STAFF & COACHES
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.
Youth and Family Director
Nasseeka S. Denis serves as the Youth and Family Director for Aces In Motion. 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.
After 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 came back as the newly appointed After School Director. 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.
Jamie Edmondson is the Clinical Counselor at Aces In Motion. She has worked with youth for over 11 years. She started her college career at Santa Fe College, transferring to the University of Florida to finish her bachelor’s in psychology, before going to graduate school for Counseling. While in her graduate program, she worked with 1st-generation and limited-income college students at UF. As a 1st-generation student herself, she felt very connected with her students and enjoyed supporting them as they navigated the ins and outs of UF.
In her role as a Counselor, she has worked with individuals experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and various traumatic experiences. Jamie prioritizes the preexisting strengths of those she works alongside, supporting each individual in their growth towards further resilience and empowerment. Jamie has focused her work on identity, trauma, multicultural counseling competencies, and the impact of oppression on mental health.
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
Azariah Howard is currently a junior at the University of Florida majoring in African American Studies and Geography and minoring in Innovation. She is from Immokalee, FL, where she first started her passion with working and tutoring children. Azariah has always loved motivating others to be best they can be, especially students with their education. She is very grateful to serve as the Academic Coordinator to help lead students to academic success.