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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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F. Joseph McMackin III, Chair

In 2003, Mr. McMackin joined the Sunrise Board of Directors and currently serves as Treasurer of the Board. Mr. McMackin is also a member of the Board’s Governance and Marketing and Communications Committees and leads the Board of Trustees in Naples, Florida, supporting Sunrise Community of Collier County, Inc. (TECH of Collier County).A graduate of the University of Miami School Of Law, Mr. McMackin is an attorney in Naples with Bond, Schoeneck, and King. His legal practice focuses on business, real estate, labor and employment, and governmental law. Mr. McMackin is the parent of a son with disabilities who receives services at Sunrise.


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Steven M. Weinger, Vice Chair

Mr. Weinger has served on the Sunrise Board of Directors for the past 25 years. In addition to his position as the First Vice Chairperson, he is Chair of the Human Resources Committee.Mr. Weinger is a tireless advocate for persons with developmental disabilities and an expert in the fields of commercial litigation, business law and healthcare. He is a partner in the law firm of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A. located in Miami, Florida. His landmark class action litigation has resulted in literally billions of dollars in additional services for the individuals we serve. He is nationally recognized for his successes in representing individuals with developmental disabilities, providers, and provider organizations. He is frequent a guest speaker on healthcare and non-profit issues, particularly those issues relating to finance, structure, and access to services. In his spare time, Mr. Weinger has a leadership role in several prominent arts organizations.


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Gregory Hicks, 2nd Vice Chair

Mr. Hicks joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014. Greg Hicks is responsible for directing Cigna’s Human Resources Regional and U.S. Operations. He was appointed to Vice President of Cigna Health Care Human Resources in July 2013. His appointment includes HR oversight for Total Health & Network, Clinical Strategy, Regional Contracting, Network Operations, Underwriting, Regional and Select Segments, Emerging Markets, Group Sales and Account Management, Group Operations and Voluntary, Sales Effectiveness, Cigna Medical Group, Cigna Pharmacy Management, Service Operations, Cigna Information Management and Analytics, and Operating Effectiveness.

Prior to his role in Cigna Global Health Benefits, Hicks was the Human Resources Lead for the U.S. Domestic Commercial business; previously he led talent and change initiatives in the National Accounts, Seniors, and Select Segments, Individual and Small Group Segment, Cigna Medical Group, Pharmacy, Voluntary, Cigna Health Management, Inc., and Life, Accident and Disability.

His experience prior to Cigna comes from Capital One Finance, Merck Medico Managed Care, and 3M Corporation. Greg earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and his Bachelors of Arts from Washington and Lee University.


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Gloria Wetherington, Secretary

Ms. Wetherington became a member of the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1990. She currently serves on the Finance and Administration Committee.Ms. Wetherington has served in several leadership roles including Chairperson of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Task Force on Community Living, former Chairperson of the Human Rights Advocacy Committee for Developmental Services District 10 (Broward & Palm Beach counties), and served as Chairperson of the Health and Human Services Board for District 10. Ms. Wetherington has been honored with the Frankie Thomas Volunteer of the Year Award (District 10) by Florida’s Department of Children and Families for her advocacy work.Ms. Wetherington is a commercial real estate broker, specializing in commercial property management.


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Bill Lank, Treasurer

Mr. Lank joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2012. As Co-Founder of the Endeavor Group Home and a father of a Sunrise consumer, he has been a dedicated advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities for decades. Bill Lank is the President and majority stockholder of his family’s company, Lank Oil headquartered in South Florida. He has been a leader in the business community since 1972 where he has served in various roles as president, multiple committee chairs, as well as director of the Florida Petroleum Marketers, the Fort Lauderdale Executives Association, and the Petroleum Marketers Association of America. Mr. Lank is also an engaged philanthropist in his local community where he serves on the Broward Community College Foundation as the Governance Committee Chairman and at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he serves at Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Bill shares his personal family experience with disabilities and brings a broad range of business acumen in governance and finance to Sunrise’s Board of Directors.

