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

Our Team

We have a great team at GreenTree at Mt. Vernon. Stop by and visit! We would love to meet you!

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. Amanda and her husband Kyle have seven children and sports are a huge part of their lives. They also enjoy camping, fishing and 4 wheeling.

Shirley Henderson, Community Relations Director

Shirley comes to GreenTree with over 20 years of experience in sales, spending the most recent in senior living. Shirley enjoys building relationships with seniors and helping navigate a smooth transition from Independent Living to Assisted living. She is excited to be apart of the GreenTree family and looks forward to continuing her passion of helping seniors. When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, her grandchild and her 3 dogs Winnie, Ivy and Hank. She enjoys interior design and watching HGTV.

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

Kim Farris, Business Services Director

Kim began her career at Greentree as a cook and then moved to housekeep for 7 ½ years. She then worked as the Life Enrichment Coordinator and spent 10 years putting smiles on our resident's faces. Now as the Business Services Director, Kim loves being able to still spend time with the residents and help with any needs they may have.

Kim 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. Kim has a dog named Eevee, who Kim claims is a spoiled brat!

She 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.


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

Kim Harlan, Memory Care Coordinator

Kim has spent 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.

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

Connie Owens, LPN, Wellness Director

Connie is a Licensed Practical Nurse and loves caring for elders and those with Alzheimer's. Connie lives in Mount Vernon and enjoys spending time with her nine grandchildren, reading, and being outdoors. 

Dallas Wilson of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Dallas Wilson, Residential Care Coordinator

Dallas began his career at GreenTree as a Dining Aid and over the years has also enjoyed working as a Cook, Caregiver, and Residential Care Coordinator. Growing up, Dallas always imagined working somewhere where he could help people. He loves that he can make a positive impact on so many peoples lives in his role as a Residential Care Coordinator. When not working, Dallas loves to travel, camp and jam out to music.

Lauren Carnes, Dining Services Director of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Lauren Carnes, Dining Services Director

Lauren has lived in Mt. Vernon most of her life. She has been in food service for many years and really enjoys cooking and caring for people so Greentree felt like the perfect fit for her. Lauren loves spending time with her family and friends. She has a young daughter who is the light of her life whom she loves to spoil rotten! During her free time, Lauren, her daughter, and their family enjoy spending time outside and playing with their family pets.

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

Kathy Baltzell, Life Enrichment Coordinator, Memory Care

Kathy 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.

Valeria Harmon, Life Enrichment Coordinator of GreenTree at Mt. Vernon in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

Valeria Harmon, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Valeria enjoys spending time with the residents, playing games, reminiscing about past memories and sharing laughs with them. Valeria has been married 41 years and loves spending time with her family. During her free time, her family has a cabin, and they enjoy their time there swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. She has a large family that consists of 8 children, 21 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.

Valerie considers her family her greatest accomplishment and is so proud of them all. “I am so thankful to be a part of the Compass family here at Greentree. The residents bring as much joy as I hope I bring them. I just want to make the elders know how precious & valuable they are to all of us.”

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.

Angel, Our sweet therapy pet

Angel was named by our residents for being our angel at GreenTree.

Angel was rescued from our local humane society in June of 2019. She quickly found her place here at The Oaks at GreenTree. She loves to interact with her fellow residents; oftentimes just laying at their feet while they relax or sitting next to them and getting pets.

Angel was an instant fit here at GreenTree – she is gentle, kind, and loves the constant interaction. We are thrilled to have welcomed her here and look forward to making many memories together.

This picture was taken on "gotcha day" at the pound with residents.