Sunrise of Schaumburg

Meet the Sunrise of Schaumburg Team

Cynthia Palao Suarez schaumburg_cynthia

Executive Director

"I have been a Sunrise Team Member since 2019. Prior to joining Sunrise my experience was as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in skilled nursing and long term care where I started my career 14 years ago."

"My favorite part of the job is relating to residents and team members.  As a child of elder parents I understand and relate what the adult children experience with their parents or loved ones.  I enjoy getting to know each team member in more personal level and sharing my experiences with them as I grew up in healthcare."

"The best part of Sunrise is the sense of warmth from everyone in every community and of course the community pet."

"I enjoy working out in my spare time."

Jackie LevernierJacqueline Levernier

Director of Sales

"Generosity, love and compassion for others is how I live my life.  I have spent all of my professional career in the customer service field.  Transitioning my mom into Sunrise opened my eyes to an industry where I am able to wrap my career skills together with my characteristics.  I look forward each day to bringing a smile to a special seniors face and helping their adult children with their journey to find a safe, caring compassionate place with quality care for their parents and loved ones.

I am passionate about finding a cure for Alzheimer's through fundraising and volunteering, respecting our veterans with PTSD through volunteering with Project Healing Waters and giving a new future to young adults that have found themselves in the penal system by volunteering and fundraising at Curt's Cafe.

I live in Libertyville with my loving husband and 3 four legged "kids".  My daughter Becca has left the nest and is a lovely independent professional. I love to cook. I frequently share my meals for those going through challenges in their life.  I can't fix their problems but I can offer a meal made with love and compassion.

I am so honored to be part of Sunrise as a team member and also an active family member!"

Emira Majdanac

Emira Majdanac

Reminiscence Coordinator

“It is an honor to work at Sunrise and to have the current role that I am in. I have worked at Sunrise for over 17 years. My parents passed away when I was at a very young age and I did not have the ability to care for them when they aged as I had intended to do. Coming to Sunrise has helped me fill that void by building long term relationships with residents and providing the proper care that they need. I am a proud leader at Sunrise and hope to continue providing the same great service our families have grown accustomed to.”

Carlos Perez

Carlos Perez

Dining Service Coordinator

“I have been working with seniors for more than 12 years. It is so rewarding to know that I can help the residents by making food that they enjoy. I love the family brunches we host, as they allow me to interact with our residents’ families and see the joy on their faces as they share a home-cooked meal with loved ones.”

John Marszalic | Maintenance Coordinator

John Marszalic

Maintenance Coordinator

“I enjoy working at Sunrise. It is a very good place to work. The atmosphere is very friendly and the co-workers are friendly as well. Working as a Maintenance Coordinator at Sunrise is what I truly love to do.”

Ina Panzarella - Schaumburg Life Enrichment Manager

Ina Panzarella

Life Enrichment Manager

"I have been with Sunrise since 2008, and I sincerely love my job! I particularly enjoy seeing my residents' faces light up with happiness and joy while we do our special activities. It makes them happy to participate and gives them the ability to make decisions in the various activities I have created for them to do.

The residents obtain a great sense of pride and feel useful when doing these activities. Many of these activities are old fashion, but it is truly amazing when a certain activity reminds them of their days past. It is especially rewarding when I am able to hear of our residents' past time during moments like these. Some of the activities we do include: crocheting, prayers, exercise, story time (I love sharing personal childhood memories about growing up in Sicily, Italy), art, singing, and gardening. 

donna strasDonna 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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