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Connie Crowther

A Sunrise Board member since 1996, Ms. Crowther is the president of Crowther and Company Communications, a Coral Gables-based public relations firm. Ms. Crowther has served as the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committees and continues to serve on this committee today. Her professional experience has contributed greatly in furthering the Sunrise mission.Ms. Crowther is active with Diveheart (South Florida Team), where she uses her passion for scuba diving to assist people with disabilities as they experience the joys of scuba diving and wonders of the sea. Individuals with disabilities who learn to scuba dive obtain physical and psychological therapeutic benefits and increased confidence.


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Daniel J. O’Connell, EdD

Dr. O’Connell joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2001, chairs the Board’s Governance Committee and serves on the Finance and Administration Committee.Dr. O’Connell has extensive experience in the field of human services and successfully leading organizations in the state of Connecticut. Currently, Dr. O’Connell is the President and CEO of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities in the state of Connecticut and has experience as a Regional Director and Superintendent at the Hartford Regional Center for the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation


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Frank J. McMackin IV

Mr. McMackin joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2012 where his father has also served for the past decade. Frank McMackin IV is an accomplished enterprise software sales and marketing executive with over a decade of risk management technology, process consulting, and commercial lines underwriting experience. Frank serves on Sunrise’s Communications Committee where brings his broad experience in business development, brand development and marketing to help raise awareness about Sunrise’s mission and issues impacting the greater disabilities community. Frank’s expertise in social media is helping to establish and build the technology platforms and external communication campaigns needed to enable Sunrise to continue in its role as an industry leader and advocate in health and human services. Mr. McMackin IV earned a Masters in Business Administration in International Business from Temple University Fox School of Business with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Rollins College.


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Geraldine Tucker

Mrs. Tucker began serving on the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1986. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board and is Chair of the Programs and Services Committee as well as a member of the Finance Committee and the Marketing and Communications Committee. Previously, Mrs. Tucker served as the Board Treasurer. Mrs. Tucker chose Sunrise to provide residential services for her son in Miami.Mrs. Tucker is the past President of the Supporters of Sunrise and has been honored for her efforts, first by the Dade County Parent Teacher Association with a service award in 1986, and later by the Sunrise Board in 1988.


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Jose Souto Sr.

Mr. Souto joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1997.  His professional experience and business acumen has assisted Sunrise’s Development efforts, and he is the Honorary Chairperson for Sunrise’s Magnolia Gala. 

Mr. Souto is Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Rowland Coffee Roasters, a family-owned business that exemplifies corporate giving principles and social responsibility to the community at large.  He has successfully led Rowland Coffee Roasters, a Miami-based company, in becoming the primary producer (80%) of all espresso coffee in the United States.

Mr. Souto, studied Marketing and Business Administration at the University of Miami.  He is the parent of a son receiving services from Sunrise in Miami.


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Jose “Joey” Souto

Mr. Souto joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014. He is a Miami-native and a second generation board member (Mr. Souto’s father served on the Sunrise Board for more than two decades.) Joey Souto is a partner in MasterConcessionAir, specializing in retail and food service operations in airports across the country. Mr. Souto is also the family member of an individual with developmental disabilities. His brother, Alfie, has been receiving services from Sunrise for 30 years.

Previsouly, Mr. Souto served at the Vice-President of Sales for Rowland Coffee Roasters in the Puerto Rico and the Institutional Division of the Northeast United States. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Souto is an active philanthropist and engaged community supporter with M.U.J.E.R. (Men and Women United in Justice for Education Reform) and the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors, which focuses on the well-being of terminally ill-children.

Joey received his B.A. from Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, with a minor in Spanish.


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Kevin E. Vance

Mr. Vance joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014. Mr. Vance is a partner in the international law firm Duane Morris, LLP. Kevin E. Vance is board certified by the Florida Bar in labor and employment law. He focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation and other types of business litigation. Mr. Vance is AV® Preeminent Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Vance represents businesses in a wide variety of litigation matters, including matters alleging breach of contract, breach of non-compete covenants, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, employment discrimination/retaliation, and unpaid wages. He has particular experience representing companies engaged in the healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and hospitality industries. Mr. Vance also represents businesses in ADA public accommodation lawsuits.

Mr. Vance routinely handles matters arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), cases alleging employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Florida Civil Rights Act, and other similar state and federal statutes. Mr. Vance is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and of the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. He is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.


