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, academies, adult day programs, 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.

2021 Board of Trustees

Henry Miles,  President and Board Chair

James Miller, Vice President

Tom Gibbons, Secretary

Marlene Blackford

Susan Rodgers

Lee Yoder

Jandi Adams

Norman Wengerd

CEO, GentleBrook & GentleBrook Homes.

Ric Brown

Vice President, ID/DD Services & COO.

Tiffany Milhoan

Director, Finance.

Peter Lienert

Assistant Vice President, Human Resources & Risk Management.

Roxanne Schnabel

Administrator, The Meadows.

Leslie Zimmerman

Administrator, Lafayette Meadows.

Tana Fischer

Administrator, GentleBrook Home Health Services.

Kim Kerns

Executive Director & Director of Health Services, The HomeStead.

Mike Sleutz