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."


shelly guzik

Shelley Guzik

Director of Sales

"I am an Occupational Therapist with over twenty years of experience working with seniors and their families. In addition, I have been a source of support and guidance as a Senior Housing and Care Consultant in the Seattle area. My family has walked through dementia with both my Father and my Aunt. Due to this, I have a deep understanding of what families are going through.

The most rewarding parts of my work are collaborating with families as they navigate through the overwhelming journey of transitioning to memory care. In addition, I love getting to know all the residents and learning their life stories.

When I am not at work, you will find me spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling and watching the Seahawks."


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Yvette Klein  

Resident Care Director

"I have been a nurse for over 20 years. I wanted to be a nurse as far back in childhood as I can remember. My Grandmother was a charge nurse, and I wanted to be just like her. I started my nursing career at a local hospital as a medical/surgical/telemetry nurse. I then ventured in to skilled nursing on the management side and finally found my home in assisted living. 

I was fortunate enough to find Sunrise in September of 2015 and felt immediately like I found my home. With Sunrise, I know that I have found a company that matches my view, ethics and dedication to what I do. I am proud to work for Sunrise and believe wholeheartedly in the Sunrise approach. Our mission to “champion quality of life for all seniors” is taken seriously from the front line to the corporate office and I love that. Memory care is my passion, and I am excited to come to work and do what I love every day." 


Priya Rao - Northgate Rem. Coord.

Priya Rao

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I started my career with Sunrise Senior Living as a care manager in 2014. In 2017, I was promoted to Reminiscence Coordinator and transferred to our Northgate community. 

The part of my job that I consider my favorite is taking care of our seniors and supporting my team. I also enjoy learning about our residents, their achievements, and their life stories. Lastly, I love having the opportunity to grow my career with Sunrise. 

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, listening to music, and discovering new places for the best breakfast."


Abdoul Sakho - Northgate DSC

Abdoul Sakho

Dining Services Coordinator

"I joined the Sunrise team in 2013 as a cook at our Lynnwood community. After a short time, I transferred to the Northgate community where I was promoted to Dining Services Coordinator. 

Sunrise has allowed me to showcase my passion for cooking and customer service. I'm excited to come to work every day -- it's like coming home to my favorite friends and family. I'm proud to be part of this team and part of the mission we stand by when it comes to care for our residents.

In my spare time, I enjoy teaching French, going to the gym, hiking with my dog, and exploring all great dog parks in the PNW."


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