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Meet Our Team

Our Team

Yvonne Ashley

Youth Advocate

Ann Bischoff


Meet our CEO


Fatemah Brown

Youth Advocate

Marika Brown

Drop-in Services Supervisor 

Brianna Burks
Drop-In Services Assistant Supervisor

Ciera Couch

Youth Advocate

Doug Cuckler 

Development & Engagement Coordinator

Montrail Curry 

Facility Manager

Sarah DeGirolamo

Administrative Assistant 

Margaret DeLaurentis

Clinical Therapist 

Casiem Drummond

Youth Advocate 

Kat Earles

VP Finance & Development

Joshua Eblin
Warehouse Coordinator

Barb Ebright
VP Fulfillment & Resources

Jill Gorz
Clinical Services Manager

Beth Haas

Executive Assistant

Naima Ilmi
Engagement & Retention Coordinator, CSV

Kari Jenkins

Accounting Manager 

Brooke Keber

Communications Specialist 

Sydney Longbottom

Youth Advocate

Dara Lovett

Clinical Coach

Marshe Mitchell


Robert Mitchell

Youth Advocate

Dernise Mixon 

Youth Advocate

Elizabeth Moody

Manager of Team Development & Resources

Keisha Moody

Youth Advocate

Hayley Morgan



Louis Morgan
Youth Advocate

Shaniqua (Shug) Price

Drop-In Services Assistant Supervisor

Erin Query

Housing & Engagement Manager, CSV

Demetrius Richardson
Youth Advocate

Nikky Robinson

Outreach & Connection Coordinator

Antoine Ruffin

Accounting Coordinator / Youth Advocate 

Ryan Ruiz de Castilla

Youth Advocate 

Blake Sawicki

Youth Advocate

Candy Stanley

Youth Advocate 


Edward Victor

Housing Coordinator, CSV

Janeá Walburg

Clinical Coach

Jonathan Walton

Drop-in Services Supervisor 

Calvin Washington 
Drop-in Services Supervisor 


Kathryn Weaver


Mariah Willis
Youth Advocate   

Claresha Woodard

Youth Advocate 

Summer Wright

Youth Advocate 

Madison Yoder
Communications and Grants Manager

Meet Our Committee

Youth Advocate

Meet Our Board

Our Board of Trustees *Effective July 1, 2022

Phil Baum, Vice Chair 

Grange Insurance

Vice President, Chief Actuary 

Stephanie Chester
Wells Fargo
Senior Vice President, Business Initiatives Sr. Manager


Natalie Furniss, Chair
Nationwide Insurance

Senior Vice President, Property and Casualty

Heather Flournoy

JPMorgan Chase

Executive Director – Central Supervisory Director, US Wealth Management

Gunnar Gode, Treasurer

Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Mary Lou Hittle



Meg Kelley   

White Castle

Corporate Events Coordinator 


Matt McClellan, Past Chair  
Miles-McClellan Construction Company



Terry O'Connell, Board Member Emeritus*
Time Warner Cable (Retired) 


Deanna Springs, Secretary

Recruitment Manager

Bill Walker, Past Chair


Committee Members *Effective February 2021

Lindsay Andrews


Laurie Aquilina


Mimi Dane


Helen Eisenberg  


Rhonda Fraas


Jamie Gaynor


Joe Gernert


Robin Halley


Kate Harkin


Janet Jackson


Lisa Kristensen

Columbus Metropolitan Library


James Malone


Antwane Martin



Doug McCoard


Jeff Mohrman

Finance Fund

Doug Murray


Laure Schoedinger


Michelle Strickland

Crane Renovation Group

Scot Zajic

Safelite Autoglass


Brian Zuercher


Meet Our Founder

Our Founder

Natasha Slesnick, PhD

Natasha founded Star House in October 2006. She is committed to ending homelessness and its associated problems among one of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in our country (youth experiencing homelessness). She has been working with youth experiencing homelessness since 1998. After opening a drop-in center for youth experiencing homelessness in  Albuquerque, NM, she moved to Columbus, OH and, because of a gap in services in Columbus, opened her second drop-in center.


Natasha is a professor of Human Development and Family Science in the Department of Human Sciences, and EHE Associate Dean for Research and Administration at The Ohio State University.  Natasha is a licensed clinical psychologist and her research focuses on intervention development and evaluation with substance using youth experiencing homelessness and substance-using mothers and their children. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness and adolescent substance use. She has been continuously funded by the NIH since 1998 and has written more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and books. 

*Terry O'Connell

Terry joined Time Warner Cable in May, 1982 as a sales and marketing executive. He spent almost 30 years with the company while serving on the executive management team for the last ten years. As Executive Vice President, Terry was responsible for the Mid West Region of TWC providing residential and commercial voice, video and data to over 3 million customers in OH, KY, WI and MO. 


Terry has served as a board member for Recreation Unlimited for the last 20 years. In addition, he formed and served as the Chair of the Star House Advisory Board early in the formation of Star House. Terry was instrumental in funding the new 14,000 sq ft. Star House facility in 2015. After serving on the Governing Board for Star House for approximately 5 years, he currently serves the board in an ex officio capacity.

Terry was born in Rochester NY, but spent the majority of time growing up in Simsbury, a suburb of Hartford, CT. He earned his BA majoring in Theology & Philosophy with a business minor at Xavier University. He currently lives in Dublin, OH with Cindy, his wife of 45 years. They have two daughters living in Central Ohio. Molly resides in Clintonville. Meghan, her husband Mike Barnhart and their two daughters live in
Dublin. His son, Dan is living in Littleton, CO. with his wife Julie and their two sons.

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