Sunrise People

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

F. Joseph McMackin III, Chair

F. Joseph McMackin III, Chair

In 2003, Mr. McMackin joined the Sunrise Board of Directors. In July of 2016, Mr. McMackin was voted in as the Chair of the Board and currently serves on the Development Committee, the Executive Committee, and Finance Committee and the Governance Committee. Mr. McMackin is a graduate of the University of the Miami School of Law and is currently an attorney in private practice. His legal practices focuses on business, real estate, labor and employment law and governmental law. Mr. McMackin is a parent of a son with disabilities who recieves services at Sunrise.


Steven M. Weinger, Vice Chair

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 a 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


Gregory Hicks, 2nd Vice Chair

Gregory Hicks, 2nd Vice Chair

Mr. Hicks joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014 and is a member of the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. Hicks earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and his Bachelors of Arts from Washington and Lee University.


Bill Lank, Treasurer

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. Mr. Lank currently is the Treasurer of the Board and chairs the Finance Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Executive Committtee. Mr. 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 asLector 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.


Gloria Wetherington, Secretary

Gloria Wetherington, Secretary

Ms. Wetherington became a member of the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1990. She currently serves on the Finance Committee, the Advocacy Committee, the Goverance Committee and the Executive 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.


Connie Crowther

Connie Crowther

Ms. Crowther joined the Sunrise Board in 1996 and served as the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee. Currently, she is a member of the Development Committee and the Programs and Services Committee. Ms. Crowther is president of Crowther & Company Communications & Consulting in Coral Gables with more than 40 years of experience in journalism, public relations and communication. Her professional experience has contributed greatly in furthering the Sunrise mission.

Ms. Crowther is a member of the Coral Gables Communications Committee; past president and current national conference delegate for the Public Relations Society of America, Miami Chapter and is a member of the advisory board for the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. She 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 experience physical and psychological therapeutic benefits and gain greater confidence.

Ms. Crowther earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at Ohio University Scripps School of Journalism and Communication.



Russell O. Armour, Jr., Ph.D.

Russell O. Armour, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Armour joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014 and currently is a member of the Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee. 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 Psychologist 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 Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He later earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling from the University of Miami.


Robert E. Coker

Robert E. Coker

Mr. Robert Coker is Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for United States Sugar Corporation. He is responsible for managing the company's federal, state, and local Governmental Affairs Department, in addition to the company's corporate and charitable giving programs encompassing numerous community and employee-relations activities. As a member of senior management, Mr. Coker actively participates in corporate matters involving real estate, environmental regulation, budgeting and allocation of capital.

Mr. Coker is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents for Leadership Florida, 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 and past president of the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Executive Board of the Gulf Stream Council Boy Scouts of America and serves on numerous other boards and advisory councils. Currently, Mr. Coker is a member of Sunrise's Advocacy Committee and Finance Committee.

Mr. Coker holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Florida State University and has completed graduate work in public administration at Florida State University. Raised in Gainesville, Florida, Mr. Coker resides in Wellington, Florida with his wife Mendy. They have three children, Christopher, Michelle, and Melanie and two grandchildren, John Christopher Coker and Elizabeth Ann Black.


Jose Costa

Jose Costa

Mr. Costa recently joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in January of 2017. He is currently the COO of Costa Farms. Costa Farms, LLC, a third generation family-owned business with over 3,800 employees. Costa Farms engages in growing and marketing houseplants, annuals, and perennial flowers. It offers garden, indoor, and outdoor plants for decorating homes, yards, and gardens. The company offers its products through garden centers, home-improvement centers, club stores, and grocery stores in North America and internationally. Costa Farms, LLC was founded in 1961 by Mr. Jose Costa, Sr. and is headquartered in Miami, Florida with operations the Dominican Republic and Guangdong, China.


Richard H. McCarthy

Richard H. McCarthy

Mr. McCarthy has been a member of the Sunrise Board since 1984. He is a member of the Governance Committee, Program and Services Committee and the Finance Committee. Additionally, he has served as an officer of Sunrise's Parents and Friends Group, currently known as the Supporters of Sunrise. Throughout the past 33 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 mission of Sunrise. Mr. McCarthy is a retired executive of a Miami-based lumber business. Mr. McCarthy is a parent of a son who receives services from Sunrise.


