The People

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.

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Christi Arrington

Program Director
Christi@girlsplace.net

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

Joined Team GP August 2002

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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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Christina Bacon

Athetics Director
Bacon@girlsplace.net

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

Joined Team GP Nov 2016

Mrs. Rachel

Rachel Howard

Assistant Program Director
ACHIEVE Coordinator
Rachel@girlsplace.net

B.A., Lasell College

Joined Team GP May 2017

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Ms. Mercy

Coordinator
BrainPower

Joined Team GP August 2016

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Grandma Kim

Facilitator
ACHIEVE

Joined Team GP January 2011

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Ms. Nevada

Facilitator
After School & Summer Camp

Joined Team GP Feb 2015

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Ms. Devin

Counselor
Pink Group

Joined Team GP December 2014

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Ms. Nikki

Counselor
Red Group

Joined Team GP May 2016

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Ms. Brittany

Counselor
Yellow Group

Joined Team GP May 2016

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Ms. Kyilee

Counselor
Floater

Joined Team GP May 2016

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Mr. Sinclair

Driver

Joined Team GP August 2016

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Ms. Chelsea

Admin Assistant
Front Desk

Joined Team GP August 2016

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Mrs. (Lisa) G

Counselor
Red Group

Joined Team GP October 2016

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Ms. Michaela

Counselor
Pink Group

Joined Team GP December 2016

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Ms. Tori

Counselor
Yellow Group

Returned to Team GP February 2017

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Ms. Alayna

Counselor
Red Group

Returned to Team GP July 2017

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Ms. Gabby

Counselor
Red Group

Joined Team GP August 2017

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Ms. Rachel T

Counselor
Red Group

Joined Team GP August 2017

Board of Directors

Kristen Farrell, President – Jones Edmunds
Amy Howard, Past President – Venture Realty
Erica Brown, President Elect – Advantage Publishing
Carlee Marhefka, Secretary – Eat the 80
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
Edwina Hurst – Alive Church
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
Charlotte McMillan – Barnes Healthcare
Myra Morgan, Foundation Chair – Student Affairs @ The University of Florida
Heather Parbst – Clarity Consulting
Matt Pendleton – Student Affairs IT @ The University of Florida & Matt Pendleton Photography