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 Commnity 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.
Diane Sullivan, YourStory Coordinator
Diane has enjoyed working with seniors for the past 12 years. Her passion for the YourStory department makes her remarkably suited to spend her days with residents, listening to their life stories, enjoying fun activities and helping them find purpose. Diane has been married to her husband, Johnny, for 43 years. They have two grown children who live in Tallahassee and a beautiful granddaughter, whom she adores.
Daisy Perry, Director of Health Services
Daisy Perry, BSN, RN, is a Florida native with 16 years of healthcare experience, ranging from acute to long-term care. While she enjoys many areas of nursing, her true passion lies with the geriatric population, specifically those who suffer from memory disorders. Prior to working with YourLife™ of Tallahassee, she was the Director of Nursing for ten years at a 100-bed assisted living and memory care facility. In addition to operations, Daisy has helped with the programming and design of other communities. She believes in a resident-centered focus and meeting the individual where they are in their disease. Through her clinical expertise, evidence-based practice and compassion, Daisy achieves positive outcomes and excellence in care.
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
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 to long since he was able to do that.