Frank J. McMackin, IV

Mr. McMackin joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2012 where his father has also served for the past decade. Mr. McMackin currently is a member of the Development Committee where he 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. Mr. McMackin is an accomplished enterprise software sales and marketing executive with over a decade of risk management technology, process consulting, and commercial lines underwriting experience. Mr. McMackin expertise in social media is helping to establish and build the technology platforms and external communications campaigns needed to enable Sunrise to continue in its role as an industry leader and advocate in health and human services. Mr. McMackin earned a Masters in Business Administration in International Business from Temple University's Fox School of Business and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Rollins College.


Robert H. Moring, CLU, CFP

Robert H. Moring, CLU, CFP

Mr. Moring joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1970. Currently, he serves on both the Finance Committee, as well as the Human Resources Committees. 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 adviser and financial planner with an office in Miami. He is a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina.


William P. Muir

William P. Muir

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


Daniel J. O'Connell, EdD

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 Committee. Dr. O'Connell has extensive experience in the field of human services and successfully managed 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 held the positions of Regional Director and Superintendent at the Hartford Regional Center for the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation.


William Owens

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

Mr. Owens 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 foreclosures litigation and assisted in overall administration of financial institutions' legal affairs.

Mr. Owens received his Bachelor of Science from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1994. He graduated summa cum laude, after which he earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law in 2007, graduating magna cum laude.


Rose B. Pujol-Palacios

Rose B. Pujol-Palacios

Ms. Pujol-Palacios has been a member of the Sunrise Board of Directors since 2004 and currently is a member of the Development Committee, the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee. 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.


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 of the Sunrise Magnolia Gala.

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

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


Jose "Joey" Souto

Mr. Souto joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014 and currently is a member of the Development Committee. He is a Miami-native and a second generation board member (Mr. Souto's father served on the Sunrise board for over two decades). Mr. Souto is a partner in MasterConncessionAir, 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.

Previously, Mr. Souto served as the Vice President of Sales for Rowland Coffee Roasters in 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 Men and Women United in Justice for Education Reform (M.U.J.E.R.) and the Miami Children's Young Ambassadors, which focuses on the well-being of terminally ill-children.

Mr. Souto received his Bachelors form Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, with a minor in Spanish.


Geraldine Tucker

Geraldine Tucker

Mrs. Tucker began serving on the Sunrise Board of Directors in 1986. She currently is Chair of the Program and Services Committee as well as a member of the Finance 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.


Kevin E. Vance

Kevin E. Vance

Mr. Vance joined the Sunrise Board of Directors in 2014. Currently, he is a member of the Goverance Committee and the Human Resources Committee. Mr. Vance is a partner in the international law firm Duane Morris, LLP. Mr. 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 Reviewed 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, whistle-blowing, employment discrimination/retaliation, and unpaid wages. He has particular experience representing companies engage in healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and hospitality industries. Mr. Vance also represents businesses in ADA public accommodations 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 American 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 the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. He is a native of Louisville Kentucky.


Pauline A. Young, Ed.D.

Pauline A. Young, Ed.D.

Dr. Young joined the Sunrise Board in 1987. During her tenure with the board, she has served as Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee. Currently he is a member of the Governance Committee, the Human Resources Committee, and the Programs and Services Committee. Dr. Young was an administrator in the Miami-Dade County school system with specific responsiblities for middle school students in the Exceptional Education Program.

MANAGEMENT

Zach Wray, President and CEO

Zach Wray, President and CEO

Effective July 1, 2016, Zach Wray officially took over the responsibilities of President and CEO for all Sunrise operations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia. Prior to that Mr. Wray served as the Vice President of Administrative Services providing risk management consultation and general support to all Sunrise locations since 2014. He was responsible for navigating complex organizational challenges as the organization continued to expand geographically and in scope of service. Mr. Wray's expertise in community based service operations and regulatory compliance served as a critical resource for all seven states of operation.

Mr. Wray has been with Sunrise since February of 2013, when Sunrise was instrumental in the reorganization of the Hillsborough Achievement and Resource Centers (HARC), in the greater Tampa area. Mr. Wray was previously employed with HARC since 2010 and has over 15 years of experience in the greater disabilities field. Mr. Wray received both his Masters of Public Health with a focus on 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. Mr. Wray is currently Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.


Jameson Dormann, Chief Operating Officer

Jameson Dormann, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Dormann 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, he 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, Division Vice President and his current role of Chief Operating Officer for Sunrise. While rising through the ranks over the last 23 years, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, he has 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.


