Our Team

Addison Staples

Executive Director

​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.

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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.

Shelley Rogers

Program Director
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Paula Parra

Volunteer Coordinator

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 wellbeing.

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Nasseeka S. Denis serves as the High School Director for Aces In Motion and has served various positions during her time here at AIM including After School Director, Academic Director, and Youth and Family Director. Nasseeka is a double University of Florida graduate with a Bachelors in Anthropology & African American Studies and her Master’s Degree in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. Her goal is to continue in her education and pursue a Doctorate of Education. Nasseeka has 8 years of experience working with the east Gainesville community and has developed relationships and connections with the youth and their families. Over the years, Nasseeka has been able to connect with over 200 students ranging from Kindergarten through college and has gained experience working with the various ages and grades. Nasseeka credits her success and desire to advance in life to her mentors who poured wisdom, planted seeds of hope, and spoke life over her. Her desire is to continuously do that for the participants of Aces In Motion.

Nasseeka Denis

High School Director
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Azariah Howard

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.

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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.

Shaquerria Campbell

High School Coordinator
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Kajen Monroe

Middle School Coordinator

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.

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Staff
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Katy Combs
Volunteer Coordinator
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Aaron Harberson
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Eric Lanham
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Denzel Villaman
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Beau Mesadieu
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Sanjeev Radhakrishnan
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Cassandra Gustama
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Kawin Wu
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Rushabh Shah
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Alexis Reid
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Ashonti Farrior
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Makaila Dunlap
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Damarion Barton
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Nylee Alston
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Audrianna Mosley
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Rhiannon Zwieg
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