Sunrise of Raleigh

Meet the Sunrise of Raleigh Team

At Sunrise of Raleigh, we are dedicated to providing the best senior living experience possible for our residents and their families through our commitment to quality care. Here, we treat our residents like family because that’s what they are to us. Below you can learn a little about our teamand we look forward learning more about you and your family!


michelle biroMichelle Biro

Director of Sales

"I have over 15 years of experience working with seniors. As a company, Sunrise takes pride in the care it provides to seniors and is a pioneer of Assisted Living. I’m proud to be employed by a company that values its employees and residents so much. It is a very rewarding job helping families find a caring home for their loved one. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to offer families peace of mind knowing their loved one’s specific individual needs are being met in an environment with the comforts of home. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories as they inspire me to work my hardest to ensure their lives continue to be fulfilling as they age. 

Outside of work, I stay busy spending time with my husband, 2 wonderful children and our dog. We love to travel and enjoy the outdoors. When we aren’t busy with school and extra-curricular activities you might find us in the mountains hiking, snowboarding and skiing and during the warm weather months in the water or on the lake with our jet skis."


diane fullerDiane Fuller

Associate Director of Sales

"I worked in the telecom marketing industry for 22 years and decided to pursue a career in Senior Living after experiencing the daunting task of searching for assisted living community for a family member. This experience afforded me the opportunity to connect with families who are currently going through the same challenging and overwhelming process.

I started at Sunrise of Raleigh in May 2018 as an Associate Director of Sales. I enjoy having the privilege of helping families make such an important decision to take that next step into assisted living and watch their loved ones flourish in our community. It is very satisfying to see happy residents and families who now have peace of mind. Our residents along with their family members are extensions of my family, they bring warm smiles to my heart!

We have a wonderful team here at Sunrise of Raleigh; they are always ready to jump in and help with smiles and laughter.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the beach for a dose of Vitamin Sea or spending time by the pool with my treasured family and friends listening to my fav, Kenny Chesney. I also enjoy spending time with our fur-babies: Cooper, Lincoln and Roxy. Lastly, I must confess…I am a dessert-aholic especially when the HOT light is on at Krispy Kreme!"


julian fosterJulian Foster

Resident Care Director

"I am a graduate of North Carolina Central of Durham’s 2013 nursing program. My wife is also a nurse and prior to my going to nursing school, we use to exchange work stories in the evenings before bed. I was always jealous of how purposeful her work was compared to mine. She always had a story of how she was able to help a patient or a family in a time of distress. Finally, I told her that I wanted to become a nurse and she suggested that I become a certified nursing assistant first to get a taste of what caring for another human being is like. I signed up for CNA School and found myself in a required clinical rotation working with seniors. I knew from the first day of working that rotation that that this was my calling. My grandmother was one of my best friends and I always enjoyed older people.

I continued to pursue my goal as a nurse and was hired on as a care manager for Sunrise of Cary in 2009. While working in Cary, I was impressed with Sunrise's warm, caring, and resident centered approach. Upon graduation, I continued to work with seniors in a skilled nursing setting until February of 2018. At that time, I was offered an opportunity to come back to Sunrise and direct their wellness program. Since the beginning of my journey to become a nurse I have lost both grandparents but have found peace and comfort in caring for your family members.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to interact and care for your family each day."


shawnee guzmanShawnee Guzman

Assisted Living Coordinator

"As a small child, I was always with seniors, I have been blessed to grow up in a senior neighborhood. My grandmother would wake my siblings and I up every Saturday around 6am during the summer months so that we could assist with lawn care. We would cut grass, pull weeds, trim hedges, and water the lawns, flowers, and the gardens in the neighborhood. We had to run errands and help to care for anyone who was sick, when I was young growing up there were no questions asked we did what we were told. We honored and loved our neighbors. We helped those in need, whether they were sick, tired, or just wanted assistance. Growing up in this environment prepared me to care for those in need and to love and show respect for as many people as I meet.

I joined the Sunrise team in August 2007, from the moment I stepped into Sunrise of North Hills I knew I was in the right place. I have served in many different roles while being employed with Sunrise Senior Living: I have served our seniors as a care manager, medication technician, lead care manager, Reminiscence Supervisor, Reminiscence Coordinator and currently Assisted Living Coordinator. My goal is to continue to grow with Sunrise and continue to serve and have a positive impact on the lives of others.

