PARKS SUPER TEAM
Michael Fluellen Center Supervisor
R.S.V.P. Project Director
Chris Bass is the Center Director of the Michael Fluellen Community Center. Chris began working with Columbus Parks and Recreation in 2009 in the Community Schools Division as a Site Supervisor, and in the Athletics Division as a part time athletic official. After two years, he was promoted as the Training and Development Coordinator for the division. Chris currently is the R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Project Director and is an active member of the GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Parks Association), where he serves as the District 3 Technology Committee liaison for the state. Chris is a graduate of the University of Georgia Executive Management Institute. His hobbies include spending time with his nephew Jakai, and officiating high school sports where he is a certified official of the GHSA (Georgia High School Association).
|Holli Browder, CPRP
Holli Browder is the Assistant Director of the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director of the department, Mrs. Browder was the Recreation Services Division Manager from 2011-2013. As Recreation Services Division Manager she was responsible for and managed the staff, budget, and facility operations for the overall administration of the City's Recreation Services Division. The Recreation Services Division is comprised of the City's Recreation Centers, Senior Centers, Cultural Arts/Britt David Studios, and the area of Therapeutics. Mrs. Browder began working from the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department in April of 2002 and prior to working in Columbus was an employee for the Phenix City Parks and Recreation Department where she was an athletic superintendent.
Mrs. Browder holds a BA in Communications from Columbus State University and holds the certification of a CPRP (Certified Parks and Recreation Professional). She has been a NYSCA (National Youth Sports Coaches Association) clinician since 1999. She is also a very active member of the GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Parks Association) and is a past member of the ARPA (Alabama Recreation and Parks Association). She is married to Tim Browder and is the proud mother to two children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, watching and playing sports, and enjoys being outdoors.
Recreation Specialist III
Kwame Brown is the Center Director of Carver Park Recreation Center. He has worked with the city for 15 years. He received a degree in Recreation Administration in 1995 from Savannah State College. There he developed his love for working in the community and dealing with the "at risk" youth. While at Savanna State College, he was one of the leaders for the NYSP (National Youth Sports Program). Before leaving Savanna, Kwame developed the first Boot Camp for the Regional Youth Detention Center in the city. The boot camp provided morale and discipline to a facility that was on the verge of collapsing. In 1996, he returned to Columbus, GA and was hired as a Recreation Specialist I for many of the recreation centers throughout the city.
|Enrique "Rick" Carrillo
Mr. Carrillo has worked for Columbus Parks and Recreation for the past 12 years, serving in the capacity of Activity Leader, Concessionaire for Aquatics, and in his current position of Recreation Center Leader for our Recreation Services Division. Coach Carrillo is responsible for training and managing the Columbus Boxing Team. Coach Rick has been coaching boxing for 26 years and has traveled all over the USA with different teams. Two of his boxers completed in the Olympics tryouts, as well as, over thirty-five Golden Glove Champions and over twenty-five Junior Olympics Champions. The Columbus Boxing Team competes in the Georgia Amateur Boxing Association, Inc. The Georgia Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) is a local boxing committee (LBC) of the USA Boxing Organization. Coach Carrillo serves as Second Vice President on the board. In 2007 the Department had the pleasure of witnessing Coach Carrillo being inducted into the Georgia Amateur Boxing Hall of Fame. Coach Carrillo lends his expertise to the sport by serving as Head Coach for Georgia Traveling Boxing Team where the boxers compete on a National Level. A native of Bronx, New York, Mr. Carrillo has been happily married for 34 years to Linda Carrillo. He has 5 sons and thirteen grandkids.
Recreation Program Supervisor - Cultural Arts
Lisa Castile has worked in the Cultural Arts section of Columbus Parks and Recreation since 1996 and currently holds the position of Recreation Program Supervisor - Cultural Arts. She has been fortunate to bring visual arts to the Columbus community providing programs such as the "Empty Bowl", fund-raisers, gallery shows, and programs for young children to seniors and special needs programs. She attended Columbus State University on an athletic scholarship, served on the Student Union, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Lisa has been recognized numerous times throughout the years including GRPA Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professional Award, Columbus Consolidated Government PEER Award, Professional Artist Awards - Pottery & Glass at the Georgia National Fair, and Hope Award for the "Empty Bowl" fund-raising projects.
