Susan Rather | Owner I hold a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a master’s degree in human relations from Oklahoma University. I have 25 years experience working in medical facilities and laboratories in Alabama, California, Colorado, Germany, and Wisconsin. Before opening the BrightStar business with my husband, Jeff, I was the Laboratory Manager at the Veteran’s Hospital in Madison. While this is a second career for me, helping out families in need and providing quality jobs for our great staff is the most meaningful and rewarding work I’ve ever done.
Jeff Tews | Owner I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, and spent 30+ years in corporate positions at US West, Qwest and US Bank. A re-organization of US Bank started my search for an opportunity to run a small business. When Susan and I heard about BrightStar, we decided it was a perfect opportunity to help families, create jobs, and establish a business in this growing industry.
Linda Bruck | Director of Nursing I have been a registered nurse for over 40 years, providing care in long term facilities, medical clinics, hospitals, and family practice clinics. I am passionate about helping folks stay in their home by finding the best solutions for their needs. This includes their social and cultural needs, as well as their medical/physical requirements; I feel strongly about the overall big picture of our clients’ lives. I enjoy working with the rest of the BrightStar team to find the best solutions for our clients.
Wendy Sulzer | Director of Home Care I came to BrightStar Care with over 8 years experience in senior services marketing and management. I have always found working with older adults rewarding, but helping them reach their goal of returning to or staying at home is the best part of working at BrightStar. My goal is to create cohesive leadership teams of nurses and care managers who will be able to provide the care solutions our clients need.
Chasity Rogers | Branch Manager I came to BrightStar with a background in healthcare management and operations management. I have always searched for ways to grow through education and experience. I currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in health services management and a master’s degree in business administration. While in college I was able to work as Certified Nurse Assistant in the hospital and skilled nursing facility setting. That experience helped me understand how to be a caregiver and gave me the chance to directly provide help when someone needed it the most. Being a part of BrightStar has been a great journey, the compassion and care is imbedded in the culture, so I can’t help but to feel inspired. Connecting with families has been my favorite part. I love hearing stories and partnering with families to provide the support that is needed.
Kimberly Prodinzki | RN Case Manager During my time working with BrightStar, I have become more and more excited to get to know all of our clients and how to best fit their needs. Previously, I have worked in Clinic and hospital settings. I love being able to connect with our clients to build relationships and develop the best care plan for their needs. I always treat people with compassion and respect. I am passionate about health, fitness, and helping people live the best life that they can. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends.
Tina Stoflet | Customer Care Manager I came to Brightstar with over 15 years of health care experience. I am currently working on my MBA to pursue my dreams in healthcare management. The BrightStar core value that means the most to me is integrity. My goal at Brightstar is to be part of a team that helps bring “peace of mind” to those we serve by doing what we say we will do.
Tracie Johnson | Customer Care Manager I come to the BrightStar Care team with over 25 years of Customer Service Experience. Customer service is the key to a successful company in retaining and growing. I believe “it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”. Everyone is my customer so that means I will go above and beyond to assure you receive the Best BrightStar Experience ever.
The BrightStar Core Value that means the most to me is Compassion; being involved with the community and treating other with the utmost respect is what I do. I treat others like I want my Grandparents to be treated. There is no other way to do it. Which is why I knew BrightStar was the perfect place for me.