Our Team at GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Our Team

We have a great team at GreenTree at Mt. Vernon. Check back soon to get to know them and come meet them in person.

Amanda Santel of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Amanda Santel, Executive Director

Amanda has worked with elders since the age of 15 when she began working as a unit aide at a local nursing home. She went on to get her CNA license and worked as a CNA through high-school and College. After college, she continued to work as a private duty caregiver until she took a job as the assistant manager at new assisted living community. Amanda fell in love with the residents and families and knew that this was the career path for her. She now has over 15 years of leadership experience in the Assisted Living/Memory Care industry.

When not at work, Amanda can be found in the gym watching basketball or volleyball or on a soccer field watching her children do what they love. Sports is a huge part of their lives. They also enjoy camping, fishing and 4 wheeling.
Amanda and her husband Kyle live in Albers with their children Alyssa, Madelyn, Alayna, Lexy, Jayce, Koltyn and Josey.

Miki Klus of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Miki Klus, Community Relations Director

Miki got her start in healthcare by obtaining her CNA in a skilled nursing facility while still in high school. She then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in business and economics and her master’s degree in agricultural toxicology. Upon graduation she pursued a career in pharmaceutical sales working for Pfizer and Boehringer-Ingelheim before deciding to change career paths which landed her in her current role at GreenTree at Mt. Vernon.

Outside of work Miki can be found spending time with her new husband and step-children. She enjoys cooking, baking, doing CrossFit, and spending time outdoors with her family and dogs. Her motto to live by is a quote by Theodore Roosevelt, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Linda Forbes of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Linda Forbes, Business Office Manager

Linda began her adventure in hospitality as a desk clerk at a motel. Though she loved the job, she found herself in store management for 15 years. Not liking the stress, she went into office management and found her calling.

Linda came to GreenTree in 2018 as the Business Office Manager. Her penchant to please others endears her to all.  Personally, Linda enjoys spending time with her husband Bob fishing, camping, putting puzzles together, taking care of their 4 furry friends and spending time with their grandchildren.

Connie Owens of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Connie Owens, LPN, Wellness Director

In 2011, Connie quit her job of 20 years to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She completed her Registered Nursing degree in 2014 and has been working at GreenTree since 2018. Connie loves caring for elders and those with Alzheimer’s.
Connie lives in Mount Vernon and enjoys spending time with her 9 grandchildren, reading, and being outdoors.


Kim Harlan of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Kim Harlan, Memory Care Coordinator

Kim joined the GreenTree family in 2006 after spending over 25 years working at a nursing home with an Alzheimer’s unit. Her passion for memory care grew from that experience and she has served as a facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association Support Group and is a Dementia Care Specialist. Kim has personal experience with dementia care as several family members have been on the Alzheimer’s journey and the memory care residents at GreenTree have her full heart.
In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband taking care of their animals. She also enjoys playing cards and horseback riding.

Kim Farris of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Kim Farris, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Kim Farris has been dedicated to GreenTree since 2003. She feels she’s very lucky to have a job where she can help keep the residents happy, healthy and active. She recalls from a young age when her grandmother was in a care facility how quick the resident’s faces would light up as soon as an activity or craft would start and thought what an amazing and fun job that would be. Kim says this is the most fulfilling job a person can have.

Kim has lived in Southern Illinois for over 23 years. She loves camping, fishing, hiking and spending time with her family. She has two sons and two beautiful granddaughters. She’s a true animal lover and has taken care of several sick and orphaned animals in the past years. She has a dog named Eevee, who Kim claims is a spoiled brat!

Kim believes the elderly should live their lives to their fullest and be taken care of, because if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t be here today.


Kathy Baltzel of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Kathy Baltzell, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Memory Care

Kathy has been a part of the GreenTree family since July 2010. She LOVES spending time with residents and helping them make their lives all they can be. When Kathy started her career in long term care, she quickly realized she had a deep love for people with Alzheimer’s and has helped open two memory care units. When not at work, Kathy loves spending time with her husband fishing, camping, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and first great grand-son.

Robert George of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Robert George, Maintenance Director

Robert “Bobby” George calls his role at GreenTree his “dream job.” He enjoys keeping the residents safe and comfortable while ensuring everything in their apartments and home works as they should. Bobby refers to the residents as friends and is always quick with a joke or has time to chit chat when someone needs to talk. He loves to dance with the ladies who need a partner and makes sure they take turns because there is “plenty of Bobby to go around!” When not dancing and joking with the residents, you might find Bobby camping or fishing or spending time with his wife Julianne, their 5 children and 7 grandchildren.

Christina Kirk of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Christina Kirk, Dining Services Director

Christina started out as a Dining Services Aide at GreenTree. When the Director position opened, she decided to give it a try and feel that the position was made for her. Residents are Christina’s top priority and enjoys ensuring they have delicious, well-balanced and nutritional meals. She also loves to visit with them in the dining room, learning their likes and dislikes and knowing how their day is going. The best part of her day is making residents smile and some refer to her as “Sunshine.” When not enjoying the residents, Christina enjoys hiking, camping, and floating the Missouri rivers with her husband.