Our Staff at BrightStar Care® Baraboo

Our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to caring for your loved one as if they were family. Get to know our team.

  • Nichole Gawronski

    Operations Manager
    I am coming to Brightstar with a wealth of sales, marketing, and management experience. I am committed to providing the highest possible level of customer service to our clients here in the Sauk and Columbia counties. When not at work you will find me volunteering in the community, enjoying live music with friends, taking group art classes, and spending time with my children at their sporting events.
    Nichole Gawronski
  • Michelle Balfanz

    Customer Care Manager
    I come to BrightStar with over 20 years of management experience in the construction and retail industries.  I joined the BrightStar team in April of 2022 as a part-time caregiver because I wanted to give back in some way. Helping people is a true passion and comes naturally. I had some amazing clients and the office staff was great. Early on I realized that BrightStar was committed to their employees and truly treats them as family.  A few short months later, I was asked to join the team as the Customer Care Manager and was thrilled for the opportunity. I look forward to the coaching and mentoring opportunities this position will allow and am committed to the continued success and growth of our team.
  • Jean Latham

    Business Development Manager
    Jean is responsible for all of our new client intake and is most often the first face our clients see.  She will ensure the client and families understand the services our home care or skilled nursing services can provide to make aging in place as safe and rewarding as possible.   Jean’s past professional past career as social worker provides her with a deep understanding of the transitions of the client and their families as they require home care.  She also has significant experience in business, marketing and sales and is the connection to the health facilities, agencies, organizations and serve and spends much of her time connecting in the field to those communities we serve. She is incredibly proud to work for an agency such as Brightstar Care who cares for the people who are in need of care.
  • Richard Behm

    RN Case Manager
    I have been a nurse for almost 30 years with a background in surgery and clinic management, and I've been a resident of Rock Springs for over 25 years. I am excited to use my nursing skills and experience to serve our clients in the homecare setting. My interests include, hiking, fishing, hunting, woodworking, cooking and canning. I am looking forward to the experience of Home Care and getting to know the Baraboo area clients.
    Richard Behm
  • Sean Morrison

    Regional Director
    I came to BrightStar Care with over 20 years of expertise in healthcare leadership and business development. My experience working in payor, technology, and provider segments provides a unique understanding of the healthcare system.  I am passionate about providing exceptional care and delivering the best possible outcomes to clients, families, and community partners. My goal is to ensure BrightStar operations are client-centered, compassionate, and focused on delivering a higher standard of care.
    Sean Morrison
  • Lori Tebrinke

    Director of Nursing
    Before coming to Bright Star, I was a night RN at UW Hospital and Clinics on a general internal medicine unit that specialized in Geriatrics and Special Pathogens. I am excited to bring my evidence-based, best practice nursing skills, experiences and training into the private setting. My Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is from UW Madison; additionally I have a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University in Communication Disorders with a minor in Psychology. Working here at Bright Star as an RN Case Manager, I feel I have truly come full circle by being able to provide this level of care to my clients in their own home!
    Lori Tebrinke
  • Laken Wehrmann

    Assistant Director of Nursing
    I was working at a facility in the Janesville area when I first heard of BrightStar. There was a nurse on my floor that was from BrightStar Staffing and this individual left such a positve impression I was inspired to do more research on the organization! I have worked in many different healthcare settings, mostly assisted livings, and memory care units. Throughout my time at BrightStar, I've found that the part I enjoy the most as an RN Case Manager is coordinating the 1-to-1 individualized care we provide.  I’m excited to contribute to greater levels of clinical excellence through my role as Assistant Director of Nursing.
    Laken Wehrmann
  • Hattie Truss

    Business Office Manager
    I joined the team at BrightStar Care in 2016 after working in pharmacy and hospital settings. Though my current role with BrightStar Care is more on the administrative side of our business, I enjoyed working with direct care staff and our clients for nearly four years as a Customer Care Manager. I was drawn to BrightStar Care because of the care and compassion shown to both our employees and clients, and I continue to be inspired to live those values in my daily work. Outside of work, I love to travel and spend time in nature. 
    Hattie Truss
  • Erin Peters

    Talent Acquisition Director
    I recently returned to BrightStar Care after working here as a Recruiter from 2007-2015. I truly found my passion for serving others after realizing the impact we made by providing quality job opportunities for our CNA, nurses, and medical support staff. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in Business Administration and have spent the last 16 years working in Human Resources, with a focus in talent management and employee relations. My goal is to ensure that our hiring and onboarding provides the ultimate experience for our caregiving and nursing staff and that we make lasting impressions on those who work for BrightStar Care for years to come. 
    Erin Peters
  • Wanita Day

    Talent Acquisition Specialist
    I have been in health care for 22 years now. I worked as a CNA for 19 years in a skilled facility, hospital, and hospice. I joined Brightstar in July 2020 as an Employee Engagement Manager and an Account Manager for Medical Staffing and recently joined our Brightstar Care Talent Acquisition Team. I am excited to use my experience in healthcare to educate new employees and grow our team so we can continue to fulfil our mission of providing rewarding work and a Higher Standard of Care.
    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter Jordan and my chocolate lab Wes, I also enjoy photography and traveling!
    Wanita Day
  • Dylan Hefty

    Talent Acquisition Specialist
    I hold a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Although I am new to healthcare, I am passionate about finding quality candidates to support our enterprise. I hope to make a difference in the communities I recruit for by having happy employees and clients. Outside of work, I like to fish, hike and travel to new places.
    Dylan Hefty
  • April Kaiser

    Talent Acquisition Specialist
    I chose Brightstar as I have previously worked as a CNA and really enjoyed working with patients. I got my bachelors degree from UW-Platteville.  Before Brightstar I was a HR intern at Deal health plan. After receiving my degree in business with an emphasis in HR Management I wanted to find a job where I could incorporate my education with my background in healthcare. I enjoy getting to interact with all the different caregivers daily. I enjoy hearing how passionate the caregivers are and hearing about how they find so much fulfillment working with our clients.
    April Kaiser

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