Therapeutic Recreation Program Supervisor
Melissa supervises the day to day operations of the Therapeutic Recreation program at Pop Austin Recreation Center. She is a Columbus native, whom graduated from Hardaway High School in 2005. Melissa graduated in 2011 from Alabama State University with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Melissa has conducted therapeutic recreation programs for individuals diagnosed with mental disorders, developmental disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputees ranging from school age to seniors. She began her employment with Columbus Parks and Recreation in 2011 as a Site Supervisor for the Community Schools division. Melissa enjoys shopping, traveling, fine dining, cooking, cake decorating, and spending quality time with the family.
Cathy Dean is the center director of the Fox Community Center. Cathy began working with Columbus Parks and Recreation in 2008 as a part time employee at Edgewood Sr. Center. After three years she transferred to Frank Chester Senior Center where she was a full time Recreation Leader. Cathy then moved backed to Edgewood Sr. Center where she worked as the director for a short period of time before being promoted to a Recreation Specialist III and the director of the Fox Community Center. Cathy is married and has one child. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and working in the yard and gardening.
|Millie Del Toro
District Supervisor, Community Schools
Mille Del Toro currently holds the position of District Supervisor for Community Schools. in 1994, Mrs. Del Toro worked as a part-time employee with Columbus Parks and Recreation, later becoming a full time employee in 1999. She is a Puerto Rico native that moved to Columbus twenty-five years ago. She has two children and six grandchildren. Millie has been recognized numerous times throughout the years including Distinguished Service Award employee of the year, Columbus Consolidated Government PEER Award, City of Columbus Above Self Award Presented by Rotary Club, and Administrative Support Award GRPA Third District. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, music, singing, and dancing. In her current position, she oversees the day-to-day operations of the after school program. Her key duties are hiring personnel to carry out the duties at the after school sites as well as developing and administering programs for this section. She conducts school site visits' responds to request for information, complaints or concerns. She also coordinates training and continuance improvement workshops for staff.
Recreation Program Specialist III
Hermanda DeMines is the Recreation Program Specialist for Community Schools Division. She is originally from Louisville, KY and moved to Columbus, GA in 2001. She first began employment for the Parks and Recreation Department in 2002, initially as an activity leader and has moved forward into many other positions within the Community Schools Division over the years. Those include being a Site Supervisor, ASPYN Administrative Clerk, and ASPYN Recreation Assistant. She currently holds an Associate in Business Management along with a Bachelor in Criminal Justice Administration. Hermanda is the mother of three beautiful children; two girls, Sydney and Kendall, and a son, Justin. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends during her free time.
|Becky Glisson, CPRP
Becky is the department's Finance Manager with a primary focus on the $10.09 million operating budget and oversees the spending and budgeting activities of the department. She also handles the management of revenue for all sections/divisions. Becky holds a Bachelor's Degree from Troy University in Business Management. She began with City in the Mayor's Office in 1995 and gradually moved to Parks and Recreation Department in July 1996 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director. Her duties in this position caused the creation of the Personnel Coordinator and she held that position until she was promoted the last time to Finance Manager in 2003. Becky has a daughter that currently attends University of Alabama and spends her free time going to the gym and reading.
Parks Service/Athletics Division Manager
Tommy is the Parks Services/Athletics Division Manager and oversees the budget for Park Services, Refuse, Golden Park, A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium, and Athletics. The Park Services division maintains approximately 60 park areas consisting of active and passive areas of recreation. This consists of approximately 2,000 acres of Park Land and Athletic Facilities. Tommy holds a Bachelor's Degree from Troy University in General Business. He began with the City in March of 1993 as a seasonal employee as a Pool Supervisor. In August of 1993, he became full time as an Athletic Program Supervisor until March 1999 when he was promoted to Athletic Program Manager. In 2004, he was promoted to the Park Services Division Manager. In 2008, the Athletic Division was also put under his supervision. Tommy has two married sons, ages 31 and 28, and three grandchildren. Tommy spends his spare time playing golf, reading, and spending time with family.
