Who We Are

“To our team, it’s personal!  Senior care is our calling, not our job.  Our own families and loved ones have endured many of the same hardships and challenges that our clients face.  That’s why we choose team members with the right educational background, years of expertise in the industry, personal experience and most importantly the heart and passion to serve our clients and their families!

Christy Baynes, President & Founder

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Christy Baynes, MSHA, MBA, CMC

Christy Baynes is President and Lead Geriatric Care Manager of LifeCare for Seniors, Inc.  She has dedicated herself and career to helping seniors and their families.  Along with her education and professional experience, Christy has also cared for members of her own family with dementia and other chronic illnesses.

Christy holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama as well as a Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Science of Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She also holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Christy is a Professional Member of the National Association of Aging Life Care Specialists.  She is certified as a Care Manager (CMC) by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers.  Christy is one of only two Certified Care Managers in central Alabama.

In addition to her education, Christy’s experiences in the field of aging have been very diverse. They include the following:  assisted living, specialty care assisted living, in-home care, community councils on aging, Alzheimer’s and aging research, long-term care insurance, elder care coordination, geriatric health education and caregiver support groups.

Christy has served on the state’s Long-term Care Rebalancing Advisory Committee, where she was one of four community individuals appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley in 2009.  She served on the Executive Board of Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA) from 2006 – 2015, where she received the Mitzi Kronenberg Service Award in 2008.  Christy was President of the Board from 2009 – 2012 and also served on the Endowment Board for ACA.

Christy is very active in her church, Canterbury United Methodist Church.  Most recently, she is a former Lay Leader and Leader of Church Council.  For many years she served on the planning committee for the Canterbury Beeson Forum on Aging.  She is past Leader of the Senior Adult Council and Radical Hospitality Team.

She and her husband, Allen, reside in Birmingham with their two children and fur baby.

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Linda Bottoms, RN

Linda serves as LifeCare for Seniors’ Lead Nurse Care Manager and Clinical Advocate.  She joined our team in 2016 with over twenty plus years of nursing experience.  Her primary focus has been case management and in-home nursing.  Linda also helped care for her grandmother and other family members.

Linda received her Nursing degree at Samford University in 1994.  She worked two years in the in-patient setting with ICU and medical-surgical patients.  After leaving the in-patient setting, she served as a home-health nurse for Gentiva Home Health Services.   She worked in home health for over fifteen years, where she provided direct patient care and supervised LPNs, home health aides and other ancillary staff.

After leaving Gentiva, Linda served as a Nurse Care Manager for an in-home care provider and was responsible for admission and follow-up assessments for Medicaid, Workman’s Compensation and private duty clients.  She also led staff orientation and training for caregivers and nurses.  Linda received her certification as a Care Manager from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and was a member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers.

Linda and her husband, Steve, live in Birmingham and are very active in their church, Mountaintop Community Church, where they lead various small groups.  Steve and Linda volunteer with Raleigh’s Place, where they created Katie’s Closet in memory of Steve’s daughter, Katie.  This ministry provides clothes, shoes, and various accessories to foster children and families that are in need.

Together, Linda and Steve have four children and six grandchildren.  Family is very important to them and Linda loves to accompany her grandchildren on field trips, attend sporting events and more.  She’s an incredible cook and her Louisiana-roots come through her amazing Cajun cuisine.

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Nicole Crawford, MA, CMC, SRES

Nicole joined the LifeCare for Seniors team in December 2017. Nicole serves as our Assisted Living/Memory Care Specialist, Thoughtful Engagement Coordinator and Care Manager.  She is also a licensed real estate agent and holds the designation of Senior Real Estate Specialist.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Masters of Arts in Gerontology from the University of South Florida.  Nicole has an incredible passion and love for helping seniors and their families.

Nicole began her health care career in academia, where she worked for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Nursing Research.  She worked on various nursing grants, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s caregivers’ education research.  In 2004, Nicole moved to Tampa, Florida and worked full-time as an Assisted Living Director while pursuing her Masters.  After completing her graduate work, she returned to Birmingham and worked with the UAB Study of Aging and Mobility.

