Compassion, integrity, family, excellence, trustworthiness, accountability, and diversity
Susan Rather | Owner I hold a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and a master’s degree in human relations from Oklahoma University. I have 25 years experience working in medical facilities and laboratories in Alabama, California, Colorado, Germany, and Wisconsin. Before opening the BrightStar business with my husband, Jeff, I was the Laboratory Manager at the Veteran’s Hospital in Madison. While this is a second career for me, helping out families in need and providing quality jobs for our great staff is the most meaningful and rewarding work I’ve ever done.
Jeff Tews | Owner I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota, and spent 30+ years in corporate positions at US West, Qwest and US Bank. A re-organization of US Bank started my search for an opportunity to run a small business. When Susan and I heard about BrightStar, we decided it was a perfect opportunity to help families, create jobs, and establish a business in this growing industry.
Linda Bruck | Director of Nursing I have been a registered nurse for over 40 years, providing care in long term facilities, medical clinics, hospitals, and family practice clinics. I am passionate about helping folks stay in their home by finding the best solutions for their needs. This includes their social and cultural needs, as well as their medical/physical requirements; I feel strongly about the overall big picture of our clients’ lives. I enjoy working with the rest of the BrightStar team to find the best solutions for our clients.Pam Hatfield | Branch Manager A graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Iowa led me down the path of working with adults with developmental disabilities in the capacity of case manager, counselor and residential director for 23 years. A job offer brought me to Wisconsin, where after 8 years of administration and marketing for senior communities, I made the decision to seek a better work/life balance. At the same time, Jeff and Susan were searching for someone to open and manage what is now the South Central Wisconsin office of their successful BrightStar business. Through word of mouth Jeff and Susan found me, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I’d been looking for them as well!
Mary Lou Bell | Registered Nurse Case Manager I have always loved nursing, but it is very important for me to have time to spend with the people that I care for. BrightStar is the perfect fit for me. I get to meet and care for a lot of great people and I have the quality time with them that I was looking for. Working for BrightStar gives me a wide range of nursing opportunities, which I love. I am able to help not only the clients, but also provide peace of mind for their families. I have never been happier in my nursing career! Working for a company like BrightStar has been a truly fulfilling job for me.
Kelsey Mitchell | Customer Care Manager I spent about 8 years too many burnt out in the restaurant business. It was time to make a change. I have worked many positions through High School and college caring for adults and children who had disabilities. It has been so wonderful to be back in the field of helping people! I love all the connections I have the opportunity to make with BrightStar clients and caregivers.
Tera Alexander | Customer Care Manager I was born and raised in the Rock County area. Twenty-two years ago I became a Certified Nursing Assistant because I am a people-person and could not think of anything else that would give me more job satisfaction than helping others. I love being able to use my experience as a caregiver to mentor our new BrightStar CNAs. In working for BrightStar I also found a way to put my Health Care Administration degree to good use!
Questions about our care team?
Please contact BrightStar Care Janesville online or call our Rock County offices at (608) 314-8501 and we'll be happy to answer them.