Owners Kristin and Jeremy Starkel
Hello! My name is Kristin Starkel. I am proud to be part owner of Right At Home - Norfolk, serving Northeast Nebraska. I grew up on a farm outside of Tilden, NE, where my parents still reside.
After high school, I earned by bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of Nebraska. In my career, I have always enjoyed helping improve the health of my patients, and making them smile! I hope to carry my drive for excellent patient care over into our in-home care business.
My husband, Jeremy and I decided the perfect place to start our business was back home in Northeast Nebraska, where there is great need for caring for an aging population.
Family, small town values, and a sense of community are just a few of the reasons that solidified our decision to move to Norfolk to start Right At Home. I look forward to serving the community, and continuing to brighten patient’s days and smiles!
My name is Jeremy Starkel. I’m married to Kristin Starkel and have a son named Jagur and a yellow lab named Snarf. I was born and raised here in Norfolk, Nebraska. Graduated from Norfolk Catholic in 1997 where I played football for all 4 years under coach Jeff Bellar. I attended Northeast Community College after high school then moved to Phoenix, AZ where I studied Audio Engineering. After a few years, I moved to Omaha where I received my Bachelor’s degree in business management from Bellevue University. I then took a position as Director of Recruitment for the University of Phoenix where I worked for 7 years and earned my MBA. Most recently I’ve worked as a Branch Manager for the last 6 ½ years for a medical staffing firm called Aureus Medical based in Omaha Nebraska.
About 3 years ago my Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. My sisters and I had a crash course in becoming caregivers for her as she lost the ability to walk due to the disease. We encountered first hand how challenging it was for her as well as us with having to take time off of work to take her to doctors’ appointments, chemotherapy, and just to help her with daily activities of life. In August of 2017 we lost her to her battle with cancer. I knew at that moment there was a greater purpose for me in life. I wanted to do something where I could give back to other families who have loved ones at home who need care. My wife and I thought what better way to do that than back in our hometown and areas where we grew up.
Drew Lear | HR Staffing Coordinator
My name is Drew Lear. I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, but I have lived in the Norfolk area my entire life. I graduated from Battle Creek High School in 2016 where I was on the cheer squad and dance team for all four years. I received an academic full ride scholarship to attend Wayne State College. I finished my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish in December of 2019. While in college I took on many roles in the human services field whenever I could, including chemical dependency management and case management for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. I have always had a passion to increase the quality of lives for those around me and to help others in any way possible.
Nichole Jones | Scheduling Coordinator
My name is Nichole Jones. I grew up on a small farm outside of Pierce, Nebraska with my father who had a love for all animals. We had a lot of exotic animals and also volunteered many years at the Royal Zoo. I enjoyed learning about the animals we had and taking care of them which was hard work. My father purchased and opened a pet store when I was 13 so I started learning business tactics at a young age.
My husband and I bought our house in Stanton 9 years ago. We have 2 daughters, Mirabell and Emalyn and a Chihuahua named Eddie. We just celebrated 12 years married in March. Nothing brings me more joy than helping people and giving exceptional customer service. I have 10 years of management and 3 years of scheduling experience, which I feel will make me a great fit into the Right At Home family.
Right at Home Norfolk - Serving Northeast Nebraska
Owners Kristin and Jeremy Starkel talk about why they wanted to get into providing home care services and how important it is to give back to their community.
If you or someone you love is in need of care, contact us today.