been with Sunrise since January 2021. Before Sunrise, I worked in the Hospitality Industry as a Human Resources Manager.

I very much enjoy my job, because it is rewarding to be able to engage with team members and being a go-to person for all team member's needs.

The best part of working for Sunrise is being able to surround myself with a team that cares about their residents and making a positive impact in our community.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and exploring new restaurants around the city."


Christopher ValenciaChris Valencia

Maintenance Coordinator

"Hello, my name is Chris Valencia and I am the Maintenance Coordinator at Sunrise of Newton. I’ve worked in the maintenance/engineering industry for just over a decade now. What I love most about my role is that no two days are ever the same. I’ve always been a hands-on type of learner and I look forward to getting my hands dirty.

The best part about working at Sunrise is that we all are very passionate about what we do, and we treat each other like family. I look forward to coming to work every day!

In my spare time, I enjoy being a father. I have two young boys, Cameron (4) and Alex (2). They keep me very busy! We enjoy playing pretend, taking trips to the playground, going to bounce houses and eating vanilla ice cream."

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