Senior Director of Nursing
Debra Hawkins, RN
Director of Nursing
I started my healthcare career as a nursing assistant working in long term and memory care units, then eventually transferred to a cardiac unit at St. John’s hospital in the late 90s. I worked at St John’s for the next 7 years while I completed my nursing degree. Before coming to BrightStar, I was the Director of Nursing for a large health and human services provider overseeing 53 group homes in the Twin Cities and surrounding area. While I gained a great deal of leadership and nursing experience during my three years tenure there, I realized I was really missing the direct relationships with the individuals I was serving, which is exactly what led me to Brightstar Care.
I feel my success has been measured by my accomplishments in family, career and continued learning. Once I graduated from nursing school, I took some time off to care for my Mother and Father, which is one of the main reasons why home health care has always been very close to my heart. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to spend quality time with my parents throughout their lives and I am most passionate about helping individuals maintain their health in the comfort of their home while supporting the quality of life they choose to live. Family is very important to me and by carefully choosing Brightstar Care, I am excited to advance my knowledge in home health. I can say without reason, I will treat everyone with the same respect and dignity I give my own family.
Direct: (651) 300-9977
Jessica is the General Manager and Co-Owner of BrightStar Care of St. Paul under the Karing Hent Inc. MN based company, which manages the top performing BrightStar Care operations of Minnesota. Jessica comes from humble begenings with a passion for care and helping people. Jessica did not start here but her path has been an inspiration to many. Jessica started her career with Brightstar Care in 2012 working for the St. Paul office as a par time scheduler. Through her years with BrightStar she transitioned into the Customer Care Manager role. This experience helped her build great relationships with our clients and caregivers. With the need for quality home care growing, Jessica was promoted to Branch Manager for our new office in Bloomington, servicing the South Metro and northern Dakota county areas and then to General Manager over both of our award-winning branches. Jessica is passionate about helping people and is very engaged in the community.
Director of Operations and HR
Director of Operations and HR
Direct: (651) 383-6562
Ashley started her journey with BrightStar Care - St. Paul in Human Resources. Taking a passion in hiring the right people allowed her to learn more about the needs in the Home Care industry. Becoming HR Manager was the next step in helping more people in the Twin Cities' Communities. Her favorite part of her job is getting to help find the best caregivers to provide compassion and care to our clients.
Branch Manager -South Metro Mpls and Burnsville
Direct: (612) 444-9198
I have been in the medical field for over 20 years and hold a Healthcare Business Management degree, which I have put to good use. I have held a variety of leadership roles including Director of Operations/HR/Development and have worked in all aspects of healthcare. By far my favorite has been home care which I have worked in for about 12 years. I love the continuity, and the time each caregiver gets to spend with their client. My passion is for the operations side of the business, which I have been overseeing for many years. I take pride in what I do and enjoy being involved, and to make sure I am a great leader for my team, while making sure all clients are getting the best care. Aside from my busy work life, I am married with 3 kids 18, 16 and 5, and a busy hockey mom. I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, the outdoors, cooking, and working out.
Laura Saba – RN
RN Health Educator
Laura Saba comes to Brightstar Care as an RN Health Educator. She spent 15 years in Health and Wellness Education and Communications. She received her BA in Mass Communications from the University of MN, Twin Cities, and her RN from St. Catherine University. She is particularly interested in integrative medicine and holds various certifications in the field.
She lives in Deephaven with her husband, Jake and two children Jackson, Grace, and new puppy Cookie. Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially if it’s outside!
Customer Care Manager
Customer Care Manager
I started out as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Minnesota and Wisconsin working at nursing homes and hospitals settings. My passion for health care has grown dramatically and I am attending school at Metropolitan State for my nursing degree. I love providing quality care and being able to make a client happy motivates me to look forward to my future in healthcare. Brightstar has really gave me the opportunities to succeed and meet some wonderful people and clients.
Facility Staffing Coordinator
Direct: (651) 323-3327
Soon after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the California Polytechnic State University of Pomona, Shiraz Lampwalla was inspired to play an leadership role in organizations that helped people. He joined BrightStar Care of St. Paul to aspire to ensure our clients are well taken care of! His passions include administration, philosophy, and law.
Recuiter- So Metro Mpls- Burnsville
Working in the Health Care industry has been my passion! I have over 10 years of experience ranging from Caregiving to Trainer to Human Resources. I also have an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix where I loved learning about Organizational Leadership.
I joined BrightStar Care early 2019 as a Part time CNA while working as a Part time Human Resources Director with United Staffing Agency LLC. Prior to that, I served as Human Resources Director for Monarch Healthcare Management – Estates at Bloomington and, Human Resources/Campus Manager for Lifesprk, serving all their locations in the Metro – Summit Place (Eden Praire), Parkshore (St. Louis Park), Brightondale (New Brighton), Village Shores (Richfield) and Oak Meadows (Oakdale).
It is a great privilege to bring extreme satisfaction and, smiles to the faces of the people in my care - I take customer service very seriously. That is why I take great care in making a selection of caregivers that will continue that legacy of providing excellent care. BrightStar model of going above and beyond to provide professional and compassionate care, is aligned with my work mantra. It is my goal to help the company continue on that route!
I am happily married to my husband of 17 years and we have 3 adorable daughters. My enthusiasm and zest for life is infectious – I spread it everywhere! Be Happy!
Questions about our care team?
Please contact us online or call our offices at Maplewood: O: +1(651) 770-8427 | Bloomington: O: +1(952) 300-3698 and we'll be happy to answer them.