Our Staff at BrightStar Care® Newport Beach

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

  • Mark E. Woodsum

    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Mark, the dedicated Owner and CEO of BrightStar since 2014, brings a wealth of diverse experience to the company. His background as an Episcopal priest, former Army Ranger, and former US State Department Diplomat provides a unique perspective on the importance of exceptional care. Mark's commitment to trust, honor, and respect in client relationships is unwavering. He considers it an honor to care for members of someone's family and believes that doing business should be simple. His deep respect for clients and their families is the cornerstone of the company's "Unconditioned Guarantee." Mark's passion for providing care for the elderly and children is more than just a business venture; it's a vocation and the rewards of making a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals are immeasurable.
    Mark E. Woodsum
  • Claire H. Woodsum

    Co-Owner and Care Coordinator
    Claire H. Woodsum is at the heart of BrightStar Care, serving as the Co-Owner and Client Care Coordinator. With a diverse background spanning teaching, counseling, marketing, and business, Claire co-founded the Foreside Company before embarking on her journey with BrightStar. She holds a degree in Psychology from Bowdoin College. Claire's decision to join BrightStar Care was fueled by her unwavering desire to make a profound impact on people's lives. Her personally invested, hands-on approach is characterized by kindness and compassion. In her pivotal role, Claire focuses on the onboarding of new clients and nurturing these vital relationships, ensuring alignment with their expectations, and ultimately enhancing the quality of care provided by BrightStar Care.
    Claire H. Woodsum
  • Aneliese M. Burrell

    Director of Nursing Meet Aneliese Burrell
    our esteemed Director of Nursing at BrightStar Care. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Public Health Certification, Aneliese brings a wealth of expertise from her impressive 13-year nursing career across various healthcare domains, such as operating rooms, home health, DOU, Stroke, ICU, and the ER. Her journey with BrightStar began in 2014, and her unwavering dedication has propelled her to her current role, ensuring our clients receive top-tier care. Aneliese's commitment to ongoing education, including becoming a Home Health Immunoglobulin Certified Nurse, reflects her passion for excellence. During the COVID pandemic, she even worked as a per diem DOU/ICU/CCU unit nurse, describing it as a life-changing experience. Aneliese's unique strengths lie in her active listening, holistic patient care approach, and dedication to training and mentoring nursing professionals, enriching both herself and the BrightStar team.
    Aneliese M. Burrell
  • Kelly Liu

    Director of Finance & Operations
    Meet Kelly, our Director of Finance & Operations, who leverages over two decades of financial expertise to steer the success of BrightStar Care. Armed with a double bachelor's degree in economics and psychology from UCLA, Kelly possesses a unique and formidable skill set essential for her role. She excels in financial reporting, analysis, budgeting, and forecasting, ensuring the robust financial health of our operations. What truly sets her apart is her remarkable ability to maintain an unwaveringly positive outlook, infuse energy and wit into her work, and uncover the silver lining in every situation, making her an indispensable member of the BrightStar team.
  • Jessica Filice LVN

    Nursing Supervisor
    Jessica Filice brings a wealth of nursing experience to her role as Nursing Supervisor at BrightStar, with an impressive six-year background that spans skilled nursing facilities, home health care, and her current position. Jessica seamlessly applies her field nursing skills to her administrative and management responsibilities. Her multifaceted expertise shines as she offers invaluable guidance on advanced clinical trials, skilled infusions, holistic care management, and the oversight of national accounts. What truly fuels Jessica's passion is advocating for patients to thrive in a nurturing environment while maintaining their independence with the utmost dignity. Her unique strengths encompass compassion for individuals in all stages of life, a wonderful sense of humor, and an unwavering commitment to detail. In the office, Jessica is the go-to person for getting things done, making her an indispensable asset to the BrightStar team.
    Jessica Filice LVN
  • Aram E. Keuilian

