Our mission has always been to improve the quality of life for the seniors and adults with disabilities we serve. That means it's always about the people we serve and our dedicated team of caregivers and office members who work tirelessly to care for clients. We live and breathe our mission every day, with the goal of helping you navigate the journey. These are the people who work to bring you and your loved ones the highest caliber of in‑home care.
Sharon Weeden, Owner
Retiring early from her career in banking because of a family member’s illness inspired Sharon to invest in the community in a new way.
I was doing research on companies that I thought would help me further my role as a servant leader within the Tallahassee community. I thought about in-home care because of my affiliation with the Elder Care Services in Tallahassee.
Before opening Right at Home Tallahassee, Sharon was President and CEO of Tallahassee State Bank. Sharon’s experience running a company will enable her to build a team of caregivers that are caring, compassionate, and focused on improving the quality of life for those they serve, allowing her team to fulfill Right at Home's model of RightCare: The Right People with the Right Approach for the Right Reasons.
Sharon is a longtime resident of Tallahassee and obtained her MBA from Florida State University. Throughout her time in Tallahassee she has volunteered with local non-profits and was an active member of many local boards including Elder Care Services, Volunteer Tallahassee, The United Way Board, First Presbyterian Preschool and The Tallahassee Lender’s Consortium. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Florida, The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and serves as an Emeritus Director for Elder Care Services.
Valerie Dawkins, Client Relationship Manager
Valerie retired from a career in banking after 35 years to seek a more fulfilling way to serve her community. Before joining Right at Home, Valerie was the Commercial Support Manager for the Tallahassee and Thomasville locations of Synovus Bank. She worked primarily in lending related support roles for the past 20+ years, with a focus on customer service and administrative support. She and Sharon worked together for 26 years prior to Sharon’s retirement from banking.
Valerie is a native of Tallahassee and obtained her B.S. from Florida State University. She is a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, loves to travel, and is the “mom” to several rescue cats.
Lori Fitzpatrick, Director of Quality Care
Lori’s passion for helping seniors is demonstrated everyday within her role as Right at Home Tallahassee’s Director of Quality Care. She is focused on ensuring our clients are well served with caregivers who clearly demonstrate a caring spirit and a passion for excellence. Prior to joining Right at Home Tallahassee, Lori enjoyed working for many years within the hospice community of Tallahassee. She held a variety of roles within hospice that focused on making certain volunteers, staff and community partners were providing quality care. Prior to entering the healthcare field, Lori served the senior population of Immanuel Baptist Church as their Minister of Senior Adults and Families where she worked diligently to provide educational as well as social experiences to the senior community of the church.
Lori is a graduate of FSU and is happily married to her husband Michael of 26 years. She has two daughters, Madison and Lexi who both played Division I Beach Volleyball. Lori loves to be outdoors and enjoys camping, beach volleyball and leading a very active lifestyle.
Amber Murray, Care Coordinator
Amber started working with Right at Home Tallahassee as a Certified Nursing Assistant. While assisting our clients Amber was caring and attentive to their needs. Our clients often commented on what a wonderful caregiver she was. When the Care Coordinator position opened in the Right at Home Tallahassee office, Amber was a perfect fit with her organizational skills and caregiving experience. She relates well to both to our caregivers and our clients.
Amber relocated from Palm Beach to Tallahassee to attend college. Previously she was working as an afterschool counselor and substitute teacher in Palm Beach. Her caring nature inspired her to want to apply her nurturing skills in the field of geriatrics. Amber has a passion for helping people across their life span to increase their quality of life, which is why she enjoys working for Right at Home. In her spare time, Amber enjoys being active in the gym or outdoors, where she engages in activities that help her stay healthy and fit.
LaKaysha Black, Care Coordinator
Lakaysha began working with Right at Home Tallahassee as a Certified Nursing Assistant. While assisting our clients she exhibited a strong passion for improving the quality of life for our clients by caring and assisting them with their daily needs. LaKaysha would often receive compliments regarding her excellent level of care. LaKaysha is always polite, has a smile on her face and wants to go the extra mile for our clients. She continues to maintain her Certified Nursing Assistant certification. She is a natural fit within our office and works daily to ensure our caregivers are properly trained and appropriately scheduled with our clients in order to best meet their needs.
LaKaysha was born and raised in Quincy, Florida, which she still calls home. Prior to joining the Right at Home Tallahassee team, LaKaysha spent several years working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Riverchase Health and Rehab. She enjoys working with the elderly and gains pleasure from helping them have a better day. LaKaysha is currently studying Business Management at TCC. She finds joy in raising her son, spending time with her family and attending church.
Janet Slaymaker, Registered Nurse
After meeting Janet, you will quickly see her sincere concern for the well-being for all her patients. She grew up in High Springs and Tallahassee has been home for Janet and her family (two kids and husband) since 2005. After acquiring her RN license in 1998, Janet has fulfilled many critical roles at Tampa Children’s Hospital, Bay Medical (Panama City), and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.
As a mother of a Type 1 Diabetic daughter, Janet’s family life and work life truly complement each other and over the past several years she has become an invaluable member of the Tallahassee Right at Home Team.