Compassion, integrity, inspiration, 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.
Wendy Sulzer | Director of Home Care I came to BrightStar Care with over 8 years experience in senior services marketing and management. I have always found working with older adults rewarding, but helping them reach their goal of returning to or staying at home is the best part of working at BrightStar. My goal is to create cohesive leadership teams of nurses and care managers who will be able to provide the care solutions our clients need.
Brooke Virgin | Branch Manager I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and a Master’s in Business Administration. I grew up in Beloit and the Rock County area and returned to this area after college and living for a short time in the Milwaukee Area. I have always been drawn towards taking care of people through positions with a local nursing home, Girl Scouts, United Way and as a Director for a Senior Living Memory Care. After hearing that my predecesor was retiring, and then meeting the owners, Jeff and Susan, I just knew in my heart that I found the right fit for me. BrightStar has always had such a good reputation in providing support to families that I just knew I wanted to be a part of this organization.
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!
Dacia Riggs | Recruiter I am a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Social Work. I spent the majority of my earlier career managing group homes and caregivers. A few years ago I decided to make a change and became a recruiter. Being the South Central Wisconsin Recruiter for BrightStar is the perfect fit for me as it combines my two passions…Recruitment and Home Care! I love being able to come to work every day knowing that I’m working for an amazing company with high standards, exceptional values, and outstanding team members!
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.