Our Team

Shawn Barndt, BSW Executive Director, Residential Care, Memory Care & At Home Services

Shawn Barndt

Shawn, a native of Boyertown, has over 21 years of experience in caring for older adults in long-term care settings. She has a personal passion for designing programs for those with memory-impaired illnesses. Shawn has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Kutztown University and holds her Personal Care Home Administrator's license in the state of Pennsylvania. Shawn was honored in 2003 with the Delaware Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association's "someone to stand by you" award for outstanding volunteerism as well as being the 2014 Boyertown Area Citizen of the Year.

Jodie Daniels, NHA Assistant Executive Director/Director of Community Relations

Jodie Daniels

Jodie has over 26 years of experience in providing care and services to older adults. She has a Bachelor's degree in Health Planning and Administration from The Pennsylvania University and is licensed by the state of Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator, Personal Care Home Administrator and Certified Senior Advisor. Jodie believes in education for empowerment. She is available for free private consultation and group speaking engagements. Her personal experience as a caregiver and her professional experience allow for a unique understanding and perspective.

Beverly Parkinson Community Relations


Beverly is a native of Boyertown. She has been in consultative sales, management, and marketing for over 20 years in different types of service industries. She previously worked for Chestnut Knoll at Home in marketing. Her most recent experience has been in Independent Living as a Retirement Specialist. She enjoys working with seniors. Her role is Community Relations at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care.

Jennelle Jamison Director of Staff Development & Resident Care

Jennelle Jamison

Jennelle coordinates the training and oversight for newly hired staff as well as ongoing training and oversight for the veteran staff. She oversees the operational systems of the nursing office and the licensed professional nursing staff to ensure the residents receive the ongoing support they need from internal and external care providers. Recently Jennelle was certified as a Positive Approach to Care with Teepa Snow, one of America's leading educators on dementia. Prior to this position, Jennelle joined the Chestnut Knoll team in 2012 and served as the Memory Care Director at Chestnut Knoll for 4 years. Before coming to Chestnut Knoll, she was employed at St. Joseph Adult Day Services for 15 years, working her way to administrator, where she was responsible for day-to-day operations of care and service.

Linda Detwiler, LPN Director of Chestnut Knoll At Home Services

Linda Detwiler

Linda Detwiler has over 30 years of experience in nursing and has an extensive rehabilitative nursing background. She is a graduate of the St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Reading. Linda's diverse background includes medical, surgical, emergency room and intensive care nursing. She is certified in x-ray technology and has a certificate in nutrition and wellness.

Denise Shanley  Memory Care Director

Denise has over 25 years experience in providing Social Work services to older adults in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation environment. She has also worked as a discharge planner within that same environment. Denise has always had a passion for working with older adults. She has a Bachelors Degree from Kutztown University.

Diane Heffner, CNA Director of Activities

Diane Heffner

Diane is a recreational therapist for our community. She has worked in therapeutic activities for the past 18 years. Throughout her career in healthcare, Diane has worked as a physical therapy assistant and coordinator of therapy services in skilled nursing. Diane has over 32 years of experience in many facets of healthcare.

Scott Garverich Director of Dining Services

Scott Garverich

Scott has over 26 years of experience in the food service industry and is Serv Safe certified. His experience includes work in skilled nursing facilities as well as rehabilitation facilities. Scott served as the Lead Chef/Assistant Manager of Dining Services at Chestnut Knoll since 2004. He was appointed to Director of Dining Services in 2010.

Crystal Varady Director of Environment Services

Crystal Varady

Crystal served as a housekeeper since Chestnut Knoll opened in 2000. She was then promoted to the Director of Housekeeping and Laundry, until 2007 when she was appointed to Director of Environmental Services. She has extensive training and knowledge in building maintenance and housekeeping and laundry operations for healthcare facilities.

Eric Sartor Exercise Physiologist

Eric Sartor

Eric is an Exercise Physiologist and Director of Exercise Physiology Clinical Services with FOX Rehabilitation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from West Chester University and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Eric has experience in Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation and leading group exercise/individual therapy sessions with older adults to optimize their functional wellness.

Andrew Harnish PT, DPT, GCS  Physical Therapist

Andrew has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University and a B.S. in Kinesiology from Penn State University.  In 2016 he completed a geriatric residency program and is now a Board Certified Geriatric Specialist.  He has been a licensed Physical Therapist in Pennsylvania for 4 years and has worked with Fox Rehabilitation serving the geriatric population throughout his career.  He is also a LSVT BIG certified therapist (an evidence-based program designed for people with Parkinson's Disease which has improved movement quality and people's walking, balance, and quality of life) 

Mary Mathias Clinical Care Specialist

Mary is a LPN and has worked many years in healthcare on rehabilitation units, memory care units, and in personal care. She is a graduate from Center of Arts and Technology-Brandywine  Campus Practical Nursing Program and graduated with honors. Caring for others will always be her first priority.

Sue Rapp Business Office Manager

Sue Rapp

Sue is a native of Berks County and has over 17 years of experience in Senior Healthcare and Housing. She has a certification in Office Administration. Sue is in charge of accounts payable/receivable and human resources.