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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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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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/ACHIEVE Counselor

Room 6 (Middle School)

Joined Team GP December 2014

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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. Shakyah

Counselor Red 3 Group

Joined Team GP May 2018

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Ms. Jeane

ACHIEVE Counselor Room 8

(K-3rd Grade)

Joined Team GP July 2018

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Ms. Cassidy

ACHIEVE Counselor Room 7

(4th-5th Grade)

Joined Team GP November 2018

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Ms. Mo

Counselor Yellow 4/5 Group

Joined Team GP March 2019

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Ms. Tamakia

ACHIEVE Counselor Room 6

(Middle School)

Joined Team GP August 2019

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Ms. Chressy

Counselor Green/Blue Group

Joined Team GP November 2019

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Ms. Sabrina

Counselor Pink/Red 2 Group

Joined Team GP November 2019

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Ms. Alyssa

Administrative Assistant

Joined Team GP February 2020

Ms. Ally

ACHIEVE Counselor Room 7

(4th-5th Grade)

Joined Team GP September 2020

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Ms. Andie

BrainPower – Comfort Dog

(current on immunizations)

Joined Team GP June 2016

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Ms. Moose

BrainPower – Comfort Dog

(current on immunizations)

Joined Team GP May 2016

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Ms. Marley

BrainPower – Comfort Dog

(current on immunizations)

Joined Team GP September 2019

Board of Directors

Tara Counts, President –  University of Florida

Amy Howard, Secretary – Venture Realty

Freedlengton Joseph, Treasurer – Joseph Engineering

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 | Shelby Lucas – Volunteer |

 Hannah Farrell – University of Florida | Charlotte McMillan – Barnes Healthcare |

  Mercedes Quiroga – Retired | Sybil Samuel – Cox Communications |