Sunrise of Paramus

Meet the Sunrise of Paramus Team

Welcome to our community! We're pleased to introduce you to some of the team members who make our community a wonderful place to call home.

Paramus Team Member Barbara MattesichBarbara Mattesich

Director of Sales

“After graduating college, I moved to New York City to pursue a career in the Garment Center. Several years later, I retired my fashion hat to start a family.

When I returned to the work world almost seven years ago, I knew that senior healthcare was my calling because of my own personal experience. In 1999, after my mom passed, I researched senior living options for my dad as he needed to be in a safe and social setting among his peer group. This was probably one of the most difficult experiences I had been through as an adult.

I believe that each senior I am blessed to meet is a gift to all the generations that follow. I am passionate about my work. I do my best to listen and to educate seniors and their families, and to give them a sense of comfort and confidence so they are able to make informed decisions. I am thrilled and proud to be part of the family here at Sunrise of Paramus. I look forward to meeting and helping many more amazing seniors and their families.”

Paramus Team Member Ruby BernableRuby Bernabe

Resident Care Director

“I'm grateful and proud to be part of the great team here at Sunrise of Paramus. My goal is to ensure that we follow the Platinum Rule: we treat you the way that you want to be treated, and not the Golden Rule: we treat you the way we want to be treated.

I worked in assisted living for about nine years as a Charge Nurse, and eventually became a Director of Nursing in an assisted living community specializing in dementia. I love how everyone treats each other like family here at Sunrise.

I have a husband, Bernard, and three children: Thria, JP and Nicole.”

Paramus Team Member Ara GrigoryanAra Grigoryan

Dining Services Coordinator

“I was born and raised in Armenia, a small country in southeastern Europe. My father owned a restaurant in Armenia and I come from a family of chefs, so I’ve been cooking my whole life.

After graduating from high school, I entered the Culinary College of Armenia, where I studied for four years. I discovered Sunrise in 2005, when I was hired as a cook. After almost nine years, I was offered the position of Dining Service Coordinator. I have a passion for cooking and I consider myself a family man. Sunrise gave me my second family (my residents).”

Paramus Team Member Sharon OliverSharon Oliver

Business Office Coordinator

“I came to Sunrise because I had heard that it was such a wonderful place. A place where people truly come together and care for one another and people can feel ‘at home.’ I found my ‘home’ 11 years ago, and I am so glad I did!

As a Business Office Coordinator, my responsibilities are varied. Payroll, hiring the right people, assisting with onboarding new team members, assisting families with monthly billing statements and handling workers’ comp claims are just some of my responsibilities.

I love my job because every day is a different experience. My interactions with the residents make me smile. They appreciate everything we do for them; even the smallest acts of kindness mean so much! When I can solve a problem or put a resident at ease, I know it was a good day at the office.”

Paramus Team Member Patti NaemPatti Naem

Activity and Volunteer Coordinator

“I’ve been with Sunrise of Paramus since 2013. For two of those years, I was a Life Enrichment Manager in our Reminiscence Neighborhood, where I consistently engaged residents in familiar routines of daily living through personalized life skills that create pleasant days.

Now, as the AVC, I engage our residents on different levels with various types of activities. Being able to work with our residents is a pleasure because I am able to learn from their life experiences.”

Paramus Team Member Neil NappiNeil Nappi

Maintenance Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise Senior Living team in December of 2007. Years spent working in fire protection, low voltage computer wiring and nationwide contracting services all contributed to my skill set in maintenance and property management.

Getting to know each of our residents, along with their histories, families and friends is one of the most fulfilling aspects of working for Sunrise. Our multinational team member potluck luncheons are pretty great, too!”

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