Tammy RyanNewburgh Director — Sunshine ADC
If you ask Tammy Ryan what goes into planning activities at Sunshine’s three locations, she’ll tell you: “It’s all about having fun. If it’s not fun, we really don’t want to do it.” In addition to overseeing Sunshine’s centers, Ryan spends time with members every day at the Peekskill and Newburgh locations.
Ryan’s interest in working with the older members of our communities was first sparked when she was earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and wrote her thesis on the benefits of wellness programs for the elderly. She went on to receive a Master of Education degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management, and began her working life as a health counselor developing employee wellness programs for large companies. Along the way, Ryan also gained certification in first aid and CPR.
After a career managing health and wellness centers and a hiatus to devote herself to motherhood, Ryan returned to the field that had first inspired her as a college student, managing residential communities for the elderly. “I found a passion for the elderly when managing retirement communities,” she says.
That passion guides her work as Sunshine’s regional director. “You can genuinely see with the population we serve that we’re positively affecting their lives,” she says. “We have a duty to keep our members healthy and strong, in mind and body, to postpone placement into institutions and also to offer a much needed respite for caretakers. I make sure that our members are having a good experience and that we’re providing them compassionate care.
Ryan credits the success of Sunshine ADC to her staff. “They enjoy working with this population,” she explains. “That’s what makes for a successful daycare.” Ryan has built a staff of experienced, certified home health aides who find the time they spend with Sunshine members as meaningful as she does. “They’re truly compassionate people who are amazing,” she says. “I couldn’t be more proud of our staff.”
Sharing days that are filled with engaging activities and a spirit of camaraderie makes Ryan, her staff, and Sunshine’s members a vital part of each other’s lives. “When you get older, you can become lonely and isolated, and sometimes a victim of illness,” says Ryan. “We create these awesome programs and centers that are clean and friendly and warm and comforting for our elderly members to find a place to reach their optimal levels of functioning and to feel loved. And that’s rewarding. No paycheck could ever give you the type of intrinsic reward that these members give back to us when we treat them the way they deserve.”
Kathy MarkowskiMonticello Director — Sunshine ADC
Kathy Markowski has many years of experience with Seniors and Adult Homes. She was the Director of Senior Events in a New Jersey Community Center and the Marketing and Sales Director with a pharmaceutical company. She has experience in the Medical and Dental fields as Office Manager. She lives in Youngsville, NY and has 7 children between her and her husband. Kathy has two sets of twins herself and loves children. She adores her Seniors and Adult Home members here at Sunshine Adult Daycare of Monticello
Milagros Caceres came to Sunshine with a lengthy career in community service already behind her. After moving from Puerto Rico to New York City as a child, Caceres raised a family in NYC with her husband, Heriberto, and put her bilingual skills to work as an advocate for Spanish-peaking residents seeking help with housing, education, and immigration issues.
Caceres has been honored for her service by organizations including the Lions Club and Latinos Unidos, and continues to contribute her time and talents to Newburgh City events such as the Spanish Heritage Festival, National Night Out, and Annual Hispanic Heritage Cultural Celebration.