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.

Jennifer Stanley

Jennifer Stanley

Executive 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.

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.

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.

Stacey Handsaker, RN

Stacey Handsaker, RN

Memory Care Healthcare Director

Stacey is a Marshalltown native with ten years of experience in health and senior care. Stacey fills the vital role of Memory Care Coordinator at The Willows. She is also an RN, an EMT volunteer and Mom to Colton and Taylor, both active young adults at West Marshall High. She and her husband, John also find time to work the family farm.

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.

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 in critical care.

With her background in intensive care, cardiac cath lab, and the emergency room, she has refined skills in treating acute & chronic diseases affecting adults.

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

Erin Zell, LPN

Erin Zell, LPN

Administrative Nursing Assistant

A Marshalltown native and MCC grad, Erin is an LPN with over 19 years of Healthcare experience, 11 of them in Assisted Living and Long Term Care. She is a Hawkeye fan, a delightful Mom of 2, and always strives to make connections that put a smile on our residents’ faces.