Our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to caring for your loved one as if they were family. Get to know our team.
Karen PinderskiPresident and OwnerKaren Pinderski, new President and Owner of BrightStar Care® of Barrington and McHenry County, has extensive healthcare experience at Abbott Laboratories, PharMEDium Healthcare, and Pfizer. Home care services and medical staffing services align with her prior work and passion for improving patient safety in medical settings such as Intensive Care Units. Karen holds patents for intravenous infusion labeling and packaging innovations to help reduce medication errors. In her free time, Karen is a soccer enthusiast and the happy care giver of her mom, Avelina. Karen has a BA and MA from the University from Wisconsin, Milwaukee and MBA from Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Gina Maki, BSN RNDirector of NursingGina Maki is our Director of Nursing. With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Gina understands the continuum of care, including the many situations where a health diagnosis doesn’t need to take you from your home or community. In her leadership role, Gina meets with clients, advocates with a personal touch when needed, and provides clinical oversight of every case. She heads our expert care team of RNs, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs), and others, strongly believing training and mentoring are key to clinical success. Gina is known for demonstrating a great deal of compassion, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, particularly in the most traumatic situations when strong emotional stability from an expert RN is a must. Gina is a leader of maintaining the unmatched care standards of our organization validated by The Joint Commission accreditation. Our accreditation is to the same high quality standards as the best hospitals in the country.
Prior to joining our team, Gina distinguished herself in leadership roles specializing in Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), mentoring nursing students, and as a Director of Nursing in a 92 bed facility. Gina is an active member of the Infusion Nursing Society and is on the advisory board of Clearbrook Choice Program serving individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. Gina earned her BSN from Northern Michigan University.
Judy BoyleSpecialty Billing and AdministrationJudy Boyle is our Specialty Billing and Administration lead. She is an expert in aiding veterans and seniors with meeting their care needs while staying in their homes doing what they love. Judy has been with BrightStar Care® for 9 years focused on client scheduling, staffing, specialty billing, and ensuring a welcoming culture of caring. Prior to joining the team, she had an Equestrian business for 40 years. She is active in the community, including as recent President of Algonquin and Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce. Her experience provides her a unique perspective of how to navigate what can be confusing care alternatives for seniors. Judy’s commitment to guide clients to the right care, at the right time and right place shines through in everything she does. When she’s not working, Judy is still very involved with the equestrian world.
Ruth GillCaregiver of the YearWe are thrilled to announce our Caregiver of the Year Ruth Gill! Ruth has been in Healthcare for over 30 years. She is a certified Nursing Assistant that shines with professionalism on her assignments. She has been with BrightStar Care of Barrington, IL & McHenry County, IL for 12 years this year! We value her dedication and work ethic she consistently delivers on each assignment. She strives to help each of her clients achieve their level of optimal health. Her clients praise her work performance. Our clients praise her work performance. Our clients trust her and feel comfort that she can provide the best care and support to themselves or a loved one. Ruth is a caregiver that has impacted many lives positively! Congratulations Ruth!
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