Our Staff at BrightStar Care® Hudson / Solon

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

  • Patricia and Patrick Wethern


    Patrick and Patricia opened BrightStar Care of Hudson/Solon after multiple decades of combined experience in the healthcare industry. Patrick, who holds an MBA from The University of Akron, spent 20 years as a Group Controller for a global medical device company and Patricia BSN, RN has an extensive healthcare background in acute care, home healthcare and geriatric care. Interested in going into business for themselves, the Wethern’s were attracted to BrightStar Care due to its business model that focuses on providing the highest standard of care for a wide spectrum of health needs and the accreditation requirement from the Joint Commission.

    “Patricia and I could not be more excited to serve the greater Hudson/Solon area with the best possible in-home care,” said Patrick. “We know how important it is for family members to have peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are being cared for with the highest level of attention and respect. With BrightStar Care, we are committed to upholding the quality standards put in place to ensure that peace of mind is met.”

  • Kimberly Jean Oktavec RN

    Director of Nursing
    I graduated from nursing school in 1983.  I have been an RN for 40 years and I still enjoy my work! I have worked in the medical ICU for 7 years, in the emergency department for 14 years, and Hospice for 15 years. 

    I joined BrightStar Care in June of 2017 as an infusion nurse and became the Director of Nursing in November 2019.  

    I enjoy spending time guiding staff members, clients or family members on performing new skills. I love to see their confidence and comfort grow after mastering tasks.

    I take a hands-on approach with staff, assisting whenever needed. I want staff to feel comfortable asking questions, presenting concerns, and finding a solution together.  I encourage staff to come to the office for a visit any time. My goal is to provide a fun and comfortable work atmosphere.

    Kimberly Jean Oktavec RN
  • Karen Mariana

    Nurse Manager

    I am passionate about helping others. I have many years of experience in the field of nursing. It has been a rewarding journey, as it was a “later in life” choice to become a nurse. I am so happy to have been able to join the Brightstar Care of Hudson team. I truly enjoy the work I am doing and the wonderful clients I have helped. I am so thankful for all the meaningful connections I have made and the memorable moments I have experienced. I have knowledge and experience in secretarial, service, and logistics, which I use in my current role in office support as Care Coordinator. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge with my peers as well as our patients.

  • Teya Kyle

    Client Care Coordinator/ Scheduler

    I have been in the healthcare industry for about 11 years now. I started as a caregiver in facilities, and then I started doing care for clients in their homes. I found my passion as a young aide after taking care of my grandfather, who was diagnosed with cancer. As I got older, I wanted to be able to help others just like I helped him. “I love what I do, and I am very passionate about what I do as well. The best part about my job is being able to help others and put a smile on each of my client’s faces.” Even as a scheduler, I will still step out into the field to help service others.

  • Leah Kennedy, PTA

    Business Development Manager

    Leah graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy Assisting in 2012. After graduation, she worked in several different clinical settings including Cleveland Clinic's Heart and Lung transplant unit, as a clinical instructor and nurse preceptor for Aultman's Rehab Hospital and as the Director of Rehabilitation for a skilled nursing facility. 

    Leah has worked in medical device sales and business development for the last five years most recently for Cleveland Clinic's Rehabilitation Hospitals. 

    In her spare time, Leah enjoys traveling, attending rock concerts, skiing, paddle boarding, hiking and spending time with her two children. She serves as the board President of a nonprofit she founded called Inspire Neuro Recovery which seeks to provide transitional rehabilitation services to those who have sustained a brain injury. Additionally, she services as a member-at-large for the Brain Injury Association of Ohio. 

    Leah Kennedy, PTA

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