As the Executive Director for Legacy Ridge Buckhead, Danyel Starr brings over two decades of leadership experience from both the Hospitality and Senior Living verticals. Her dedication has earned a reputation of excellence in each of the communities she has had the privilege to work in. She believes that when you truly listen and take the time to connect, you can get to the root of a person’s needs and then be able to serve them to the fullest.
When not in the community, she is a busy mother to two handsome teen boys. They enjoy the outdoors, hiking and visiting their extended family in Colorado whenever possible.
Business Office Coordinator
Lena joined the Senior Living industry back in 2018 and brings to Legacy Ridge over fifteen years of experience in Office Management with a strong background in Human Resources.
Lena was born on the beautiful island of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She later moved Atlanta, Georgia to further her education and career. She enjoys spending time with residents, as they bring a great amount of joy and knowledge with them.
In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her son.
Sales and Marketing Director
Tara has worked in the senior healthcare industry for more than 25 years, beginning her career in the early 1990’s as a Home Health Aide. Since that time Tara’s desire and dedication to care for others has allowed her to serve in many roles including Certified Nursing Assistant, Medication Technician, Business Office Coordinator, and in her current role as Sales & Marketing Director.
Tara is happily married and shares with her husband a blend of six adult children who have gifted their family with four adorable grandchildren, of whom she is affectionately known as “Gi Gi.”
Recently becoming empty nesters, Tara has developed a fondness for travel, especially to adventurous and unseen before destinations. When not at work or out exploring the goodness of God’s green earth, she enjoys nothing greater than spending time with family and cooking newly discovered vegan dishes.
Tonzia is the Maintenance Director for Legacy Ridge Buckhead and has more than 15 years of experience in in Long Term Care. He started as a Certified Nursing Assistant for approximately two years, later becoming Maintenance Assistant, then quickly transitioned to Supervisor and has been leading ever since. He earned a diploma in Air- Conditioning Technology from Georgia Piedmont Technical College.
Tonzia has a very deep passion in caring for the elderly, which you can see in his daily interactions with each resident that he comes in contact with.
He is a devoted husband and has three beautiful and amazing children. When he is not busy keeping the community looking great, he likes to spend time with family, attend church and volunteer in community activities.
Originally from Erwin, North Carolina, Cassie is a proud mother of four children. She received her CNA license in 2012 and worked as a Care Staff member while going to Clayton State University, where she graduated in 2017 with her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management.
After completing her degree, she received a promotion in 2019 to become the Lifestyle Director for Memory Care at Legacy Ridge Buckhead. In Cassie’s words “Over the last 8 years I have grown a deeper understanding, love, respect, patience, and passion for working with the elderly. I truly love and enjoy what I do.”
Dining Services Director
Chris is a certified Executive Chef with over 12 experience years in the senior living industry and 14 years as a chef. He graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta with a BA in Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management.
Chris fell into place with a random small community in Lithia Springs and found out he had a passion for working with seniors. He continued his career through various companies expanding his culinary knowledge and utilized his skills to enlighten the lives of seniors daily.
Chris has traveled most of the world while spending a majority of his time in Bangkok, Thailand and the surrounding areas. When he is not at work, he is either watching college football (ROLL TIDE!) or going to the Atlanta United soccer games, where he is a founding member and actively involved with their supporter club.
Health and Wellness Director
Meet our Health and Wellness Director, Tiana. She has been in the healthcare field for over 15 years. She started as a medical assistant and enjoyed that career so much she decided to become a nurse. From her first day working in an assisted living and memory care facility eight years ago, she fell in love. “I felt like this is where I belong; caring for seniors and being a part of their lives is my calling”.
Tiana wanted to make sure her residents got the care they deserve, and she also wanted to be a leader for her team, so she went back to school to obtain her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. With a nursing license and a healthcare administration degree, she was finally ready to step into a management position and offer organized care, guidance and support to her seniors and care staff.
In her free time, she likes to listen to jazz music, write poetry and spend time with her husband and son.