Sunrise of Oakland Hills

Meet the Oakland Hills Team


karina nevarezKarina Nevarez

Executive Director

Karina Nevarez has been an integral part of Sunrise of Oakland Hills since 2005. She is passionate about serving seniors and their families and is a certified RCFE Administrator. Prior to becoming executive director, during her decade with Sunrise, Karina has served as Concierge, Sales Assistant, Business Office Coordinator, Assisted Living Coordinator, and Associate Executive Director. A San Francisco native, she currently lives in Mountain House with her three children and husband. 



Cheryl team member profileCheryl 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 being a resource and 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 40 countries on 6 continents and is passionate about politics and her volunteer work on behalf of social justice issues locally and in the developing world.


val alc oaklandVal Baldugo

Assisted Living Coordinator

Val Baldugo got her start in the senior living industry in 2009 when she joined Sunrise as a Care Manager and later became a Medication Care Manager.  After 3 years, Val had the opportunity to explore other disciplines in senior living and during her hiatus, she worked as an Activity Director, Sales & Marketing Manager, and became RCFE-certified.  In 2018, Val jumped at the opportunity to return home to Sunrise as the Assisted Living Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys family time with her husband and their miniature dachshund, Kamatis.


John Doyle team member profileJohn 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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