Sheila Salyer – Going Strong for Seniors

There is a well-known company that positions itself as the “good-hands people.” But that moniker could also apply to Sheila Salyer. A uniquely solid, visionary and competent individual, Salyer has held the Tallahassee Senior Center in her own “good hands” for the last 20 years.

The Senior Center will hold a celebration of Salyer’s 20 years as executive director with a “Bucket List” Reunion luncheon on Monday, Aug. 29.

Salyer, 58, became executive director of Senior Services in 1996. Housed in the former Leon County Armory since 1978, the Senior Services Center then occupied only the ground floor, able to offer “square and round dancing and a few fitness programs.”

The large auditorium space on the building’s second floor was reserved for roller skating and toddler tumbling classes, says Salyer. But inspired by previous directors and community activists who had long lobbied for an expansive program for seniors, the center acquired the rest of the building. Salyer says that when she became director, part of her mandate was to put Tallahassee’s senior center on the national map.

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