Sunrise of Northgate

Jill O'Brien-Dawson

Executive Director

"I began my career with Sunrise Senior Living as the Executive Director of our Northgate community in 2017.  As a seasoned Director in the industry it is refreshing to work for a company who truly focuses on resident care and team member growth.  Northgate is a community whose core competency is supporting residents with cognitive issues.  This has been a lifelong passion for me and I love being able to share this with those around me.  My approach has always been one of validating the person in front of me no matter what the struggle may be.   

The best part of working for Sunrise is educating families and team members in the complicated and often confusing path of how to support those with cognitive impairment.

Family is the most important thing to me so when I’m away from my community, I am typically spending time with them.  I enjoy movies, music and consider myself an amateur novelist. I also enjoy supporting several charities that support older adults and animals."


Shawna Brown.DOS_NorthgateShawna Brown

Director of Sales

“I came to Sunrise with 15 years in the senior care world serving in roles ranging from caregiver to hiring and training caregivers, to managing care. During my time in the field, I regularly crossed paths with Sunrise community leaders. Every time I walked into a Sunrise, I immediately noticed the smiles on resident faces, witnessed the quality interactions between team members and residents, and was impressed with the collaboration between sister Sunrise communities.

The best part of working for Sunrise is the opportunity to build relationships with our residents on a daily basis. I truly desire to brighten their days and increase their sense of wellbeing. As the Director of Sales, I enjoy introducing families, professionals, and the community to Sunrise. It is a deeply satisfying to offer hope and potential solutions for difficult circumstances. I hold great confidence in our ability to deliver not only a high-level of care, but a high-level of integrity.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family, travelling with my husband or girlfriends, being part of a woman’s investment club, and mentoring younger people as leaders. I also enjoy speaking for faith-based groups and local churches along, with serving on the board of The Senior Care Coalition. I completely understand our families I too, spend time navigating care for my older relatives.”


reneeRenee Sherman, RN, BSN

Resident Care Director

“I am a Registered Nurse, BSN. My first interaction with Sunrise was as an outside provider when working with a Home Health Care/Hospice company. I witnessed firsthand the warm, supportive care being offered to the residents from the Sunrise team. After observing this for many years I pursued a role with this wonderful company and began my career as Resident Care Director in March 2019.

The best part of working at Sunrise is getting the chance to know and care for our residents and families. I am able to walk beside them during their journey, provide care and educate others along the way.

When I am not at work, I am usually with family and friends enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking/backpacking, camping, skiing and sailing. I love a good book, and I have always been an animal lover.”


Sunrise of Bothell Theresa Wisdahl

Theresa Stromseth

Reminiscence Coordinator 

"I joined the Sunrise family in 2007 as a designated care manager. I have been a Reminiscence Coordinator since 2015. I like seeing my residents smile and laugh each day. At Sunrise, I can empower my care giving team to champion the quality of life for our residents.

I love coming to work each day and living the Sunrise values to their fullest. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my four children.


rehewa hehnRehewa Hehn

Med Care Manager

“I was born in Ethiopia but came to America in 2001. At the age of 17, I joined the Job Corp while finishing high school and then went to business school. I knew I wanted to do something different and started searching for other options.

I started my career with Sunrise in 2008 as a Care Manager. Four years later, I was trained and became a Med Care Manager. I have always believed in treating all residents and family members like they are part of my family. Working with residents who struggle with memory loss has taught me to enjoy the little moments in life, be patient, and always be understanding and empathetic.

During my free time, I enjoy reading self-help books that challenge me to grow and become a better version of myself.”


laura rodrigues avcLaura Rodrigues

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I started my career at Sunrise Senior Living in the spring of 2017 as an Activities Assistant and became the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator in the fall of 2018.

I find joy in exploring the different possibilities, creating opportunities, and witnessing moments in our residents’ day to day lives where they find fulfilment and flourish in our community. It is incredibly rewarding to be working with our seniors, especially in getting to know each one of them and learning their life stories.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time outdoors going on bike rides and hikes, camping, reading, and traveling."

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