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Our Team



Kurt Miller

CEO


Kurt Miller Kurt serves as the CEO of Empowering People Management. He has over 20 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is a graduate of Tiffin University and began his career as a floor supervisor in a 60 bed ICF/IDD. He then served as the unit coordinator at a 52 bed ICF/IDD before assuming the role of associate residential director at Evant in Akron for 8 years. He then continued his career as the chief operations officer for Provider Services. In 2012 he moved into the role of owner and CEO for Empowering People Management and has continued to work towards growing and improving the services provided by Empowering People. Kurt is fortunate to have a passionate and dedicated administrative team that focuses on quality services for the people we serve. Kurt is an active member of OPRA while serving on committees to improve services and options for Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. EPI is a progressive company, downsizing over 250 licensed beds into smaller, community based homes. This commitment is aligned with the vision of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Kurt is a certified crisis intervention trainer and is active in the daily operations of the locations Empowering People operates. Personally, Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and three children Drew, Jaxson and Joslyn. He also enjoys sports, reading, and spending time with his family and lifelong friends.



Angie Hannahs-Davis

Regional Director


Angie Hannahs-Davis Angie brings 24 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. She began her career as a TPW/DSP at Montgomery Developmental Center working with individuals with intense behavioral needs. There she performed a variety of additional roles including home supervisor (RCS), QIDP, and Quality Assurance.

She earned her B.S. in Psychology in 1994 and her M.S. in Business in 1999 both from Wright State University. She worked at ResCare for over 12 years where she wore a variety of hats including Operations Manager in Columbus, Executive Director in Dayton, and Regional Director for all Ohio operations.

Angie served on the OPRA Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2011 and was the state representative for Ohio at ANCOR in 2010-2011. Angie also worked for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities as a Residential Resource Administrator, supporting providers and county boards with DC downsizing and ICF bed conversion initiatives. She joined the Empowering People team in 2012, where she supports multiple ICF facilities and waiver programs throughout Ohio.



Melissa Venrick

Director of Clinical Services


Melissa Venrick Melissa Venrick is the Director of Clinical Services for Empowering People Inc. She is responsible for overseeing and advocating for the physical health including the well-being of all individuals in the ICF/DD and Waiver locations. She has been promoting health and wellness for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) since 1994. While in nursing school she volunteered for her local EMS and completed EMT training intending to pursue a career as a Flight Nurse. After nursing school she attended Paramedic training as well as accepting two part time nursing positions; charge nurse in a 34 bed ICF/DD facility and hospital float nurse covering ICU and the medical/surgical units. She later accepted a full time position in a long term care facility but continued to work her days off at the ICF/DD facility. Soon her dream of becoming a Flight Nurse was replaced with advocating and providing care to individuals with IDD. She has served as a charge nurse, delegating nurse, DON, QIPD and worked in ICF/DD facilities, group homes, and waiver settings. Always eager to learn and experience new things, Melissa also worked as an investigator for the County Coroner’s office and as a camp nurse providing medical care to adults and children with Traumatic Brain Injury, IDD, severe behaviors, and asthma.

Melissa was drawn to providing care and supporting individuals with IDD because there seemed to be very few people supporting them to achieve their wants, needs, and dreams. She wanted to offer her voice and determination to speak up on their behalf to ensure they received everything most people took for granted. They need people to advocate for their rights, medical treatment and options, and to find ways to help them reach their goals. Melissa enjoys finding ways for individuals to learn new tasks, obtain new jobs, live in a smaller setting, and experience new things. The joy of watching individuals achieve these dreams only made her want to work harder to make more dreams a reality. Her passion for supporting individuals with IDD compelled her to volunteer to be a guardian for an individual whom she once worked with. This gives her additional knowledge and avenues for advocating within the legal system for her friend as well as the individuals she serves. She is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Nurse Association. She has been an RN trainer for DODD’s Medication Administration Curriculums since 2000. She has also been teaching First Aid, CPR and AED for the Red Cross since 2000.