Over the past ten years, Nicole has worked in leadership positions in the community setting:  nursing home, assisted living and specialty care assisted living.  She became a licensed, Category II Assisted Living Administrator (ALA) in 2013.  Before joining the LifeCare for Seniors Team, Nicole served as the Assistant Assisted Living Administrator at St. Martins in the Pines.  She is also a licensed Real Estate agent and specializes in assisting families downsize and relocation.

Nicole is also very active with Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama and served on the Board of Directors from 2009 through 2016.  She was President of the Board from 2012 through 2016.

Nicole and her husband, Derry, have two young children.  They enjoy exploring Birmingham’s parks and outdoor venues with their children.  Nicole and Derry are members of Mountaintop Community Church.

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Bragan Petrey, RN, CRNP

Bragan joined Life Care for Seniors in September of 2021 as a Nurse Care Manager, Clinical Advocate, and Assessment Specialist.  She is originally from Birmingham and loves living in such a wonderful community and beautiful town.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University in Human and Organizational Development and Special Education.  She then went on to continue her education at Vanderbilt University and received a master’s degree in Nursing.  Bragan has a great love of people of all ages and a deeply driven desire to help others.

Bragan began her nursing career as an RN in Intensive Care at Children’s Hospital.  After a few short years in an RN role, she became the first Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Endocrinology at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. She loved working as a nurse practitioner for 15 years in Pediatric Endocrinology. While she has watched the Children’s community grow immensely, she is thrilled to now be venturing into the Geriatric field.

Over the past 10 years Bragan has taken a very large role in the Mountain Brook School system.  She served as the Mountain Brook Elementary school PTO president and was on the board for 6 years. She then went on to be the District PTO president and now serves on the Mountain Brook Foundation Board.  She not only serves in leadership roles for the school system but volunteers her time at the school quite often. She has even been substituting teaching on a regular basis.

A servant’s heart is a wonderful way to describe Bragan.  She is actively involved in her church, St. Luke’s Episcopal, and served the Junior League of Birmingham for 14 years.  Most recently during the Covid-19 Pandemic, she has volunteered her time to several Vaccine Clinics in underserved areas of Alabama.

While all of this represents Bragan, God and her family are at the center of it all.  She resides in Birmingham with her husband, Banks, their three boys and black lab.  Their family enjoys the outdoors, playing games together, good food, and fun travels.  She and her family are always up for a new adventure.

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Tina Gray, OTR/L

 

Tina joined the LifeCare for Seniors team in June of 2021. Tina serves as our Associate Care Manager. She is originally from Meridian, MS. Tina received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

Tina has had over 22 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has worked in various setting such as, skilled nursing facilities, acute care, and home health care. Her primary emphasis has always been caring for the geriatric population. Tina has had expertise in providing home assessments to ensure that your loves one is safe while living in their own home for as long as possible.

Tina and her husband Jeff, have two children and a dog. They enjoy the beach, spending time outdoors, and watching their kids play soccer and basketball. They are members of Trinity United Methodist Church where they have taught Sunday School and assisted with vacation bible school.

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Elena Leonard, PT

Elena Leonard serves as a Associate Care Manager. She is originally from Elba, AL. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from University of Alabama and then earned a Master’s Degree in Phyiscal Therapy from University of Alabama at Birmingham.
With 21 years of experience in physical rehabilitation of the aging population, Elena brings vast insight and expertise to her on-going work in geriatric care. She has worked in Alabama and Georgia and has spent the majority of her career in geriatric settings, including assisted living, memory care, long-term care, home health, acute care and outpatient.
Elena enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters. They are involved in Canterbury United Methodist Church and enjoy traveling, playing tennis and spending time with their two rescue dogs.
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Allen Baynes, SRES

Allen Baynes joined LifeCare for Seniors the fall of 2017 to assist with business growth and development.  Allen Serves as our Director of Business Development and Home Repair Concierge Coordinator. He also works for LAH Real Estate where he is a Senior Real Estate Specialist and owns Baynes Properties.  On Sundays in the fall you can see Allen on National Football League (NFL) fields throughout the country where he works as an NFL official.  He recently completed his tenth year in the League as a Side Judge #56.

