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.

tommy thomas

Tommy Thomas - Team Member since 2017

Executive Director

"I have been with Sunrise since November of 2017; however, I have been in working in senior living since 2004. Before that, I was a teacher and principal for 16 years.

My favorite part of this job is being able to spend time with residents and talk with them about all they have done in their lives. The best part of working at Sunrise is the support. Everyone works as a unit to take care of our residents. 

In my free time, I have a grandson with whom I love spending time. I am also a falconer, so I spend some time working with my bird."



shandeana pratt

Shandeana Pratt - Team Member since 2017

Assisted Living Coordinator

"I started at Sunrise in August 2017. Throughout college, I led and participated in humanitarian clubs and healthcare initiatives in Nebraska. During my senior year, I did an internship as an Administrator in training at a local nursing home. This experience allowed me to build a strong management style and to be well versed in numerous departments within a healthcare facility. Shortly after, I obtained my Assisted Living Administrator license and worked as a Home Care Manger for two years before moving to Texas. 

My favorite part of my job is coming to work everyday and making a positive impact in the lives of our residents. The best part of working at is being a part of a family atmosphere, which I see through how much everyone cares and are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty every single day. 

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


ariel herman

Ariel Herman - Team Member since 2017

Reminiscence Coordinator

I started in May of 2017 as a Life Enrichment Manager and then became the Reminiscence Coordinator the following September. My previous experience comes from working in the mental health field with both adult and older adult units. 

My favorite part of my job is interacting with the residents and becoming a part of their lives. The best part of working at Sunrise is the open environment and shared ethics.

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and trying new things."



Kay 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."



Joel Romero - Team Member since 2010

Dining Services Coordinator

“I have been working in the kitchen since I was 19 years old and have been a member of the Sunrise team since 2010.

My favorite thing to cook is desserts, particularly fruit tarts. I love to make the residents feel special. When residents have really specific requests, I will go out and talk to them to make sure I’m making something they will want and like. I know it makes them feel special and it makes me feel good too.”




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."

adriene njeri

Adrine 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."


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