Sunrise of Sunnyvale

Meet the Sunrise of Sunnyvale Team

We’re thrilled to introduce you to some of the fantastic members of our team who work to make Sunrise of Sunnyvale, CA, a wonderful place to call home. 


sunrise of sunnyvale team member tina bagheriTina Bagheri

Executive Director

“I have served as an Executive Director with Sunrise for more than 10 years. My work as a dietitian in the senior industry was a natural progression that allowed me to eventually transition from managing dining programs, into operations for skilled nursing and assisted living. 

I enjoy forming lasting relationships with the residents, their families and with my fellow team members. As Executive Director, I relish the opportunity to mentor and encourage my team to grow professionally. I proudly am the recipient of the Sunrise Award of Excellence and have won the award twice.

In my spare time, I like to hike the Los Gatos Creek Trail, cook exotic food, and spend time with friends and family.”



sunrise of sunnyvale dina duckworthDina Duckworth, RCFE

Director of Sales

“I discovered my passion for working with seniors early in my career while selling Medicare supplemental insurance. I later transitioned to senior living and supported a number of functions like activities, marketing, and being an assisted living director.  As a caring professional in senior living for several years, I enjoy helping families make informed decisions about the next chapter in their loved ones’ lives and act as their advocate every step of the way.  I have a great deal of empathy and compassion for seniors and their families as they navigate an often challenging transition.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my family, putting my toes in the sand, and cooking Italian food.  I am happily married with two beautiful daughters."


Melissa Mcdonald team member profileMelissa McDonald, R.N., RCFE 

Resident Care Director

“I fulfilled my childhood dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. Since 2013, I have served as the Resident Care Director. The most rewarding part of my role is the relationships I form with the residents and their families. I take great satisfaction in helping and contributing to the wellness of the seniors under my care. I am the proud recipient of the Sunrise Champion Quality Care Award and continue to exhibit excellence every day.  I enjoy job coaching the new nurses that join our Sunrise family.  

I enjoy the bright lights and energy of Las Vegas but I love the great outdoors and the beauty of nature. Closer to home, I  read and cook.”


sunrise of sunnyvale team member gayle kellyGayle Kelly

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise family in the spring of 2011. I was drawn to Sunrise after a life of service abroad and because I felt I could make a difference in people’s daily lives. Bringing purpose and putting a smile on the residents’ faces is something that I look forward to. I completed The Validation Program from the Validation Training Institute and use my experience to train my team.  I also received the Memory Care Leader Award and enjoy coaching & mentoring new Reminiscence Coordinators.  

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with my family.”


sunrise of sunnyvale team member minnie weberMinnie Weber, RCFE

Assisted Living Coordinator

“I began my career as an occupational therapist over 15 years ago in the senior industry. I was drawn to this profession because of my genuine love of seniors.  Seeing our seniors' satisfaction and joy is important, and I ensure this happens by meeting their individualized needs daily. I look forward to every day’s new challenges and successes.

I'm happily married with a fur baby named Duchess. While I can often be found at Warriors and 49er games, I love to take road trips and discover new places.”




Charlie

Sunnyvale's Community Pet & Concierge 

“I am a cherished member of the Sunrise of Sunnyvale family. I came to Sunnyvale as a puppy nine years ago and has been bringing a smile to our residents’ faces ever since. People tell me that I am a calm, sociable fellow and can often be found relaxing in the lobby. 

In my spare time, I enjoy snuggling with with my favorite toy and a pillow on a comfy chair and just being adorable.”




sunrise of sunnyvale team member tina bagheriTina Bagheri

Executive Director

“I have served as an Executive Director with Sunrise for more than 10 years. My work as a dietitian in the senior industry was a natural progression that allowed me to eventually transition from managing dining programs, into operations for skilled nursing and assisted living. 

I enjoy forming lasting relationships with the residents, their families and with my fellow team members. As Executive Director, I relish the opportunity to mentor and encourage my team to grow professionally. I proudly am the recipient of the Sunrise Award of Excellence and have won the award twice

In my spare time, I like to hike the Los Gatos Creek Trail, cook exotic food, and spend time with friends and family.”




Gayle Kelly team member profileGayle Kelly

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise family in the spring of 2011. I was drawn to Sunrise after a life of service abroad and because I felt I could make a difference in people’s daily lives. Bringing purpose and putting a smile on the residents’ faces is something that I look forward to. I completed The Validation Program from the Validation Training Institute and use my experience to train my team.  I also received the Memory Care Leader Award and enjoy coaching & mentoring new Reminiscence Coordinators.  

Outside of work, I enjoy readi



Gayle Kelly team member profileGayle Kelly

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise family in the spring of 2011. I was drawn to Sunrise after a life of service abroad and because I felt I could make a difference in people’s daily lives. Bringing purpose and putting a smile on the residents’ faces is something that I look forward to. I completed The Validation Program from the Validation Training Institute and use my experience to train my team.  I also received the Memory Care Leader Award and enjoy coaching & mentoring new Reminiscence Coordinators.  

Outside of work, I enjoy readi



Gayle Kelly team member profileGayle Kelly

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise family in the spring of 2011. I was drawn to Sunrise after a life of service abroad and because I felt I could make a difference in people’s daily lives. Bringing purpose and putting a smile on the residents’ faces is something that I look forward to. I completed The Validation Program from the Validation Training Institute and use my experience to train my team.  I also received the Memory Care Leader Award and enjoy coaching & mentoring new Reminiscence Coordinators.  

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with my family.”



Gayle Kelly team member profileGayle Kelly

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise family in the spring of 2011. I was drawn to Sunrise after a life of service abroad and because I felt I could make a difference in people’s daily lives. Bringing purpose and putting a smile on the residents’ faces is something that I look forward to. I completed The Validation Program from the Validation Training Institute and use my experience to train my team.  I also received the Memory Care Leader Award and enjoy coaching & mentoring new Reminiscence Coordinators.  

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with my family.”



Gayle Kelly

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise family in the spring of 2011. I was drawn to Sunrise after a life of service abroad and because I felt I could make a difference in people’s daily lives. Bringing purpose and putting a smile on the residents’ faces is something that I look forward to. I completed The Validation Program from the Validation Training Institute and use my experience to train my team.  I also received the Memory Care Leader Award and enjoy coaching & mentoring new Reminiscence Coordinators.  

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, doing puzzles, and spending time with my family.”Gayle Kelly 

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