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Pauline A. Young, EdD

Dr. Young joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1987. During her tenure with the Sunrise Board, she has served as Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Human Resources Committee and she also serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee.Dr. Young was an administrator in the Miami-Dade County school system with specific responsibilities for middle school students in the Exceptional Education Program.


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Richard H. McCarthy

Mr. McCarthy has been a member of the Sunrise Board since 1984. He is a member of the Board’s Finance and Administration Committee and has served as an officer of Sunrise’s Parents and Friends Group, now known as Supporters of Sunrise. Throughout the past 25 years, Mr. McCarthy has volunteered thousands of hours on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families and continues to work diligently to further the Sunrise mission.Mr. McCarthy is a retired executive of a Miami-based lumber business. Mr. McCarthy is the parent of a son who receives residential services from Sunrise


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Robert E. Coker

Robert Coker is Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, of United States Sugar Corporation. He is responsible for managing the company’s federal, state and local government affairs department and the company’s corporate and charitable giving programs encompassing numerous community and employee-relations activities. As a member of senior management, Mr. Coker also actively participates in corporate matters involving real estate, environmental regulation, budgeting and allocation of capital.He is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents for Leadership Florida. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sugar Cane League, the Board of Trustees of BIZ-PAC of Palm Beach County and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive Committee of Florida Taxwatch.Raised in Gainesville, Florida, Mr. Coker currently resides in Wellington, Florida with his wife, Mendy. They have three grown children, Christopher, Michelle and Melanie.


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Robert H. Moring, CLU, CFP

Mr. Moring joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1970. Currently, he serves as a member of two Board committees—Finance and Administration as well as Human Resources. In the past, he has served as both Vice President and Treasurer.Prior to his semi-retirement, Mr. Moring was the general manager of Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (now known as CIGNA) for South Florida. His professional area of expertise has been a great contribution to Sunrise. He is a registered investment advisor and financial planner with an office in Miami. He is a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina.


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Rose B. Pujol-Palacios

Ms. Pujol-Palacios has been a member of the Sunrise Board of Directors since 2004. She is the Founder and President of R. P. Technologies, Inc., a minority-certified woman/Hispanic-owned construction firm in South Florida. Ms. Pujol-Palacios is a licensed real estate salesperson and licensed roofing and general contractor.In addition to her Sunrise Board responsibilities, Ms. Pujol-Palacios is active in many organizations and serves as the Executive Director and Secretary of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights.


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Russell O. Armour, Jr. PhD

Dr. Armour joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014. Dr. Armour is a licensed psychologist and university professor. He has taught and/or continues to teach at Barry University, St. Thomas University, Florida International University, Carlos Albizu University and Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Armour served as the Southeast Representative for the Florida Association of School Psychologists for fifteen years. He also held the position of Research Chair and Ethics Chair at various points during his tenure.

Dr. Armour began working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in 1974 and has extensive experience in working with individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in Natural Science and his Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Later he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami.


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William P. Muir

Bill Muir joined the Board of Directors in 2006. Mr. Muir has extensive community involvement and leadership credentials and currently serves as the Chairman of the Communications Committee.Mr. Muir has served as President of the Science Museum of Long Island and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach, as well as Treasurer of the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. He serves as a strategic advisor to the Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm and is the current President of Nazareth Friends, Inc. which has generously supported Sunrise’s expansion into Palm Beach County. Mr. Muir is a retired entrepreneur and is the parent of a son with multiple physical and intellectual challenges.


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William Owens

Mr. Owens joined Sunrise’s Board in 2014. He is a business law attorney who concentrates his practice in business, banking, real estate, creditor’s rights, labor and administrative law. In the field of real estate law, Owens represents individuals and businesses in the sale, purchase and financing of commercial and residential property. William represents financial institutions in a multitude of lending transactions ranging from commercial real estate loans to sophisticated syndicated credits. In addition, William advises banks with respect to adversely rated credits, loan modifications, forbearance agreements, deeds in lieu, lien disputes, short sales and foreclosures.

He formerly served as senior vice president and in-house counsel to a regional commercial bank headquartered in Florida where he managed the commercial loan documentation department, supervised foreclosure litigation and assisted in overall administration of the financial institution’s legal affairs.

