Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability and diversity
Abigail Christopherson | Branch Manager
When I joined the BrightStar team in September of 2014, a career dream came true! I found a great company where the “sky’s the limit” in terms of success as an individual and as a team. I am passionate about the care we provide and the people we serve. I came to BrightStar after 11 years in my previous position as the VP of Sales & Marketing for a publishing company in Madison and I have already witnessed firsthand how different our company is from others out there, how we go above and beyond and truly hold ourselves to a higher standard by offering peace of mind to our clients and their families.
I've been encouraged by our team leaders, Jeff & Susan to be successful in not only my professional life, but my personal as well, through volunteering my time and give back to this wonderful community I call home.
Rebecca Christensen| RN Case Manager
I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin in the 1990's and am a licensed RN.
I joined the Baraboo team in late 2014 after relocating to the area from Madison.
I come to BrightStar with 16+ years of hospital experience, with a focus on oncology and clinical research.
I love being part of a growing team that is able to help our clients in so many ways.
I enjoy meeting with our clients and families, while trying to keep them as safe and independent at home, for as long as possible.
Susan Rather & Jeff Tews | Owners
Jeff Tews and Susan Rather have been part of the BrightStar family since 2006 when they opened the BrightStar Care franchise in Madison.
Their business grew fast and they opened additional offices in Janesville, Baraboo and LaCrosse WI.
Jeff and Susan have been named BrightStar’s “Franchisees of the Year” twice.
Their home care and medical staffing operations are recognized in the industry for their excellence and are accredited by the Joint Commission.
Hard work and innovation are the roots of their growth and success.
They’ve developed a culture within the organization where continuing education and process improvement are top priorities, and the staff are empowered to provide great care.
Each operations is staffed with team members that share the vision of delivering “Peace of Mind” for families by providing great care and service to their loved ones, hiring compassionate staff and ensuring they have the resources necessary to do their work, and being a charitable participant within the communities served.
In February 2015, Jeff and Susan became the first BrightStar Senior Living franchisees.
BrightStar Senior Living of Madison is an assisted living and memory care community delivering experienced, personalized services in an exquisite, intimate setting. The 25,726 square foot community features 30 suites that can accommodate up to 36 residents. The main level is geared toward providing assisted living care while the entire second floor is a state-of-the-art memory care neighborhood.
By combining their home care and staffing business with BrightStar Senior Living, they have built an organization that is able to provide a continuum of quality care from the home to a residential community.
Susan graduated from UW – Eau Claire, studying Medical Technology.
She also has a MA in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Susan worked 25+ years in various medical laboratory settings, with expertise in personnel management, regulatory compliance and process improvement
Jeff is a Minnesota native and graduated from the University of Minnesota, earning his bachelors and a MBA.
Prior to BrightStar, he worked in large corporate organizations (Northwestern Bell, US West, Qwest, US Bank), gaining expertise in organizational and team development, customer service and business ethics.
Questions about our care team?
Please contact BrightStar Care in Baraboo online or call at (608) 355-5015 and we'll be happy to answer them.