Our Staff at BrightStar Care® Venice

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

  • Lisa Marie Swiatkowski, RN, LHRM, CDP

    Co-Owner, DON
    I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and have dedicated my life to helping those in need.  My experience includes working in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Urgent Care Centers, and running the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Programs for three states.  My true love has always been Home Care.  I feel privileged to be invited into a client’s home and to be trusted to provide care for those in need.  It is so rewarding to get calls from family members expressing their gratitude for seeing improvements in their loved one’s health and wellbeing, the conversation with a husband that can once again get out to play golf knowing he has a caregiver that can stay with his wife who is suffering from Dementia, or the lady who could no longer drive but now has a BrightStar companion to take her to hair and nail appointments or make the trip to the ice cream store for a weekly treat.  Honestly, I could go on and on with the stories, but I believe you can see why I truly love caring for people.
    Lisa Marie Swiatkowski
  • Jim Boone


    Sir Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  I have always had a passion for helping others; especially when the help is being provided for someone who honestly can’t help themselves.  As a young boy my parents taught me the there is no greater feeling than to look back on the efforts of a hard day’s work and see the fruits of your labor; and there is no greater reward than for one’s labor to be in service to others.  Over the past several years, I have witnessed within my own family the impact of aging grandparents.  To see their needs change, and the impact of those changing needs have on the lives of my parents and family members.  When Lisa Marie approached me about the opportunity to own a Home Care Agency, I knew it was something we had to pursue.  

    Jim Boone
  • Biagi Scotti

    Director of Human Resources

    As a proud veteran of the United States Army, I served two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After my military career, I began working in Human Resources. I enjoy the HR field because it gives me the opportunity to influence the well-being and productivity of employees in the workplace, creating a more positive workplace culture. I joined BrightStar Care in 2020, with over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. At BrightStar Care of Venice and Port Charlotte our mission is Making More Possible Through A Higher Standard of Care My Goal as the Director of Human Resources is to make it possible for our employees to provide for themselves and their loved ones by providing a great workplace environment where they are rewarded, recognized, and appreciated for all they do to service others.  

    Biagi Scotti
  • Maria Rodriguez

    Branch Manager

    Being the Branch Manager for BrightStar Care is something I didn't ever see myself achieving, but once I started, I instantly fell in love with it. I start as a Customer Care Manager helping our clients and caregivers with scheduling. As I learned more about the company, I took on more responsibilities and became the manager of our branch. I am here to offer comfort and resolutions for our staff, clients and their families. Being a mother of 2 wonderful kids and being a military spouse makes me so much stronger to tackle everything that comes my way. I am passionate about my work, and I enjoy every minute of it.  
    "It always seems impossible until it's done." - Nelson Mandela

    Maria Rodriguez
  • Ila Patel

    Customer Care Manager

    I discovered as a young child the personal joy I feel when helping others and it has guided me into my professional career choices. I have been in the Healthcare Industry for over 35 years, and I truly love the opportunity it provides me every day to make a difference in my community by helping others. At BrightStar Care our mission is Making More Possible Through A Higher Standard of Care is about helping our clients and our caregivers. It's the driving force behind every decision we make. Many companies talk about Core Values and High Standards, but a BrightStar Care we are reminded every day that our actions speak louder than our words. I am so happy to have found a company whose, Mission, Values and Standards are so well aligned with my own. 

    Ila Patel
  • Taren Buffington

    Customer Care Manager

    I am a mother of 3 beautiful children. I was born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Venice, Florida from the young age of 2. I graduated from Martinsburg College receiving my Medical Office Administration Certification in 2014. I have always had a passion for caring for others since I was a little girl going to work with my mother who worked in a Private Assisted Living Facilities for adults with and without special needs, I knew working in the health care industry helping others in any aspect was my calling. I started off as a caregiver with BrightStar Care and my passion and drive was noticed by our office staff and I was then promoted to a Customer Care Manager. The passion and drive our team have to ensure that our clients, caregivers and nurses are taken care of and stay happy and healthy is truly one of a kind. Working alongside Lisa Marie and Jim has been nothing less than amazing, they truly care about their employees and clients as if you are family. This is done by providing the best possible care to you or your loved ones.     

    Taren Buffington

Our Caregivers and Nurses

Our team of care professionals 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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