• FEAR KNOT Martial Arts For Kidz in Elizabethtown and Mechanicsburg PA: 717-361-9788

Meet Our Staff


Keith Wilkes


With a B.S. in Broadcast Communications and a minor in psychology, Master Wilkes has an extensive sales and managerial background. As the Major Account Representative to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with IKON Office Solutions, he was the Major Account Rep. of the Year in 1998. Master Wilkes is a published author and speaker. Since opening FEAR KNOT in 1998, his goal has been to expose as many as possible to the life-changing benefits of martial arts training.

Denise Wilkes

Director of Operations

Denise joined FEAR KNOT after spending 20 years with Piercing Pagoda and Zales Corporation. Originally a part-time, seasonal employee with P.P., she earned every major sales and managerial award offered by Piercing Pagoda on her way to her regional director’s position. Denise was responsible for 125 stores in 5 states and more than 750 employees. She enjoys being with FEAR KNOT because of the members and the family atmosphere in the schools. Denise is an avid scrapbooker and enjoys spending time with the grandchildren. Denise and Keith met when she joined the Elizabethtown school in 2002.

Andrea Germer

Corporate Administrator

With an A.S. in Computer Systems, Andrea joined the Fear Knot staff in 2017 after spending several years with us as a parent. Enjoying office type work, she's happy that the position allows her to meet new people and appreciates that every day's a learning experience. In her personal life, Andrea spends time with her family, enjoys movies, and going out to eat.

Cortney Hartnett

Assistant Director
After School/Summer Camps

Cortney joined Fear Knot after watching the positive impact the Little Ninjas program had on two of her children. She also decided to join the organization because she has a passion for working with children. Cortney considers the members of Fear Knot as her second family. Outside the school, she enjoys hiking, running, along with spending time with her family and friends. Oh, and GO IRISH!

Jennifer Oldfield

School Administrator - Mechanicsburg

Jennifer comes to FEAR KNOT with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Luzern County Community College. She decided to join the team because of the school’s family friendly environment and how each program is developmentally appropriate for the students. Jennifer says interacting with the children is her favorite part of the job. Outside the school, she spends time with her husband and kids. Jennifer also enjoys reading, watching horror movies, doing outdoorsy stuff and gardening.

Jody Marquart

A+ After School Assistant

In food service with Cumberland Valley School District, Jody has been a Fear Knot parent since her son joined the Mechanicsburg school in 2012. She joined the staff because she has enjoyed watching the students grow and learn through the years. Another plus is that Jody enjoys being around kids. Her free time is spent with the family, spending time at the beach, and cooking (go figure).

Jessica Yuda

A+ After School Assistant

An RN at UPMC Pinnacle, Jess holds an associate degree in Nursing from H.A.C.C. She became an assistant in the after-school program because she loves kids and wants to make a difference and encourage their young minds to grow and flourish. Jess says the kids always make her smile. Outside the school, she volunteers with her son's cub scout pack and at his school.

Job Inquiry Process

Send us an email with your resume and the application, along with a brief description of why you are interested in this position. Upon approval of your resume we will call you to schedule an interview. Employment is available immediately.

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