Meet Our Team
Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director
Jimmie Fay Griffin has worked in the assisted living industry for 12 years. She quickly found her passion for working with the elderly and bringing sunshine into their lives. With her medical background, she blends her nursing and administrative skills to ensure the best care possible for her residents, living by her favorite saying, “It is a great goal for every day to give someone a reason to smile.”
Jimmie Fay works with different local organizations throughout Tallahassee to promote and support the services they provide seniors in the surrounding area. She is also very active in her Canopy Roads Baptist Church. As an avid fisherman, she loves “aqua” therapy whenever possible. If she isn’t fishing, she’s either reading or enjoying music in her spare time. Jimmie Fay has called Tallahassee home since 1970. She has three children and six grandchildren who bring her much joy.
Cristal Baer, Director of Community Relations
Cristal Baer, MSP | MBA, has nearly 15 years of experience in the housing and sales & marketing field with 3 of those years being in the assisted living industry. Her compassion towards others and her willingness to always lend an ear or shoulder to those who are in need of one, make her perfectly suited for assisting families with finding the right fit within a community for their loved one. Cristal prides herself on being a resource on Senior related topics for everyone she works with and loves finding new connections that could benefit our Senior population. It is always her goal to help families find not just the appropriate fit for their loved one but peace of mind for themselves as well. In her free time, Cristal enjoys spending time with her daughter, who is the light of her life, volunteering with and sitting on the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Outreach Association, and cheering on her FSU Seminoles.
Michelle Straughn, Business Office Manager
Michelle Straughn is the Business Office Manager at YourLife™ of Tallahassee. Her 20 years of experience in the Business Office make her an incredible asset to our team. Michelle is detail-oriented and always willing to help out where there’s a need. Michelle feels privileged to work with seniors and enjoys the relationships she has gained along her journey. As a proud “Mimi,” Michelle loves spending time with her grandson.
Owen Kieffer, Director of Food Services (DFS)
With over 20 years of food service experience, Owen Kieffer is the Director of Food Services (DFS) at YourLife™ of Tallahassee. Being a student of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, Owen brings excellence, leadership and creativity to the kitchen. Owen is a Certified Dietary Manager and has several years of experience in both restaurants and skilled nursing settings.
Paul Williamson, Director of Environmental Operations
Paul Williamson brings with him 30 years experience in the realm of maintenance. He has worked extensively around geriatric residents and is always available to assist them and their family any way he can. His goal is to keep everyone safe and comfortable.
He is married to Carla. He has two sons and four grandsons. In his spare time he likes to fish but says it has been way too long since he was able to do that.
Asya Williams, Director of Wellness
Nidia Halstead, Director of Engagement
Nidia Halstead, the Director of Engagement for YourLife of Tallahassee, has over a decade of experience working with children in the Behavioral Health field both with the Leon County School Board and in Equine and Pet Therapy with Grace Stables. She brings a lifetime of patience and compassion for all who are in her presence and has a great passion for the arts which has trickled down from her family of artists. You can often find her fancying up interesting projects for a local Arts Fest or figuring out how to repurpose old wood into seasonal décor.
Gardening is another passion she has practiced since childhood and is a Master Gardener. Currently, Nidia is a member of the Daylily Society and has been featured in the Tallahassee Democrat for Daylilies that have won awards from her “Wizard of Oz” collection. Nidia is also a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church where she has served as Chair of the St. Catherine’s Circle – a women’s group that supports causes such as Elder Care Services, Big Bend Hospice, Boy’s Town, etc through bake sales and is focused on building a strong community of faith.
When not crafting, painting, gardening or spending time with our residents having fun… Nidia enjoys taking beach trips, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and paddle boarding with her husband of 23 years, her daughter, and her Chihuahuas (Lily May and Tucker).
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