Mr. Owens received his Bachelor of Science from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1994. He graduated summa cum laude. After which, William earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law in 1997; graduating magna cum laude.

MANAGEMENT

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Zach Wray, President and Chief Executive Officer

Effective July 1, 2016, Zach Wray officially took over the responsibilities of President & CEO for all Sunrise operation in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia. Prior to that, Zach served as the Risk Management and Administrative Support for all field locations since 2014. He was responsible for navigating complex organizational challenges as the organization continued to expansion geographically and in scope of services. Zach’s expertise in community based service operations and regulatory compliance served as a critical resource for all seven states of operation.

Zach has been with Sunrise since February 2013 when Sunrise was instrumental in reorganization of HARC (Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers) in the Greater Tampa area. Zach was previously employed with HARC since 2010 and has eleven years experience in the greater disabilities field. Zach received both his Masters of Public Health in Behavioral & Community Interventions as well as his Masters in Social Work from the University of South Florida. Prior to that, he attended Southern New Hampshire University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Zach is currently Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.


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Jameson Dormann, Chief Operating Officer

As the Division Vice President, Mr. Dormann oversees all Sunrise programs and support services for people with developmental and acquired disabilities in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.

Jameson began his career in health and human services in 1991 as a direct support professional for United Cerebral Palsy in Little Rock Arkansas. Raised in a military family, Jameson grew up in several different countries. Professionally, he has continued to diversify and expand his skills and knowledge to include such positions as Case Manager, Program Manager, Director of Operations, Director of Adult Services, Housing Facility Coordinator and now, Division Vice President. While rising through the ranks over the last 23 years, Dormann earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas and a Masters in Business Administration from Union University in 2004.

Prior to joining Sunrise, Dormann worked in the greater disabilities community. His tenures included United Cerebral Palsy, Behavioral Services of Tennessee, the State of Tennessee and Goodwill among others. He has an extensive background in implementing and overseeing programs, personnel management, and budgeting. He officially joined the Sunrise family in 1999 and was appointed Regional Administrator in 2012. A strong human rights advocate, Dormann continues to provide the structure and leadership that is imperative to serving people who are medically fragile and/or behaviorally challenged. Throughout his career, Jameson advocated for inclusion of all people and has led the expansion of community-based services into numerous states. He is also actively involved in community issues including the National Fire Prevention Association and the Association for Behavioral Analysts. Mr. Dormann demonstrates strategic leadership that consistently earns Sunrise accreditations and awards for best practice care.


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James G. Weeks, PhD, Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Dr. James Weeks has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as well as Corporate Treasurer/Secretary for the Sunrise group of companies since 1989.From 1974-1979, Dr. Weeks held various positions in the fields of education and facility management. At Landmark Learning Center, a state owned and operated developmental disabilities facility in Miami, Florida, Dr. Weeks managed the facility’s Medicaid-funded programs to meet goals and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Dr. Weeks received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University (Virginia Tech).

Dr. Weeks received his Ph.D. from the University of Miami in Biochemistry in 1973. Additionally, he has published several papers in the field of medicine and holds numerous honors and awards for his dedication to disability services and rehabilitation. These awards include the Wilkie Ferguson Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to the developmental disabilities field and the Legislative Advocate of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Rehabilitative Facilities.Dr. Weeks has served on the Board of Directors and as officer and Board Chair for several community organizations. These include the Florida Chapter of the American Association on Mental Deficiencies (FCAAMD), Southeastern Regional American Association on Mental Deficiencies (SEAAMD), Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF), American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) and the Habilitation Center, a private, not-for-profit provider of services to people with disabilities.


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Jason Brandon, Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Mr. Brandon oversees a staff of five IT specialists, managers and administrators who provide technical support to more than 3,500 employees in seven states. He is responsible for executive decisions regarding the purchase and creation of new IT technologies as well as the security and maintenance of the Sunrise IT Infrastructure. He has strong organizational skills that are particularly relevant as, during his tenure, Sunrise has expanded in both geographic scope as well as in the range of services provided by employees. Mr. Brandon maps out both the information and communications technology (ICT) strategy as well as Sunrise’s ICT policy. The ICT strategy covers future proofing, procurement and the external and internal standards established by Sunrise for all locations.

