Sunrise of Oakland Hills

Meet the Oakland Hills Team


Sarah Dillon

Sarah Dillon

Regional Director of Operations

Sarah Dillon began pursuing her passion for working with seniors in 2003 after caring for her grandmother. Over the past decade she grew her knowledge of elder care issues and earned her Masters in Gerontology with an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration from SFSU. In 2010 she joined Sunrise of San Mateo as Executive Director and transferred to Sunrise of Oakland Hills in January 2013. She was awarded Executive Director of the Year for the entire Western region for her outstanding leadership and customer satisfaction. Sarah was recently promoted to Regional Director of Operations and feels very fortunate to be part of the Sunrise team!




Cheryl Laven

Cheryl Laven

Director of Sales

Cheryl Laven has worked at Sunrise since 2004 and truly believes in Sunrise’s mission, choosing our community for both her mother and grandmother. She takes great pride in helping families get the best possible care for their loved ones. A proud graduate of Scripps College, Cheryl is fluent in Spanish and lived in Ecuador for a year, where she worked for the US Embassy. She has traveled to more than 30 countries on 5 continents and is passionate about her volunteer work on behalf of social justice issues locally and in the developing world.




Team Member Karina

Karina Nevarez

Associate Executive Director

Karina Nevarez joined Sunrise of Oakland Hills in 2005 and has taken on multiple roles as the concierge, Sales Assistant and Business Office Coordinator and Assisted Living Coordinator, prior to being promoted to her current position of Associate Executive Director. She is a certified RCFE Administrator and has been pursuing a career as an Executive Director in Sunrise’s EDIT program (Executive Director in Training).  She is a San Francisco native and currently lives in Mountain House with her three children and husband.




Team Member Marcia

Marcia Foster

Reminiscence Coordinator

Marcia Foster realized her love for elders when she began working as an Activities Assistant at a skilled nursing facility in Oakland at the age of 18. After five years there, Marcia made the decision to change companies in search of an environment where quality of care is a foundational belief and joined Sunrise of Oakland Hills in 2008. She recently celebrated 7 years with Sunrise, became RCFE certified and was promoted to Reminiscence Coordinator. It is important to Marcia that everyone is well taken care of, whether she’s with the residents at Sunrise or with her family at home.  




Team Member Larry

Larry Collins

Dining Services Director

Larry Collins has worked at Sunrise of Oakland Hills since 2001 and was recently awarded the National Sunrise Joy in Service award. Larry received his Certified Dietary’s Managers Certification from Merritt College and prior to joining Sunrise, he worked at Orinda Convalescent hospital as the head chef for eleven years. He serves as a mentor for fellow Dining Service Coordinators to help to support other Sunrise communities. He has a passion for making good food for our residents and creating an environment that stimulates pleasant conversations.




Justine Itterly, Health Care Coordinator

Justyne Itterly

Resident Care Director

Justyne Itterly has been serving seniors at Sunrise since 2005, initially as a care manager then becoming a medication care manager at Sunrise University Park in Colorado. While there, she pursued her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse and was promoted to Wellness Nurse. When her husband's job in the Coast Guard moved to Virginia, Justyne transferred to Sunrise in Arlington, Virginia, where she had the unique experience of working as a floor nurse in a rehabilitation setting. Now that she has landed in California, she is excited to continue her journey and growth as Resident Care Director at Sunrise of Oakland Hills. In her free time, she enjoys family time with her husband, two children and their dog.




John Doyle, Associated and Volunteer Coordinator

John Doyle

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

John Doyle joined Sunrise of Oakland Hills in 2012 and has always been eager to learn and find ways to better serve our residents. He first realized he had a passion for serving seniors while working at the Sacramento Airport, where he assisted disabled and senior passengers to their flights. He began his career at Sunrise doing laundry, and quickly fell in love with the environment and the residents. He made his transition to Concierge and Activities Assistant before being promoted to Activities and Volunteer Coordinator. John comes from a close-knit family, loves people, enjoys trying new things, but most importantly loves helping others find joy.

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