Karen Davidson, Secretary/Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Karen Davidson, Secretary/Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Mrs. Davidson has served as the Director of Finance working to strengthen the central administrative and financial functions with Sunrise core mission of inclusive supports and services for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. In January 2017, Mrs. Davidson was named the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of Sunrise. Prior to joining Sunrise in 2014, Ms. 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 past 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 MoreLife, Mrs. Davidson served as Chief Financial Officer for Port Saint Lucie Behavioral Hospital; Controller for the Center for Child Development with Tenet, Assistance Controller at Tenet South Florida Health Systems; as well as Assistant Controller and Director of Budget and Finance Reporting for Intracoastal Health Systems, which was acquired by Tenet, HC.

Mrs. Davidson recieved her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from St. Leo University in St. Leo Florida and her Masters in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL


Sheddricka Burch-Montgomery, Director of Finance

Sheddricka Burch-Montgomery, Director of Finance

Mrs. Burch-Montgomery has been with the company for over 21 years. She joined Sunrise in 1994, as a new graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida Memorial University. Starting as an Accounts Payable Clerk, Mrs. Burch-Montgomery has dedicated her career to Sunrise. As the company expanded service lines and geographical locations, Ms. Burch-Montgomery earned promotions and accepted increasing levels of responsibility ascending the corporate ladder and rising from Clerk to Junior Accountant, to Senior Accountant, followed by Division Controller and subsequently to her current position as Director of Finance for the organization.


Kathleen Childs, Division Vice President

Kathleen Childs, Division Vice President

Mrs. Childs is the Division Vice President for the Sunrise Group of companies, overseeing operations throughout Central and South Florida. Mrs. Childs joined Sunrise in 1980 as a Behavioral Specialist and for the first 15 years, held different positions such as QMPR, Director of Sunrise Advocacy Services, and Administrator of Clinical Support Services. In 1995, Mrs. 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 such as Foster Care, Respite Services, Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled and Medicaid Waiver group homes.

During this time, Mrs. Childs, assisted in the development of new programs and services outside the state of Florida, lending her expertise in implementation of programs in Georgia and Virginia. Mrs. Childs was the Administrator during the acquisition of the Have Center, a Metatherapy Community Environment 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. Mrs. Childs, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York and a master of Science 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 Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps (CCDH), an organization dedicated to the advocacy and support of people with developmental disabilities. In 2015, Mrs. Childs was honored by the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities withe the Katie Porta Award for Excellence in Advoacy.


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

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

Mr. Hart was appointed Division Vice President in May of 2011 and was responsible for the 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 projects. During his tenure at Sunrise he has been the Chief Learning Officer responsible for Sunrise University, Director of the 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 Bay District (Florida) Social System and an Account Executive with Southern Bell/ATT. His broad spectrum of knowledge and experience enables Mr. Hart to lead with a unique perspective. Mr. Hart recieved his Batchelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and earned a Master's Degree in Education from the Univerity of South Florida.


Michelle Pitts, Regional Administrator of Tennessee Operations

Michelle Pitts, Regional Administrator of Tennessee Operations

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

Ms. Pitts 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 received a promotion to Director of Social Services. Ms. Pitts continued her work in the field of developmental liabilities at Pacesetters, Inc. in Cookeville Tennessee. 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 Tennessee 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.


Scott Stafford, Regional Administrator

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.


Amy Stevens, Regional Administrator

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.


Marcella Henry, Compliance Officer

Marcella Henry, Compliance Officer

Mrs. 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 from Winsor in Ontario Canda. Over the next 10 years, she was promoted to Director of Program Services. In 1991, Mrs. Henry was promoted to the Administrator of Health, Nutrition, and Environmental Services. Again, in 1993, as she broadened her management experience, Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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. In 2009, Mrs. 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, Mrs. 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. Mrs. Henry hold a Master's degree in Human Services Administration from Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association, Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics, American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilties and a member of Community Committee on Developmental Handicaps.


Jason Brandon, Chief Information Officer

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 (7) states. He is responsible for executive decisions regarding the purchase and implementation of new Information Technology ((IT) as well as the security and maintenance of the Sunrise IT infrastructure. He has strong organizational skills that are particularly relevant to his tenure. Mr. Brandon is responsible for the development of our information and communications technology (ICT) strategy as well as Sunrise's IT policy. The ICT strategy covers future proofing, procedures, including external and internal standards established by Sunrise for all locations.

Mr. Brandon joined Sunrise in March of 2005 as Network Manager, after a successful tenure with Brown & Williamson. Mr. Brandon was promoted to Sr. Applications Administrator in September of 2007 and in August of 2010, became Director of Information Systems. He was promoted to his current post in June of 2012. Mr. Brandon earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville in Information Systems and a Master's Degree in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University; he is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.