Mr. Brandon has been with the company for 11 years. He joined Sunrise in March 2005 after a successful tenure with Brown & Williamson. Rising from his initial position as Network Manager, Mr. Brandon was promoted to Sr. Applications Administrator in September 2007; then Director of IT in August of 2010 and to his current post in June of 2012. Mr. Brandon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville in Computer Information Systems and his Masters in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University. Jason is a proud member of Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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Kathleen Childs, Division Vice President

Ms. Kathleen Childs is Division Vice President for the Sunrise group of companies, overseeing operations throughout Central & South Florida. Ms. Childs joined Sunrise in 1980 as a Behavioral Specialist and for the first 15 years, held different positions such as QMRP, Director of Sunrise Adult Services, and Administrator of Clinical Support Services.In 1995, Ms. Childs accepted the position of Administrator of Operations, Community Services. In this role, she developed and implemented many of the programs that remain as valued services to people served by Sunrise today: Foster Care, Respite Services, three new ICF/DD Group Homes and Sunrise’s first Medicaid Waiver Services home.

During this time, Ms. Childs assisted in the development of new programs and services outside of the state of Florida, lending her expertise in the implementation of programs in Georgia and Virginia. Ms. Childs was the Administrator during the acquisition of the Haven Center, Metatherapy, Community Environments and the Log Cabin Adult Day Training Center, in addition to leading Sunrise’s expansion into Broward County and Central Florida. She has worked closely with local and state regulatory agencies, families and support coordinators to ensure the successful transition of over 200 individuals from state-run facilities to residential homes in the community. Ms. Childs earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York and a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from Barry University. She has represented Sunrise at community forums as a speaker and was selected by her peers, for a second time, as President of the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH), an organization dedicated to the advocacy and support of people with developmental disabilities.


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Mr. Michael J. Hart, Vice President of Customer Service & Operations Support

Mr. Hart was appointed Division Vice President in May, 2011 and is responsible for operations in Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.Mr. Hart is a 28-year veteran of Sunrise and his role has always been to initiate and implement. Most recently, Mr. Hart was Chief Learning Officer for the organization and was responsible for the creation of Sunrise University, an internal corporate university, whose focus is leadership development and advancement for all employees within the Sunrise network. He has also served as Director of Bayshore Cluster, Coordinator of Public Relations and Community Affairs, Administrator of Special Projects, Director of Facility Acquisition and Development, Administrator of Operations, Administrator of Corporate Development, Administrator of Financial Services, Administrator of Corporate Services and Regional Administrator.

Prior to joining Sunrise, Mr. Hart was the Project Coordinator for a nationally certified educational program through the Bay District (Florida) School System and an Account Executive with Southern Bell/ATT.This broad spectrum of knowledge and experience enables Mr. Hart to lead with a unique perspective.Mr. Hart received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of South Florida.


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Marcella Henry, Compliance Officer

Ms. Henry brings a remarkable background of education and experience to her current position as Compliance Officer for the Sunrise group of companies. Her Sunrise career started in 1981, as a social worker, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.Over the next 10 years, she was promoted to Director of Program Services. In 1991, Ms. Henry was promoted to Administrator of Health, Nutrition, and Environmental Services. Again, in 1993, as she broaden her management experience, Ms. Henry was promoted to Regional Administrator for Sunrise’s South and Southwest Florida operations which afforded her opportunities to gain executive experience, effectively running 30% of Sunrise’s operations through 2006.

In 2006, Ms. Henry was appointed Compliance Officer for Sunrise. Her unique combination of experience and knowledge of operations, services and budget management has enabled Sunrise to develop and implement a comprehensive Compliance Program for the organization.In 2009, Ms Henry published her first article, “Why should a not for profit choose to develop a Compliance Program. Is it really necessary?” in the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics Magazine. Also in 2009 , Ms. Henry presented the topic “Practical Challenges of Implementing a Compliance Program in the Not For Profit Sector” at the annual national Meeting of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.Ms. Henry holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics, American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and a member of the Community Committee on Developmental Handicaps.


