Star House CEO

Ann Bischoff

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Our Team

Brianna Burks
Youth Advocate 

Margaret DeLaurentis

Clinical Therapist

Sarah Douglas
Youth Advocate 

Tiffany Cook
Youth Advocate


Joshua Eblin
Youth Advocate 

Kat Earles
Financial Controller

Barb Ebright
Director of Human Resources

Camille Francis
Youth Advocate

Basilia Gonzalez

Youth Advocate

Jill Gorz
Clinical Therapist

Beth Haas

Executive Assistant


Naima Ilmi
Clinical Coach

David Kirkwood
Nutrition Manager

Cheyenne Lenhart
Social Services Coordinator

Chad Margo

Operations Manager

Samuel Masters

Special Projects Manager


Elizabeth Moody

Drop-in Services Manager


Louis Morgan
Youth Advocate

Kshama Parekh

Youth Advocate

Alonso Porte
Youth Advocate

Shaniqua (Shug) Price

Youth Advocate

Demetrius Richardson
Youth Advocate

Nikky Robinson
Youth Advocate

Taylor Ruh

Youth Advocate

Brittany Stricklen-Hillyard
Development Director

Calvin Washington 
Youth Advocate

Janea Walburg

Youth Advocate


Kathryn Weaver

Clinical Coach

Mariah Willis
Youth Advocate


Madison Yoder
Communications and Grant Manager

Youth Advocate


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 (homeless youth). She has been working with homeless youth since 1998. After opening a drop-in center for homeless youth in   Albuquerque, NM, she moved to Columbus, OH and because of a gap in services in Columbus, opened her second drop-in center. She is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science and is Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Human Sciences at The Ohio State University. She has over 60 peer reviewed publications, book chapters, and a sole authored book focused primarily on interventions for homeless youth and families. She has consulted with multiple organizations on the best strategies for intervening in youth homelessness, and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct randomized clinical trials to end homelessness and its associated problems among youth and families.


Our Board of Trustees *Effective February 19, 2021

Virginia Barney  
City of Upper Arlington (Retired) 

Phil Baum, Treasurer 

Grange Insurance

Vice President, Chief Actuary 

Alycia Broz
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP



Natalie Furniss
Nationwide Insurance

Senior Vice President, Property and Casualty

Mary Lou Hittle, Secretary

Kimberly James 

Schneider Downs  


Meg Kelley   

White Castle 


Matt McClellan, Vice Chair  
Miles-McClellan Construction Company



Terry O'Connell
Time Warner Cable (Retired) 

Deanna Springs


Bill Walker, Chair
Huntington Bank

Senior Vice President,          

Committee Members *Effective February 2021

Laurie Aquilina



Clarke Billard


Giosue Bochicchio 

PNC Bank

Stephanie Chester

JPMorgan Chase

Gunnar Code

NiSource, Inc. (Columbia Gas)

Mimi Dane


Helen Eisenberg  


Josh Fitzwater

Holden x Ellis

Rhonda Fraas


Joe Gernert


Kate Harkin


Janet Jackson


Antwane Martin



Doug McCoard


Theresa Saelim


Laure Schoedinger


Whitney Thompson


Mike Valley   

Eastwind Capital Wealth Management

Scot Zajic

Safelite Autoglass


Brian Zuercher


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