Our Team

Our Directors

Michele Engelbach
Chief Executive Officer

Michele Engelbach has had a passion for elder care since working as a nursing assistant in a nursing home over 35 years ago.  She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Gerontology degree and has been caring for Elders her entire career.  Michele arrived at The Ohio Eastern Star Home in May of 2012 as an interim Chief Executive Officer and was quickly captivated by the caliber of the staff and their commitment to providing the very best care to their residents.  In July Michele was appointed by the Board of Trustees to serve as Chief Executive Officer of The Ohio Eastern Star Home.  Prior to The Ohio Eastern Star Home, Michele served as the Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for over 10 years at Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, Westminster-Thurber Campus in Columbus, Ohio.   Michele continues to be dedicated to changing the paradigm of long term care and is passionate about de-institutionalizing nursing homes and instead creating HOME for our residents and elders.  The newly built Esther Buchwald Neighborhoods reflect that belief and Michele is proud to bring to the Knox County community a new philosophy of caring for elders while continuing to enrich the lives of all we serve.

Aaron L. Wilson
Medical Director

Aaron L. Wilson is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Dr Wilson completed his Family Medicine Residency at Martin Army Community Hospital in Ft Benning, Georgia and served in the US Army as a physician for 7 years before settling in Knox County in 2013. Dr Wilson practices in an outpatient Family Medicine clinic in Fredericktown, where he also resides with his wife, Jenn, and their 4 children. Dr Wilson has been serving in the capacity of Medical Director at the Ohio Eastern Star Home since 2016 and enjoys building relationships with a family centered and team based focus to improve, restore and sustain the health of our residents.

Serra Marshall

Serra graduated with her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and then obtained her master’s degree from Miami University. Upon graduation, she acquired her license and is currently a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Ohio.

Serra has been involved in the long term care field from an early age, when she volunteered with her therapy dog in nursing homes and hospitals. To this day she still holds a strong belief that pet therapy is an important part of an enriched and meaningful lifestyle and can be seen walking the halls with her dog George at her side.

As an enthusiastic proponent of person-centered care, Serra is grateful to be a part of a the Ohio Eastern Star Home community, where every member of our team is dedicated to a mission of enriching the lives of all we serve and leading the industry in innovative change.

Dani Dawson
Director of Nursing

My career started as a STNA in a nursing home in 2006, after only 2 years I decided working with elders and their families had become a passion I wanted to be more involved. I enrolled at The Knox County Career Center in the 1-year LPN program. While in school I continued to work as an STNA in home health, I enjoyed the one-on-one time and care I was able to provide for my clients in their homes. I developed some strong relationships during this time and they were invaluable and helped to teach me to be a care giver and take care of a person as a whole, mind, body and spirit. Upon graduation I found 2 jobs, one was a part-time position at OESH, fortunately for me a full time position became available and without hesitation I accepted and was a full time employee at OESH. Shortly I realized the elders and staff meant a great deal to me and I wanted nothing more than to help to create an environment that staff enjoyed working in and the elders enjoyed living in. I was able to be part of the change when promoted to Director of Staff Development in 2010. Once again, I returned to school to obtain my license as an RN. Recently being promoted to Director of Nursing is very exciting and it’s a pleasure to get to know everyone here and continue to be part of the growth. I can truly say; my second family is those that I have the pleasure to build a relationship with here at work.

When I’m not working you will most likely find me at a ball diamond or attending a football game. I have the privilege in life to be the mother of 4 amazing children and the wife of a very supportive husband.

Elissa Thrasher
Social Services Director

When individuals experience illness or loss of independence, it can be challenging to navigate through the numerous care options, financial issues, and emotional aspects that follow.  I understand that each individual’s experience is unique, and I’m proud to be a part of a team that embraces individualized, person-centered care approaches.  I believe that healing is a collaborative venture, to which the elder is a central part, and offering consideration for the wishes of the elder and their family is essential.  It is my desire to come alongside elder’s and their family to help them in their journey, providing or assisting them to obtain the information needed to make informed decisions that support their values, beliefs, and preferences.  I consider it a privilege to serve the individuals that choose to come to The Ohio Eastern Star Home for care.

My first experience at The Ohio Eastern Star Home was in 2011 for an internship.  I completed a second internship here in 2014, and subsequently, accepted a position in 2015.  My educational background includes a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from the Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

P.S.  I also love puppies!! 🙂

Michelle Garcia
Director of Human Resources

Michelle Garcia attended Robert Morris College graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor’s in Human Resources.   The beginning of her career was focused on customer service and she transitioned into human resources in 2004 while serving employees and elders as the HR manager at Anna Maria of Aurora in 2004 and later as Director of Human Resources at The Ohio Eastern Star Home in 2010.   She has a passion for serving and helping people. Michelle focuses on each employee’s needs while creating a warm friendly and inviting atmosphere to work.  She has a passion for learning and continues to grow her knowledge as a leader completing LeadingAge Ohio’s Leadership Academy. She has PHR and SHRM-CP certifications through Society for Human Resource Management. Michelle enjoys life and tries to help each employee find the FUN in all they do.

Cyndi Wyatt
Director of Marketing

Cyndi began marketing and sales right out of high school  and over the years gained valuable  knowledge in customer relations. She and her family moved to Mount Vernon over 20 plus years ago and  embraced the feel of the community by getting involved. Her ability to help  make families and elders feel comfortable  when talking about lifestyle changes and personal needs is an important part of her job. Change can be difficult during the journey of life and with an  understanding and compassionate person to talk to while making these decisions it certainly helps reduce the stress and unfamiliar  future. As our campus grows  so does Cyndi ‘s excitement of the future of OES Home, she has a passion for what we do and would love to see everyone have an opportunity to experience life here on our campus!

Diane Henwood
Director of Development

Professionally, I’ve always had two strings in my bow —work with the elderly and in development. Often this has occurred simultaneously, with employment in both fields. My development background has spanned healthcare and education, including chairing the capital campaigns for Hospice of Knox County, Central Ohio Technical College’s Ariel Hall, and most recently as Development Director at Starting Point Pregnancy Center. I’ve also provided in home care and personal assistance for almost three decades.

As Director of Development at The Ohio Eastern Star Home, both healthcare and development aspects are dynamically merged into one and I am thrilled!