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Sheddricka Burch-Montgomery, Corporate Controller

As Corporate Controller, she oversees a staff of more than twenty employees in the Accounting, Accounts Payable, Client Trust and Payroll departments at National Headquarters. She is responsible for general accounting functions including the relationship with the external auditors, internal controls, consolidation, travel and entertainment reimbursement, fixed assets, external reporting, planning, payroll and cash disbursements.

Burch-Montgomery has been with the company 21 years. She joined Sunrise in 1994 as a new graduate with Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida Memorial University. Starting as an Accounts Payable Clerk, Sheddricka has dedicated her career to Sunrise. As the company expanded service lines and geographic locations, Ms. Burch-Montgomery earned promotions and accepted increasing levels of responsibility. She ascended the corporate ladder rising from a Clerk to Junior Accountant, then Accountant II, followed by Division Controller and Lead Division Controller. In 2004, Mrs. Burch-Montgomery accepted the position of Corporate Controller, of Sunrise Community, Inc.


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Karen Davidson, Director of Finance

In this role, Davidson is charged with strengthening and aligning central administrative and financial functions with the Sunrise’s core missions of inclusive supports and services for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. Karen oversees a broad range of departments including budget and resource planning as well as business affairs. She is an integral part of Sunrise’s Merger & Acquisitions team responsible for due diligence and assessments of potential acquisitions.

Prior to joining Sunrise in 2014, Davidson was the Director of Finance for MorseLife Health Systems from 2008 to 2014 where she demonstrated a consistent record of advancing financial operations and increasing profits thus ensuring sustained organizational productivity. Over the last twenty years, her financial expertise in healthcare has expanded to include managing start up business lines, implementing continuous process improvement programs, administering contract negotiations as well as credentialing and supervising managed care contracts and Medicaid contracts. Prior to Sunrise and MorselIfe, Davidson served as Chief Financial Officer for Port Saint Lucie Behavioral Hospital; Controller for the Center for Child Development with Tenet; Assistant Controller at Tenet South Florida Health Systems; as well Assistant Controller and Director of Budget and Financial Reporting for Intracoastal Health Systems, which was acquired by Tenet HC.

Davidson received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from St. Leo University in St. Leo Florida and is pursuing her Masters in Accounting from Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


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Michelle Pitts, Regional Administrator of Tennessee Operations

Ms. Pitts joined Sunrise Community in 1998 and is responsible for overall operations in the state of Tennessee. She currently oversees three operations in Middle and East TN which provide supports to 160 individuals with developmental disabilities. The state currently maintains 73 residential sites with oversight of 581 employees.

She has served as an administrator of organizations serving individuals with developmental disabilities for the past 35 consecutive years. Her service began as a social worker with the Knox County ARC and then promoted to Director of Social Services. Michelle continued her work in the field of developmental disabilities at Pacesetters, Inc. in Cookeville, TN. Her background and work experience throughout the state, along with an exceptional team, has been a tremendous asset in meeting federal and state regulations and maintaining exceptional ratings for quality service.

Sunrise Community of TN has a long standing partnership with both the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Health. Additionally, the Tennessee operations have been selected as a Preferred Provider for the new Managed Care Organizations’ Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Program.


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Scott Stafford, Regional Administrator

Scott Stafford joined Sunrise Community in May, 2015 as the Regional Administrator overseeing Sunrise programs and support services for people with developmental and acquired disabilities in Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia.

Scott began his career in health and human services in 2002 after a twenty year career in the automotive and aerospace industries. As Director of services and COO with his former employer, he helped lead the significant expansion of that agency over his 12 year tenure there. His passion for serving others and his knowledge of best business practices combine to make him an effective leader and advocate for people with disabilities. He has testified before local, state and national legislators on behalf of people with disabilities and Direct Support Staff on a variety of significant issues.

Scott earned his Bachelor’s degree from Harding University and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Hartford.


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Amy Stevens, Regional Administrator

Amy has worked in both the for-profit and non-profit field of mental health and developmental disabilities for over 25 years. She has an undergraduate in Human Services and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Her focus over the years has been in operations with a focus on quality assurance, accreditation, and operational leadership. Amy came to Sunrise in 2015 from Omaha, Nebraska. Sunrise provided the opportunity for her to combine the love of southeast living with the desire to work with those with developmental disabilities. Prior to Sunrise, Amy has worked in 11 states across the US in a leadership role.