Our people are our company.
In order to provide the highest quality private duty home care and skilled nursing in Hawaii, we must hire the best employees. We are proud of our outstanding team of care professionals. Our employees undergo a rigorous screening process including telephonic and in-person interviews, written competency testing, live skills testing, background check, and drug testing. Each employee is dedicated to providing the best possible in-home care for our clients. Please see view the video below to see an example of how Althea, one of our incredible caregivers makes a difference each day for her client:
While BrightStar Care of Honolulu's caregivers are working compassionately and diligently each day to care for our clients and to ease burdens and brighten the days of the families we serve, BrightStar Care of Honolulu's administrative and management team are devoted to the company's "Hoku'alohi Promise."
We are pleased to introduce the caring and dedicated individuals who lead, manage, support, and facilitate the company vision.
Steven Lee | Owner, President
Steven and his wife, Alison, opened BrightStar Care of Honolulu in 2010.
Steven is a "local boy" who graduated from Aiea High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii.
After over 20 successful years in the mortgage industry, Steven felt a yearning to seek a more meaningful career where he felt he could truly make a difference. Initially unfamiliar with the home care industry and the services home care provided, Steven and Alison became aware of the need for a high-quality provider of private duty in-home care in Hawaii.
They chose to bring BrightStar Care, a proven organization with a demonstrated commitment to a higher standard of care, to serve the local community.
In 2015, Steven and Alison experienced the need for home care services first hand, when Steven's dad was in the end stages of cancer. Despite wanting to do everything herself, Steven's mom found that having a BrightStar Care caregiver to provide respite, helped to ease the burden and allow her to focus on making her final moments with her husband the best they could be.
Steven is proud to offer BrightStar Care's high-quality services to the community.
Alison Lee | Owner, Director
Alison and her husband, Steven, opened BrightStar Care of Honolulu in 2010.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Alison is a graduate of Punahou School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
After working in the financial services industry for over a decade, Alison was a stay-at-home mom to her and Steven's three children for eight years. With two physicians for parents, Alison grew up around the medical field, and was inspired by the gratitude her parents' patients would express for the care they received.
After making the decision to bring BrightStar Care to Hawaii with her husband, Steven, they brainstormed their vision together and the "Hoku'alohi Promise" was born:
"We promise to provide the kind of care we would want for our own loved ones; to be compassionate, empathetic, patient & kind, while providing reliable, trustworthy, and top-notch, professional home care."
It is this promise that has become our "North Star" which guides every action and decision in our organization.
Celeste Mausolf, RN, MBA, BSN | Regional Administrator and Nursing Director
Celeste Mausolf has been a critical care nurse for 33 years and a nurse executive leader for 20 of those years. She brings twenty years of strategic business development and complex program implementation. “I enjoy leveraging clinical and business strengths to grow into new, underserved, and disparate areas of the state.”
Celeste has developed enduring programs across multiple hospital systems and taken part in shaping healthcare policy to open access, ensure quality, and close care gaps. She has experience in multiple accreditations and certification processes to recognize programs of excellence.
Celeste previously owned a healthcare consulting company offering turnkey clinical and financial structures for ambulatory procedure centers so she understands the importance of “rolling up my sleeves, working hard along with the team to grow from the ground up!”
Celeste is passionate about quality, safety, compassion, and current, evidence-based clinical practice in caring for and meeting the needs of our patients and their families.
Celeste enjoys an active lifestyle and loves sailing.
Lily Hui | Operations Manager
Lily Hui joined BrightStar Care of Honolulu as Operations Manager in 2021. Born in Guangzhou, China, Lily moved to Hawaii and graduated high school from La Pietra. She graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Chinese. Lily has traveled and studied in China and Japan and is a proficient multilinguist.
Lily is passionate about supporting and caring for employees. She says, “I truly believe that excellent service starts with the people. If our employees are taken care of, they bring their best to work, and can in turn deliver the best service to our clients and their families.”
Lily was attracted to home care because of the higher level of service and complex and unique opportunities that can be provided to clients and their families that cannot be found in hospitals or nursing homes.
Lily would like BrightStar Care of Honolulu clients and employees to know, “I am committed to approach employees, clients, and all situations with empathy and care. I want to contribute to fostering a positive, high achieving environment where employees are cared for and enabled to do their best work, and clients and families are receiving the best level of service where all their needs are met and more.”
Nathaniel Mangoba, RN, BSN, IPCO | Clinical Support Specialist
Nathaniel Mangoba joined the BrightStar Care of Honolulu team in 2020, and was promoted to Clinical Support Specialist in 2021.
Born in the Philippines and Raised on the Island of Hawaii, Nathaniel attended Laupahoehoe Elementary and High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Nathaniel has over five (5) years of skilled nursing experiences in working at various facilities in the state of Hawaii. His background includes skilled nursing such as wound care, medication management and administration, IV administration, etc. and as well as working with the interdisciplinary team to better serve the patients. His work experience also includes serving house supervisor, nurse manager, case manager as well as Assistant Director of Nursing.