Melissa is the proud mother of two children. She enjoys attending and sometimes coaching soccer, softball, gymnastics, swimming, and any other sport that takes her children’s fancy. The family enjoys exploring the great outdoors whether it be traveling, hiking, canoeing, camping or laying outside in a hammock reading a book. They enjoy celebrating and decorating for all the major holidays and throwing elaborate birthday party celebrations. They have shared their home with as many as 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rats, and a handful of fish. Although these numbers are currently down, they are not accepting any new pets at this time. Melissa is deeply committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with IDD throughout their lifespans by offering practical solutions for the unique barriers that can occur in challenging situations and conditions. Feel free to contact her at MVenrick@empowering-people.net



Charles Williams

Charles Williams In 2001 Charles earned his Elementary Education degree from Hiram College, in Hiram, Ohio. He began his career working as a Therapeutic Support Staff with Associates in Counseling and Child Guidance. Charles made a difference in the lives of children served for about 9 years. In 2010 he was offered a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional at Broadfield, a large ICF/DD with Empowering People, Inc., which he accepted. His drive and passion for serving others continued and in 2011 was promoted to Administrator or Stark County homes where he remains today. Charles is a certified Crisis Intervention Trainer with PMT Associates.

Charles lives in Warren, Ohio with his beautiful wife Natalie and their 4 children.



Hannah Gerlosky

Hannah Gerlosky Hannah Gerlosky’s career in the field of Developmental Disabilities began 11 years ago when she accepted her first job as a dietary aide in a large ICF located in her hometown of Madison, Ohio.

She quickly realized how much she enjoyed working with and for the residents and exhibited a talent for bringing a sense of fun and creative energy to everyone’s daily routines. Desiring more involvement with the residents’ activities of daily life, Hannah took a position as a Direct Support Professional. This position and experience provided the motivation to attend Ohio University and major in Sociology. While attending college, she continued to work as a DSP on semester breaks and summer vacation.

In 2011, Hannah graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. She was now able to accept a position as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. She held the QIDP position at two facilities; one in Madison, Ohio and another in Mason, Ohio. These environments enabled her to hone her skills as a supervisor and strengthened her desire to advocate even more for the individuals she served.

In 2015, Hannah accepted the position of Administrator at Vienna Meadows in South Vienna, Ohio. She continues to provide Administrative services at Vienna Meadows while fulfilling the dual role of QIDP for the facility. Towards the end of 2020 Hannah increased her role in Clark County and is the Administrator of not only Vienna Meadows, but Whispering Pines of Springfield and all waiver services.  Her approach is person-centered and her advocacy remains unwavering.  



Kim Vournazos

Kim Vournazos Kim has almost 20 years of experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities. She started as a QIDP at Foundations in Clark County, Ohio in April of 2001 and then moved to Administrator of Clark County locations in October 2007. In 2021 Kim stepped away from her Administrator role to spend more time with family.  She will be working behind the scenes on various tasks to support her co-workers, including that of Staff Recruitment and Marketing.  Kim received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Family Relationships from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2001 and earned her Nursing Home Administrator License in 2009. Kim is a Physical/Psychological Management Training (PMT) Trainer, certified in Trauma Responsive Care and a member of Tri State Trauma Network.

Kim enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Chris, three young boys, Isaiah, Ian and Joseph, and Piper, the family’s beloved German Shepherd/Greyhound 4 legged human. Family is most important and together we participate in the local Cub and Boy Scout Programs as well as participating in any soccer program we can find! For family fun we enjoy the Zoo, roller skating, bike riding and board games.



William Maynard

William Maynard William has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities. He first served as a QIDP with Echoing Hills Village, Inc., and has served in the capacity of an Administrator with Empowering People since 2001. He currently is the Administrator of Takoda Trails and oversees 3 ICF operations as well as waiver operations in Butler, Clermont and Hamilton Counties. William led the downsizing of Takoda Trails which resulted in the building of 13 homes at 4 locations throughout Butler and Hamilton Counties. He is also active in assisting individuals with community integration thru Empowering People waiver operations. William received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wilmington College in 1997.



