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Addison Staples

GACTA Executive Director

Phone: 352-514-9975
Email: addison@nullacesinmotion.org

Addison Staples serves as the Executive Director for Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association.. Addison has been coaching tennis for the past ten years in many different capacities such as the Assistant Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Flagler College Tennis Team, Assistant Director for Jonesville Tennis Center, and Teaching Professional for Wintergreen Resort and Hollow Rock Swim & Racquet Club. Addison also founded Sports In Motion, a program under the 501(c)(3) organization, Hearts In Motion, that serves impoverished communities in Guatemala.

Addison has a Masters of Science Degree from the University of Florida specializing in Parks & Recreation with a minor in Nonprofit Management from the Family, Youth, and Community Science Department. He also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Methodist University where he specialized in PTM Professional Tennis Management. He is currently an adjunct lecturer for UF, teaching courses in Sport Management (International Sport for Development) and Family, Youth, & Community Science (Nonprofit Management and Leadership).

phoenix 68Shannon Fenn

AIM Program Director

Phone: 305-794-6913
Email: shannon@nullacesinmotion.org

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Shannon was a gymnast for the majority of her athletic career competing nationally until 2010. As a young gymnast, she always had dreams of becoming a coach to better the lives of children through sport. Shannon began her coaching career as a freshman in high school and continued through college. She has coached children in gymnastics from twelve months old to eighteen years from the recreational to the optional competitive level. Her coaching career lead her to the management role of Assistant Director for the Performing Arts Department at the North Central Florida YMCA.

While she was completing her Bachelor’s in Sport Management and Minor in Business Administration, Shannon began volunteering with Aces in Motion in January of 2015. From the start of her time as a volunteer, she fell in love with the participants, staff, and the organization as a whole, truly believing in the mission. Upon finding out she would be continuing her education at the University of Florida completing a Sport Management Masters, Shannon was offered a position as the AIM Program Director and happily accepted! After her time with GACTA, Shannon would like to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in either the fields of Business Development or Youth Development.

Nasseeka Denis

AIM After-School Academic Director

Phone: 407-781-7946
Email: nasseeka@nullacesinmotion.org

Nasseeka S. Denis serves as the After school Academic Director for Aces In Motion. Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Nasseeka has always had a passion for outreach both near and far, due to her parents’ involvement in the church community and missionary work in Dominican Republic. Nasseeka has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in African American Studies. Nasseeka is also nationally certified under the National Institute of Child Care Management and has worked two and half years as a substitute teacher at Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center.

Nasseeka has served in Greenhouse Church’s Local Outreach in Carver Garden for the last two years as both a tutor and a leader which is where her career choice changed to nonprofit. She wishes to leave an impact in the lives of the students who attend and help them attain whatever goal they set for themselves in the near future. Her goals are to go back to school for a Master’s in Non-Profit Management and have hopes of traveling to educate others on the importance of mentoring and relationship building among youths.

Eric Lanham

After-School Coordinator

Phone: 502-299-2282

E-mail: eric@nullacesinmotion.org

Born in Louisville, KY, Eric Lanham is the newest member of Aces in Motion’s full time staff. Eric graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky after which he relocated to Chicago. After another short move to Charleston, SC, Eric returned to Lexington to start his own promotion and event company based on his background as a musician and manager. Before long, Eric was off again to as far west as Portland and far east as Virginia before settling in Gainesville in 2016. Eric’s passion for education and life skills was passed on to him from his mother, a lifetime educator in Kentucky.

Chris McDonald

Assistant Director of Tennis (J.E.T.A. Academy Director)

Born and raised in Gainesville, Chris started playing tennis at age 4. He participated in multiple State Championship Teams at Gainesville High School, where he excelled on an individual level as well.

Chris continued to play tennis at top 10 program Mississippi State before transferring to UF where he fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing for the Gators. He earned All-SEC honors in his last two years, while contributing to a #2 National ranking for the university’s undefeated SEC Championship team in 2003. He maintained his competitive spirit by playing professional outdoor racquetball and still feels that his greatest achievement on the court was winning the 2010 World Outdoor Mixed Doubles Championship with his mother.

After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Management, Chris helped his father run the family business. After spending seven years in the business world, Chris jumped back into tennis to serve as Head Pro at Point O’ Woods in New York for one summer. Afterwards, he took up residence as Assistant Pro at the Jonesville Tennis Center in Gainesville, Florida.

Chris enjoys sharing his love of tennis with kids and is proud to be involved with Aces in Motion. He has been instrumental in helping build the program and implement the curriculum to prepare Aces in Motion for launch, and he looks forward to continuing to aid in its longevity and success as Assistant Tennis Director.