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A Place To Call Home

A GHF Podcast Inspired By Gainesville

Join us in uncovering the heartwarming tales of Gainesville's residents, exploring what truly makes this city a place worth calling home. Every episode will take you on a journey beyond the surface of Gainesville's reputation, delving into its rich history and vibrant community spirit.

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About A Place to Call Home Podcast

Welcome to A Place to Call Home, the podcast where we delve into the vibrant stories of Gainesville Health & Fitness employees and local residents who have chosen to call Gainesville their home sweet home. Each episode invites you to connect with a new guest as they share their personal journey and deep-rooted connection to this charming city. From what initially captivated them about Gainesville to the moments that solidified its place in their hearts, we uncover what makes this community truly special.

But we don't stop there. Alongside these captivating personal narratives, we'll also sit down with experts who shed light on the rich tapestry of Gainesville's history, pivotal events, and the art of community building. Our aim? To offer you a comprehensive exploration of life in "The Swamp" that goes far beyond its reputation as just a college town.


Podcast Guests

From familiar faces you may already know within Gainesville to locals whose stories you've yet to discover, each episode brings forth a captivating blend of perspectives. We are excited to bring you along to hear from guests who add depth and diversity to our exploration of what truly makes Gainesville a place to call home.

Andy Farina headshot podcast interview Episode 1: Andy Farina
We're joined by Andy Farina. Andy is an ultra marathon runner, a fitness instructor, a community chaplain, father, husband, and wears a handful of other hats. Learn what inspires Andy and how he's doing his own part to make the world a better place!

Joe Cirulli Podcast Guest Episode 2: Joe Cirulli
GHF Owner and CEO, Joe Cirulli, is with us in the studio. Joe started Gainesville Health & Fitness 45 years ago and has been recognized for his achievements all around the world. From family to exercising in front of the TV as a young boy, find out the whos, whats, wheres, whens and whys of what has made Joe and GHF who and what they are today!

Romona Jackson GHF Podcast headshot Episode 3: Romona Jackson
Romona Jackson joins us for a wonderful conversation about her life, how she formed her own financial management company, how she works to build up the community through her non-profit work and even touches on her work as a published writer!

Matt Mallard GHF Podcast headshot Episode 4: Matt Mallard
Director of Personal Training at GHF, Matt Mallard, joins us to breakdown the path from pursuing a career as a pharmacist to shifting into the world of fitness, and best of all, the role of a dedicated and loving family man.

Donte Jones GHF Podcast headshot Episode 5: Donte Jones
Donte Jones joins us to talk about his time as an Army Rangers and life right out of the service as he transitioned into civilian life, getting married, having kids and facing his mental health head on.

Shawn Hinds GHF Podcast headshot Episode 6: Shawn Hinds
This episode we are joined by Shawn Hinds (GHF GroupFit Manager) who shares with us how trying something new opened her up to a whole new world of possibilities and how the power of positive thinking and faith got her through years and years of not knowing her biological family and has helped her realize her true self today.

Glen Purdy GHF Podcast headshot Episode 7: Glen Purdy
GHF's own Glen Purdy joins us as this week's guest. Glen breaks down how a childhood of mischievous creativity lead him to a career in making advertisements—and lots and lots of signsfor Gainesville Health & Fitness.

About the Host

Host, Johnathan Ross, is the GHF photographer and videographer. Outside of his work with GHF, he has been a lifelong writer and cinephile. Coming from a long line of verbal storytellers, he hopes A Place to Call Home and the stories of each guest can help inspire, entertain, and build new connections within the Gainesville community.


Where to Listen to A Place to Call Home


Our podcast follows a bi-weekly release schedule, with each episode featuring 1-2 engaging guests sharing their unique stories and perspectives on Gainesville.