Sunrise of Walnut Creek

Meet the Sunrise of Walnut Creek Team

We are pleased to introduce you to some of the team members who make our community a wonderful place to call home.

Walnut Creek ED - Marvin JungMarvin Jung

Executive Director

“When I work with our residents, I feel like I’m making new friends. Seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter makes each day here special. I have a deep respect for seniors and their infinite wisdom and knowledge.

I began my fascinating, wonderful journey with seniors in 1997. Assisted living has been my passion for 18 years, and I have worked at every level to better understand the needs of our residents. I have been the Executive Director of Sunrise at Walnut Creek for nearly five years and have loved every minute of it. I feel fortunate to be part of such an amazing community, working with the best residents, family members and team members around!”

trish karlinskiTrish Karlinski

Director of Sales

Trish joined the Sunrise family as Associate Director of Sales at Sunrise, Danville, in 2019. Trish quickly found success there and in November 2019 became the Director of Sales at Sunrise of Walnut Creek. Trish finds joy and takes pride in the compassionate process of guiding families on their journeys to assisted living and memory care. She came to Sunrise following a successful career in the financial services industry as a consultant to financial advisors, specializing in long-term care insurance planning for their clients. Trish is passionate about the Sunrise mission to champion the quality of life for all seniors and celebrating their individuality. She is often seen in the community chatting with residents and participating in social activities and just loves hearing the many amazing life stories.

When she’s not at Sunrise, Trish enjoys watching Jeopardy with her daughter Isabel, volunteering as a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services Team in Oakland where she lives, and playing her favorite sport, pickleball.

Walnut Creek ALC - Sonya ValesSonya Vales

Assisted Living Coordinator

“When I was younger my mother was a caregiver, and I used to visit her and watch how much she enjoyed taking care of people. With her as an example, I began my own senior caregiving career when I was 15 and it has continued for the past 27 years.

Sunrise is an extended family, from the residents to the team members. During my time working with Sunrise, I have been able to successfully raise seven children and be the proud grandmother to Niko, my only grandchild. I enjoy shopping and spending time with family in my free time.”

Walnut Creek RC - Rona Cristobal-Valdez

Rona Cristobal-Valdez

Reminiscence Coordinator

"My educational background includes a double major in sociology and gerontology with a minor in medical sociology and an associate degree in vocational nursing.

I was born and raised in Hawaii, and grew up with the Aloha spirit instilled in me. For me, taking care of seniors is a way of giving back and making each day a pleasant day. My residents have a wealth of knowledge, and I love to learn more about each person, their families, and their experiences each day.

In 2014, I started out as a Medication Care Manager at Sunrise, but I transitioned to become full-time Wellness Nurse. Most recently, I have received the opportunity to serve as the Reminiscence Coordinator here.

Through the years, I’ve built relationships with our residents and their families. I am especially passionate about my Reminiscence residents and caring for them in my new role. There is no feeling that compares to what I feel deep inside when providing gentle care. Sharing one on one time with the residents is what I look forward to each day.

I love working at Sunrise because I am honored to work with a fabulous, top-notch team to assist with caring for these unique people with whom I’m able to share my Aloha.”

Walnut Creek BOC - Iryn Macamay

Iryn Macamay

Business Office Coordinator

"Since 2004, I have been participating in volunteer work with seniors. It has not ever crossed my mind until now that my current career path with seniors gives me the most sense of fulfillment and purpose.

I am so privileged to be part of a team that values camaraderie and works towards a common goal of ‘championing quality of life for all seniors.'

My favorite part of what I do is being able to render my time and service—may it be a resident, family member, or a fellow team member. If I am able to extend help in any way and make it a little easier for someone, I feel like I have accomplished something.

In my spare time, I enjoy going out for hikes, and I love to cook, eat out, and try something new every time."

Walnut Creek AVC - Lucinda Smith

Lucinda Smith-Cruciani

Activity & Volunteer Coordinator

"I have had the pleasure of engaging residents in all aspects of senior care. I learned this was my passion well before I went to Chabot College to obtain my certification in Activities and Social Services Design. In order to fulfill this passion of mine, I completed the Emergency Medical technician program, but I actually found my calling within the geriatric field after an experience during clinical training. I felt I was able to help patients who needed a little something more.

Through the years, I have gained experience from caring for my family, singing to seniors as an entertainer at several communities all over the Bay area, and working as an Activity Director in skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care communities since 2002. 

My favorite Principle of Service is ‘Celebrating Individuality.’ While getting to know our residents, we learn their life experiences and how to meet their needs. It feels great to connect and build bonds.”

roel alidioRoel Alidio

Dining Services Coordinator

"Hi My name is Roel Alidio And I am the Dining Services Coordinator. I have worked at sunrise for the last 2 years, but I have been in the health & food industry for over 15 years. I have worked in fine dining in California and Las Vegas both as a cook and line cook. These experiences and skills are what I love bringing to the residents. 

The best part of my job is that I get to give the residents a diverse menu that they love and enjoy. I love cooking for my residents and the sense of pride I feel when I talk to them daily at meal times. I love seeing their smiling faces when they celebrate their daily life experiences with me. I love getting to know each and everyone of my resident as an individual."

james campersJames Campers

Maintenance Coordinator

"I started my journey working with seniors in 2009. I knew immediately that I had found my calling. I enjoy hearing resident stories and seeing their smile as they reminisce about the past. I joined the Sunrise of Walnut Creek family in 2020 and knew right away I made the right decision. My favorite part of Sunrise is the team members and the community environment.

In my spare time away from Sunrise, I have a passion for the outdoors. I also enjoy cooking and making sausage."

bill hoBill Ho

Wellness Nurse

"I have spent my working years being of service to others, having been a catering chef, providing in-home care, and shifting to nursing for seniors. I have been providing patient care at Sunrise of Walnut Creek since 2015, and I love the home-like atmosphere in our facility. I take pleasure from doing what I can to enrich residents’ lives, and I think it’s important to provide consistent care they can count on. During my tenure, I have trained many Sunrise nurses. I enjoy mentoring new nursing staff and helping them learn the Sunrise way. 

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening around the house, and taking road trips around the Bay Area."

ashlee riversAshlee Rivers

Wellness Nurse

"I come from a family of nurses, doctor’s, firefighters, and paramedics, so I fell in love with the medical field at a very young age! My educational background consists of two associate’s degrees in allied health and natural sciences. I became an EMT in 2016 and then obtained my LVN license in early 2020 and have been practicing ever since. Working with seniors makes every day truly unique. My dad was an avid storyteller and I love being able to converse with our residents and their families to learn about their life experiences. Being with Sunrise allows me to make a difference every day, working to make someone’s day just a little brighter. I started at Sunrise as a Medication Care Manager in June of 2020 and was recently given the opportunity to serve as a Wellness Nurse. Sunrise is my extended family; residents, families, and team members included.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I take every and any opportunity to be outside."

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