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 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).
Kyei Baffour was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He found his passion for youth empowerment and community development through his work with the Office of Social and Economic Development (OSED), a multinational non-profit. Volunteering first as a youth mentor for OSED, he later rose to become the organization’s Ghana Programs Coordinator from 2007 to 2009, before serving for 9 years as the Resource Person for Youth Empowerment for five West African English-speaking countries. In 2018, he completed a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Social Work at the University of Ghana - Legon. Before joining the Aces in Motion team, Kyei served briefly as a Human Service Senior Supervisor at the Tacachale Agency for Persons with Developmental Disabilities here in Gainesville. Through his service to the community, Kyei strives to support young people to become community builders and champions of justice.
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.
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.