Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity
John and Sharon Zimmerman - Owners
John and Sharon Zimmerman are the owners of BrightStar Care of Northern Michigan. John spent most of his career in the health field first as a pharmaceutical representative and later as a district manager for several Fortune 100 companies in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He has years of experience marketing products for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Incontinence, as well as extensive knowledge of IV antibiotics and chemo-therapeutic agents. John and Sharon are both from Central Illinois where John served as a Volunteer Fireman and as an EMT for nearly 20 years. John was a Scoutmaster for 15 years, JFL football coach for 18 years, and served on many service organizations in his local community. Sharon worked as a bookkeeper for a local business, volunteered as a Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and served on the local School Board for nearly 20 years. Sharon has served in Music and Liturgy ministry for over 20 years in Illinois, Wisconsin and northern Michigan. In 2009 John and Sharon decided to start their own home care business in Traverse City, Michigan. With aging parents living many hours away John and Sharon have experienced searching for care for their parents and understand the need for high quality, compassionate care for our aging population. Their goal is to be just and generous employers and to provide the same level of care they would expect for their parents. “We will not put someone in your home we would not put in our parent’s home.”
Helen Cunningham - Recruiting Manager
Helen was born and raised in the Cadillac area where she grew up loving the outdoors and fishing! Helen is the daughter of a United States Marine and has a deep rooted admiration for our Veterans and our Military. Helen got into healthcare recruiting somewhat by accident- after graduating from college she was looking for something to build her resume with more professional work experience. She applied for a position on indeed for prescreening nursing resumes and has stayed in healthcare since. Helen recruited for a large 400-bed long term care facility for Veterans for about three years in the Grand Rapids area before making the decision to move back home. This is when Helen joined the BrightStar Care Team. Here's what Helen says about working at BrightStar, "Home care recruiting is a lot more difficult than facility recruiting as home care changes every day, I think that is what I like the most about it- the constant change and challenges! A huge thank you to all our staff and caregivers who provide the highest level of care to our clients!"
Sara Dixon - Client Services Specialist
Sara worked in the hair industry for about 15 years before she decided she wanted to change careers, although she was't sure what she wanted to do at the time. Sara decided to go back to school, after trying a couple different jobs and not finding the right fit.
Sara's best friend is a nurse and her area of preference is Geriatric nursing and was always trying to talk Sara into working with her. Well after a few years of persuasion, she finally jumped and is so happy she did! Sara states, "It was the best career change of my life! Customer Service has always been my passion and as a scheduler I am able to utilize my customer service skills to the fullest and in return it makes me feel good knowing that I take part in making sure our clients are receiving the services they need!"
Cindy McGarry - Sales Manager
Cindy has been in the home care business for over 18 years. Many of those years were spent caring for her mother with Alzheimer's while raising her family. Caring for her mom lit the fuse for Cindy's vocation for elder care advocacy. As a result, Cindy started an elder care and consulting business that focused on guiding families through the many decisions involved in creating a plan of care for their loved ones. Cindy relocated to Northern Michigan in 2018 and was delighted to take the position with BrightStar Care to continue forward in her vocation. Cindy feels "blessed to work with an organization whose mission is to provide the highest standard of care to their clients and assist families in navigating through what can be a very overwhelming process."
Keren Bird, RN - Compliance Officer
Keren has been a nurse for 49 years. She has been a school nurse, a midwife, a community health nurse, a trainer/educator for SOM Department of Mental Health, administrator, and director of nursing. Keren also owned a flower shop with her husband for 11 years during her nursing career. Keren began working with John and Sharon Zimmerman in 2010 and retired as the Director of Nursing in 2014. She liked working for BrightStar so much, she returned to work as the Clinical Compliance Officer. "It is a joy and privilege to work with the BSNM team. I am passionate about quality care for our clients, embracing BrightStar’s model to ensure that our clients get the best care possible and that our care team is well trained and supported in delivering on that promise."
Stacey Felski, RN - Director of Nursing
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Questions about our team? Please contact us online or call our office at (231) 929-7827 and we'll be happy to answer them.