Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue

Meet the Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue Team

Meet some of the members of our team here at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC. 

Melissa.ED_Connecticut AveMelissa Stewart

Executive Director

“I recently joined the Sunrise family again after working for Sunrise 19 years ago. I have served in various roles at different communities.

The best part about working at Sunrise is seeing our residents thrive in the right environment. I consider it the greatest honor to be here to support our residents and families as they navigate these uncharted waters with their loved ones.  I have always felt this is the greatest honor as well as the joining of families from their family to the Sunrise family. 

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my husband, Tristan and two daughters, Emma, Isabella and dog, Gabby.  I also enjoy reading, travelling anywhere warm and being on the water.”



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Kathleen Wagner

Director of Sales

“I started working for Sunrise in 2006, and I’ve served at three different Sunrise communities throughout my career.  I have been at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue for the past seven years. Prior to Sunrise, I sold residential real estate for the DC-area Sotheby’s affiliate for 12 years.  I have 25+ years of experience guiding people and families through the sales process.

I love helping families sort through their options for senior living. My expertise is providing counsel and educating people on how Sunrise can meet their needs and exceed their expectations.

The biggest perk at Sunrise is the residents. I have over 100 grandparents to hang out with and learn from every day!

When I’m not at Sunrise, I enjoy gardening, home decorating, shopping and spending time with my daughters.”


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Natasha Grenion

Assisted Living Coordinator

“I have been at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue since 2010. I began as a care manager in assisted living and was soon after promoted to lead care manager before transitioning to the role of assisted living coordinator.

Sunrise on Conn Ave is my home away from home. I love spending time with residents and helping bring joy to their days.

I am married with three children and enjoy spending time with family and shopping outside of work.”


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Ruth Daniels

Reminiscence Coordinator

"I began my Sunrise career in 2006 and am proud to have served Sunrise and our residents for over a decade! 

I feel a sense of accomplishment when my team and I successfully manage and assist a resident with behavioral expressions of need. At Sunrise, we believe in treating residents with dignity. 

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling, charting with my family and friends, gardening and listening to music.”


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Juan Madrid

Dining Services Coordinator

Juan Madrid is no stranger to The Avenue!  

Juan began his career with Sunrise as a Cook and after demonstrating his culinary prowess he was soon promoted to Lead Cook.  Juan is now our Dining Service Coordinator and is beloved by our residents.

A native of La Union, El Salvador, Juan’s passion for cooking can be attributed to his mother.  Quinoa was grown in the family garden, harvested, and cooked by his mother.  She taught Juan the fineries of cooking quinoa and many other El Salvadorian dishes.


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Alyssa Caroselli

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

“I have worked for Sunrise for 16 years. I love to hear all the life histories of all the residents; everyone has amazing stories and advice. 

I treasure the relationships I have developed with the residents and team members. I consider them all my family. 

As an art therapist/artist, I like to spend my spare time in my art studio with my 10-year old daughter. I love living in Washington, D.C. and all it has to offer from museums to restaurants. "


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Resident Care Director

“Bruk” joins Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue as the Resident Care Director. She began her Sunrise career 10 years ago at Sunrise of Bedford Court and was quickly promoted through several positions to include Care Manager, Medication Care Manger and Lead Care Manger. As such, Bruk knows the definition of “hands-on” care! After working closely with Sunrise residents Bruk knew she wanted to become a nurse and quickly set course to do just that. Bruk earned a nursing degree and began her career at Holy Cross Hospital where she worked as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. Bruk eventually returned to Sunrise as a Wellness Nurse at Sunrise of Chevy Chase. 

During her absence, Bruk’s heart remained true to Sunrise. “It’s a beautiful thing when your career and passions come together”, states Bruk, “and I am thrilled to be back with my Sunrise family.” Bruk’s care philosophy echoes Dr. Leo Buscaglia’s famous quote, “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” In her spare time Bruk enjoys spending time with her children and family, volunteering at church and cooking!


Leon BeharryLeon Beharry

Maintenance Coordinator

Although Leon Beharry is the newest member of Team Connecticut Avenue, he is no stranger to Sunrise! Leon joins us as the Maintenance Coordinator after having served at several Sunrise communities over the past 13 years.

"The best part of my job is being able to fix problems that make living here more enjoyable for our residents. Working at Sunrise allows me to be a part of a team that genuinely cares about making a difference in the lives of our residents and their families."

 In his spare time, Leon enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys watching and playing sports. Basketball, tennis and fishing are among his favorites.

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