About GentleBrook

GentleBrook is a not-for-profit social purpose enterprise with a vision of connecting people and community through services and business opportunities.

GentleBrook’s History

GentleBrook was founded in 1974 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 Homes — now called 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 and developmental disabilities, youth, and older adults. These services and supports include residential options, adult day programs, support services, vocational 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.

2022 Board of Trustees

Ben Sommers, President

Susan Rodgers, Vice President

Jandi Adams, Secretary/Treasurer

Marlene Blackford

Tom Gibbins

Pete Kopko

Kevin Tobin

Norman Wengerd

CEO, GentleBrook & GentleBrook Homes

Ric Brown

Vice President, I/DD Services & Operations, Corporate Compliance

James Miller

Vice President Senior Services & Facilities

Peter Lienert

Vice President, Human Resources & Administrative Services

Tiffany Milhoan

Vice President Finance

John Diller

IT Manager & Chaplain

Francie Kell

Director of Marketing & Communications

Leslie Zimmerman

Administrator, Lafayette Meadows