Now hiring for the following positions:



Gaia Zori

Executive Director

Gaia Zori, M.P.H., is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a B.H.S. from the University of Florida and a Master’s of Public Health from SUNY Albany in upstate New York. Gaia has been a long-time advocate for women’s health, reproductive health and the elimination of health disparities with experiences ranging from teaching high school in inner-city Memphis to studying as an epidemiology fellow in maternal and child health in New Orleans and, most recently, promoting safe and responsible sexual decision making as a health educator for Planned Parenthood. When she’s not at FSTM, Gaia enjoys surfing with her husband and spending as much time on the water as she can, reading for her book club and trying to learn to speak Danish.

gaia* (352)338-0766 x 304

Nellie Tsacrios

Nellie Tsacrios

Finance Director

Nellie Tsacrios, B.S., has been working for midwives and student midwives in varying capacities for over 9 years. She is the Business Director and handles all of FSTM’s marketing and finances. She is a local cello instructor who enjoys playing in the Gainesville area with different musical groups.

nellie* (352)338-0766 x 306

Kerri Audette

Kerri Audette

Clinical Director

Kerri Audette, LM, CPM, is licensed midwife who was inspired to pursue work in women’s health as a founding member of the Gainesville Roller Rebels, a local women’s roller derby league. That experience led her to realize the power and potential that sisterhood can create, and she has been attending births in North Central Florida and instructing childbirth education for the last 4 years. She is a graduate of the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and is a co-owner and midwife with Gainesville Midwives, her home birth practice. She also holds a Bachelors of Design from the University of Florida School of Architecture. Kerri is a Gainesville native and birthed her own child at home with midwives in 2013.

kaudette* (352)338-0766 x 301

Erica Bales

Erica Bales

Academic Director

Erica Bales is a graduate of the University of Florida and has lived in Gainesville for 9 years. She is a DONA-certified doula who has a passion for women’s health and the midwifery model of care. In addition to serving FSTM students as the Academic Director, Erica runs a small web development business with her husband. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with friends, family and her two dogs and two cats.

erica* (352)338-0766 x 304

Rachel Smith

Financial Aid & Regulatory Coordinator

Rachel, a Pennsylvania native, has been living in Gainesville for four years now and comes to FSTM from a healthcare education background. She brings her passion for a holistic approach to healthcare and is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration. Her previous work experience includes Santa Fe College’s Health IT Workforce Training Program and the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Rachel enjoys life with her eight year old son, supportive partner, friends and family. In her free time, not dominated by school work, she enjoys being outdoors, reading, and having bonfires in the backyard of her new home.

rachel* (352)338-0766 x 0

Heather Reibsome

Heather Reibsome

Administrative Assistant

Heather, who was born and raised in Colorado, has enjoyed living in the Gainesville area for nearly 20 years. She has 13 years experience in the health insurance industry and 10 years experience as a labor doula. Heather finds great joy in helping women find and use their strengths to empower themselves and other women. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, camping and spoiling her dogs.

heather* (352)338-0766 x 307