    Director of Client Care
    Aram holds the position of Director of Client Care at BrightStar Care, leveraging his extensive expertise in marketing relations, public speaking, and healthcare business development. In this pivotal role, Aram serves as the primary point of contact for clients, ensuring a seamless journey from the beginning to the end of their care experience. His strong work ethic, boundless energy, and unwavering compassion towards clients are central to his responsibilities. Aram plays a vital role in overseeing client care and enhancing the team's capabilities, making a substantial contribution to the overall success of BrightStar Care.
    Aram E. Keuilian
  • Cecilia Amato

    Associate Director of Nursing
    Cecilia serves as our Associate Director of Nursing , bringing a wealth of experience to her role. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BSN in 2015 and has since worked in a range of specialties, including ICU, Med/Tele, Chemical Dependency, Behavioral Health, and more. Her unique strengths include a heightened sensitivity to the nuances of emotion and thoughts of others, innovative problem-solving abilities, and a deep compassion for patients. Cecilia's commitment to easing patients' fears and making them feel comfortable during their care journey defines her approach to nursing.
    Cecilia Amato
  • Brittany Neilson

    Senior Client Care Manager
    More than 5 years of dedicated experience in the healthcare industry, Brittany serves as the Senior Client Care Manager at BrightStar. Her healthcare journey commenced as a medical receptionist and medical assistant, where she swiftly ascended to the role of administrator overseeing multiple urgent care facilities in Las Vegas. Brittany's deep-seated passion for aiding others and her unwavering dedication to delivering exceptional care propelled her transition into Home Health. In her current capacity, she assumes a pivotal role in forging meaningful connections between caregivers and clients, ensuring the perfect match for each assignment.
    Brittany Neilson
  • Rachel Burke

    Marketing Manager
    Rachel embarked on her educational journey at Biola University, majoring in Studio Art. Two decades later, she returned to school at National University to pursue studies in Organizational Leadership, ultimately earning a BS. In her professional life, Rachel's path has been remarkably diverse, encompassing roles in teaching, creative design, promotional marketing, sales, caregiving, and volunteer work. She skillfully integrates this wealth of experience into her current position as our Marketing Manager. Rachel's compassionate nature, cultivated through her upbringing in a military family and extensive travel, drives her work, enabling her to connect empathetically with individuals from all walks of life. Beyond her career, Rachel's nurturing spirit extends to caring for her four daughters, underscoring her commitment to fostering meaningful connections with others.
    Rachel Burke
  • Mayra Lopez

    Finance Manager
    Mayra, our Finance Manager, embodies a calming presence in our office, offering reassurance to both our employees and incoming clients. Her unwavering commitment to maintaining a positive and patient attitude serves as the cornerstone of her client-centered approach, ensuring the highest level of care. Mayra's exceptional skill set extends beyond financial management; she effortlessly navigates the intricate world of billing, ensuring the seamless operation of our financial processes. During her leisure hours, she treasures outdoor moments with her son, emphasizing the importance of fostering a positive outlook in every aspect of life.
    Mayra Lopez
  • Michaela Wagner

    Client Care Manager
    Michaela, our Client Care Manager, brings exceptional skills and dedication to BrightStar Care. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Science and Criminology, Law and Society from The University of California, Irvine, she combines her academic background with a pre-med path. Since joining in September 2021, Michaela has excelled in managing home health care, ensuring that each client receives the right care tailored to their unique needs. Her compassionate and holistic approach significantly benefits clients facing various challenges, from recent hospital discharges to terminal diagnoses. Michaela's commitment, organizational prowess, quick problem-solving abilities, and willingness to take on challenges make her an invaluable member of our team. Her caregiving experience, particularly with disabled children and teenagers, highlights her dedication to inclusivity and healthcare. Furthermore, her concern for elder abuse drives her meticulous approach to staffing, prioritizing the safety and well-being of our clients.
    Michaela Wagner

Our Caregivers and Nurses

Our team of care professionals are thoroughly screened and trained to provide the highest quality care to your family or your patients. Learn more about our compassionate and trustworthy nurses and caregivers.


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