Sunrise of Petaluma

Meet the Sunrise of Petaluma Team

We’re pleased to introduce you to some of the excellent members of our team who make our community such a great place to call home. 

nathan laytonNathan Layton

Executive Director

"I have enjoyed being in the healthcare industry for the last six years with the last three years being spent specifically in Senior Care. I started with Sunrise in 2019 as an Associate Executive Director. In 2020, I had the opportunity to be offered an Executive Director position at Sunrise. In this capacity, I have been able to be the administrator for two different Sunrise buildings with Sunrise of Petaluma being my current building. I love Sunrise because of its Mission to "champion the quality of life for ALL seniors." This is truly my personal mission to champion the quality life of all seniors whether or not you belong to Sunrise. I will always be an advocate for seniors, and enjoy every minutes of this mission.

In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy spending time doing hobbies we love which include surfing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and snow skiing. I was originally raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I met my wife in which we were married. We have more recently moved to California and have enjoyed our time here."

kathleen garberKathleen Garber

Director of Sales

"I enjoy meeting with families and sharing valuable information and resources that will help them make the right decision for their loved one. I'm fortunate to be apart of a loving community where team members, residents, and their families feel welcomed, valued and appreciated. 

When I'm not at work, I enjoy time at home gardening and entertaining friends and family. I look forward to our annual vacation in the Sierra's hiking, cycling and kayaking. I love being out in nature; it fills me with joy and serenity,"

tim comptonTim Compton

Director Of Sales

"I've been in senior living for over 3 years. My favorite part of Sunrise is the rich culture of providing excellent care to our residents. From the designated care managers to the personalized care plans, Sunrise does not skip steps when it comes to making our wonderful residents feel important. I enjoy sitting with families and being as informative as possible. Sunrise may not be a fit for everyone, but my job is to make sure families have the right tools to make the best decision for their loved one. 

I'm a huge sports fan! I believe that sports and being on a team can really shape ones life in a positive light."

lanette lespadeLanette Lespade, RN

Resident Care Director

"I stepped into Nursing as a second career; first career was in Finance. I worked for 16 years at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company prior to returning to school to obtain my nursing degree. I returned to school in 2005 and obtained my RN license in 2008. My favorite part of Sunrise is providing care to our residents. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have three grown children, and 4 grandchildren, all boys who are very energetic. I exercise regularly and practice yoga which I have done so regularly for 20 years. I am an avid music fan, and enjoy going to concerts, and do so often.

sammy howeidySammy Howeidy

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise Senior Living since 2006, I started as a Designated Care Manager assisting our residents with their activities of daily living.  My favorite part of my job is providing leadership to our Care Team and additional support to our residents and their families.  I really enjoy working with and serving seniors, I feel like some day it will be me in their shoes and I hope I have Care Mangers like me who will advocate and care for me in the same way.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors!"

gladys finchGladys Finch

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My background consists of 20 years of experience as an Operating Room Nurse Doctor’s Hospital Philippines, 4 years of experience as a school nurse at British International School (Cambodia), and 5 years of experience as Assisted Living Coordinator. I also have more than 1 year of experience as Reminiscence Coordinator and 2 years of experience as License Phlebotomist at Abbott Laboratory. My favorite part of Sunrise is the continued training and the excellent support from our leadership team.
In my spare time, I enjoy settling my house to get things in order like cleaning, cooking, paying bills, checking my calendar at home for any important dates like doctors appointments, school meetings, birthdays, etc. I volunteer for my religious organization (help to pack and distribute relief goods). I also enjoy family bonding and spending some silent moments in conversation with God."

monique sextonMonique Sexton

Business Office Coordinator

"I maintain accounts payable, receivables, and monthly resident billing as well as assists with the implementation of Sunrise policies and procedures. I also manage and oversee the administration of HR policies, programs, and practices within the community to maintain both State Licensing and Company compliance. I have been a resident of Sonoma County all my life. My favorite part of working at Sunrise is putting a smile on a resident's face and sitting down with them and getting to know their life stories. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and taking trips up the coast."

rob gravesRob Graves

Maintenance Coordinator

"I previously worked for another company for 20 plus years in many different rolls including construction, facility maintenance, fleet maintenance, sales, and customer service. I love working closely with people and enjoy being able to make things easier for the people around me. If I can help in some way, I am always happy to do so. My favorite part of Sunrise is the residents. My day is brightened every day with conversations I have with our residents. Every one of them has a story and a history, and I enjoy getting to know them through conversation. The joy and excitement a resident gets when I’m able to make even the simplest things work again for them, brings a smile to my face my face.

In my spare time, I enjoy RV camping at the ocean with my Girlfriend, our kids and our cat. While camping, you'll usually find us at the beach crabbing, fishing, or exploring for seashells with our kids. I'm always fixing something like our RV to construct the newest toy idea my kids came up with."

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