Recreation Specialist III
Joy has been employed with the Columbus Consolidated Government for 34 years. In 1977, she started working at the Lakebottom Tennis Courts. After many years at the tennis courts, she moved to the Double Churches Recreation Center. Currently, Joy is the Director of the Frank Chester Senior Center, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the center.
Boxwood Recreation Center Supervisor
Sharon Hunter is the Center Director of the Boxwood Community/Recreation Center. She is originally from Washington, D.C and currently resides in Opelika, Alabama. Sharon has worked within the City of Opelika, Parks and Recreation Dept. for almost ten years assisting in its' Pre-K, Seniors, Athletic, and Annual Programs. Sharon currently holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration and also studied at Troy University. Sharon is married to Alvin Payne and has two daughters Ebony and Anita. She enjoys spending time,vacationing, and participating in game night with her family.
Recreation Program Specialist
Tim is a former U.S. Army officer (Field Artillery Captain). He is a graduate of Kemper Military Academy, Booneville, MO and also studied at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL. He served in numerous positions of leadership during his military career. Assignments included Ft. McClelland, AL, Ft. Sill, OK, Ft. Benning, GA, South Korea and Turkey. Additional duties included Morale Support Officer (MSO) in the Southern European Task Force (SETAF) which involved recreational programming for military personnel in Turkey and Vicenza, Italy. Also served in a similar capacity at Camp Stanley in South Korea. While assigned to Ft. Benning, he was actively involved in local youth sports, both as a coach and league administrator. Tim formed an active community coed youth sports program/club in Anniston, AL during his tour of duty at Ft. McClelland. This effort was supported by the City of Anniston Parks and Recreation Department. He volunteered at 29th Street Gym for several years before becoming employed with Columbus Consolidated Government. He served two terms as a board member of Columbus Youth Football and served as a volunteer with the Phenix City Housing Authority's Youth Sports Program for over 15 years. Tim worked as the Director of the Calvin B. Spencer Recreation Center in Phenix City for five years. He is a member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) and he is a NCAA- certified coach. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Tim serves as the "voice" of A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium (P.A. Announcer), Muscogee County School District athletic events, Georgia High School Association (GHSA), and the Lady Wings semi-professional basketball team. He is an active volunteer at Mother Mary School and Phenix-Russell Youth Center. Tim is a member of Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church and is married to the former Sadie Harper and is the father of four children.
Recreation Specialist III
Antonio is the Center Director of the Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center. He graduated from Havana Northside High School in 1987. He furthered his education at Albany State College/University with a 1994 Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical and Recreation. Antonio C. Owens attended Albany State University on a Track and Field Scholarship. He was a member of the SIAC Cross Country All Team and he was a member of the NCAA Division II Men Outdoor Track and Field Team. He won MVP of the SIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship in 1990 and the Athletic Director Sports Award. He is also a Lifeguard and a Certified Water Safety Instructor. Antonio C. Owens has learned responsibility through various positions such as: assistant to the Physical Director of the Nautilus and Aerobic department in the Albany YMCA, assistant Center Recreation Supervisor for the City of Albany Parks and Recreation Department, Recreation Supervisor for the Georgia Department of Corrections, Youth and Recreation Coordinator for Open Door Community House, Physical and Aquatics Director for the A.J. McClung YMCA, Inc., Area Director of Operations for the Boys & Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley. Antonio has worked with the SaMarc Dream & Achieve After School Program, Substitute Teacher, and currently a Part Time Bus Driver with the Muscogee County School District.
