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Paula Shell

President & CEO

Fun fact: I whitewater rafted and camped under the stars the Grand Canyon for a week

Krissy Smith

Vice President of Programs

Fun fact: I put ketchup on everything!

Leanne gaudet

Senior Match Specialist
Bay County

Fun fact: Born and raised in England until I was 18. I came to the United States to attend college and became a citizen at age 33, so I am now a dual citizen of both countries!

Jennifer Harrington

Administrative Assistant

Fun fact: I am a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism-A not for profit group that pursuing research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat and culture!

Lori Oswald

Development Director

Fun fact: I played basketball all through high school and won state my senior year!


Program Director

Fun fact: I eat a cucumber or tomato every single morning for breakfast!

Stacy Powell

Match Specialist

Fun fact: I love the beach and have traveled through most of the Caribbean. 

Katie Thompson

Match Specialist
Okaloosa/Walton Counties

Fun fact: I ran cross-country and track in college!

Jessica Prather

Continuing Education Coordinator

Fun fact: My degree is in Zoology and I've worked with all types of species including birds of prey, large cats, and other exotic species!

Ashley Wegner

Match Specialist

Fun fact: I've danced in the Nutcracker Ballet

Cristen Hobbs

Match Specialist


Fun fact: I always do at least one headstand each day. It energizes me more than a cup of coffee!

Leila Bennati

Match Specialist
Escambia County

Fun fact: I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree from FSU at the age of 19!

Amber Casart

Marketing & Communications Coordinator


Fun fact: I once flew on a Blue Angel!

Christy Myers

Match Specialist



Fun Fact: I am working on becoming a certified dog trainer.

Kaylee Franklin

Special Event Coordinator


I love hiking and one of my favorite spots is Glacier National Park in Montana.


Kayley Smith

Match Specialist



Fun Fact: I love being outside, going to the beach, and traveling to new places!

Madison Welch

Special Event Coordinator



Fun Fact: My first trip in an airplane ended with a skydive!