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Staff

Eric Christianson

Eric Christianson

Leadership Development Coordinator

Eric is an urban planner with a varied history in community development, including running an urban farm, training elected officials across Iowa, and developing agricultural markets in Morocco. Most recently he has been involved in preparing training materials, delivering workshops and webinars and hosting online classes.

Arjuna Coles

Arjuna Coles

Operations Assistant

In the role of Operations Assistant, Arjuna Coles oversees The Spring Co-working Space and ensures that members have the resources they need to be set up for success. Originally from Fairfax, VA, Arjuna moved to Pensacola after working in the Florida Keys for nearly two years. During his time in The Keys, Arjuna developed a passion for entrepreneurs and freelancers. Whether entrepreneurs need a dedicated space to work or are looking to get connected with The Spring’s vast amounts of resources, Arjuna is here to help. Prior to joining The Spring, Arjuna was a Digital Marketing Specialist where he assisted with the website development process and design.

Reggie Dogan

Reggie Dogan

Early Brain Development Program Manager

Reggie joined SCI as a Research Fellow in 2014. As the program manager for SCI's early brain development work, Reggie implements programs to reach parents and families directly in home and schools. His programs offers mentorship, coaching and support to families, siblings and caregivers to help boost family engagement across generations. He also cultivates community partnerships to expand the footprint of our work.

Stephana Gaudin

Stephana Gaudin

Learning Content Developer

Stephana has lived in Gulf Breeze for most of her life and feels lucky to be raising her children in the beautiful Florida panhandle. A University of Florida grad with years of marketing, content development and instructional design experience, she joined the SCI team in 2019 as Learning Content Developer to run SCI's online training and the Accelerate Roundtable program.

Rachael Gillette

Rachael Gillette

President

Rachael is the President of Studer Community Institute. She oversees the work, strategic planning and financial stewardship for all of SCI. Rachael focuses on all core areas — early brain development, community building, and leadership development and entrepreneur support — to enable SCI to achieve its mission to improve the quality of life for all people in the diverse communities they serve.

Terry Horne

Terry Horne

CivicCon Executive Director

Terry joined Studer Community Institute after a career in media leadership, including as President of the Pensacola News Journal and as well as other newspapers around the country. He is responsible for planning CivicCon Speaker Events with the aim of creating public dialogue on important topics. He also mentors local advocates and organizes classroom opportunities for citizens to be more effective as advocates for positive change. CivicCon is a partnership of the News Journal and the Studer Community Institute to make our community a better place to live, grow, work and invest through smart planning and civic conversations.

Frency Moore

Frency Moore

Community Outreach Coordinator

Frency helps manage the public-facing aspects of Studer Community Institute. She recruits and trains program volunteers, as well as other projects that enhance our mission. Prior to joining our team, Frency taught children of all ages in public schools, religious schools, and private schools. She specialized in Gifted Education, Bilingual Education, and Trauma-Informed Education. Frency is a proud graduate of the University of West Florida and is passionate about building strong communities through education!

Hanna Moore

Hanna Moore

CivicCon Assistant

Hanna is in the role of CivicCon Assistant. She has responsibility for managing CivicCon’s Facebook and Instagram pages. She assists CivicCon Founding Members and manages Eventbrite listings and other various administrative duties. Hanna majored in Comprehensive Marketing for her BA at University of West Florida and is certified in digital marketing.

Shannon Nickinson

Shannon Nickinson

Executive Director of Early Brain Development

Shannon had a nearly 20-year career in journalism before she joined the Institute when it was founded in 2014. She leads the research, content creation and program development efforts for SCI's early brain development division. She works to create programs that meet parents where there are with respect, and builds their skills to be better first teachers.

Gracie Price

Gracie Price

Entrepreneurial Manager

Gracie manages the day to day operations of The Spring programs and works to ensure local entrepreneurs receive the help they need to grow successful businesses. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in marketing and economics and was a project analyst for Studer Group | Huron Consulting Group prior to joining the SCI team.

D.C. Reeves

D.C. Reeves

The Spring Chief Entrepreneur Officer

D.C. Reeves serves as Chief Entrepreneurship Officer at The Spring, while also serving as the Chief of Staff for Quint Studer at the Studer Family of Companies. D.C. is also an entrepreneur himself. He opened Perfect Plain Brewing Company in downtown Pensacola in November 2017 and focused its mission on community building and the organic creation of an incredible craft beer experience. Perfect Plain quickly became one of the busiest taprooms in the state of Florida. D.C. recently authored a book, The Microbrewery Handbook, outlining Perfect Plain’s success. Before joining Studer Family of Companies, D.C., an FSU graduate, spent a decade as sports journalist, most recently covering the University of Alabama for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tuscaloosa News from 2013 to 2015.

Morgan Tufto

Morgan Tufto

Training and Marketing Coordinator

Morgan grew up on a farm in the cornfields of Minnesota, and has called Pensacola, Fla., her home since 2013. Serving as the Marketing and Training Coordinator at Studer Community Institute since 2018, she is responsible for the logistics, marketing, development and implementation of all leadership workshops and flagship conference, EntreCon®.

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