Bill Boyd, has been the owner and administrator of Brereton Manor since 2007. Bill graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and has been a funeral director since 1977. He is also the owner of Boyd Enterprises, a real estate investment company. Bill’s life has been devoted to helping others. The funeral business prepared Bill to deal with many issues that confront the residents of Brereton Manor as well as their family members such as the grief process experienced due to many types of loss. The loss of one’s home, one’s independence, memory, a death and dying are all issues that may affect those dealing with elder care. Through Bill’s real estate interests he has improved many people’s lives. He is one of the founders of Milagro House, a homeless shelter for women with children in Lancaster PA. Milagro House began in some of Bill’s homes. He is also an active member of The Millersville Lions Club. Another interest of Bill’s is his involvement as a construction crew member of International Relief Teams where he serves those who have lost their homes through disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the tornado that decimated Pleasant Grove Alabama. Brereton Manor is mission of faith for Bill.
Renee Valentine works as Brereton’s Administrator as well as providing social work and counseling services to the residents. She is a graduate of Indiana University of PA and pursued post graduate work in counseling at Marymount University in Virginia. Renee has been a social worker and lover of humanity for many years. She was the Executive Director of Clare House, a shelter for women and children in Lancaster and was also the Founder and Executive Director of Milagro House, a long term, transitional program for mothers and children, also in Lancaster City. Years of working with people from all walks of life have prepared her for the job of advocating and caring for the elderly. She is grateful to work at a job she loves, with people she truly cares for.
Cynthia Gurtizen, LPN attended Harrisburg Area Community College’s Nursing program where she concentrated her effort on courses in geriatrics and graduated with honors and awards. Cynthia abhors the “warehousing” of the elderly and chose to work at Brereton because of the high quality of care given and compassion shown to the residents. Cynthia finds nursing to be a highly rewarding vocation as it requires intelligence, empathy and the desire to improve another’s life.
Brandy Whited, LPN is a high school dropout with the determination to succeed. Brandy has been providing service to others for many years. She has thirteen years of restaurant management and seven years of retail management experience. When the timing in life allowed, she made the transition from serving the public to her original passion of nursing. Brandy received her LPN in 2014 and has chosen to stay a part of “our unique little family” at Brereton Manor. She is practiced in providing skilled care and in working with residents affected with dementia as well as with those who need hospice care. Her optimistic attitude, internal strength and amplified patience level are just some attributes that have humbly earned her the respect and affection of our residents and staff.
Amy Gish graduated from York College with a degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis on therapeutic recreation in geriatrics. She is an experienced activities coordinator and began working at Brereton Manor when she came to visit her grandmother, a resident here. Amy tends to all the details necessary to keep the residents entertained, challenged and safe while doing activities throughout the day.