Our Staff at BrightStar Care® Bradenton

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

  • Jeff Cooper

    Owner and President

    My wife Susan and I are the owners of BrightStar Care of North Sarasota and Manatee Counties. My curiosity and desire to understand and work with people led me to earning a degree in psychology with an emphasis in behavioral studies. Upon graduation from The University of Kentucky, I began my professional career working in sales and marketing. After years of perseverance and hard work, I earned a position as the VP of a large company in SW Florida.

    My passion for helping, problem solving, and giving back to the community, led my focus toward the Private Duty Home Healthcare Industry. Susan and I have recognized and valued the support of private duty home health services in our own families over the past 40 years. So naturally we felt the need to share our stories and give the gift of “Peace of Mind” to others who are facing the challenges of aging within their own families. We have dedicated the past 13 years of our lives building BrightStar Care into the reputable and trusted agency that it is today. I hold my team to the highest standards through Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Adminstration, Joint Commision Accredidation, 24/7 RN/ live person availibility, drug screening, background checks, etc. Not all agencys are regulated by the State, so do your homework.

    We have been residents of Sarasota since 2007. I enjoy spending time with my wife and 3 children, playing golf, boating, exploring nature, and of course watching football!

    Jeff Cooper
  • Susan Cooper, MSW

    Owner and Vice President

    My husband Jeff and I the owners of BrightStar Care of North Sarasota and Manatee counties. I earned a degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. After working a couple of years in hospitals, volunteering my time to underserved populations in abuse shelters and serving as a counselor to individuals with special needs, I continued my education to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania.

    Jeff, our Director of Nursing, and I opened our doors 13 years ago. Being the owner and operator of BrightStar Care has been a rewarding experience. It warms my heart to be a resource, guiding hand, and business owner in an industry that acknowledges the various needs within my communities as we provide services to individuals at all stages of life.

    In my past time, I enjoy hanging out with my family, watching and playing sports, admiring vintage cars, laughing and then laughing some more...... and spending time with the elderly. In the office, I have coined the phrase that our clients are our “UNFORGOTTEN TREASURES.” Spending time with our clients has allowed me to learn their stories, absorb their wisdom, and respect their accomplishments. I love what we do!

    Susan Cooper
  • Jamie Weatherford

    Director of Operations

    As the Director of Operations, it is my responsibility to ensure that BrightStar Care’s overall goals, objectives, and mission are carried out through daily operations, while maintaining excellent customer service and care.

    My experience and enthusiasm to help people began at an early age while helping to take care of my ailing Grandmother for 9 years. My family and I were grateful for the peace of mind the caregivers brought to our family and wanted to give back the same gift to my community. I have worked in the healthcare field since 2010 and have loved every minute! So now my own passion and mission have come full circle as the Director of Operations for BrightStar Care serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

    I enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews. I love to spoil them by taking them shopping or surprising them with gifts. I believe the most rewarding part about working in healthcare is providing clients with the compassionate care they deserve. I feel proud that they and their families entrust BrightStar Care to support and help them along their journey to recovery and independence.

    Jamie Weatherford
  • Aura Nicasio

    Director of Business Development and HR

    I have worked in the healthcare field since 2009. Upon earning my nursing degree, I started working as a nurse in skilled nursing facilities and later transferred to a long-term acute care hospital in Sarasota. A couple of years later, I decided to pursue my dream of earning my Masters in Business Administration degree. I initially transitioned into the healthcare administration field by taking on a patient coordinator role. While doing so, I developed many great relationships and was able to combine my nursing knowledge with new business adminstration comprehension. The combination of these disciplines, was the perfect partnership to promote and apply the practice of person-centered care.

    I believe BrightStar Care is not just another agency that provides services to the community. Our company takes care of each other and our surrounding communities. The owners, Susan and Jeff, have lived and raised their family in this community since 2007. They are hands on and knowledgeable about the resources that are available to our clients. We are like a family and support one another not only in the office, but outside of the office as well.

    I love spending time with my family and playing games, traveling, hiking and watching all sports! Working in healthcare and feeling valued as team member at BrightStar Care is fulfilling on a daily basis because I know that everybody in this office has the same goal and passion. It is my hope that family members feel peace of mind while we care for their loved ones.

    Aura Nicasio
  • Jenel White, RN

    Director of Nursing

    I have enjoyed working for BrightStar Care since 2018. Within my role as Director of Nursing, I draw on my rich and extensive background in Medsurg and Home Health Nursing to drive strategic initiatives, ensure regulatory compliance, and cultivate a culture of excellence within the healthcare organization. I posses a strong passion for innovation and a dedication to enhance patient outcomes! I chose BrightStar Care because I am able to navigate the evolving landscape of healthcare in partnership with skilled, knowledgeable, and caring coworkers. I appreciate BrightStar Care’s professional development opportunities, positive work environment, and the good fortune to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others.

    I feel rewarded and blessed with the opportunity to build meaningful connections with patients and their families. It is a privilege to be s trusted nurse to individuals during some of their most vulnerable moments to provide comfort, compassion, and support. Being a personal witness and seeing the positive impact of care, improved health and recovery, followed by the client’s smile is powerful. Knowing that I played a role in their journey towards wellness is incredibly fulfilling.

    In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. I am passionate about exploring nutrition, maintaining fitness, delving into literature, and expressing creativity through painting and cultivating serenity in my garden.

    Jenel White

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