About Starfire

Our Mission

Starfire is a visionary organization working to build better lives for people with disabilities. Since 1993, Starfire has worked to create a more inclusive Cincinnati. Starfire is focused on decreasing the social isolation felt by people with disabilities. The data is clear; people with disabilities grow increasingly lonely and isolated as adults. Working with one person at a time, Starfire connects people to relationships and uncovers a person's talents and passions - so they can thrive in their communities alongside their neighbors.

See how deep, lasting relationships can come from unlikely sources, and are best formed through shared passions and interests....

Our Programs

Community Building Program

Our Community Building program connects people with developmental disabilities to roles and relationships and deepens and sustains those community connections over the long haul. On average people beginning our program have only 1 or 2 close community friendships. Starfire supports people with developmental disabilities experiencing loneliness by connecting them to people and passions in their local area. Starfire supports 75+ adults with developmental disabilities (DD) in a direct, 1:1 model for an average of 156 hours per person annually to connect each person socially through valued roles. Our Community Building program is supported in part through Medicaid waiver dollars, grants, and private donations. Learn More

Customized Competitive Employment

Starfire works one-on-one with people with disabilities to secure competitive community employment tailored to match their strengths and the employer’s needs. Our Customized Competitive Employment program is supported in part through the State of Ohio, grants, and private donations. Learn More

Family Directed Community Inclusion Initiative

Starfire provides year-long mentorship to help launch family-led projects. Our Family Directed program is supported solely through grants and private donations. Learn More


Our Leadership

Starfire’s leadership team has 80+ combined years of experience working to build better lives for people with developmental disabilities. Our work has been dedicated to working with and for people with developmental disabilities and their families in a variety of settings including: direct service support, training and facilitation, residential support services, summer camps and rec/leisure day programming, job development and job coaching, individual mentorship of families, special education and teaching in school settings, research and publications, outcome measurement and data collection, and community integration and social network building.

Interested in a career with us?

Starfire is always accepting interest from qualified candidates  who are passionate about inclusion and social equity.  We seek diverse team members who have a deep commitment to community building, inclusion, creative local action, and see the value in connectedness for our communities. Drop us a line by completing our community builder contact form.

Contact Us

Candice Jones Peelman

Executive Director

Tim Vogt  Director of Vision and Scale

Tim Vogt

Director of Vision and Scale

Katie Bachmeyer  Researcher Storyteller

Katie Bachmeyer

Researcher Storyteller

Bridget Lynd Vogt  Community Builder

Bridget Lynd Vogt

Community Builder

L. Danyetta Najoli  Lead Community Builder

L. Danyetta Najoli

Lead Community Builder

Program Contact

Community Building Program 

To learn more about the Community Builder Program please contact danyetta@starfirecouncil.org 


Family Leadership Initiative  

To learn more about the Family Leadership Initiative please contact tim@starfirecouncil.org 


Competitive Community Employment Program 

To learn more about the Employment Program at Starfire please contact katherine@starfirecouncil.org