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. 

Larry Collins team member profileLarry 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.

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.

aimee oaklandAimee Garibay

Business Office Coordinator

Aimee Garibay has been with Sunrise since 2011 and discovered her passion for serving seniors while working as a Concierge at The Stratford. After being promoted to an Administrative Assistant, she transitioned into Resident Services before making her way to Oakland Hills as the Business Office Coordinator in 2017.  Aimee enjoys team building, promoting growth, and helping residents and team members find enjoyment within Sunrise. In her spare time, Aimee loves volunteering at pet shelters and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.

alan mc oaklandAlan Bryant

Maintenance Coordinator

Alan Bryant is a Bay Area native with 17 years of experience in the assisted living industry. He joined Sunrise in 2017 because he believes in the Sunrise mission. His gets immense satisfaction from seeing the smiles on the residents’ faces as he helps them and his motto is, “when you love what you do, it’s not work.” He’s been married to his wife Karen for 15 years and they have three daughters, a son and two grandchildren. When he’s not at Sunrise, Alan enjoys working in his shop where he builds, repairs and refinishes furniture.  

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