Allen enjoys speaking at senior programs and churches, where he tells stories from the gridiron. His presentation, “Make That Call” allows participants to review plays from previous weeks’ games and give their ruling as if they were an on-field official in an NFL game.  This interactive program is both informative and a lot of fun.

In 2016 Allen was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (www.alzca.org).  ACA is an organization he loves to support and has helped raise over $75,000 for the organization through contributions such as “A Weekend with a NFL Referee”, Super Bowl Ticket Raffles, personal giving and other auction items at their annual spring Garden Art Party.

Allen and Christy are blessed to have a wonderful team of Care Managers helping families in Central Alabama.

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Taylor McElmurry


Taylor serves as our Director of Marketing. Taylor joined the LifeCare for Seniors team as a full-time employee in July of 2021. She has worked part-time with LifeCare for Seniors since May 2020. Taylor is a graduate of Samford University where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. While at Samford University, she double-majored in Marketing and Management. Taylor has gained great experience in Marketing through internships and special projects that assist her in her responsibilities she has in her role at LifeCare for Seniors. Taylor specializes in digital & referral marketing, content creation, optimization, networking, and research for LifeCare for Seniors and their team.

Taylor is a member of the Birmingham Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA). She served as the Secretary for the Medical Social Service Organization of Great Birmingham (MSSO) for the Summer and Fall term of 2021. Taylor also serves on the Junior Board of Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama (ACA), where she represents her team at LifeCare for Seniors.

Taylor loves spending her free time with her family, friends, and her cat Lola. You can catch her on the tennis court, at the beach, or at a coffee shop!

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Jessica Mashburn, RN

Jessica joined Life Care for Seniors as an Associate Care Manager in January of 2022. She has worked in health care as a registered nurse for 13 years. Beginning her nursing career at Children’s Of Alabama, she spent 10 years there in various capacities, including Medical/Surgical, Epilepsy Monitoring and in outpatient Primary Care settings. After leaving she spent time with University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF) and UAB Medicine gaining additional outpatient experience and working in Preoperative Services with adults. Over the last 2 years she has also obtained valuable life experience while caring for her grandfather who battled Mesothelioma and grandmother who suffered a stroke. During this time she worked with the interdisciplinary care team to coordinate care, attended varied specialty appointments and managed advanced care planning.
Outside of medicine, Jessica serves as the Vice President of Mashburn Land Management, LLC. where she coordinates, oversees and manages residential rental properties. Jessica volunteers and mentors regularly at the non-profit faith based women’s drug rehabilitation, City of Lights Dream Center, located in her hometown and current residence of Dora, AL. She is a proud Army wife to her veteran husband, Richard, loving step-mother to their two children and dog mom to a Mini Australian Shepherd, Pepper. They as a family love traveling frequently. In her free time she also enjoys crafts, antiques and operates an Etsy shop of vinyl decals.
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Kathleen Widener, COTA/L

Kathleen joined LifeCare for Seniors in August of 2021. Kathleen serves as one of our Thoughtful Engagement Specialist. She is a native of Alabama, born and raised in Athens. Kathleen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1996.  She has worked with her husband in his real estate appraisal business, which she is still an active part of today.   Kathleen followed her desire to make a difference  in people lives and completed her Associate’s Degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2012.  Her respect and fondness for seniors is what makes her role as a Thoughtful Engagement Program Specialist so rewarding and  fulfilling.
Kathleen has been in the healthcare field since 2012, where she provided therapy in the home health and hospital acute care settings, but mainly in skilled nursing facilities throughout the Birmingham area. Kathleen has especially enjoyed working with the aging population.  In 2018 she completed coursework and training to become recognized as a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP), to further develop her understanding of dementia while being able to provide better support and care. Kathleen realized that providing therapy wasn’t just  beneficial for the client, but for her as well, due to the relationships you form while working closely with each person.
Kathleen and her husband, Andy, have two children and  live in the Birmingham area where they are a house divided. War Eagle. Her husband and daughter prefer snow skiing and cold weather, while Kathleen and her son prefer warm weather and saltwater fishing.
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Kathy Jones

