Our people are our greatest asset. From the full spectrum of adult homecare and elder care to childcare and more, the quality services we provide day in and day out would not be possible without the hard work and passion of our dedicated staff. Each member of our team embodies the core values of our business – compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity – and strives to make more possible for those in our care.
For Cheri, BrightStar is the realization of a dream that she thought could never come true. Proud to be a nurse, she didn’t think that shecould find a business opportunity that would let her utilize her professional skills and experience in a way that would also let her answer the entrepreneurial side of herself. BrightStar’s environment of support, strong corporate leadership, and commitment to quality has made joining this family the best decision of her professional life.
She is committed to quality patient care and the development/promotion of a professional base of healthcare providers, as evidenced by the many clinical and professional roles that she has assumed throughout her 20-plus years as a Critical Care Nurse. She is very proud to now be representing the BrightStar name, and she is confident that she can, and will, provide care that is efficient, professional and compassionate.
She is currently the elected Chair of the Franchise Advisory Council (FAC) at BrightStar. McEssy is an active member of many professional groups including Illinois Organization of Nursing Leaders (IONL), Athena International, Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), National Private Duty Association (NPDA), Case Management Society of America (CMSA) and Chicago Health Executives Forum (CHEF). McEssy also has been credentialed as a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).
Sandy Gibson- Regulatory Nurse Consultant
Sandy, a Registered Nurse, has committed her life to healthcare and serving others. She began her career in neonatal intensive care, and quickly realized that upon being released home, many patients didn’t receive the continued care they needed. Sandy then joined one of the first nurse-owned pediatric homecare units, spending many nights on the road training skilled caregivers on how to provide quality healthcare to their patients. Sandy has been a part of numerous start up homecare companies, so the experience she brings to BrightStar is multi-faceted. Upon meeting Cheri, the decision to join the BrightStar Chicago team in August 2011 was an easy one for Sandy. Cheri’s energy, vision and commitment to quality care is a winning trifecta in Sandy’s eyes.
Sandy and her husband are avid motorcycle enthusiasts who participate in multiple charity rides for Veteran organizations. She is also a proud mother of three children and two dogs.
Adrianne Courtney, Healthcare Consultant
Adrianne is a born and raised Hoosier who started at BrightStar Chicago in August 2011. Prior to BrightStar she was a marketing manager for an Indianapolis based media company. After the initial meeting with Cheri, she knew this was the perfect place to be. Her energy and passion for her business was contagious, and Adrianne wanted nothing more than to be a part of Cheri’s team and help her achieve the high level of success she aims for. Adrianne is excited to pair her expertise in marketing with her passion to serve others. She knows from family experiences the benefits of in-home healthcare as her grandmother used a service for many years. She has also seen the burden taking care of loved ones can have on family members and understands the true value of a caregiver.
You’ll find Adrianne reading any spare moment she has. She is also a wannabe storm chaser, an avid reality show junkie and a lover of the arts. Adrianne is also a very proud aunt to her nephew, Mason, and niece, Kendall.
Brickles enjoys his time at the lake at Montrose Harbor and is the first dog to go through BrightStar training. He is extremely loving (a Golden Retriever trapped in a German Shepherd’s body, Cheri likes to say) and is all heart. Brickles is also the official greeter at the BrightStar Chicago office.