Meet DayStarr's Team of Pros
As a growing, locally owned and operated carrier, DayStarr Communications is proud to provide personal customer service from a highly trained team of friendly professionals. When you give us a call, you’ll always be greeted by an actual person—an advantage you simply won’t enjoy with a national carrier. To top it off, most of our employees have strong roots in the local area. In other words, our staff members aren’t just DayStarr professionals; they are also your neighbors.
Collin Rose, President
Collin co-founded Michigan Online Group in 2001 and DayStarr Communications in 2002. Born and raised in the Mid-Michigan area, he graduated from Baker College of Owosso with an Associate Degree in Applied Science Computer Systems and Internetworking Technology. As the president of DayStarr, Collin spends most of his time strategizing about the future of the company and experimenting with new technology. Every now and again he can be found out in the field assisting with a cable cut, or assisting the line crew with traffic control. He also manages the DayStarr team. Outside of work, Collin enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also works as a volunteer firefighter for Owosso Township Fire Department, and is an EMT at Corunna Area Ambulance and a HazMat technician at Shiawassee Special Response Team.
Steve Starr, Director of Network Operations
Steve manages the day-to-day activities of DayStarr’s technical staff and also serves as the company’s resident programmer and network engineer. Originally born in California, he was raised in Owosso and graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Computer Information Systems. He joined DayStarr Communications in 2005. Outside of work, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing golf, riding his bike and snowboarding.
Mark Hudson, Sales Director
Mark has lived in mid-Michigan for most of his life and currently resides in Fenton. He earned a bachelor of science from Central Michigan University and has worked at DayStarr Communications since 2005. Mark and his wife have five children and five grandchildren.
Thomas Wendling, Network Provisioning Engineer
Thomas handles most of the technical support, networking, and computer needs for DayStarr customers; as well as provisioning their service. Raised in New Lothrop, Michigan, Thomas has lived in mid-Michigan for most of his life. Currently enrolled at Northwood University, he has earned an AAS from Bay College in Computer Systems Technology as well as multiple industry certifications. He joined DayStarr Communications in 2010. Thomas spends his free time learning new technology, beta testing electronics for companies, and doing as much outdoors as possible.
Jennifer Wise, Director of Finance
Jennifer handles the billing, AIR, AIP, accounting functions, reporting and other financial responsibilities for DayStarr Communications. From Morrice, she has lived in Michigan nearly all of her life. Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University in 1992 and also holds a certified public accountant license. She joined DayStarr Communications in 2008. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys volunteering for the City Rescue Mission of Lansing and has traveled internationally doing mission work.
Brandy Copeland, Receptionist
Brandy has lived in Shiawassee County her whole life and joined the DayStarr team in late 2011 filling the receptionist role. She is often the friendly voice on the other end of the line for DayStarr customers. Outside of work, Brandy enjoys playing and coaching sports, hunting, and participating in horse shows.
Matt Van Epps, Project Manager
Matt oversees all of our build projects. After a four-year stint in the US Army as a counter-intelligence agent, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Construction Management. He brings more than eight years of project management experience and more than 20 years in construction trades with him to better serve our customers. Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending his spare time with his family and being outdoors.
Casey Rose, Field Technician and Fiber Optic Splicer
One of Collin's many family members to have worked at DayStarr over the years, his brother Casey joined the DayStarr Communications staff in 2011. He is employed as a field tech and recently became certified in fiber optic splicing. He has lived in Michigan his entire life.
Eric Mauhar, Support Services Technician
Our newest hire, Eric handles PC/Network support for our customers. He also assists with troubleshooting almost any technical issues you may have. Eric attended Bay Community College in Escanaba, Mich. and received his degree in Computer Networking System and Security in 2012. He also grew up in Escanaba but recently moved downstate. Eric enjoys hanging out with friends and going to concerts.
Doug Hetfield, Field Technicial
Doug joined the DayStarr team in August 2012. With more than 30 years of experience, he is one of the experts who installs and repairs fiber optics, phone lines and other cabling to make all of DayStarr's services work. Doug was born in Owosso but has called Corunna home since 1953. When he's not working, he's involved with his family and his church, and he loves to work on streetrods and go-kart racing.