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.

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Tara Counts

Operations Director Tara@girlsplace.net

B.S., NC State University

M.S., University of Florida

Doctoral Student, University of Florida

Joined Team GP April 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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Kate Williams, LMFT

BrainPower Coordinator Kate@girlsplace.net

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

Joined Team GP July 2019

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Jamie Edmondson

BrainPower Counselor

Joined Team GP May 2020

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Ms. Devin

Facilitator

Joined Team GP December 2014

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Ms. Nikki

Administrative Assistant

Joined Team GP January 2017

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Ms. Shakyah

Counselor Yellow 5 Group

Joined Team GP May 2018

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Ms. Jeane

Counselor Green/Blue Group

Joined Team GP July 2018

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Ms. Cassidy

Support Staff

Joined Team GP November 2018

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Ms. Mo

Counselor Yellow 4 Group

Joined Team GP March 2019

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Ms. Chressy

Counselor Red 2 Group

Joined Team GP November 2019

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Ms. Sabrina

Counselor Pink Group

Joined Team GP November 2019

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Ms. Alyssa

Administrative Assistant

Joined Team GP February 2020

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Ms. Natalia

Administrative Assistant

Joined Team GP October 2020

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Ms. Daysha

Counselor Red 3 Group

Joined Team GP October 2020

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Ms. Ally

ACHIEVE

Joined Team GP September 2020

Ms. Lauren

ACHIEVE

Joined Team GP November 2020

Ms. Ruthie

BrainPower Intern

Joined Team GP January 2021

Ms. Daniela

BrainPower Intern

Joined Team GP January 2021

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Ms. Andie

BrainPower – Comfort Dog

(current on immunizations)

Joined Team GP June 2016

Board of Directors

Amy Howard, President – Venture Realty

Freedlengton Joseph, Treasurer – Joseph Engineering

Shelby Lucas, Secretary – Volunteer

Mary Kay Carodine – University of Florida | Myra Morgan – Retired, University of Florida |

Boisy Waiters – University of Florida | Zina Evans – University of Florida |

Lukisha King – Santa Fe College |  Hannah Farrell – University of Florida |

Charlotte McMillan – Barnes Healthcare | Sybil Samuel – Cox Communications |