Sunrise on Vernier

Meet the Sunrise on Vernier Team

Sunrise on Vernier Team Member Lance

Lance Davis—3 Years of Service

Executive Director

“Prior to joining Sunrise in 2015, I worked in a leadership role at a neuro rehabilitation program for many years.

My favorite part about my job is using my knowledge and experience to work collaboratively in order to provide a high quality experience for our residents every day. I love when residents and their families engage with our programming and team in ways that surprise everyone. It’s rewarding to work at a company with an unmatched level of expertise and support for our residents and their families.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling with my wife and son. We all love to swim and go on bike rides as a family.”


Sunrise on Vernier Team Member Laura

Laura Manion—1 Year of Service 

Resident Care Director

“I have been with the Sunrise team since 2016, and prior to joining, I worked in a skilled nursing facility for five years. Along with that, I have worked as a home care nurse, and within a hospital in the neurology unit.

My favorite part about my job is that I am able to make a difference in the lives of our residents; I cherish the relationships I’ve made and love to reminisce and have fun with them. It’s rewarding to come to work and feel among family.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children, cat, and dog. I also love to garden and spend time in nature.”


Sunrise on Vernier Team Member Vera

Vera Gjolaj—3 Years of Service

Reminiscence Coordinator

“I joined the Sunrise team in 2014. I worked as a wellness nurse for my first two years, prior to becoming Reminiscence coordinator.

My favorite part about working here is caring for the residents; working for a company that puts residents’ needs first is by far the best part about Sunrise. Helping provide a voice for those living with dementia gives me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Every day I come into work, I know that I get to make someone’s day better and make a difference.

In my free time, when I am not running my two girls to soccer games and practices, I enjoy reading a good book.”


Sunrise on Vernier Team Member Jen

Jennifer Robbins—8 Years of Service

Activities & Volunteer Coordinator

“I have been with Sunrise since 2008—working in adult day programs across metro Detroit, prior to joining the Vernier team.

My favorite part about my job is being able to make our residents dreams come true in order to help make these the best years of their lives. At Sunrise, we put our residents first and foremost, and as a result, they become an extension of our family.

In my free time, I am usually crafting or drawing. I also enjoy spending time with my family and of course, my pets!”


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