Sunrise of Plano

Meet the Sunrise of Plano Team

Meet some of the members of our team here at Sunrise of Plano, TX.

Steve MacDonald—Team Member since 2013Stephen MacDonald

Executive Director

"I began my career with Sunrise in 2013 at Sunrise at Holladay, as an Associate Executive Director. I was then offered an Executive Director position with Sunrise in Washington State. I was the Executive Director at Sunrise of Edmonds for four years, when the opportunity to relocate to Texas became available in 2018. I look forward to the new opportunity to serve you at Sunrise of Plano.

I love the opportunity to get to know the residents and learn about their amazing lives. Our residents are amazing people and I feel so thankful I am able to assist in their care.

In my spare time, I enjoy my time with my wife, and five children, who keep my wife and I very busy. My wife, who grew up in College Station, TX and my oldest daughter who was born there are both excited to be home in Texas. My father in-law was a professor at Texas A&M for 25 years so we are Aggie fans by default." 

hillcrest austinAustin Crow—Team Member since 2019

Director of Sales

"I became part of the Sunrise Team in July of 2019 and have worked in Senior Living for 2 years. I graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas with a marketing degree and have cherished my journey working with our wonderful Seniors.

I love being able to help families feel safe and secure when moving their loved ones into our community. With our residents at the center of everything we do at Sunrise, being able to see them flourish is what makes my job so rewarding.

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring downtown Dallas and watching sports with my friends! Go Cowboys!"

laura blackLaura Black—Team Member since 2020

Director of Sales

"I joined the Sunrise family in 2020, prior to that I have accumulated over 20 years’ experience in the senior living and hospitality industries as a Director of Sales, Marketing and Events. I am also a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Director (TRD), Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) and I am in the process of obtaining my MBA in Healthcare Management.

I love being part of the Sunrise family as it feels like home to be surrounded by so many wonderful residents and team members. It's like living on a cruise ship that never leaves the dock, I cannot wait to move in myself.

In my spare time, I enjoy sailing, golf, traveling with my family and friends as well as spending time with my husband Craig, and our two 50-pound rescue dogs."

Karla do Vale—Team Member since 2015rsz_Karla Do Vale

Associate Director of Sales

"I have worked for Sunrise since 2015.  I started at Sunrise of Gurnee in Illinois as a Lead Care Manager and Life Enrichment Manager, then transferred to Sunrise of Park Ridge where I was an Activities Assistant and Concierge.  In July 2017 I started as the Activities and Volunteer Coordinator here at Sunrise of Plano and transitioned to Associate Director of Sales in December of 2019.

My favorite part of my job is how much I get to learn from the residents.  They each have a unique story that shapes who they are and they have experienced so much of history.  I love sitting with them and learning about their lives and what they have seen and done.The best part of Sunrise is that it feels like a family, both with the residents and team members.  I have an easy job because I get to come to work every day and spend time with the people I love.

In my free time I like to play board games and try all the good food in Dallas.

Sophie Musopelo—Team Member since 2009
Sophia Musopelo

Health Care Manager

"I was born and raised in Lusaka in Zambia, Southern Africa and came to the United States in 2005. I began my career with Sunrise of Plano, in 2009, as a Medication Care Manager. During this time, I went to Nursing School and graduated with honors as a Solitarian to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. After graduating, I transitioned into the role of a Wellness Nurse. Soon after, I transitioned to my current role as a Healthcare Manager. I am currently working towards achieving my Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing.

What I love the most about Sunrise is that our residents, their loved ones and the entire team have become my family and home away from home. 
In my spare time I enjoy reading and spending time with my family and friends." 

Veronica Shannon—Team Member since 2019rsz_Veronica Shannon

Reminiscence Care Coordinator

"I started with Sunrise on 12/06/2019.  I’m new to Texas from St. Louis, MO. I am a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

My favorite part of my job is the residents, no two days are the same but interacting with them truly gives me a sense of purpose.
The best part of working at Sunrise is having the ability to live out our Team Member Credo each day. 
In Reminiscence we understand that “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody gets there unless everybody gets there”.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling and spending time with family & friends.

Becky Smith—Team Member since 2006

Becky Smith

Business Office Coordinator

"I have been the Business Office Coordinator at Sunrise of Plano since it’s opening in June 2006.  Prior to Sunrise, I spent 12 years in office management and accounting. I worked in various industries, from sheet metal manufacturing to banking.  I hold a degree in accounting.

I truly enjoy getting to know our residents and hearing their stories and their memories.  I also enjoy getting to know and working with our families.  Each person who comes into my office is someone who deserves nothing but the best customer service I can give him or her.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching movies with my husband, and spending time with my family and my 2 dogs."

Charles Ledbetter—Team Member since 2019rsz_Charles Ledbetter

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

"In September 2019, I was hired by the Sunrise Community to work as an Activities Assistant, and was shortly promoted to my current position. Before joining Sunrise, I worked at a Skilled Nursing Facility located in Monterey, California. I spent six years as a Certified Nurse’s Aide/Restorative Nurses Assistant, and as an Activities Director Assistant for three and half years"

"What I enjoy most about working in Activities is having the ability to make a positive impact on the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of those who reside in our community.
Sunrise has gone above and beyond to provide the tools and training necessary for me to successfully fulfill the duties of Activities and Volunteer Coordinator."

"In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy exploring and experiencing what the Dallas/Fort Worth area has to offer, and are very pleased to be part of the Texas culture."

Al Robson—Team Member since 2013
Al Robson

Dining Services Coordinator

"I began my career with Sunrise at Fountain Square in Lombard, Illinois in 2013, after selling my Italian restaurants in the Northwest Chicago suburbs. Our son was a student in Dallas and after a visit; my wife and I took a leap of faith and decided to make a move to the great state of Texas. 

I have been at Sunrise of Plano ever since serving as Dining Services Coordinator and the Cluster Dining Services Coordinator, supporting Texas, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  I have over 45 years’ experience in the restaurant/hospitality industry, and am a Lifetime Member of the prestigious United States Chef Association.  

My favorite part about working at Sunrise is being able to serve up some Texas hospitality and great food to our residents they are family to me!"

John Erlandson—Team Member since 2010

John Erlandson

Director of Environmental Services

"I began my career with Sunrise in 2004, in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. From 2007-2010, I ventured toward the theme park industry, assisting in the opening Hard Rock Park and Free Style Park in Myrtle Beach. During that time I truly missed the work I did at Sunrise and so, I returned in 2010 to Sunrise of Plano. I enjoy my job, especially meeting new residents and family members. I enjoy listening to residents talk about their lives. I have learned so much from their stories. When they smile, it makes working here even more rewarding. I served in the Navy from 1982 to 1995 as machinist mate first class. I have sailed around the world three times and have worked on many different vessels.

Sunrise has taught me that no two days are the same. The smiles and hellos make life and the work so much better.

In my spare time, I love spending quality time with my family and close friends, watching sports and going to the gym." 

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