About GentleBrook

Board of Trustees

Ben Sommers, President
Tom Gibbins,
Vice President
Ken Nisly,
Secretary/ Treasurer
Marlene Blackford
Henry Miles
James Miller
Susan Rodgers
Lee Yoder

Executive Team

Norman Wengerd, Chief Executive Officer
Michael Sleutz, Chief Operating Officer
Dianna Huckestein, Executive Director, Corporate
& Senior Living Services
Phil Stauffer, Executive Director, GentleBrook Centre
Lisa Ackerman, Administrator, Hartville Meadows

Kathy Davidson, Administrator, Lafayette Meadows
Marilyn Miller, Corporate Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Novak, Financial Coordinator
Lisa Smith, Administrator, GentleBrook Home Health Services



Our History

GentleBrook was founded in 1974 as Hartville Homes, Inc. by Glen and Lois Yoder along with a caring and compassionate group of church and community leaders to provide a home for individuals with developmental disabilities.  Hartville Meadows, the first facility, opened in 1982 as a 32 bed residential home.  

Today, GentleBrook provides services and supports that span the lifetime needs of individuals with intellectual an developmental disabilities, youth and older adults.  These services and supports include residential options, day habilitation, vocational training, employment options, sports training and recreational programs.

By focusing on potential and not limitations,
we help each client to have a fulfilling life,
rich with opportunities.

GentleBrook is licensed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and certified by the Ohio Department of Health to participate in the Medicaid Program.

Foundational Statement
of Belief

 All human life is a sacred gift and most fulfilled in community with others.


GentleBrook's primary objective is to connect people and community.  At GentleBrook, we strive to provide the highest quality care and support to individuals with disabilities and older adults. Our decisions are made on the basis of what will contribute most to the well-being of our clients, so that the individuals we serve may realize their full potential and live as a contributing member of their community.