The People

Meet the Staff

Janna Magette - Executive Director

Ms. Janna became the second Executive Director in Girls Place history in October 2013.  Janna’s background includes 11 years in collegiate athletics with the last 6 being on the University of Florida’s Women’s Basketball Staff as the Director of Basketball Operations.  Janna played basketball at Davidson College and obtained a B.A. in Religion in 2002.  She received her Masters in Sport Management from UF in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Leadership Development at UF in 2015.

Girls Place is the First Place…I want to go EVERYDAY!  It is the place where the girls of Gainesville are engaged, enriched, encouraged, and empowered to be their fullest individual.


Christi Arrington

Program Director

B.S., University of Florida
M.S., University of Florida

Joined Team GP Aug. 2002


Kaihla Szunko

Athletic Director

B.S., Central Michigan
M.S., University of Florida

Joined Team GP June 2014


Chelsea Fuller

Operations Director

Joined Team GP August 2016


Lisa Kopp

Assistant Program Director
ACHIEVE Coordinator

B.A., University of Missouri – St. Louis
B.S., University of Missouri – St. Louis

Joined Team GP June 2015


Ms. Mercy

BrainPower Coordinator

Joined Team GP August 2016


Ms. Devin

Pink Group

Joined Team GP Dec. 2014


Ms. Natalia

Green/Blue Group

Joined Team GP July 2015


Mr. Sinclair


Joined Team GP August 2016

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Ms. Jerrika

Yellow Group

Joined Team GP May 2016


Ms. Nikki

Red Group

Joined Team GP May 2016

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Ms. Brittany

Yellow Group

Joined Team GP May 2016

Board of Directors

Kristen Farrell, President – Jones Edmunds
Amy Howard, Past President – Venture Realty
Erica Brown, President Elect – Advantage Publishing
Edwina Hurst, Secretary – Alive Church
Alan West, Treasurer – Finance and Accounting @ The University of Florida

Michele du Bois – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Evelyn Foxx – NAACP
Virginia Griffis – Scruggs & Carmichael, P.A.
Marynelle Hardee – Alachua County Clerks Office
Leanna Iacobellis – Regis HR Group
Jessica James – University of Florida Foundation
Jaron Jones – College of Veterinary Medicine @ The University of Florida & Co-Founder of Self-Narrate
Kathleen Joseph – Kathleen Joseph & Associates, LLC
Debby Knopf – Retired
Cassie Macias, Athletics Chair – Retired from University of Florida
Carlee Marhefka – Eat the 80
Charlotte McMillan – Barnes Healthcare
Myra Morgan, Foundation Chair – Student Affairs @ The University of Florida
Heather Parbst – Clarity3 Consulting
Matt Pendleton – Student Affairs IT @ The University of Florida & Matt Pendleton Photography