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"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!"
“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.”
“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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