Sunrise on Hillcrest

Meet the Sunrise on Hillcrest Team

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

Destinee MadisonDestinee Madison, CVW—Team Member since 2005

Executive Director

"I joined the Sunrise family in 2005. I started at Sunrise as a Care Manager at Brighton Gardens of Lakewood, in Colorado. Over the past 14 years, I transferred to three different Sunrise communities. I held many roles, from Care Manager, Lead Care Manager, Medication Care Manager, Assisted living Coordinator and Reminiscence Coordinator at Sunrise of Plano. I successfully completed the Executive Director in Training Program and becoming a certified Validation Therapy Trainer. I look forward to many more opportunities to serve our residents and families, while growing within the Sunrise family.

What I love most about Sunrise is that everyone here is family; from our residents, their loved ones and our entire Sunrise team.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, sports, cooking and shopping."


hillcrest kristiKristi Valdez—Team Member since 2011

Director of Sales

"I have worked for Sunrise since 2011. I spent four years at Sunrise of Frisco before transferring to Sunrise of Plano in January of 2016, and I am happy to now be at Sunrise of Hillcrest! Working with families every day as they face the difficult decision of choosing senior living for themselves or a loved one, is both challenging and rewarding. Seeing residents settle into their Sunrise lifestyle and seeing an improvement in their quality of life, is why I love what I do.  

I love working with such a wonderful team, who share the same passion for helping seniors and their families. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my two cats and two dogs."


Dustin CalamiaDustin Calamia, RN BSN

Resident Care Director 

"I am originally from New Orleans and have worked as an RN in a multitude of specialties in both the hospital and community for about 10 years. What I have always enjoyed about nursing are the bonds and trusts formed with residents and their families.

The most rewarding part of this career is caring and helping those in need. I moved to Dallas for Sunrise and its wonderful reputation of adhering to those values.

I am married with two children and three dogs, so I think I’ve forgotten what spare time is. If and when there every is spare time again, I enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors."


hillcrest joanneJoanne Higgins, TALA Hero Winner —Team Member since 2018

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

"I have been with Sunrise since May 2018. I worked as a teacher before having four children of my own. In 2004, my husband’s job with Verizon brought us to Texas, and we plan on staying!

I have always been a nurturer especially to the seniors in my life. I was looking for a change which led me to senior living. I started as a caregiver and quickly moved into activities for the community. I took classes for activities with the elderly, with focus on those with dementia. I am so happy to be part of Sunrise. I feel that this company knows how to do things right. The residents are always first. My daily goal is to make each residents feel loved and important. I love what I do, I wouldn’t change careers for anything."

In my spare time, I love to read books, travel and I love to play golf.


hillcrest kayKay Nestel–Team Member since 2006

Maintenance Coordinator

“I have been with Sunrise since 2006 after retiring from Sperry.

My favorite part of my job is being able to make a difference in our residents’ lives on a daily basis. I enjoy working with the residents at Sunrise on Hillcrest.

In my spare time, I like to go kayaking, fishing, camping and swimming in the great state of Texas."



Kay Nestel

Maintenance Coordinator

“I have been with Sunrise for the past 10 years after retiring from Sperry.

My favorite part of my job is being able to make a difference in our residents’ lives on a daily basis. I enjoy working with the residents at Sunrise on Hillcrest.

In my spare time, I like to go kayaking, fishing, camping and swimming in the great state of Texas."

adrine njeriAdrine Njeri–Team Member since 2007

Lead Care Manager

"I have been with Sunrise since 2007. I have a passion for serving senior, and I take care of my own mother outside of work. 

I love to communicate with the residents and make them feel happy and safe. They rely on me to take care of them, and they trust me. In turn, I get so much joy from seeing our residents everyday and building relationships with them."


hillcrest jaggerJagger

Community Pet

"My name is Jagger, and I am a 4 year old Great Pyrenees. I have lived at Sunrise on Hillcrest since I was 6 months old! I am also known to play outside in the mud and bushes!

I bring lots of love, comfort, and smiles to our community and am proud to be the face of Sunrise on Hillcrest. Stop by and say hello anytime…I will probably join you on your tour of our community. After all, I know all the best places to take a nap, find a snack, or get a belly rub!"

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