Staff Profiles


The staff at Dutch Haven Assisted Living has been serving the needs of senior residents for a combined total of over 25 years.  The care provided at Dutch Haven is second to none.  Let us introduce you to some of the staff that serves the daily needs of our residents.

Sara Darnell  
Executive Director

Sara has been working in the senior health care industry for over 20 years. Sara's credentials include Certified Activity Director, Registered Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Aid, Licensed Administrator and Licensed Preceptor for Administrator. "I truly enjoy making a difference in the senior population. To me, this is not just a job; it's what I love!"

Linda Kurtz  
Marketing Director

Linda has been working at Dutch Haven for 4 years and has over 20 years experience in marketing. Linda has 2 daughters and 1 grand-baby. "I love spending time with my family and enjoy being involved in the community. 

Tanya Stephens LPN
Resident Wellness Coordinator

Tanya has been in the healthcare industry since 1993. She worked as a CNA until she graduated from Triplett Tech in 1997 with a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has worked in long term care, dialysis, wellness and urgent care over her career. Tanya has joined our team with the title of Resident Wellness Coordinator. Tanya continues to further her education by taking classes to pursue her associate degree in nursing. She is looking forward to joining our team and getting to know the staff, family and residents.

Nickie Shoemaker
Resident Care Coordinator

I've been in long term care with a focus on Alzheimer's disease and other related Dementias for 13 years. I have certifications in activities for persons with Dementia, teaching dementia training to staff, support group facilitation, ISP/UAI, as well as numerous other areas. I hold a Virginia Med Tech license and have a strong clinical background. I enjoy reading and keeping up to date on advancements in Alzheimer research and care. 

Krystal Whittington
Activities Director

I have worked in Assisted Living for over 5 years. I am a Registered Medication Aide as well as a Direct Care Aide. I have assisted in countless amazing activities during my time in assisted living. it has always brought me great joy. I have a passion for working with seniors and I am excited to bring some fun and exciting ideas to help engage not only our resident's minds but their bodies as well.

Ben Dalleckiesa
Maintenance Director

I recently moved to WV from Atlantic City NJ, where I grew up. I have a background in general construction, HVAC, and facility maintenance. I previously worked in a 168 bed skilled facility. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing guitar and drums.
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