Our Team

The GRACE team is on the frontlines of ending homelessness in Gainesville, and what we're doing is working! Here are the people behind our organization, and a little bit of information on why we do what we do.

Leadership Team

Jon DeCarmine, Executive Director
Lavern Battles, Director of Cafe 131
Jeff Gruver, Director of Training & Outcomes
Jane Kupfer, Director of Shelter Services
Jennifer Moises, Director of Housing Services
Karen Slevin, Director of Grants & Budget
John Thomas, Director of Advancement

Administrative, HR, Facilities, & Finance

Natalie Nandelstadt, Assistant to the Executive Director
Patrick Kelly, Data Quality and Systems Improvement Specialist
Julie Brannan, Finance Manager
Michele Gutierrez-Rohan, Facilities & People Manager
Dimarkis Robinson, Maintenance Specialist
Chris Tanton, Maintenance Specialist

Advancement & Community Engagement

Amy Abuqawod, Advancement Coordinator
Cara Linn, Events & Initiatives Coordinator
Abigail Perret-Gentil, Assistant Director of Community Engagement

Housing Team

Rebecca Algero, Housing Case Manager
Devonte Johnson, Community Care Coordinator
Alfredo Piñate, Housing Case Manager
Niko Segal-Wright, Housing Case Manager

Street Outreach Team

Mark Watson, Street Outreach Program Manager
Jerry Giardina, Outreach Specialist
Leon Scott, Outreach Specialist
Casey Wiley, Outreach Specialist
Mariette Yellen, Outreach Specialist

Shelter Operations Team

Krystal Eloius, Shift Lead
Denise McLeod, Shift Lead
Matt Zovak, Shift Lead 
Hilda Corri, Operations Advocate
Tara Donley, Operations Advocate
LaToya Foster, Operations Advocate
Myles Gibbs, Operations Advocate
Tyrone Jackson, Operations Advocate
Adrianna Philippe, Operations Advocate
Shelby Malaterre, Operations Advocate
Miranda Matthews, Operations Advocate
Beth Royster, Operations Advocate
Lionel Santos, Operations Advocate
Leigh Scott, Operations Advocate
Shantayvia Searcy, Operations Advocate
Valeria Segui-Gonzalez, Operations Advocate
Bethel Spears, Operations Advocate
Alex Tisdale, Operations Advocate
Riley Yates, Animal Welfare Coordinator

Shelter Housing Team

Tracey Brown, Shelter Housing Specialist
Rachael Ryan, Shelter Housing Specialist
Andrea Sexton, Shelter Housing Specialist
Eric Davis, Housing Locator & Diversion Specialist
Marnie Shaeffer, Veteran Program Manager

Guest Safety Team

Christopher Deane, Safety Ambassador
Kevin Scott, Safety Ambassador
Aurora Peña, Safety Ambassador

Café 131

Cedric Mee, Chef


Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."


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