Addison Staples serves as the Executive Director for Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association GACTA DBA: Aces In Motion. Addison has been coaching tennis for the past 15+ years in different capacities and is honored to bring those experiences to the students of Aces In Motion. Addison holds 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.
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.
Katy Combs is the new Volunteer Coordinator for Aces in Motion, working to create a great environment for both volunteers and students at AIM. Originally from South Florida, Katy moved to Gainesville to study at the University of Florida (UF). She is now a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Family, Youth, and Community Science and on a Pre-Physician Assistant track. Katy began working as the Volunteer Coordinator for Aces in Motion because she wanted to get involved in Gainesville youth development and wanted to help connect UF students to the rest of the community through volunteering. A lifelong experience of working with kids and participating in sports made her passionate about AIM’s principles of building character development and academic achievement through the principles of sport.
Interim High School Director
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.
Middle School Director
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.
Middle School Coordinator
Shaquerria Campbell serves as the Middle 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.
High School Coordinator
Terea Ward is the new coordinator for AIM's high school program. Terea's goals for serving AIM is to continue to support and help the students succeed in any way that she can. Originally from south Florida, Terea moved to Gainesville to further her education at Santa Fe College where she received two degrees and a certificate in International Studies. In her youth Terea was a member of a program similar to AIM and this is just one of the reasons why she chooses to pursue a future with the AIM family. Terea hopes to one day further her career in child services and achieve her Doctorate in Educational studies.