Our experienced and compassionate staff is dedicated to caring for your loved one as if they were family. Get to know our team.
Lori Calder-Miller, RNOwnerLocal owner Lori Calder-Miller grew up in a family of healthcare providers and has been an RN since 1990. After taking some time off to raise her own children, Lori wanted to do more for the community when she returned to work. Helping her patients, friends and even family members endure various medical conditions taught her the importance of quality home care. She understands firsthand how helpful it is to be at home, surrounded by all the things you love, whenever possible. Lori made it her goal to help as many patients as she could, through all stages of life, to remain in the comfort of their own homes while receiving the most qualified, compassionate care available. Just like her own career in nursing, BrightStar provided a natural fit and she has been the owner of West Portland BrightStar since 2008.
Alex ZamoraDirector of OperationsAlex is orginally from Boston, MA and moved to the pacific north west in 2018 and now calls it home for he, his wife and three children.
He has been a in healthcare management in various capacities for the last 15 years, more specifically in the medical equipment field.
Alex began his time with BrightStar Care West Portland as the Branch Manager in 2021 but was recently promoted to the Director of Operations position in 2023 where he has helped establish growth and consitency to the orgainization. In his role he handles the day-to-day aspects of the business.
Mary EllisSenior Customer Care ManagerMary has been with BrightStar Care since 2014. Mary has served the organization under many different roles but has really shone as the CCM. Mary is incredibly knowledgeable about the industry and provides excellent communication to both client and employees. Mary continues to be responsible for staffing with a focus on our skilled clients and national accounts.
Mary is tremendous asset to Brightstar Care and we glad she is on our team.
Kamie ZamoraRecruiter & HR SpecialistKamie has been with Brightstar Care West Portland for 1.5 years. She has a vibrant personality which helps make her an effective recruiter. She cares deeply about her role and takes great pride in hiring individuals that fit the Brightstar Care brand & culture. Kamie is dedicated to finding talented employees and staying connected with them throughout their time with the organization. In her short 1.5 years she has been asked to speak at several recruitment forums on how to help other recruiters become successful.
We value Kamie and all that she brings to our organization.
Jessie CastronovoCaregiver SupervisorJessie started with Brightstar Care a little over a year ago as a Staffing Coordinator and was recently promoted to her current position. Jessie brings experience from the field to the office, being a previous caregiver working with clients. She is an excellent communicator and a tireless worker and is passionate about helping find care for those in need.
Jessie is a great addition to the organization and we're grateful for her service.
Grace AlexanderBilling SpecialistGrace has been with Brightstar Care for over 6 years. She started as a Staffing Coordinator and was promoted to our Payroll & Billing Specialist. Grace has a wealth of information about our industry and provides valuable input to the team. You can often find Grace answering phone calls when others are busy and helping staff clients in her down time.
Dawn LokrantzRN Nurse ManagerDawn graduated, with honors, from Linfield College - School of Nursing in 1995. Dawn's first job as a nurse was on a step-down critical care and telemetry unit. There she worked with cardiac patients and transplant patients as well as patients on ventilators and dialysis. She also enjoyed a few years as a bedside nurse in post-anesthesia unit at a women's hospital where she helped women and babies recover from anesthesia, after cesarean section.
In 2004, Dawn was offered a position in home health working as a transplant lead, caring for all kinds of patients in their homes as well as teaching other nurses to care for the special needs of transplant patients. In 2006, Dawn was given an opportunity to move back to her home town of Portland, OR to raise her children and work as a kidney & pancreas coordinator at a local hospital.
Dawn feel passionate about doing all she can to keep people in their home for as long as possible. She knows this is where people typically prefer to live and with caregiver assistance and nursing oversight she believes most people can spend many happy and safe years in their own homes as they age. Dawn come from a close knit family and helped to take care of her grandparents as they aged and is currently helping care for her own parents as they advance in years.
Dawn is a fierce patient advocate and highly empathetic. Dawn is inclusive & accepting of an individual's autonomy in care planning. We are grateful to have Dawn as a part of our team at BrightStar Care West Portland.
Erica CarapiaStaffing CoordinatorErica has been with the organization since August of 2023. Erica, a previous Caregiver, has adapted quickly to staffing in the office. She brings a lot of field expertise in her approach to getting clients and employees staffed. She has been a valuable member of our team, and we are excited to continue working with her daily.
Ashlie WaltonAdministrative Specialist - RecruitingAshlie has been with the organization since December of 2023. She started as a Childcare Provider and quickly became a valued part of our office team. Ashlie is heavily involved in recruiting, doing interviews, applicant follow-ups, and various other recruiting/HR tasks. Ashlie has been an excellent addition to the Brightstar Care West/Northeast Portland team.
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