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Development Director

Program Director


Board of Directors

  • Mike Conlon, President
  • Cyndi Garvan, Vice President
  • Sandhya Chheda,Treasurer
  • Gail Childs, Secretary
  • Taralyn De Wese-Mitchell
  • Alexis Henderson
  • Jodi Irving
  • Manny Quiroga
  • Mercy Quiroga
  • Shoab Rana
  • Kathleen Ryan
  • Reid Schreiber
  • Trish Sokol


The Gainesville Opportunity Center, Inc. (GOC) is a primary corporate entity that has established itself as a non-for-profit agency with Federal 501(c)(3) status since May 11, 2007. The GOC helps adults living with severe and persistent mental illness and disorders re-integrate into the community. Based on an innovative and proven program called the “International Clubhouse Model,” we do this by working side by side in an office environment in order to increase meaningful activity. The people we serve are our members, not our patients, or clients. Our members belong here in this environment we call a Clubhouse. Much more than simply a program or a social service, a Clubhouse is most importantly a community of people who are working together to achieve a common goal: the opportunities to (re)join the worlds of friendships, family, employment and education. The GOC membership is growing and we propose to substantially expand and strengthen our organization.

Mission Statement
Empower adults affected with mental illness through social involvement and employment for self-directed recovery.