The People

The People

Meet the Staff

Christi Arrington - Executive Director

Ms. Christi became the third Executive Director in Girls Place history in September 2017.  Christi’s background includes 15 years as Program Director at Girls Place.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Sport Management from UF in 1999 and her Masters of Science in 2001. Christi was honored to be chosen as an Impact Award winner from Business in Greater Gainesville Magazine in 2016.

Janna Magette

October 2013 - September 2017

Thank you to our previous Executive Directors.

Renae Clements

January 1985 - October 2013

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Kaihla Szunko

Operations Director Kaihla@girlsplace.net

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

Joined Team GP June 2014

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Nevada Smith

Program Director Nevada@girlsplace.net

A.S., Santa Fe College

Joined Team GP February 2015

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Charlie McKnight

Athletic Director Charlie@girlsplace.net

B.S., University of North Florida

Joined Team GP September 2018

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Lynn Little

Program Director

Lynn@girlsplace.net

A.A., Santa Fe College

Joined Team GP August 2018

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Nikole Fethiere, LMHC

BrainPower Coordinator Nikole@girlsplace.net

B.A., University of Florida E.D.S., University of Florida

Joined Team GP June 2018

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Grandma Kim

Facilitator ACHIEVE

Joined Team GP January 2011

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Ms. Devin

Counselor Red 3 Group

Joined Team GP December 2014

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Mrs. (Lisa) G

Counselor Pink Group

Joined Team GP October 2016

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Mr. Sinclair

Driver

Joined Team GP August 2016

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Ms. Nikki

Administrative Assistant

Joined Team GP January 2017

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Ms. Alayna

Facilitator Yellow 4 Group

Joined Team GP July 2017

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Ms. Kelly

ACHIEVE – Math Facilitator

Joined Team GP May 2018

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Ms. Jeane

Counselor Red 2 Group

Joined Team GP July 2018

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Ms. Hannah

Counselor

Joined Team GP September 2018

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Ms. Zhoe

Counselor Pink Group

Joined Team GP November 2018

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Ms. Cassidy

Counselor

Joined Team GP November 2018

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Ms. Lauren

Intern – BrainPower

Joined Team GP May 2018

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Ms. Alex

Intern – Health Education

Joined Team GP January 2019

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Ms. Shyla

Intern – Athletics

Joined Team GP January 2019

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Ms. Morgan

Intern – BrainPower

Joined Team GP January 2019

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Ms. Blake

Intern – BrainPower

Joined Team GP January 2019

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Ms. Moose

BrainPower – Comfort Dog

(current on immunizations)

Joined Team GP May 2016

Board of Directors

Myra Morgan, President – University of Florida Kathleen Joseph, Past President – Kathleen Joseph & Associates Amy Howard, Secretary – Venture Realty Freedlengton Joseph, Treasurer – Volunteer Mary Kay Carodine – University of Florida Michele du Bois – Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Zina Evans, PhD – University of Florida Kristen Farrell – Jones Edmunds and Millhopper Montessori Jaron Jones– College of Veterinary Medicine @ University of Florida & Co-Founder of Self-Narrate Debby Knopf– Retired Cassie Macias – Retired, University of Florida Carlee Marhefka – Eat the 80 Charlotte McMillan – Barnes Healthcare Tara Mercurio – University of Florida Mercedes Quiroga – Retired Sybil Samuel – Cox Communications