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Our Leadership Team - Caregiving Is Our Specialty!

Allen Jernigan

Founder & Co-Owner
  • Certifications: BS Indiana Univ., Graduate Banking degree University of Oklahoma.
  • Background: 20 years as a commercial lender in the banking industry. Avid golfer and motorcyclist.
  • 10 year co-owner of Southern Companions
  • Georgia Assoc. of Community Care Providers board member
  • GACCP legislative committee
  • North Georgia Senior Resources Vice President
  • Gainesville Kiwanis Club Board member

Tim Taylor

Founder & Co-Owner
  • Certifications: AS Young Harris College, BS Mercer Univ.
  • Background: 20 years as a private banker. Avid sailor and fisherman. Community volunteer. Personal experience with caretaking for grandparent with Alzheimer’s.
  • 10 year co-owner of Southern Companions
  • Masters in Gerontology student at University of Georgia

Tara Jernigan

  • Certifications: BS Nursing from Brenau University, Certified Nurse Manager Leader (CNML)
  • 26 years of nursing experience with experience in critical care, medical-surgical nursing, house supervision & unit management.
  • Specialties: ACLS, PCLS
  • Currently Interim Chief Nursing Officer NE GA Medical Center Braselton

William (Bill) Whalen

Executive VP Marketing & Business Development
  • United States Navy Veteran
  • Background: More than 20 years of leading product development, apparel production, manufacturer representation, team building and business development.
  • Father of three, avid cook, wannabe fisherman and weekend woodworker.

Marketing and Sales Development Team

Debra DeVane

Marketing and Sales Development Team

Debra has provided executive support in the insurance, manufacturing, and financial industries for 30 years. After having been her mother’s caregiver for several years, Debra now passionately seeks to offer seniors the best solution in home care.

Christine Carroll


My career as a Registered Nurse spanned over 2 decades in Florida,where I  specialized in Pediatrics and Oncology. I have a passion for caring for the very young and the elderly population. In my recent years,I chose a path in Healthcare sales and marketing. I enjoy being a part of the community where I can help others find services that will improve their quality of life.

During my free time, my children and I spend much of our time with our rescue horses, and our dog, Duke.

I look forward to my new role at Southern Companions and building new relationships in our community.

Tara L Harris

  • Hometown girl, born and raised in Athens, GA
  • 17 Years of experience working with Senior Adults and their families
  • Actively involved in local community programs for Teens
  • Avid fund raiser for local and National Charities
  • Passion for enhancing the lives of others
  • My goal is to live each day to the fullest