Sunrise of Old Tappan

Meet the Sunrise of Old Tappan Team

Meet our exceptional team here at Sunrise of Old Tappan, NJ.

colleen varnum old tappanColleen Varnum

Executive Director

"I have been with Sunrise since 1997, 21 years! I started as the Reminiscence Coordinator and from there became the Area Program Manager. I became an Executive Director in 2009. Prior to Sunrise, I worked in Long Term Care as a Social Worker.

My favorite part of my job is working with such a hardworking and compassionate team. I enjoy being with our residents and being able to make a difference in their lives That's what the best part of Sunrise is to me.

When I'm not working, I spend time with my husband and two children, I spend time in the gym, and I enjoy gardening."

megan dortchMegan Dortch

Director of Sales

"After beginning my journey in healthcare working in sales at an all Memory Care Community, I started my career with Sunrise in 2019. I've enjoyed working with seniors so much that I became a Certified Dementia Practitioner, in addition to a Certified Assisted Living Administrator during that time.

In my spare time, I enjoy taking my dog for walks, traveling, and enjoying great restaurants with my family and friends."

zelma edwards old tappanZelma Edwards

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have been fortunate enough to have been with Sunrise since 1998. My favorite part of my job is spending time with the residents and listening to their stories. Being a part of this chapter in their lives is truly a gift. 

The best part of working at Sunrise is that the residents become part of your family. I love that they can age in place and stay at Sunrise. In my free time, I love to be outdoors, reading, listening to music, and taking trips to spend time with my family in Trinidad and Tobago."

lia peaks avc

Lia Peaks

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I am fortunate enough to have been with Sunrise since 2004. My favorite part of my job here is listening and learning about the lives of our residents and seeing them smile when they reminisce about their favorite past times. 

The best part of working at Sunrise is being able to work in a flexible and family-oriented environment. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time creating memories of my own with my daughter, family, and friends."

debbie peaks

Debbie Peaks

Lead Care Manager

Debbie has been with Sunrise since 1998. She spends her days as our Lead Care Manager in our memory care neighborhood. Debbie is responsible for caring for our residents and giving them individualized personal care while nurturing their spirit and preserving their dignity.

angie wallace

Angie Wallace

Life Enrichment Manager

Angie joined our team at Sunrise in 2003. She serves in our memory care neighborhood as our Life Enrichment Manager. She enjoys one-on-one time with our residents, stimulating their memories and senses. Angie’s sensitive approach makes our residents smile each day. She says seeing those smiles is her favorite part if her job!


kathy maksian

Kathy Maksian

Concierge/Life Enrichment Manager

Kathy has been with Sunrise since 2006. She loves Sunrise so much she works as our concierge and our Life Enrichment Manager. She enjoys spending time with people and helping our memory care residents by keeping their minds active and engaged.

I came to Sunrise in 2006 thinking this would be a great part-time job. I realized how much I loved the people and the staff. I now work full time. Three days a week, I work as our Life Enrichment Manager with residents who have Alzheimer's. I love singing, dancing and encouraging them to remember and participate in activities. The other two days, I am back at the desk as concierge. I love both jobs, and I realize every person has a story. Our residents have so much wisdom.

Recently, I read a great quote from Andy Rooney: "I've learned the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." Thank you, Sunrise, for making me a better person.

sue rocos

Sue Rocos


Sue has been with Sunrise since 1997. She spends her time as our concierge, greeting all who walk through our doors with a smile. She often talks about the people she has met and the wonderful stories she has heard.

I have been very fortunate to have met so many interesting people and have fully enjoyed working with the other team members here at Sunrise," Sue said. 

cathy hubener

Cathy Hubener


Cathy has been with Sunrise of Old Tappan from the day our doors opened in 1997. Cathy enjoys talking with our residents and says "I learn something new every day!"

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