Our Staff at BrightStar Care® St. Croix Valley

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

  • Alicia Drake, RN

    Director of Nursing
    One of the best aspects of our home-care model is in the nursing oversight of our clients. To help you get more acquainted with our Director of Nursing, Alicia Drake, RN, we have a special page dedicated to her bio that you can read at this link: Our Director of Nursing
    Alicia Drake, RN
  • Ryan Peterson, CNA

    2021 Midwest Regional Caregiver of the the Year
    Ryan is passionate about being thorough with his care and making personal connections through art. He is motivated by art, and he loves to bond with his clients by sharing his artwork with them. His journey as a caregiver began in 2014 when he began dating a woman who was paralyzed from a spinal injury. Caring for her inspired him to become certified at St. Paul College, which eventually led him to start working with BrightStar in January of 2017. One of his longterm clients then encouraged him to get into making his own art, which he is very grateful for. Ryan associates BrightStar with integrity, dedication, and trustworthiness. He loves that he is allowed to be himself at work and feels as though clients can connect with and easily trust him because of his autism and extensive experience working with different types of disabilities. When Ryan thinks of BrightStar, it reminds him of home. He feels that our caregivers do not only do in-home care, but that they also act as the strong foundations that keep families together at home.
    Ryan Peterson, CNA
  • Cheri O'Connor

    Care Consultant

    Cheri is passionate about helping, consulting, educating, and bringing care and knowledge to all those who may be in need. She is motivated by helping others and her own good health. When she is away from work, she loves to spend time with her daughter and granddaughter, travel, make quilts, feed wildlife, and be outdoors. Cheri has spent more than 28 years working in the healthcare industry. Her merits include: CMA in Ophthalmology, CNA, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Ward Clerk, sales, marketing, and educational presentation experience. Additionally, she worked as a Travel Consultant, which inspired her to create her own international travel tour business and explore over 30 countries in the process. Cheri's career journey then brought her back to the health industry. She has worked with clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, in-home care, private care, and treatment centers. Cheri started working as a Care Consultant with BrightStar in June of 2015. She describes BrightStar Care’s work as compassionate, empathetic, and fulfilling. She firmly believes in her work and views it as a team effort and opportunity to help others navigate through their journey of life.
    Cheri O'Connor
  • Hnue Lo-Vue, LPN

    Case Manager
    Hnue is passionate about caring for people and ensuring their safety. She is motivated by happiness and spreading positivity inside and outside of the workplace. Hnue is a very experienced nurse; she worked at a nursing home for 19 years before coming to BrightStar in May of 2019. She was in charge of the Transitional Care Unit there for seven years. For Hnue, working with BrightStar means being out in the community, making a great impression, and making life a little bit easier for those in need and their loved ones. She describes BrightStar’s work as compassionate and friendly, and she thinks of her coworkers as family. She loves that everybody knows one another and truly cares for each other inside and outside of work.
    Hnue Lo-Vue, LPN
  • Kristen Wilcox, RN

    Nurse Case Manager
    Bio coming soon!
    Kristen Wilcox, RN
  • Kelli Hernandez

    Customer Success Team Member
    Kelli is passionate about spending time with all those who are closest to her. Her friends and family are the ones who keep her motivated. In her spare time, she likes to go on adventures and learn from her 7-year-old sister who has autism. Prior to her employment with BrightStar Care, Kelli had been a certified nursing assistant for a year and a home health aide for three years. She has been with BrightStar Care since September 2020. Kelli describes BrightStar’s work as caring, compassionate, and responsible. She loves that she is able to build relationships with clients and help those in need. Kelli thinks of BrightStar Care as one big family that provides care for other families when they need it the most.
    Kelli Hernandez
  • Brenda Hartmon, RN

    Nurse Case Manager
    Brenda lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three boys. She loves to travel, bike, kayak, and spend as much time outside as possible. She has been a nurse since 1999 and has worked in hospitals, clinics, and homecare. She is most passionate about homecare because she believes that healing and peace happen at home. She loves being able to see individuals thrive at home with their loved ones. Brenda started her employment with BrightStar in September of 2013. She feels satisfied by her work because it allows her to be a part of peoples' lives, make connections, and help clients stay home with their loved ones. Brenda describes BrightStar's work as compassionate, caring, and skilled. She associates BrightStar with the sun as they are both bright, happy, shining, glowing, and positive.
    Brenda Hartmon, RN
  • Sini Stjernsward Ross

    Owner of BrightStar Care St. Croix Valley
    "We are a compassionate and caring company where our employees and customers truly become family.” That’s the culture that Sini Ross, owner of BrightStar Care St. Croix Valley, fosters for employees as well as clients. To learn more about Sini, visit our page which features the January article of HerLife Magazine here: Inspirations_HLM_TC_JAN14-1 Our Director of Nursing, Alicia Drake, RN, and our entire staff are here to serve you and your loved ones. We proudly serve the St. Paul/ Washington County, including the cities of Woodbury, Stillwater, Mahtomedi, Dellwood, Forest Lake, Lake Elmo, Afton, Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park, Newport, Landfall, Oakdale, Pine Springs, Willernie, Scandia, Oak Park Heights, Bayport, Lakeland, Lakeland Shores, Lake St. Croix Beach, Hugo, Centerville, Marine on St. Croix, St. Mary’s Point, Hastings, Denmark Township, Hudson, Wisconsin and a few surrounding areas. Call us now at (651) 234-0044 to start getting help with your home health care needs!
    Sini Stjernsward Ross

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