Our Staff at BrightStar Care® Burnsville / South St Paul

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

  • Jessica Joyce

    General Manager
    Jessica is the General Manager and Co-Owner of BrightStar Care of St. Paul under Karing Hent Inc., which manages the top performing BrightStar Care operations of Minnesota. Jessica comes from humble beginnings with a passion for care and helping people. She did not start here but her path has been an inspiration to many. She started her career with BrightStar Care in 2012 working for the St. Paul office as a part time scheduler. Through her years with BrightStar she transitioned into the Customer Care Manager role. This experience helped her build great relationships with our clients and caregivers. With the need for quality home care growing, she was promoted to Branch Manager for our office in Bloomington, servicing the South Metro and northern Dakota county areas and then to General Manager over all of our award-winning branches. She is passionate about helping people and is very engaged in the community!
    Jessica Joyce
  • Ashley Eiserman

    Director Human Resources
    Ashley started her journey with BrightStar Care in Human Resources in 2016. Her passion for hiring the right people allowed her to learn more about the Home Care industry's needs and become a leader in the company. Becoming Co-Owner and Branch Manager was the next step in helping more people in the Twin Cities' Communities. Ashley is passionate about people and loves hearing the stories of our valued customers. In Ashley's words, "It is so empowering and gratifying to see and hear how we are making their lives more comfortable and easier." After then serving for a couple years as Director of Operations, she returns to her roots and is our Director of Human Resources, leading the way in talent acquisition.

    She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor's in Spanish. Her professional career began in Human Resources for a 1200-employee Hospital and Clinic in Monroe, WI. Remaining there for three years, she then went back to help expand the family business as General Manager and Human Resources Representative for two hometown grocery stores in Southern Wisconsin before moving to the Twin Cities and joining Brightstar Care.
    Ashley Eiserman
  • Taylor Hauge

    Director of Operations
    Taylor started her journey with BrightStar Care as a Customer Care Manager, gaining experience in homecare and medical staffing while working her way into the Branch Manager role. Now, Taylor leads operations for all of our branches. She brings over 10 years of management experience and is passionate about sustaining a supportive and positive team environment at the St. Paul Office. Over her years in the healthcare industry, Taylor has maintained excellent care and advocacy for those who need it most. Client satisfaction and communication are her priority! She attended Century College for medical coding and office technology degrees and Metropolitan State University for a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration.

    Outside of work, Taylor enjoys exploring the great outdoors, traveling, baking, reading, and spending time with her husband and her cat named Jerry.
    Taylor Hauge
  • Katee Smith

    Branch Manager
    Katee is our new Branch Manager for Burnsville. She is very eager and excited to start this new journey with us. Katee has been in the medical field for over 30 years. She started as a CNA, HHA and lifeguard out of high school, and shortly after, became an instructor and a medic for over 18 years. She then went on to become a national certified phlebotomist and trainer. Katee also worked as an independent contractor as a wellness coach for the tristate area.

    In her spare time, Katee is working on her certificate as a certified nutrition coach, certified sports nutrition coach, youth exercise specialist, neuromuscular stretching and corrective exercise strategies.
    Katee Smith
  • Miranda Engel

    Human Resources Specialist
    Miranda joined the Burnsville BrightStar team as a CCM in October 2021. She took her passion for healthcare from a senior living facility and brought it to home health care. In December 2021, she accepted our HR Specialist position and was responsible for growing our talent teams across all branches. Now Miranda is demonstrating her strong leadership as our Assistant Branch Manager, providing incredible stability and direction as our coverage expands and new members of our team she helped to recruit learn the ropes! Working for BrightStar has fueled her desire to grow and learn while helping others succeed in the healthcare field. Outside of work, Miranda spends time with her family, friends, and fiancé, Kyle.
    Miranda Engel
  • Debra Hawkins, RN

    Senior Director of Nursing
    Debra started at BrightStar in 2019 as our Senior Director of Nursing. She has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, from humble beginnings as a nursing assistant in long term and memory care units, to Director of Nursing for a large Health and Human Services provider in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Having cared for her own parents after graduating from nursing school, home health care is extremely close to her heart. She is most passionate about helping individuals maintain their health in the comfort of their home, which aligns perfectly with the values of BrightStar Care. She truly leads by example for the entire Clinical Team.
    Debra Hawkins, RN
  • Renee Howell, RN

    Assistant Director of Nursing
    Renee joined the BrightStar team in 2019 with prior experience in Long term care, transitional care and mental health.  She has always had a passion for helping others and working for BrightStar has allowed her a pathway to continue that passion.  She takes pride in being able to provide personalized one on one care in a home setting and continues to grow and develop as an RN. Renee is originally from Nebraska and moved here in 2008.  “I grew up with Nebraska football - Go Big Red!”  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband and three amazing children.
    Renee Howell, RN
  • Laura Saba, RN

    Health Educator
    Laura Saba comes to Brightstar Care as an RN Health Educator.  She spent 15 years in Health and Wellness Education and Communications.  She received her BA in Mass Communications from the University of MN, Twin Cities, and her RN from St. Catherine University.  She is particularly interested in integrative medicine and holds various certifications in the field.

    Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially if it’s outside!
    Laura Saba, RN
  • Rebecca Fonville

    CPR Instructor
    Rebecca received her Communications Degree from Inver Hills Community College and became an LPN through St. Paul College prior to finding her passion for Human Resources. She joined our team as a recruiter and is excited to work for BrightStar Care as she continues her education in HR Management.
    Rebecca Fonville
  • Jeremy Zigler, DPT

    Physical Therapist
    Jeremy has practiced in various settings throughout his career, including outpatient orthopedics, transition care, and home health. He brings extensive knowledge relating to the geriatric population, including fall prevention and home evaluation/safety. He has worked with patients who have had various disease processes and conditions, including dementia, s/p lung and heart disorders, head trauma, and post-ops with musculoskeletal impairments, among other pathologies.

    He is an excellent addition to the BrightStar team because of his passion for his work. In his words, "I enjoy having the opportunity of working with my patient/clients to increase their abilities to be as functional and independent as possible in efforts to improve their quality of living."

    He was born and raised in Southern California but has now been living in Minnesota for ten years! He spends his free time outdoors, enjoying every season of the year. His driving force to pursue Physical Therapy was an opportunity to volunteer at Courage Kenny in Golden Valley in their ABLE program (Activity Based Locomotor Exercise).  This encounter led him to where he is today. 
    Jeremy Zigler, DPT
  • Angela Hansen, RN

    Case Manager

    Angela started working as a CNA for BrightStar in June of 2020, while she completed my degree in Nursing. Just three months later, she started as a RN Case Manager! Angela says, “I love BrightStar because it gives me the opportunity to really get to know my clients and their needs so they can stay in the comfort of their own home. I am honored to be part of the BrightStar team!”

    When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and two wonderful kids. They try to get outdoors as much as possible, going camping and fishing, and having barbecues and campfires.

    Angela Hansen, RN
  • Tracy Arends, RN

    Case Manager
    Tracy has been a registered nurse for 11 years.  She started her career as a Med Surg nurse in a small hospital in Wisconsin.  Eventually, she moved onto infusions in the home with a BrightStar in Utah.  Since relocating to the Twin Cities, Tracy has been working primarily with our BrightStar Care and she’s very happy! “My BrightStar team feels like a second family!”
    Tracy Arends, RN
  • Alyssa Eich, RN

    Case Manager
    Alyssa graduated with her BSN in May 2019 from Augustana University. She spent the first 2 years of her nursing career working in Pediatric Med/Surg, Peds Oncology/Hematology and Peds ICU at Sanford Children's Hospital in Sioux Falls. In April of 2021, she moved back to the Twin Cities with her husband so that she could be closer to her family. Alyssa has been working with children as a home care nurse ever since. She has found a new love and appreciation for the care home care nurses provide to the community and the families they serve.

    In June of 2022, she and her husband welcomed their beautiful baby girl!  She is currently enjoying her newly established motherhood, as well as the pleasures and challenges of attending Graduate School to obtain her masters in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and then on to Doctorate PNP. In Alyssa's spare time she enjoys reading, practicing yoga, watching any and all musicals and spending time with her family. She is very excited to join our BrightStar family in 2022, telling us "This is going to be a great opportunity to grow in my career and with the staff and the clients that we serve!"
    Alyssa Eich, RN
  • Tamara Wanstall

    Customer Care Manager
    Bio Coming Soon!
    Tamara Wanstall
  • Krissy Keckhafer

    Billing Specialist
    Krissy joined BrightStar in May 2021. She has a BS in Applied Psychology and Biblical Studies from a tiny college in Northern MN that even some locals don’t know exists. This has come in handy when communicating with clients, families, and caregivers. Krissy is a self-proclaimed craft nerd, though right now, she mostly focuses on crochet and paper crafting.
    Krissy Keckhafer
  • Kristi Cariveau

    Medical Staffing Manager
    Kristi gained a deep appreciation for caring for sick and dying loved ones in their home when, as a teenager, her family graciously and compassionately cared for her mother while she was on hospice.  She felt a calling to care for others and earned her Nursing Assistant Certification, then started to gain direct care experience working in various healthcare settings including Memory Care and LTC facilities, hospitals, medical offices and home care, while also becoming a professional Massage Practitioner.  Kristi has supported many organizations administratively in various health care settings, including behavioral health, chiropractic and memory care.  She spent 11 years at a Memory Care Assisted Living Community, where she was a mentor and trainer in standards of best practices and procedures.

    Outside of work, Kristi likes to spend time with her three daughters and their dog Maddie.  She stays active physically and creatively, and is also continuing her formal education in Healthcare Administration.  In Kristi’s words, “I am proud to work for a company that aligns with my values like BrightStar Care.  I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow personally and professionally, in such an encouraging environment, where we all can shine!”
    Kristi Cariveau

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