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.
Katherine Hall, RN, M.Ed, BSN, BA | RN Clinical Care Coordinator
Katherine Hall is a Registered Nurse Clinical Care Coordinator from Nashville, Tennessee. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alabama and a Master's of Education in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class from Belmont University with a Bachelor's of Nursing. Her focus of research at Auburn University was Vascular Physiology. She volunteers as part of the Medical Reserve Corps of Hawaii as a Registered Nurse.
Katherine has worked in Labor and Delivery as a Registered Nurse. She started an Adaptive Sports program for Disabled Veterans in Oahu, Hawaii. Her passion is focusing on preventing injuries and illness through exercise as medicine. She loves serving Veterans who have sacrificed so much for their country. Katherine believes that the most fulfilling career is serving and caring for others as a registered nurse. She feels that her skills are best used by helping improve the lives of her patients.
Katherine is passionate about being outdoors and loves spending time exploring the beautiful island of Oahu hiking and long-distance running. She says " the beauty of the island continues to take my breath away every day."
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".
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.”
Mary Rose Magsayo | Recruiter
Mary Rose joined BrightStar Care of Honolulu in October of 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management degree. She is currently working towards her Juris Doctor degree.
Mary Rose's has extensive experience, working as a Customer Service and Technical support for one and a half year, then became a Quality Evaluator for three and a half years after that. She then pursued project management and recruitment. After several years she realized that she loves doing HR & Recruitment job the most, and was hired as recruiter with BrightStar Care of Honolulu.
As a recruiter, her ultimate goal is not only to bring in great talents but to bring in the right people who do their work with a heart. Because she believes that it is what BrightStar Care of Honolulu is all about: love, compassion, service.
Her family and close friends describe her as someone who can read people like a book. But the books that she loves reading the most are those written by Dan Brown, Jodie Picoult and Paulo Coelho. Mary Rose adores music, travel and the outdoors. This is because for her, life should be lived and not just tolerated.