Introducing the Dedicated Team

Esther Ghebremichael

Executive Director

Esther grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from Warren Central High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Indiana-Purdue University and went on to earn her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2009 from Indiana University. Esther continued in a General Practice Residency at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. For the past three years, she has also owned and operated Star Dental Clinic, her private practice in Indianapolis, and she continues to work at VA Medical Center facilitating new dental graduates in the General Practice Residency program.

In 2013, Dr. Ghebremichael founded STAR for a STAR, the not-for-profit arm of the Star Dental Clinic. It is her fulfillment of a personal mission to reach out to those in need with essential dental and life support services. Through her work there and at the VA and at Star Dental, Dr. Ghebremichael had demonstrated her drive to provide for her neighbors at home and abroad. Away from her profession, Esther is active in the community, loves outdoor activities, and enjoys spending time with her parents and relatives.

Hilina Fessahaie

Director of Operation

Hilina was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She finished her Elementary and Junior high education there. Then she went through her high school and college education in Asmara, Eritrea. In 2007, she graduated from University of Asmara Law School and received her LL.B. Hilina pursued her Master’s degree (LL.M.) in the United States at the American University, Washington College of Law. In 2015, she earned her LL.M. in International legal studies, with specialization in Gender and Human Rights. Hilina has a great passion for human rights, especially women’s and refugees’ rights and she has a desire to be involved in activities that help the less fortunate and advocate for those whose rights have been violated. Thus, she was very happy to be part of the team of Star for a Star.

Merhawit Measho

Director of Development

Merhawit Measho was born in Eritrea. Then she moved to the United states and got her high school and college education in Indiana. After that Merhawit went to Indiana University and graduated with Bachelors of Science in Public Health. Merhawit helps in the outreach programs of Star For A Star and fund raising events as well as volunteering in mission trips. She had gone to two of our mission trips to Ethiopia- in 2015 and 2017 where she worked hard in coordinating and educating the people. Merhawit has a big heart to serve and volunteer in mission trips and Peace corps.

Iris Corina McNicholl


Dr. McNicholl currently works at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She first got her AS and BS of Nursing from Indiana University and Ball State University respectively. She then worked as a nurse at Methodist Hospital Operating Room and Riley Hospital for Children. Moreover, in 1994 McNicholl graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry and started her general practice residency program at Roudebush VA Medical Center. From 1998 till present she is serving as the director of the Residency program. As a part-time, Dr. McNicholl also works as a Clinical Assistant Professor and supervises 4th-year dental students in dental emergency clinics. She has various other work experiences and also participated at United States Peace Corps and went to Costa Rica. This rich credentials and passion of Dr. McNicholl are valuable to Star For A Star and we are happy to have her as a board member. She has participated in our mission trip to a refugee camp in Ethiopia in 2015. Her guidance and support for our mission is really appreciated.

A Teamwork Philosophy

Clinical services through STAR for a STAR outreach programs are conducted by Esther Ghebremichael, DDS, but they are not complete without the assistance of additional dentists and hygienists who volunteer on a case by case basis. All are qualified professionals dedicating a portion of their time and talent to those in need. Mission and community projects are carefully planned to make constructive, efficient use of local resources and undertaken in a spirit of cooperation focused solely on the welfare of the patient.
Counselors and educators volunteering for the women’s and children’s programs create classroom settings convenient to the clinical services provided, and they schedule sessions well-coordinated with the clinical operations. The objective is to have all volunteers working together closely to provide an integrated program. And through every interaction with our participants, every dental procedure, and every opportunity to share information of value, STAR for a STAR hopes to shine the light of faith and God’s love.