I love to spend family time with my active 11 year old son and my many nieces and nephews, they keep me laughing and on the go. My sister is my best friend, we spend time together daily and always reminisce about our childhood and the wonderful women that shaped our lives, our grandmother and mother."


will schoularsWill Schoulars

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator/Licensed Recreation Therapist

“I’ve been dedicated to Sunrise of Raleigh for 18 years. I’ve never felt like my role at Sunrise is just a job—for me, it’s about providing residents with purposeful experiences that focus on their social, mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

What excites me most about working with residents is the opportunity to help produce positive outcomes, contentment, and to hopefully change lives from those experience. There is nothing more rewarding than serving at a community like Sunrise, where the principles of service, love and compassion are demonstrated every day. It is truly a place that residents and their families can call ‘home!’”


danny sandovalDanny Sandoval

Dining Services Director

"After culinary school, I never imagined I would be cooking for and serving seniors. Now, it is my lifelong passion. It’s really satisfying to improve our residents’ days with a great meal. My favorite part of each day is talking with our residents and getting their opinions and insights on our food and service. 

I’m proud to serve Sunrise of Raleigh and our great residents and families. Our team here is the best and their passion is evident by our quality of service."


leann carrollLeann Carroll

Business Office Coordinator

"I have worked in the medical field off and on for the last 20 years to include doctor’s offices, hospitals and assisted living. My transition to the health care field from the fast paced Casino life of Las Vegas where I grew up, was solely due to the fact that my father became ill with Cancer. Seeing him in and out of several facilities made me want to be the person that someone could depend on in their time of need like I was. 

I enjoy working with residents and families as well as working with the Team Members to see them grow in their careers and personally. Anyone who works with seniors has the potential to grow in more ways than you can imagine such as learning from stories that are being told to history lessons from those that have lived through it. There is a personal reward when it comes to helping the residents that reside here and their families who may have had that difficult decision to move their loved ones into a home where they can get the extra assistance they need.

In my spare time, I love to travel to see my children and grandchildren and spend as much time as I can with them. I am also an avid sports fan in which I played several sports and danced throughout my time in school. I have one child left at home and he has four legs, my Chihuahua Baxter. Fun fact about me…. I have lived in 12 different states from the West Coast to the East Coast and Alaska."


henry piccioneHenry Piccione

Maintenance Coordinator

"I have always worked with my hands for as long as I can remember, my father taught my brothers and I how to build and repair things by hand. My mother and father instilled respect for others in us, and made sure that we worked for what we wanted in life. As a child growing up in New York City my mother would instruct my brothers and I to shovel driveways in the winter to help our elderly neighbors, we would also run errands for those who were not able to get out of their homes. My father would have us to help our elderly neighbors with painting their homes and handrails, repairing fences, cleaning their stoops off and helping with lawn care. I’ve worked majority of my life in serving others. I have always had I great respect for people especially seniors.

I started my Sunrise career in December 2013 as the Maintenance Assistant at North Hills. I have been the Maintenance Coordinator at Sunrise of Raleigh for over 3 years now. I enjoy the service I perform for others. I have met residents who enjoyed working with their hands as much as myself, I always learn there is an easier way to do something from them. I love talking to my residents and learning about their lives, there is always something very interesting that captivates me. I can only pray that when or if I’m ever in need I will have people to look out for me like the caring team members of Sunrise of Raleigh."


marie sahoMarie Saho, LPN

Wellness Nurse

"I began my career with Sunrise Senior Living in 2011 as a Care Manager and Medication Care Manager. These positions motivated me to go back to school to become an LPN. I graduated in 2014 and since been a Wellness Nurse.

My favorite part of the job as a Wellness Nurse is taking care of my residents and involving family and friends to their care. Nursing is a profession I truly relish, albeit difficult at times when I see my residents struggle with their health, but I’m always there as a source of support, compassion and love.

I have found my niche in life, and for that, I’m eternally grateful."


feli oldakerFeli Oldaker

Dishwasher

"I started at Sunrise of Raleigh on May 5, 1996 as a Dining Room Supervisor and a Weekend Cook. I love my job because being able to serve my residents give me the most joy. Being able to come in and put a smile of their faces every day is the best reward in life. Not only do I love my residents, but my coworkers have made the last 23 years outstanding. My favorite memories of working here are being able to stay when there is inclement weather, to be able to make sure everyone in the building is taken care of.

Over the years I have win Employee Of The Month ten times, Employee of the Year five times and Ms. Sunrise twice. I have even been named “Ms. Wonderful” by one of the Sunrise family members. My best accomplishment is when the State Inspector recognizes my devotion to the residents. The State Inspector even sent a letter to the Executive Director, Karen Sherman to say thank you for my hard work. 

Twenty three years may seem like a long time to some, but it has gone by in the blink of an eye. 

Working for Sunrise has been the best decision of my life!"

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