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. 

Beth Jansen team member profile

Elizabeth Jansen

Executive Director

“I have spent 11 years with Sunrise, six years of those years at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue.  I have 25 years of experience serving seniors in Washington, DC, and I have master’s degree in social work/gerontology.

I enjoy coaching and leading a team trained to provide a supportive ear to residents and family members. At Sunrise, the people are the best. Working with so many different types of people is both joyful and challenging.  

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, cooking and walking my dog, Bugsy.”


Kathleen Wagner team member profile

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 three years. Prior to Sunrise, I sold residential real estate for the DC-area Sotheby’s affiliate for 12 years.  I have 20+ 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.”


Rabiat team member profile

Rabiat Osunsade

Resident Care Director

“I began my career at Sunrise as a care manager in 2007. Throughout the years, Sunrise has provided me with a favorable environment which fosters growth both professionally and personally.

I enjoy the hands-on contact with my residents.  I love the clinical aspect of my job. 

The best part of working at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue is the leadership. My Executive Director, coordinators and fellow team members create a positive atmosphere.  The whole team encourages growth.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my daughters, read and travel.”


Dee Dee Daniels team member profile

Dee Dee Daniels 

Assisted Living Coordinator

“I have worked with Sunrise for almost 13 years.  Prior to my current position, I was a care manager.  I worked my way up from a designated care manager to the Assisted Living Coordinator!

I love working with my residents and making them smile. At Sunrise, I feel my hard work is always appreciated.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my elderly grandmother, husband, children and grandchildren.  I also love to travel!”


Ruth Daniels team member profile

Ruth Daniels

Reminiscence Coordinator

“As of September 13th, I will have worked for Sunrise for exactly 10 years! 

I feel a sense of accomplishment when my team and I successfully manage and assist a resident with challenging dementia-related behaviors. 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.”


Juan Madrid team member profile

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.


Alyssa Carosseli team member profile

Alyssa Caroselli

Activities and Volunteer Coordinator

“I have worked for Sunrise for 12 years. I love to hear all the life histories; everyone has amazing stories and advice.

I treasure the relationships I have developed with the residents and team members. I consider them family after 10 years. 

As an artist, I like to spend my spare time in my art studio with my 6-year old daughter. I also love to visit The National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection.”



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