Sunrise of Palo Alto

Meet the Sunrise of Palo Alto Team

We’re pleased to introduce you to a few of the team members who make Sunrise of Palo Alto such a special place!

katie cooneyKatie Cooney

Director of Sales

Katie Cooney started working for Sunrise in 2019. She has a background in tech, start-ups and non-profits with a focus on marketing, sales, development, and strategy/ideation.  Her favorite part of Sunrise is the company's mission. She enjoys hearing residents' stories and discussing their current dreams and aspirations. 

In her spare time, she likes photography, travelling, gardening, swimming, yoga, and spending time with her family, friends, and her 4-year-old rescue dog, Ajax. She's also a Rotarian.


karrie taylorKarrie Taylor

Director of Sales

Karrie has worked for Sunrise for over 8 years, even spending time at this community. Her favorite part of Sunrise is the Sunrise Mission. 

In her free time, Karrie enjoys spending time in the sun, cooking, and playing with her dog and bird.


oscar minasOscar Minas

Reminiscence Coordinator

Oscar Minas has a decade of experience in care giving and senior living management. His favorite part of Sunrise is the team members and the community environment. 

In his spare time, he enjoys going to church and spending time with his beautiful children in the great outdoors.


lorraine cruzLorraine Cruz

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

Lorraine Cruz, who was born and grew up in the Philippines, majored in psychology and migrated to the US in January 2017. She is a single mom of two boys and has worked at Starbucks as a barista and working at The Forum in Cupertino as an activity assistant. Lorraine does events ranging from baby showers, baptisms, birthday celebrations, and more. Lorraine takes great delight in her residents as they share their life experiences and are very endearing. She enjoys being able to help residents make their life easier and comfortable. When visiting, you will see her walking around with a smile on her face. 

In her free time, she enjoys doing anything creative and spending time with her two handsome sons!


ray mercadoRay Mercado

Assisted Living Coordinator

Ray Mercado was born and raised in the Bay Area; San Jose to be exact. He has a Gerontology degree from San Jose State University and has been working in the healthcare field since 2012, which includes assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and home care. 

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his 3-year-old Jack Russell dog named Rusty, watching sports, trying out new foods, and exercising.


maddalena chavezMaddalena Chavez

Dining Services Coordinator

Maddalena Chavez has worked in this industry for over 9 years. She lived in Arizona before transferring to our lovely community in Palo Alto. She loves making our residents happy by serving delicious home-cooked meals. Her favorite part of Sunrise is the team members and the community environment. 

When she is not cooking, she enjoys going horseback riding, hanging out with family or exploring nature.


divina pensotesDivina Pensotes

Business Office Coordinator

Divina Pensotes has been working in the healthcare industry for over 10 years. Her family wanted her to be a nurse. She went from being a Medical Assistant, to a Phlebotomist, then a CNA. She realized she enjoys administrative work more when she worked part time as a receptionist in a skilled nursing facility. From there, she never left the admin side of healthcare.

She was born and raised in San Francisco and is a mother of 2 teenagers. She is blessed with 1 girl and 1 boy. When she is not at Sunrise, she enjoys nature, hiking, chasing waterfalls, and traveling.


sean millerSean Miller

Maintenance Coordinator

Sean Miller started working for Sunrise in 2016. He spent 24 years in maintenance management at commercial and residential properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys mentoring his maintenance assistant, Lulu, a 9 year-old Chihuahua rescue. 

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, VR adventures, and enjoying the great outdoors.


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