Nathaniel shares, “Given the recent global pandemic of COVID-19 and working in a skilled nursing facility, it is heartbreaking to see and hear the patients wanting to go home because they are brand new admission, and they want to physical see their love ones at home. What attracted me to home care was knowing the fact that the nurses can treat and care for the patient in their home care setting where they can see their families, where they can talk to their family members and most importantly, be with their family in their home. It increases their moral as well as speed up their recovery from whatever illness they are battling with.”
Aside from nursing, Nathaniel has many talents and interests, including photography and videography. Nathaniel says, “I love being creative with creating videos because the only limitation is one’s imagination. I love listening to music as well as talking to friends and families. I am also a big foodie. I like to talk, and I’m well rounded with different education material such as culinary arts, construction, etc. If you ask me a question, I’ll answer it to the best of my knowledge.”
Katalina Kim, RN, BSN, BA | Clinical Administrative Specialist
Katalina or "Kat," as she likes to be called, joined the BrightStar Care of Honolulu team in March of 2021 and was promoted to Clinical Administrative Specialist by April 2021!
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kat graduated from Kalani High School. She is a Registered Nurse, with her BSN from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Kat also has a BA in English. She has experience working with pediatric oncology patients as well as with mental health patients. Kat is also able to communicate in Korean, Japanese and sign-language.
Kat says "I enjoy working with pediatrics, oncology, and mental health. I enjoy spending my free time with my morkie Otto and pau hanas with friends!"
Christie Shimabuku | Client Experience Manager
Christie was born and raised in Hawaii and is a graduate of Maryknoll High School.
Christie took a basic in-home care course from Rehab of the Pacific and was attracted to home care because it seemed like a rewarding career that helps with the quality of life for those in need and their families.
Christie enjoys scuba diving, hiking, going to the beach, arts & crafts, and walking her dog.
She BrightStar Care of Honolulu clients to know, "I'm compassionate and empathetic towards others and strive for the best in myself and others."
U'i Tyrell | Employee Experience Manager
U'i was born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii, and is a graduate of Aiea High School. She also attended the University of Hawaii and University of Oregon.
U'i brings over 11 years of experience in office management, HR, corporate training, and payroll administration.
U'i was attracted to the home care industry because she loves helping others, giving encouragement and support. She says, "I absolutely love helping and serving others. Encouraging someone, making them feel cared for, valued, and acknowledged is something I strive to do every day!"
She wants BrightStar Care of Honolulu clients and caregivers to know, " I am here for you. to help support and encourage".
Kamalei Lyons | Care Support Specialist
Kamalei joined the BrightStar Care of Honolulu team in 2019 and was promoted to Care Support Specialist in 2021.
Kamalei graduated high school from Mid-Pacific Institute and attended college at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She is currently studying at Kapi’olani Community College, with the career goal of becoming a pediatric or NICU nurse.
Kamalei has worked as a caregiver for over seven years. She says "My passion is taking care of people. Knowing I make a difference in their lives makes me extremely happy." She would like clients and others to know that she is caring, hardworking, and dedicated to always go above and beyond.
Carla Fernandez | After-Hours Client Care Coordinator
Carla has been with BrightStar Care of Honolulu since 2011.
Carla is a “local girl,” born and raised in Aiea, Hawaii. Carla is a graduate of Aiea High School and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, as well as an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Carla has over a decade of experience in sharing her compassion and excellence in the healthcare field. Carla shares that "Working in home care has allowed me to feel that I can help make a difference in the lives of many families. I may not be the one physically helping the loved ones, but I feel that by listening and talking with the families I am helping them emotionally. With so much going on in the world, the families need that reassurance that we are here to help."
Though our clients' and caregivers' interactions with Carla are limited to after-hours and holidays, she is a favorite among everyone.
A little known fact about Carla is that she is an avid photographer who loves to take all kinds of photos. She once took a week-long family trip to Vancouver BC (before the days of digital cameras) and used 12 rolls of film!
Carla is very devoted and loving to her family, and she works very hard to take care of them.
Debie Alix | Scheduling Coordinator
Debie was born and raised in a small island called 'Leyte' in the Philippines. She earned her bachelor's degree of Business Management in the University of the Philippines.
Prior to joining BrightStar care of Honolulu, Debie gained extensive experience in her roles as customer service representative, Quality Evaluator, and then in the Shared Services industry where she worked as a claims officer and got her experience in working administrative tasks for 3-4 years.
In her free time, she loves to read books, watch movies and doing artworks with her 4-year-old son. She wants to extend in whatever help she can into providing care for clients.
Genelyn Campasas | Scheduling Assistant
Genelyn was born in Zamboanga Del Norte and raised on the island of Negros Oriental, Philippines.
She is a graduate of Negros Oriental State University and with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Tourism Management.
Her 11 years of working experience includes being a Customer Service Representative. She then worked as a receptionist in a hotel and got her experience in working administrative tasks for almost two years.
Genelyn enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and she’s a fan of travel and long drives. She is also adventurous when it comes to food.
She wants BrightStar Care of Honolulu clients and caregivers to know. “I am grateful to be part of this company to be able to provide care and support. To all our field staff, I am rooting for all that you do. I am here to answer and take your request.”