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).
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. Eric is currently enrolled in the M.Ed./Ed.S. Counselor Education Program at the University of Florida studying to become a Mental Health Counselor.
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.
Jamie Edmondson is the BrainPower 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.