Meet the Team at Amada Senior Care of Birmingham

Len Everts  | Owner

Amada owner Len Everts is thrilled to call Birmingham home. He is enamored with the people, food and culture and can be found frequently at Waffle House, proudly sporting Alabama gear and egging on his server. Len handles all billing and loves being out in the community. The real boss in the office is Mia, a 10-pound Havapoo who regularly oversees the work of her hooman as she sits on his lap. Len is passionate about helping seniors age with dignity and providing a rewarding work environment for caregivers and staff. Len’s experiences as an Army veteran and business owner, and as a child of aging family members, fuels his commitment to providing exceptional senior care every day.

Len frequently reflects on Mahatma Gandhi’s quote: “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

Laura Lee Rose | Office Manager 

Laura Lee brings a truly compassionate heart and a lifetime of leadership to her role as Amada Birmingham’s Office Manager. Prior to Amada, she and her husband led 1000+ person congregation in Atlanta area through spiritual and very real-life journeys. She has also led several medical and business offices, always using her incredible intuition to really listen and support those around her.

An avid chef and practitioner of self-care, Laura Lee can be found exploring Birmingham’s restaurant scene, whipping up deliciousness, and spending quality time with her beloved husband and family. In addition to Destin and many other places, Laura Lee finds great solace in one of her favorite quotations, “When it rains look for rainbows, when its dark look for stars.”

Shuntel Talton | Client Care Manager 

Just ask Shuntel if she has ever met a person she didn’t find fascinating or a puzzle she didn’t love trying to solve. The answer is probably no!  As Amada’s Client Care Manager, Shuntel has found fertile ground for her love of people and wealth of psychology knowledge — she is building a team!

Caregiving also runs deep in Shuntel’s soul. A beloved wife and mother of four, Shuntel didn’t stop there. She personally takes care of her elderly uncle and father so knows what clients, families, and caregivers experience firsthand.

Be careful to give Shuntel a challenge after all, she lives by “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb, go through it, or work around it!”

Kizzie Craig | Scheduler 

Kizzie Craig is taking Amada to the next level as our newest Scheduler.  She has never met a phone system she couldn’t master or a challenge she couldn’t tackle, as evidenced by her rich background as a Birmingham City 911 dispatcher.  Her ability to handle stressful situations with ease and efficiency is so well honed, she will probably have solved any issue by the time you finish sharing it.   Even as she excels in making personal connections over the phone, she is even better in person.   Kizzie’s unique sense of humor and great facial expressions can brighten anyone’s day!

Kizzie injects style and real appreciation for the greatness of life wherever she goes.     In her free time, she enjoys using her interior design skills to bring beauty to new and familiar spaces.   On the weekends you may find her out to the newest dining establishments trying their signature dishes – be sure to ask her for recommendation!    Kizzie is also the incredibly proud mother of an adult daughter and will soon welcome another baby girl, who we all can’t wait to smother with love!

Kizzie knows in her bones that actions speak louder than words and draws inspiration from her favorite Fredrick Douglass quote:   “I prayed for twenty years but never received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”

Allison Muro | Recruiter 

Allison Muro is and has always been a people person. A passion for learning about people led to a degree in psychology and guided her on the career path. She brings more than 10 years of experience in human resources and talent acquisition to her position as Recruiter for Amada Birmingham. Allison’s other interest is being of service to others, whether at the office or at home. Allison loves doting on her 14-year-old son Owen as Fan Mom, Room Mom, Team Mom, and all things Mom! She and her husband also are happy fur baby parents to the family cat, Sophie, who is a helpful centering presence when Allison is working from home.

Allison shares, “I am always thinking of my parents when I am speaking to caregivers. I know what a difference they can make in someone’s life.”

Melessa Tatum | Front Office Coordinator 

Be prepared to be welcomed!  Melessa Tatum’s 1000-watt smile and gracious southern charm are sure make you feel right at home.  As Amada’s Front Office Coordinator, hers is the first face you see when you visit us and likely to be first person you talk to on the phone.  Her kindness, empathy, and charm are sure to win you over as they have all of us! Melessa also brings a wealth of knowledge as she previously serves as an Administrative Assistant for another home care agency.

Melessa is also a loving wife, and beyond devoted mother to her twin 18-year girls and a bonus son.   She loves spending time with her husband and daughters at home and infuses style everywhere she goes.  In addition to elevating the style-IQ of Amada, she puts her knack for design to good use with her decorating finesse at home.

Melessa lives her favorite quote by Maya Angelou, “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Tamaya Baxter | Scheduler 

Tamaya Baxter is a true powerhouse and brings her years of caregiving and business experience to her new role as Amada Birmingham’s Scheduler.  Tamaya is transitioning to a staff role from being an Amada caregiver as well as working at Birmingham’s renowned Children’s Hospital. Although her clients are quite devastated to lose Tamaya’s weekly presence in their home, they share that they are so excited for her to share her wisdom with a wider audience and take the next step in her professional journey.

And what a journey it has already been! Tamaya is finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Biology (saying “I find it fascinating”) and has a track record in business development (establishing accounting systems to brand management). Tamaya knows firsthand the caregiver and client experience and could not  be more thrilled to have the opportunity to put her insights into action!

As Tamaya has learned and adopted from Maya Angelou: “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.”

Holly Garren, RN | Nurse 

As Holly Garren tells us pretty much every day, she loves her job as Amada’s Fulltime Nurse, and it shows!   Holly brings decades of nursing experience and a passion for serving Seniors. In addition to years of supporting hospice patients, Holly also channeled her boundless energy into setting up and running a family trucking company.   Having left her trucking company in the capable hands of her eldest sons, she is thrilled to be part of the Amada team.  Holly primary works with Amada’s Veteran Clients and their families to ensure seamless coordination with the VA.

With her large family of grown children, grandchildren, and animals, you might think Holly and her husband’s hands would be full.  But they find other ways to literally fill them (and their freezer) as expert markspeople.  Nothing lights Holly’s face up more than caring for Birmingham Seniors and sharing pictures of her hunting escapades.  Be careful what you ask for – she’s been known to share her delicious deer meat!

As Holly says, “working with geriatrics is a truly work of the heart” and “that’s the way I absolutely feels!”