Navigation

GACTA Staff

Addison Staples

GACTA/AIM 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 fifteen 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).

Shelley Rogers

AIM Program Director

program@nullacesinmotion.org

Shelley Rogers serves as the Program Director for Aces In Motion. Prior to this position, Shelley was a documentary filmmaker and produced media content for nonprofit organizations for nearly fifteen years. Most of her work focused on amplifying the voices of food system stakeholders to humanize issues so that sharing knowledge can open pathways for understanding and collective action. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Smith College and a Master’s degree in Media, Culture & Communication from New York University. For the past 9 seasons, she has been a work-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member of The Family Garden Organic & Food Justice Certified farm, located in East Gainesville. She also volunteers with other nonprofits in town, Grace Grows and Constellation Charter School. Shelley is excited to share her passion for non-profit work with the AIM Family.

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. She has a Master’s in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a focus on Family and Youth. 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 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.

Shaquerria Campbell

High School Coordinator

hscoordinator@nullacesinmotion.org

Shaquerria Campbell serves as the High School Coordinator for Aces In Motion. Currently, she is a graduate student at the University of Florida pursuing a Masters degree in Sport Management, specializing in Athlete Development and Sport Event Management. Originally from Tallahassee, FL, she moved to Gainesville to begin her undergraduate studies in Sport Management. Since then, she has found a love for helping students prepare for life outside of the classroom, and student-athletes prepare for life outside of their respective sport.

Azariah Howard

Middle School Director

msdirector@nullacesinmotion.org

Azariah Howard serves as the Middle School Director for Aces in Motion. Azariah graduated from the University of Florida in August 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and African American Studies and a minor in Innovation. She is from Immokalee, FL where she first started her passion of working with students and serving the youth in her community. Azariah has always loved motivating others to be the best they can be and creating the future leaders of tomorrow.

7A493F90-8F7E-44D2-8A44-054343A0E129.jpe

Kajen Monroe

Middle School Coordinator

mscoordinator@nullacesinmotion.org

Kajen Monroe, a first generation scholar and recent graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, is one of the first Aces in Motion participants. Starting in 2011, Kajen attended Howard Bishop Middle School where she first became involved in Tennis. After being recruited for the program, she began volunteering and eventually trained as a Coach throughout her remaining years before graduating high school. In 2017, Kajen graduated Buchholz High School with honors and went on to further her education at Florida A&M University. In only three years, Kajen graduated FAMU with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in May 2020.

Now, back at home in Gainesville, Kajen serves as the Middle School Coordinator. Her plans in her new position includes, but not limited to, implementing strong youth development activities and partnerships, incorporating weekly Black History activities and lessons, and most importantly, telling her testimony to encourage students to walk a greater path and secure a future for themselves. As a former member of the program, she is excited to be a part of the continuous change and advancements to help both students and families.

fullsizeoutput_8de7.jpeg

Paula Parra

Volunteer Coordinator

volunteer@nullacesinmotion.org

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Aces in Motion, Paula Parra strives to share the impact that youth mentoring has on youth and oneself. Paula is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Florida (UF) pursuing a dual degree in Business Management and Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with a minor in NonProfit Organizational Leadership. Paula began volunteering with Aces in Motion in September of 2018 to follow her interest in youth and community development. Her experience as a volunteer inspired her to connect the UF community with Aces in Motion to create lasting mentoring relationships that empower the youth to become the biggest advocates for themselves. In the future, Paula would like to facilitate partnerships between non-profit organizations and corporations to improve community well-being.

Eric Lanham

After-School Coordinator

Phone: 502-299-2282

E-mail: eric@nullacesinmotion.org

Born in Louisville, KY, Eric Lanham is a long-time member of Aces in Motion’s 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.