Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity
Our People“You are only as Good as Your People”. Our people are our greatest asset and demonstrate this fact every day by delivering the highest quality care. The BrightStar Team has been honored by receiving a Georgia State License for companion, personal care and skilled care and guided by the highest level of Quality Healthcare Standards, our Joint Commission Accreditation. Our Caregivers - Field Staff BrightStar takes pride in hiring the best of the best for our Care Team to serve our many clients from private duty to hospice and respite care. BrightStar sets the highest and most rigorous hiring standards and screening. All employees are personally interviewed, state criminal background checked, drug tested, reference checked, trained, tested and bonded and insured. All of our Caregivers are personally supervised by our Nurse. Susan Whittelsey – President/Owner/Community Liaison With 35 successful years working for Fortune 50 companies focusing on business needs and a strong healthcare and community service record, Susan founded BrightStar with the support of her family in 2006 and is committed to compassionate care and quality service. Jill Larson – Marketing Director A Tulane University graduate with a BS focused on Pre-Med and Business, Jill has experience in teaching and caring for Special Needs children with Teach for America. She is a BrightStar co-founder, a Certified Senior Advisor and holds a certification in Dementia. Deborah Douglass – Director of Nursing With a RN from the University of Florida, Deborah has 30 years of nursing experience in home health, critical care, mental health, hospice and regulatory compliance and performance improvement. Deborah's excellent clinical skills and compassionate professionalism are evidenced in her daily relationships with Clients and Caregivers. Leslie Ivory – Community Liaison builds relationships to increase awareness of BrightStar’s services that benefit family members and businesses. Leslie holds a B.S. and a MBA from Capella University. Catherine Mitchell - Customer Care Manager A native of South Carolina, with a professional and southern touch, Catherine insures all clients and families receive the highest quality of service as she coordinates and schedules our Caregiver services. Catherine graduated from Hilton Head High School and has been in the healthcare field for 8 years. She is also an amazing caregiver. Ken Degenhardt – Finance/Accounting Manager With 30 years of experience functioning as a Controller, Partner and General Manager of major corporations, Ken’s outstanding financial and accounting skills are a significant asset to the BrightStar Team.
Questions about our care team?
Please contact us online or call our BrightStar Care office at (912) 355-1121 and we'll be happy to answer them.