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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

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.

Kayla Drake


Born and raised in Athens, Ga. I have worked with seniors for over 8 years and my specialty/passion is Dementia and Alzheimer’s. I am actively involved in community programs for teens and also a part of local organizations to help seniors find resources they may need. I love taking part in local fundraisers.  I enjoy traveling to local communities and doing activities with seniors. In my spare time I love hiking and spending time with my husband and puppies!