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
Jane Kupfer, Director of Shelter Services
Jennifer Moises, Director of Housing Services
Karen Slevin, Director of Grants & Budget
John Thomas, Director of Advancement 
Mark Watson, Street Outreach Program Manager

Administrative, HR, Facilities, & Finance

Natalie Nandelstadt, Assistant to the Executive Director
Julie Brannan, Finance Manager
Chris Tanton, Maintenance Specialist
Ahmet Tacsi, Janitorial Technician

Advancement & Community Engagement

Cara Linn, Communications and Events Coordinator
Caroline Casola, Development Coordinator
Abigail Perret-Gentil, Assistant Director of Community Engagement
Leigh Scott, Volunteer Coordinator

Housing Team

Alfredo Piñate, Housing Services Manager
Rachael Ryan, Housing Case Manager
Niko Segal-Wright, Housing Case Manager
Tracey Brown, Lead Housing Specialist
Hilda Corri, Housing Specialist
Abhimanyu Dasa, Housing Specialist
Devonte Johnson, Housing Specialist

Street Outreach Team

Katie Baltzelle, Outreach Specialist
Latashia Brimm, Outreach Specialist
Jerry Giardina, Outreach Specialist
Leon Scott, Outreach Specialist
Casey Willey, Outreach Specialist
Mariette Yellen, Outreach Specialist

Shelter Operations Team

Matt Zovak, Shelter Operations Manager
Mark Bonner, Operations Advocate
Tara Donley, Operations Advocate
LaToya Foster, Operations Advocate
Ramont Gage, Operations Advocate
Myles Gibbs, Operations Advocate
Logan Glanzer, Operations Advocate
Nate Gow, Operations Advocate
Eliza Jones, Operations Advocate
Elizabeth LaTrace, Operations Advocate
Tyler Lever, Operations Advocate
Cedric Mee, Operations Advocate
Joshua Redd, Operations Advocate
Sebastian Reyes-Garcia, Operations Advocate
Danielle Robinson, Operations Advocate
James Scott, Operations Advocate
Kie Scott, Operations Advocate
Octavia Steward, Operations Advocate
Ginelle Sukhu, Operations Advocate
Arman Tabassian, Operations Advocate
Brandie Thompson, Operations Advocate
Riley Yates, Animal Welfare Coordinator

Guest Safety Team

Christopher Deane, Safety Operations Manager
Lionel Santos, Safety Ambassador

Café 131

Sam Gustafson, 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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