Kathy joined LifeCare for Seniors in October of 2021 as a Thoughtful Engagement Specialist. She and her husband moved to Birmingham in 2018 after living in Franklin, Tennessee for 25 years. Originally from Huntsville, Kathy graduated with a BS degree in Consumer Affairs from Auburn University in 1985. Her past professional experience includes pharmaceutical sales with Alcon Ophthalmic, Bristol Labs and SmithKline. After a 20 year period as a stay at home mom, she returned to the sales field working as a marketing director for a privately owned Physical Therapy group, Johnson and Hayes, before moving to Birmingham.

Kathy’s personal experience includes caring for several of her own relatives helping with their increasing needs as they aged, as well as a dear friend that she cared for for five years until her death at 96. Each experience was unique, yet each senior needed socialization, personal connection and a sense of worth and dignity. Since losing her own mother at the age of 18, and her father years ago, Kathy has found joy in helping others as a tribute to both of her precious parents. She feels it is such a gift and honor to be able to help someone elderly who lacks close family or friends. She also understands the need for respite for live-in caregivers. The TEP program is a perfect fit for Kathy!

Kathy and her husband, Monroe, have two grown daughters who both graduated from Samford University. Kathy plays tennis and loves traveling with her family- especially to the beach! They are members of Redeemer Community Church in Avondale.

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Ann Elizabeth Moore, LMSW

Ann Elizabeth joined LifeCare for Seniors in March of 2022 as a Thoughtful Engagement Specialist. A two-time graduate of Samford University, Ann Elizabeth is a licensed social worker with over a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Professionally, she has served in the elementary school setting, in higher education at Samford, as well as in various nonprofits. Ann Elizabeth currently enjoys writing and researching as a grant writer for nonprofits in Birmingham and Denver.

Originally from Montgomery, she gained personal experience in working with seniors through caring for her grandmother. This experience allowed Ann Elizabeth the opportunity to learn the joy found in caring for seniors and improving their quality of life, because every life has purpose. She also developed empathy for adult children who serve as caregivers by watching her own parents take care of her aging grandparents.

Ann Elizabeth and her husband, Sedrick, have one daughter, Selah Grace, who will be in kindergarten next year. Ann Elizabeth loves reading, traveling and spending time with her family at the lake. They serve as a family in urban ministry through Young Life.

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Amy E. Roberson, M.Ed, CMC, CECC

Amy is a Certified Care Manager from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and has been an Advanced Professional member of the Aging Life

Care Association since 2015.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Montevallo.
She has worked in mental health, hospice and elder care.

Amy has over 25 years of experience in the health care industry.  She began her career in mental health, where she worked for fifteen years.  After leaving the out-patient setting, Amy worked eight years with patients, families and health professionals as a Bereavement Coordinator for in-home hospice.  She has also served as an Elder Care Coordinator for an elder law firm and received her Certification in Elder Care Coordination.

Amy helped care for both of her parents and understands the feelings of being overwhelmed and the complexity of the responsibility.  Her primary goal is to help seniors and those who care for seniors, navigate the complicated health care system while helping them find, receive and pay for quality care.

Amy volunteers with New Beacon Hospice and is an active member at the Church of the Highlands.  Family is very important to Amy and she spends a lot of her free time with her great niece and siblings.  She has a beloved fur baby, Kitty, and enjoys gardening.

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Professional memberships

AgingLifeCare_Member_Logo_TMWe pride ourselves in our commitment to stay abreast of the ever-changing landscape of senior services and aging research. To this end, our Aging Life Care Managers are members of the following professional organizations:

 

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