Our Staff

Our highly qualified staff are level II background screened, CPR trained, complete 45 hour DCF training, and a minimum of 24 In-service hours per year.    
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Chris Pappas

Director

Chris graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Education. She has been the Director at Sonshine since September 2014. Chris has an Advanced VPK endorsed Director Credential and is currently the Assistant Chair on the ACSI Commission and serves as an ACSI School Inspector. Chris is married to Todd of seventeen years and has three children. When she is not working she loves to run, read and spend time with family and friends.

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Katie Edmond

Assistant Director
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Hollie Harrison

Afterschool/ Summer Camp Supervisor

Katie graduated from the University of Florida is 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science and Equine Production Genetics. She has been working at Sonshine for over a year and was recently promoted to Assistant Director. Katie is currently working on achieving her Director Credential. Katie is married to Garrett for seven years. They have one son named Austin, who also attends Sonshine Day. When she isn't working she enjoys fishing, hunting, and going on adventures with her family. 

Hollie graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in Portuguese and a minor in Latin Studies in 2014. Hollie works as the Afterschool and Summer Camp Supervisor and has worked at Sonshine Day for last 2 years. She also teaches music and sign language in our Preschool classes. Hollie is married and has two children who both attend Sonshine Day. When Hollie isn't working she enjoys baking, cooking, and relaxing by the pool.

Camalu Kuhl

Resource Assistant

Camala has been working at Sonshine Day since we first opened our doors in 1988 and has worked in the front office for over 20 years​. Camala has worked in every classroom and is now essential to Sonshine's daily success. She is married to her best friend of 27 years and in her free time she enjoys reading and drawing. 

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Cheryl Stanford

Financial Assistant

 Cheryl is a long time Florida resident. She worked in her family business for several years working in the finance office. After a brief retirement,  In January 2016 she joined the Sonshine Day team as an assistant in the Finance Office. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her large extended family as well as decorating, cooking, gardening, reading and traveling. 

 Barbara Black

Financial Assistant

Barbara was born and raised in Miami, Fl and moved to Gainesville in 1994. She is our second financial assistant at Sonshine Day and she started working here 15 years ago when her youngest started Kindergarten. Barbara works for Sonshine Day part time, completing the bi-weekly payroll and the monthly and quarterly financials. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and her dogs. 

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