Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity at BrightStar Care Lafayette
In the Lafayette area, the lifeblood of our business are the people who make it happen. Our office staff and caregivers work together day in and day out to deliver quality care and exceptional service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether it's childcare, adult home care or skilled elder care, the people who make up BrightStar Care Lafayette are our greatest assets. But don't just take our word for it, see for yourself.
Steve Zishka | CEO / Owner
Stephanie and I started BrightStar of Lafayette in 2014. My mother and father both used home care, and we were well aware of the needs in our community for quality home healthcare. Previous to starting BrightStar I had worked in the wireless industry for over 20 years as an Electrical Engineer and in various executive leadership positions. My last position was as the VP of Technical Operations with Centennial Wireless in Fort Wayne, IN. We have lived in Indiana for over 14 years and have two sons that attend school in Southwest Fort Wayne. We are so excited to bring a higher standard of home care to Lafayette, and the rewards of doing so for both our clients and employees every day has been truly amazing.
Stephanie Zishka BSN, RN | Director of Nursing/Owner
Graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Have been a nurse for over 25 years working in various Pediatric Intensive Care Units, Emergency Rooms and Home Health agencies throughout the country. As the Director of Nursing, I am honored and proud to be able to provide the higher standard of care to the Fort Wayne, Lafayette and surroundings communities.
Lisa Minier, EMT | Branch Manager and Alternate Administrator
Lisa was born in Phoenix, raised in the south, and moved to Lafayette, Indiana to attend Purdue University. She has a passion for patient care and advocacy as the Branch Manager at BrightStar of Lafayette Indiana. Lisa believes in giving and serving our community. Lisa is a graduate of the Leadership Lafayette class of 46, winner of the Evergreen Leadership awarded, and TC Young Professionals top 40 under 40.
Destinee Ellson, Recruiter
Destinee graduated from Purdue University in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Human Resource Development at Indiana State University. She has a great passion for employee development and strategic HR, as well as helping candidates find a position best suited for them. In her free time, Destinee enjoys visiting new coffee shops and breweries. She also enjoys going to concerts and spending quality time with her family, friends, and boyfriend.
Melissa Werner, Account Executive
I was born and raised in Northeast Wisconsin but have been a Hoosier now for almost 15 years. I started working in Healthcare when I was a Senior in high school for an Assisted Living Facility and have stayed in this field ever since. Most of my experience is working with the elderly in Assisted Living, Long Term Care, and Home Healthcare. I recently became a member of Leadership Lafayette Class 51. I very much enjoy helping people and staying involved in my local community. I have one daughter, Madelynn, and we have 2 Yorkies (Coco Chanel & Louis Vuitton) 2 cats (Apollo & Aston Martin) and 1 foster cat (Asher) I love caring for animals just as much as I do people.
Amber, Client Service Manager
Amber graduated with honors from Harrison College in 2015 with an Associate in Medical Assisting. She has been with Brightstar since July of 2017, where she started out as an administrative assistant helping with QA. Within 6 months of starting, she moved up to the position of CSM (Client Service Manager). Amber now spends her days is the world of scheduling and trying to make every day a great one. She also enjoys time with her family when not at work, as well as being outside in nature.
Judy Davis- jr. Cient Service Manager
Judy has been with Brightstar for 7 years. She started as an HHA and was soon promoted to being their on call. She held that position for 6 years, before transitioning into the office as a CSM. Judy still works in the field as an HHA, in addition to her office duties. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with an Associate's degree in Electronic Medical Records. In her free time, Judy spends time with her 17 grandkids, but not all at once. She also enjoys camping and fishing, as much as possible.
Chief "Fur"nancial Officer- Milo
Milo is a motivational chiweenie who loves boating, paddle boarding, and treats.
Home of the 2019 Nurse of the Year:
and also home of the 2015 Midwest Caregiver of the Year Finalist:
The Answer to Your Question is “Yes We Can!” We are dedicated to helping you any time, any place. No task is too large or small, from simple companionship to transportation to 24/7 care. After you tell us what you need, our nursing staff will custom-tailor a service plan and make all necessary arrangements. We are here to help our clients and their families live their best. Reach a LIVE member of our core team 24/7 at (260) 918-0933.