School Administration

Garrett Adamson, Head of SchoolAdamson

adamson@mainspringacademy.org

Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Florida and is a certified Florida educator in kindergarten through sixth grade with ESOL endorsement. He brings diverse teaching experience to Mainspring Academy from previously working in Title 1, Inclusion and ESOL magnet schools. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership.

Garrett is responsible for leading and coordinating professional development for Mainspring staff, school enrollment, parent relations and accreditation.

ParisiDina Parisi, Director of Operations

dparisi@mainspringacademy.org

Dina was the founder of a local parent organization for a special needs private school, where she served as president for two years and held committee chair position for an additional year. Under her leadership, the organization raised over $45,000. She is an expert in non-profit implementation and organization, having served in the non-profit sector for a combined 7 years. She has also worked in the healthcare and travel industries. Dina received her undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Business Administration at Louisiana State University, where she also served as a Student Ambassador and lead fundraiser for the Ourso College of Business’ capital campaign. Dina has also completed graduate coursework in Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. Dina is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Non-Profit Management.

At Mainspring, Dina works under the direction of the Board and in collaboration with the Head of School to ensure the school’s financial stability and facility management.  Dina is also responsible for scholarship management and oversees tuition collection and hardship. Dina is involved in the Accreditation and Fundraising committees.  As a former Board Director at Mainspring Academy, she has a strong understanding of the school’s founding principles. Dina has a son that attends Mainspring Academy as well as two other children.

 WhiteRobert Arleigh (Bob) White, Executive Mentor and Consultant

Robert Arleigh (Bob) White has over 25 years experience managing arts organizations in North Florida where he has also been active in promoting a host of arts related initiatives.  Recently retired from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, where he served as executive director for over 13 years, Bob is now the principal at Robert Arleigh White + Associates, a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit legislative advocacy, administration, development, governance, executive coaching, education and story telling. His clients include The Nonprofit Center, Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition, Community Connections, the Florida Ballet, Southlight Gallery, the Mandarin Museum and Historical Society, Operation New Hope, the Tryon Fine Arts Center, and more. He began his professional life in Northeast Florida as a public school teacher, first for Samuel W. Wolfson Senior High School and later for Duncan U. Fletcher Senior High, where he taught English, Speech, Creative Writing and Theatre.  In this role, he particularly loved learning from his students.  Subsequently, he served as the executive and artistic directors for Theatre Jacksonville, one of our nation’s longest running continuously producing community theatres.  Here he was directly responsible for the artistic direction of fifty plays and worked to produce dozens more.  A recognized artist in his own right, Bob has been honored with numerous awards for his performances and directorial undertakings.  He has been a collaborator, writer and segment producer for Swamp Radio and continues also to perform in collaboration with Charlotte Mabrey, formerly the principal percussionist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.