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Our Team

Meet our team

Christi

Christi Arrington – Executive Director

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.

Tara

Dr. Tara Counts

Operations Director

Tara@girlsplace.net

B.S., NC State    M.S., UF    PhD, UF

Joined Team GP April 2014

Nevada

Nevada Smith

Program Director Nevada@girlsplace.net

A.S., Santa Fe College

Joined Team GP February 2015

Lynn

Lynn Little

Program Director

Lynn@girlsplace.net

A.A., Santa Fe College

Joined Team GP August 2018

Kate

Kate Williams, LMFT

BrainPower Coordinator Kate@girlsplace.net

B.S., M.Ed and Ed.S, UF

Doctoral Student, UF

Joined Team GP July 2019

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Jillian Ariet

Operations Coordinator

Joined Team GP March 2022

Dev

Devin

Facilitator

Joined Team GP December 2014

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Nikki

Administrative Assistant

Joined Team GP January 2017

Cassidy

Cassidy

Counselor Yellow 5

Joined Team GP November 2018

Alyssa

Alyssa

Counselor Red 3

Joined Team GP November 2019

Carley

Carley

Counselor Red 2

B.S., WVU

Joined Team GP June 2021

Amanda

Amanda

BrainPower Intern

Joined Team GP August 2021

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Xyiah

Counselor Yellow 5

Joined Team GP March 2022

John

John

ACHIEVE Facilitator

Joined Team GP January 2022

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Brooke

Counselor Pink Group

Joined Team GP May 2022

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Trynity

Counselor Yellow 4

Re-Joined Team GP May 2022

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Ashleigh

Counselor Pink Group

Joined Team GP May 2022

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Mo

Counselor Green 7/ Blue Group

Re-Joined Team GP June 2022

Savanah

Savanah

Floater

Re-Joined Team GP June 2022

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So’Unique

Counselor Green 6

Joined Team GP March 2022

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Andie

(current on immunizations)

Joined Team GP June 2016

Board of Directors

Freedlengton Joseph, President – Joseph Engineering, LLC

Amy L. Howard, Treasurer – Venture Realty

Mary Kay Carodine – Secretary, University of Florida, GP Parent

Destiny Caldwell – Lone Star College, Tomball

Gia Arvin – Matchmaker Realty |  Hannah Farrell – University of Florida |

Lukisha King – Hearts CPR, LLC | Shelby Lucas – Volunteer |

Charlotte McMillan – Barnes Healthcare | Myra Morgan – Volunteer

Sybil Samuel – Cox Communications | Boisy Waiters – University of Florida