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Tafa Jefferson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Amada Senior Care, a franchise committed to enriching lives by providing nurturing, compassionate non-medical in-home care, and by guiding families through the many senior housing options available for assisted living and care homes. Today there are 132 locations in 35 states nationwide. Tafa was formerly a founding member of the American Board of Home Care (ABHC), a non-profit dedicated to educating the senior community and establishing standards in senior home care. Today, ABHC serves over 10,000 client households. Tafa pivoted to the world of entrepreneurship and health care after a career as an offensive tackle with the NFL. He was recruited by the Chicago Bears in 1997, but only a year later suffered career-ending ankle and shoulder injuries forcing him into early retirement. Having been raised by a mother who was herself a caregiver, Tafa was inspired to pursue his own career path in the senior care industry by starting a home-based business. With a desire to fully understand the responsibilities and compassion involved in delivering exceptional care, he himself became a Certified Nursing Aid, taking care of patients with varying stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases. His business flourished and he was soon providing jobs for more than 200 caregivers. In 2013, Tafa was named a “Top Entrepreneur under 40” by the O.C. Metro Business Magazine and Orange County Register. He earned a B.S. from the University of the Pacific in entrepreneurial and small business operations (1996) where he was a founding member of the Entrepreneurial Studies Program. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Alysia. Tafa and Alysia reside in Orange County, California with their four young children. Tafa is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.