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. 

Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels

President, 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.

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.

Mandi Beeghly, RN

Mandi Beeghly, RN

Memory Care Healthcare Director

Mandi’s experience as a nurse has included a variety of specialties, from obstetrics to end of life care. Whether it is bringing a new life into the world or holding a hand while they leave us, developing of relationships with the families she works with in Assisted Living and Memory Care is truly what matters most to her.

Beth Burkemper

Beth Burkemper

Business Office Manager

Beth brings us a diverse background and wide range of skills. Her education includes a BS in Theater and Dance from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from UNI. When not keeping our accounting and other records in order, she stays busy with outdoor activities and watching her son play soccer.

Brenda Goodknight

Brenda Goodknight

Events Director

A natural born Activities Director, 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.

Jesus Rangel

Jesus Rangel

Executive Chef

Residents, family and visitors all say one thing – “The best food in Marshalltown is at The Willows.” One reason is our large, restaurant style menu.

But our secret is Executive Chef Jesus. Earning his Culinary Arts Degree at only 23, Jesus became Chef of The Year at Meskwaki Casino, and Hy Vee Executive Chef before joining The Willows.

Traci Schuler, RN

Traci Schuler, RN

Assisted Living Healthcare Director

Traci is a delightful person with 28 years as a Registered Nurse.

Her vast experience includes treating acute and chronic disease, cardiac issues affecting the elderly, intensive care, cardiac catheterization, and emergency and trauma medicine.

Come and meet Traci, we are sure you will love her too.

Jennifer Stanley

Jennifer Stanley

Culinary Director

Jennifer comes to The Willows with a Master’s degree from Walden University and over 20 years of healthcare culinary experience. Her varied background includes Director of Food and Nutrition for both Mahaska Health Partnership and Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, as well as Assistant Director at Bickford Assisted Living in Marshalltown.

Liz Zuercher

Liz Zuercher

Executive Director

Liz joins The Willows with an extensive healthcare background. Her 25 years of management experience includes hospital Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer.

She is a graduate of Iowa State University, is certified in LEAN Six Sigma and Project Management, and has earned numerous organizational leadership certifications.