Sunrise of Schaumburg

Meet the Sunrise of Schaumburg Team

jill bg wheatonJill Polanski—Team Member since 2018

Executive Director

"My name is Jill Polanski, and I am the Executive Director here at Sunrise of Schaumburg. I have been in senior living for over 7 years with experience in both Assisted Living and Memory Care communities. 

The best part of this role is spending time with all of the amazing residents and their families, and the best part about working at Sunrise is the amazing team that helps bring life to our residents each and every day. 

In my free time I love spending time with my family."

donna stras

Donna Stras

Lead Concierge

"I had the great pleasure of being introduced to Sunrise Senior Living by a neighbor who received a video of Sunrise Senior Living. I was beside myself because I had two parents with Alzheimer’s that lived with us for a year; my dad had made a complete 360, and I really did not know him as the dad I grew up with. He was a challenge in a lot of ways, and my husband and I could not handle him anymore.

We visited Buffalo Grove, as it was the first one to open in Illinois. I had a difficult time placing my parents because I always promised them I would take care of them, and would never place them in a home. It then became a safety issue with my dad. Although I was impressed with Sunrise Senior Living, I had guilt feelings. I tried to put that aside and realize the beauty of the facility, and the caring people that worked there.

It became apparent to me that this was a good “home” for my parents to reside in, in an atmosphere that they would find comforting, and surroundings that were beautiful. I was in Buffalo Grove every day to visit, and they were looking for a Concierge. I had retired after 20 years from Investment Banking and thought I would apply, seeing I was there anyway.

Well my parents are gone now, and I stayed on. I have celebrated 17 years with Sunrise Senior Living, and I think that makes a statement!

My mother was at the Schaumburg facility for 15 years, and I can tell you the care that she received was loving, caring and like family. I can’t say enough about the Reminiscence team here at Schaumburg. I never had to worry that she would not be cared for by gentle hands. My mom was three weeks short of 102 years old; and that I think makes another statement!

Thank you Sunrise for your gentle touch."

Sunrise of Schaumburg Community Dog MollyMolly

Community Dog

Molly came to Sunrise of Schaumburg in 2010 as a rambunctious four-month old puppy. After a short stint at “doggy boot camp,” she settled into her new home. Her favorite activities include greeting guests, sitting next to residents for a pat on the head, belly rubs, and naps. Say the word “walk” and she’s ready to go! Molly is very sweet and loving and, in turn, is loved by residents, team members, and visitors alike. She brings much joy to our community!

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