Tracey Ross, BSN, LNHA

Tracey Ross Tracey has been working in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 22 years and has been the Administrator at Foundations since 2007. Her career at Foundations began as the Director of Nursing from 1995 until 2007. Prior to her service at Foundations, Tracey worked as a Registered Nurse at Reid Hospital gaining strong nursing skills while working in the Emergency Department. Tracey has made a commitment throughout her career to assuring the health and safety of the individuals she serves and has become an advocate for individuals who cannot speak for themselves. Tracey earned her Associates of Science in Nursing in 1991 from Indiana University East, she returned to college in 2003 and graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2004. In 2005, Tracey completed her Administrator in Training.



Melinda Perry

Melinda Perry I started in the field of Disabilities as a Social Worker for another organizations which I enjoyed for approximately 7 years. That company was purchased by another and I was promoted to Manager of Operational Systems and Support; responsible for overseeing staff training and Quality Assurance. I was then promoted to an Executive Director Position and have been the Administrator for EPI since September 2012. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and am currently a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio.



Kim Russell

Kim Russell Kim has been working in the field of Developmental Disabilities for over 20 years and has been the Administrator at Brookside Extended Care since 2007. Prior to her service at Brookside, Kim served as a Service and Support Administrator (SSA) at the Hamilton County Board of DD as well as created the Constant Companions day program which was one of the first alternatives to sheltered workshops in Hamilton County. This program offered not only day habilitation services but community employment. After partnering with the Hattie Larlham Foundation, the Constant Companions Program became available statewide. Prior to her service in the field of disabilities, Kim worked as an Investigator for the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services in the Sex Abuse Unit. Kim has made a commitment throughout her career to assuring the health and safety of the individuals she serves and has become an advocate for individuals who cannot speak for themselves. Kim believes that individuals with disabilities should be given choices and that families should be the primary decision makers for their loved ones when their loved ones cannot make choices on their own. As a former County Board SSA and a current ICF/IID and waiver provider, Kim is committed to assisting families in making informed decisions in regards to care. Kim earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Xavier University in 1995.



Jen Belty

Jen Belty I have had over 20 years experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I started my career working with children with emotional and behavioral challenges as an early childhood interventionist. I have worked in a variety of environments including classrooms, summer camps, community homes and facilities. My education is from the University of Akron where I studied Child and Family development with an emphasis on Child Life. As an Administrator with Empowering People I strive to be supportive and compassionate in the work I do and for the people I work with.



Kathy Houser

Kathy Houser My first career choice was teaching, which I did for several years while raising twin daughters. I started working in this field as a direct care staff to get a feel for the job since I was always interested. I loved it. I then pursued a QIDP job and was hired by Kurt Miller in 1990. I have worked for Kurt in this field ever since.



Myron Brown




Myron has worked for Empowering People, Inc since 2010.  He had worked as a DSP for five years while attending college and maintaining relationships with those close to him.  He has found a greater purpose in working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities.  Making a significant difference in the lives of others is what initially drove him to pursue a career at Braodfield.  Ever since being hired, he has strived to not only better his own life and always move forward but, also create  better lives and environments for both the residents and employees of Braodfield Care Center.  Myron graduated from Kent State Ashtabula where he then accepted a QIDP position at Broadfield Care Center and continued to work for five more years.  He accepted the Administrator position in 2020.   

Samantha Pavone

Samantha has been working and volunteering in the field of Developmental Disabilities since 2007. She has a hands on approach and believes in leading by example. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Community Programming for Americans with Disabilities/Nonprofit Management. Over the years Samantha has been able to gain experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities working as a DSP/Camp Counselor, Program Specialist/QIDP, Certified Investigator, Quality Assurance, and Residential Manager. Samantha excels in environments in which she is able to enhance the lives of the individuals she works with, find new ways to overcome obstacles, collaborate with others, and empower individuals to strive for the best quality of life. She joined the Empowering People team in 2021 as an Administrator.

Personally Samantha is a cat mom of one sassy feline. On her down time she enjoys going to concerts, dancing no matter where she is, spending time with friends and family, and spending time outdoors.