Meet the Starlight Office Team

 

 

Cynthia Pratte-Giebler: Office Manager

Cindy joined Starlight first in 2014 then again in 2019 as our Office Manager following an extended career in the world of banking and finance. With the equivalent of juggling a dozen balls in the air, Cindy helps oversee both staff and clients and delivers sanity to our ever-changing 24-hour agency. Born and raised in the Philippines, she has lived in Los Altos for over 40 years where she raised two children. Cindy earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in Business Economics from Assumption College, Philippines.

Tom Keenan: Client Care Coordinator, Lead

Tom joined Starlight in 2015 and plays a key role as our Client Care Coordinator Lead. With extensive experience in caregiving, he started in the field caring for his own father, followed by numerous clients with needs ranging from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and quadriplegics. Tom is passionate about his work and operates on the philosophy of client advocacy first. A Bay Area native with five siblings, he graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Business Administration and is now working towards Geriatric Care Manager certification.

Barbara Motuliki: Scheduler, Care Coordinator

Barb joined Starlight in early 2020 and quickly became an essential team member as our Scheduler and Care Coordinator. This is a highly complex role that requires finesse as the service complications change on an hourly basis. With over 25 years working in healthcare, she is fully equipped to help drive client success with previous experience as a medical assistant working in doctors’ offices and rehab centers. A Bay Area native, Barb enjoys spending time with family and her two children, volunteering, singing and participating in church activities.

Vanessa Gilders: Staffing Coordinator

Vanessa joined Starlight in 2015. As our Staffing Coordinator, she plays a critical role in managing our caregiver employees’ daily journey with clients across the Bay Area. She leads in recruiting, onboarding and training our caregivers. As a previous elder care caregiver herself, Vanessa fully grasps the complexities of ensuring clients’ needs are fulfilled with ever-changing staffing scenarios. With a busy home life and five children to manage, she enjoys being the “team mom” for the variety of sports the kids play ranging from football, volleyball and softball.

Isabel Michael: Client Care Coordinator

Isabel Michael joined Starlight in 2021 as a Client Care Coordinator. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Santa Clara University. Isabel was born in South Korea and grew up in San Francisco. Prior to Starlight, she worked at the University of California, San Francisco as an assistant for researchers of cancer and HIV/AIDS. She also volunteers at the Sacred Heart Community Center and for the American Red Cross. Isabel is passionate about social justice and improving the health of her community through her work. She enjoys hiking, playing soccer, going to concerts, and cooking.

Paola Lloyd: Office Administrative Assistant

Paola joined Starlight in 2016 as our Office Administrative Assistant and assists with billing and payroll, as well as monitors all our caregiver staff’s daily time cards and shift reports. This helps to anticipate and deliver the care that our clients need and keeps loved ones informed of activity whether they live around the corner or around the world. With a passion for serving aging adults, she also enjoys time with family and hobbies including hiking, reading, kayaking, traveling and learning new things like knitting.

Duanni Hurd: President and CEO

Duanni is a co-founder of Starlight Caregivers and a licensed Geriatric Care Manager. She is originally from Beijing, China where she graduated college, and then obtained her Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Arizona. Duanni spent over a dozen years as a business development executive with major tech companies before stepping aside to pursue her passion of servicing the vulnerable. She is also a highly certified yoga and fitness instructor and champions a donation-based yoga clinic benefiting the Alzheimer's Association and active member of the Los Altos Rotary Club sitting on multiple boards serving the community.

David Hurd: Chief Marketing Officer

David Hurd is a co-founder and serves as the company CMO. He is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin and attended UW La Crosse and Brown University in Minnesota. David began his career as a creative consultant for Adobe, a major software company in San Jose, before spending over 25 years directing the corporate communication departments of several publicly traded semiconductor companies.