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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, possible for those in our care.
Steve O’Dell | Owner
Prior to establishing Erie County BrightStar, local owner Steve O’Dell worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, most recently in the clinical development and global launches of biopharmaceuticals. He found that the most rewarding part of his career was meeting with patients who were helped by these new products, and he began to look for a way to directly focus his efforts on patient interaction and care.
Home healthcare proved a perfect fit, and BrightStar Care was the only company that offered the full continuum of care and medical staffing. Steve is honored for the opportunity to positively impact the Erie community by providing peace of mind to patients and their families.
Steve holds board and steering committee positions with the NWPA Workforce Investment Board, the NWPA Healthcare Industry Partnership and the NWPA Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He is active with the Independent Council on Aging, the Erie Chamber of Commerce, the local Alzheimer’s Association, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and many other non-profit groups assisting the Erie Community.
Renee M. Gwinn, BSN, RN, CRRN, CRNI | Director of Nursing
Nursing is not only my profession, its my passion. I have been a Registered Nurse for almost 30 years and I’m still learning. Everyone of our clients are individuals and have so much to offer. My job is to make that possible.
Jennifer Bisbee| Branch Manager
I have been in the health care field for 10 years. I started as a Pharmacy Technician and then shifted my focus to Medical Secretary. After school, I worked in case management handling billing aspects for providers to consumers 60 and older. I enjoyed the interaction with the providers on a day to day basis assisting with claim issues. I eventually sought a position with BrightStar Care, where I have now been since 2009. I enjoy the ability to help those in need and assist with the provider side of billing. The best part about being in the healthcare field is it is always changing, and there is always something new to learn. Working for BrightStar Care is rewarding knowing you are helping those in need.
Chrissy Earley| Community Liaison
I have been in the homecare industry since 2004. I became a caregiver for BrightStar Care in 2012 and in 2014 was fortunate enough to be accepted for the Community Liaison position at BrightStar Care. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work in the field. Having the previous experience of working in the field allows me to reach out and connect with our clients on a more personal level, I understand more about their needs and wants and strive for a way to make that happen for them. Being the Community Liaison for BrightStar Care allows me to go out in the Erie community and ensure that local people receive the health information, resources and health care services they need as well as provide information about home care and what’s available to them. I am very passionate about my responsibilities as a Community Liaison and believe that everyone needs a helping hand and information on how to make sure everyone can remain safe and independent in their own home.
Trina Beganics| Client Care Manager
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