Meet Our Team

The Sunnyside Assisted Living Management Team

Melissa Milanez, RN

Melissa Milanez, RN

Executive Director

Melissa Milanez Bio

As Executive Director, Melissa oversees and directs the day-to-day functions and efficient operations of the community in accordance with all Federal, State, and local regulations as well as all company policies and procedures. In this capacity, she also ensures the highest level of quality care for residents while maintaining the community’s financial stability and creating a harmonious working environment for all caregivers and staff members.

With nearly two decades of caregiving experience, Melissa was previously the Director of Nursing and Delegation Nurse at Sunnyside Assisted Living where she oversaw the health and supportive services provided to the residents.

Prior to her arrival at Sunnyside Assisted Living, Melissa gained valuable nursing experience at Kadlec Hospital as well as Rehab RN experience at an area skilled nursing facility. Prior to receiving her nursing credentials, Melissa spent 12 years as a certified nursing assistant. She received her RN from Walla Walla Community College and her LPN from Heritage University.

In her free-time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, and bike riding. She resides with her husband, Rudy; daughter, Arianna; and son, Gabriel.

Norma Gallegos

Norma Gallegos

Director of Nursing

Norma Gallegos Bio

Bio coming soon!

Nikki Schafer

Nikki Schafer

Business Office Manager

Nikki Schafer Bio

Nikki joined Sunnyside Assisted Living as its Business Office Manager in June 2021, bringing with her client service experience within the home care setting. In her new role, Nikki oversees payroll, human resources, account receivable and payable, and all the business’s financial records.

Nikki studied Recreational Therapy at BYU-Provo.

In her free time, you can often find Nikki crafting with her children, going on hikes, enjoying visits to various thrift stores, or watching The Office. She resides with her husband, Brent; son, Keaton; and daughters, Meisha and Elody.

 

Katherine Besst-Smith

Katherine Besst-Smith

Community Relations Manager

Katherine Besst-Smith Bio

Bio coming soon!

Valerie Yarnell

Valerie Yarnell

Dining Service Manager

Valerie Yarnell Bio

Valerie has been an asset to the residents of Sunnyside Assisted Living since her arrival in 1997. As Dining Service Manager, she is responsible for the dietary team, overseeing all training and supervision, while also managing the daily menus, ordering of food, and inventory maintenance. Using seasonal produce and fresh ingredients whenever possible, Valerie provides residents with nutritious meal options that are delicious and satisfying, providing an opportunity for residents to gather and enjoy one another, and their food.

In her free-time, Valerie enjoys going bowling, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends. She has two sons and five grandchildren.

Rosie Carrazco

Rosie Carrazco

Activities Assistant

Rosie Carrazco Bio

Rosie joined Sunnyside Assisted Living in April 2016 as a server in the kitchen, quickly being promoted to Cook. In November 2017, she was given an opportunity to serve the residents as their Activities Assistant, bringing smiles and joy to every life she touched. In just over a year’s time, after showcasing her dedication and outside-the-box approach to the enrichment of each resident, she was again promoted into the Life Enrichment Director position where she is now responsible for developing and coordinating activities that encourage daily engagement and camaraderie. By regularly assessing each resident’s unique interests and preferences, she creates enrichment activities that are life fulfilling, bringing true joy to the residents she serves. Rosie maintains healthcare certifications in both mental health and dementia.

When she isn’t elevating the lives of her residents, Rosie can be found enjoying time with her family, listening to music, camping or fishing. She is a risk taker and enjoys a good challenge. Rosie is married to her husband, Rene, and has two young children; a son, Zekiel, and a daughter, Jaylani. She’s also “mama” to numerous pets, including a dog, two cats, 30 fish, a snake, lizard, and bird.

Oscar Hernandez

Oscar Hernandez

Maintenance Director

Oscar Hernandez Bio

Bio coming shortly!

Please feel free to reach out with any questions at (509) 839-0579.  We understand this journey can be overwhelming and, at times, challenging. We are happy to assist you along the way.