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Addison Staples

Executive Director

Addison Staples serves as the Executive Director for Gainesville Area Community Tennis Association GACTA as well as the Aces In Motion Program Director. 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).

Eric Lanham

Program Director

​Born in Louisville, KY, Eric graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Philosophy. After various stints in Chicago and Charleston, Eric returned to Lexington to start his own promotion and event company based on his background as a musician and manager. Eric's passion for education and life skills was passed on to him from his mother, a lifetime educator in Kentucky. 

Nasseeka Denis

Academic Director

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.

Chris McDonald

Tennis Development 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 prior to prepare Aces in Motion for launch.

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