Meet our Team

The Willows team is dedicated to providing the best Assisted Living and Memory Care in Central Iowa.

Interesting in joining us? We’d love to hear from you. 

Jennifer Stanley

Jennifer Stanley

Executive Director

There is a special something about Jennifer. Her heart of gold combines with the leadership and detail that Willows founders Ben and Mira Daniels cherish.

She brings a Master’s Degree and 29 years of healthcare experience in Marshall county and the surround area.

But in a word, Jennifer is all about love – love of seniors, their families and the life coaching we all need later in life.

Mira Daniels

Mira Daniels

Co-Founder

Mira was born and raised in Iowa. With a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, she spent her early career in marketing and sales management.

She now works with her husband Ben and their two boys, Ronan and Declan, to create a caring community with their Willows family.

Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels

Co-Founder

Ben is an Iowa native who discovered his love for seniors while on the management team at Sunnybrook Assisted Living’s 6 location family. It was Ben’s vision, energy and skill that has created The Willows and brought family ownership to our community.

Esmeralda Adkins

Esmeralda Adkins

Administrative Assistant

Esmeralda loves helping seniors, and she especially loves listening to their stories. She lives in Marshalltown and her big heart makes sure she attends all her four kids’ sports and activities.

She got her CNA and CMA degrees in high school, then worked in long term care for 16 years, and 8 years at Iowa River Hospice.

The Willows Family welcomes Esmeralda with open hearts

Tina Crookshank

Tina Crookshank

Life Enrichment Coordinator

Tina has such an important role at The Willows, being in charge of all resident activities. But it is natural to her, what with having a daughter, twin grandchildren and and three cats.

Living in Legrand since she was ten, Tina loves motorcycle trips, reading and being outside. You will love meeting and getting to know Tina.

Blake Dodd

Blake Dodd

Facilities Director

Blake brings The Willows an outstanding resume and a stellar personality. He is outgoing, caring with our residents and always anticipates the “little things” to keep The Willows running smoothly.

Blake has eight years of long term care experience ranging from CNA to Culinary to Facilities Director – his role today. Ask Blake about his wonderful family next time you see him.

Brenda Goodknight

Brenda Goodknight

Assistant Director

A natural born leader, Brenda is a Marshalltown Mom to 5 children. A lover of people with a heart as big as the sky, Brenda inspires residents to keep active with a marvelous menu of fun and healthy activities that put smiles on all faces.

Our residents love Brenda and your family will too.

Danielle Montelongo, RN

Danielle Montelongo, RN

Health Care Director

Danielle has a love and passion for what she does. Born and raised in Central Iowa, she is Mom to twin girls, and received her Nursing degree in 2019.

After working as an RN in a variety of settings she ultimately decided that Long Term Care and Assisted Livings was her calling. We agree heartily.

Haley Nissen

Haley Nissen

Administrative Nursing Assistant

Born and raised in Marshalltown Haley has 25 years of healthcare experience.

She loves her dog Henry, and adores warm weather, but Haley’s real passion is spending time at sporting events with her two boys.

And every day Haley amazes us with her special skills of handling all of our scheduling.

Felicia Rodriguez, LPN

Felicia Rodriguez, LPN

Healthcare Director

Felicia is a Marshalltown native, graduating from Nursing School in 2019. She has worked in a variety of roles from Certified Nursing Assistant to Charge Nurse. She has a strong passion for helping seniors and a wonderful work ethic.

She married her high school sweetheart and they have one son who attends Marshalltown High School.

David Wignall

David Wignall

Maintenance Director

Having grown up in Legrand, David came to The Willows in July of 2020 after a 34 year manufacturing career. He joined our maintenance department and happily took on the role of Maintenance Director a short time later.

His passion for helping seniors and strong work ethic make him an excellent addition to our team.