Thomas A. Graves, MBA, FACHE
President and CEO
Flat Creek Investments, LLC, DBA BrightStar Care of Anne Arundel County, Easton and Salisbury
As the owner and CEO of Flat Creek Investments, LLC, doing business as (DBA) BrightStar Care, Thomas comes to this organization as a board-certified health care executive and a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, with 33 years of experience in health care administration. He earned a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and an MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas.
Thomas started his career at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has held numerous leadership positions in cancer program management in nationally recognized healthcare systems, such as the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, Memorial Hermann Health System and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Most recently, he worked for Inova Health System, in Fairfax, Virginia, where he served as the vice president of Cancer Services and opened the new Schar Cancer Institute in May 2019. In that position, Thomas was responsible for the development of comprehensive, patient-centered clinical care for cancer patients, research programs, and clinical trials.
Thomas joined the BrightStar team in June 2020 and is excited to continue the exceptional work of the previous owner, who, with the team, provided care to more than 4000 families during his nearly 12 years of service to the organization. Thomas' goal is to expand upon our already-exceptional team of administrative staff, caregivers, nurses and therapists, and the services offered by BrightStar.
Lorelei Palemine, RN, BSN
Regional Clinical Director
Lorelei was born and raised in the Philippines, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1994. She was inspired to become a nurse when her mother, at a very young age, was diagnosed and passed away from breast cancer.
Prior to coming to BrightStar Care®, Lorelei worked as the assistant director of Nursing at Heritage Harbor, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Anne Arundel County, for many years. Early in her career, she discovered her calling with the geriatric population. As BrightStar's regional clinical director, she oversees all client cases and is responsible for staff training and the quality of care BrightStar is known for. She is completely dedicated to her clients and their families. “Working in this field is a true honor and one that I appreciate daily. At BrightStar I am able to spend more time getting to know our clients and families, which allows me to really make a difference in their lives," she says.
Regional Director of Private Duty Services and Recruiting
A native of Galesburg, Illinois, Wendy Traff-Barrow relocated to Maryland more than two decades ago.
Wendy has a vast background in health care, having worked with developmentally disabled adults, and in medical adult day care, long-term care, assisted living and now home care.
She has been a part of the BrightStar Care team since 2015 and has worked in multiple capacities including branch manager of the Easton location, marketing liaison and recruiting, prior to accepting her current position. As regional director of Private Duty Services and Recruiting, Wendy oversees all private duty services for our Anne Arundel County, Easton and Salisbury locations, as well as all recruitment of staff.
Laura Jones, RN, BSN
Regional Director of Skilled Services
Laura Jones moved to Talbot County from Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1988. She became interested in home care after having the opportunity to care for a family member suffering from a terminal illness. In 2002, Laura found her calling and embarked on a career of providing care to individuals in her community.
To further enhance her skills, Laura attended the McQueen Gibbs School of Nursing, where she graduated in 2009 with an Associates Degree in Nursing, and shortly thereafter became a licensed registered nurse. She has experience in skilled nursing and rehabilitation, long term care, assisted living, case management and community hospice nursing. While working full time and raising a family, Laura worked towards earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Stevenson University, which she completed in 2013.
She joined BrightStar of Easton in December, 2013, a position that enabled her to return to her true calling – to provide members of her local community with highly skilled and compassionate home care. Laura serves as director of Skilled Services for BrightStar Care® of Anne Arundel County, Easton and
Regional Director of Marketing and Community Outreach
A 2001 graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Christina Wingate-Spence began her career with Upper Shore Aging, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for Caroline, Kent and Talbot Counties, where managed three programs assisting area senior citizens. The past 14 years of her career has been spent in health care sales, strategy, marketing and communications, having worked for Genesis HealthCare and HeartFields Assisted Living at Easton, a Five Star Senior Living community. Most recently, Christina was a team member of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, where she started in January 2013 as a Communications and Marketing specialist and then assumed the role of manager of Marketing and Communications, in August 2016.
Over the past several years, Christina has been active in several community organizations and currently serves as immediate past president/vice president for the Board of Directors of Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence.
In her role as regional director of marketing and community outreach, Christina oversees BrightStar’s community outreach and educational initiatives on the Eastern Shore and Anne Arundel County.
Regional Director of Finance
A native of North Dakota, Shannon Bottom moved to Maryland nearly five years ago.
Prior to joining the BrightStar team in October 2019, she spent 17 years volunteering for various 501c-3 organizations, serving on their Executive Boards of Directors as treasurer, and volunteering in many capacities in public schools systems.
In her role as regional director of Finance, Shannon oversees accounts payable/receivable for BrightStar's three locations in Anne Arundel County, Easton and Salisbury.
Abby, a lifetime resident of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, joined the BrightStar Care team in October 2019, after more than 11 years as a director of Admissions and Marketing, first with Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation and most recently with Salisbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Genesis.
Abby brings to BrightStar vast knowledge about health care programs and services, especially those available on the Eastern Shore. In her capacity as marketing liaison, she is spending time in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties, providing community outreach and participating in BrightStar's various community education initiatives.