Athletic Program Supervisor
Carson supervises the day-to-day operations of the Athletic Division of Columbus Parks and Recreation. He manages adult softball, basketball, and volleyball recreation leagues, as well as helping coordinate various youth and adult tournaments held at Parks and Recreation facilities. He serves as a department liaison to District 8 Little League and the Columbus Youth Football League. Carson has lived in Columbus all of his life and graduated from Hardaway High School in 2002. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Columbus State University. Carson started working with the Parks and Recreation Department as a part-time employee in the Community Schools Division in July 2001 and he has been in the Athletic Division since August 2006. Carson enjoys playing numerous sports in his free time and is an avid fan of the University of Georgia.
Tennis Program Specialist III
Mark supervises the day-to-day operations of Cooper Creek Tennis Center. Cooper Creek si the largest public clay court facility in the Untied States and hosts several major tournaments per year. Mark is a 1988 Graduate of Kendrick High School and a 1993 Parks and Recreation Administration graduate of Columbus College. He has been employed with the Parks and Recreation Department for over 20 years. He started his career with the after school program the year it was created and began working at Cooper Creek Tennis Center in May of 1994. He has been the Tournament Director of over 50 tennis tournaments from 1996 - 2009. Mark enjoys playing tennis (of course!) and anything North Carolina University.
Recreation Program Specialist III
William Sanks is currently the Center Director for the 29th Street Recreation Center for the 29th Street Gym. In 1975, Mr. Sanks worked as a part-time employee with Columbus Parks and Recreation, later becoming a full time employee in 1978. He is a native of Columbus, GA. He is a 1974 graduate of Kendrick High School, Columbus, GA. He served as a member of the Air Force Reserve. He is married to Mrs. Charlotte Marion-Sanks and is the father of three boys: Omar, Von-Eric, and Brian, and the legal guardian of his grandson, J'Quan Omarion Cobb. His hobbies include (but not limited to): traveling/vacationing, cooking (especially grilling), watching a good movie, and spending quality time with the family.
Recreation Division Manager
Teresa has worked for Columbus Parks and Recreation for the past 21 years, serving in the capacity of Concession Manager at the Municipal Auditorium, Box Office Manager for the Columbus Civic Center and in her current position of Recreation Division Manager. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Georgia Southwestern College and a Masters of Science in Human Resource Management Degree from Troy State University. She is a Columbus Consolidated Government Peer Award recipient, a Columbus Consolidated Government Proudly Serving Progress Award recipient, a Distinguish Service Award employee of the year for the department, and she has also received the National Tourism Excellence Award presented by the Columbus Convention Bureau. Teresa spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing various sporting activities and spending time with family and friends. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Recreation Program Specialist III
Psalmond Road Recreation Center
Shajra Thrasher is a Georgia native originally from Henry County. After graduating high school, Shajra began working with Henry County Parks and Recreation as a camp counselor for the summer day camp program. Two years later Shajra was promoted to supervisor and held this position for five years. As a supervisor, Shajra assisted with the program development of the after school and day camp programs. She also assisted with the facility advancement of the Fairview Recreation Center located in Stockbridge, Georgia. Shajra has also worked as a Paraprofessional within the Henry County Schools System and as a Teacher Counselor with Youth Villages residential treatment facility.
She received her Bachelor's degree from Georgia State University majoring in Film and Video with a minor in Speech Communications. Shajra recently received her Master's degree in Public Administration from Devry's Keller Graduate School of Management. Shajra has a passion for community development and youth involvement. She was a mentor with Youth Connections, volunteers with Hands on Atlanta, and plays recreational kick ball in her spare time.
Recreation Program Supervisor
Shelley Tippens has held several positions in the Parks and Recreation Department over the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science, and a Masters of Education Degree in Adult Education. she is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership. Shelley came to the Parks and Recreation Department in 2001 as an activity leader at Shirley Winston Recreation Center. She has also served as an Assistant Director at Northside Recreation Center, Director at Carver Park Recreation Center. She served as the Program Supervisor for the Recreation Department before moving to her current position as District Supervisor for the Community Schools After School Program. Her key duties are developing and administering programs for the before and after school program. Reviews site program schedule and coordinates with site supervisors. Conducts school site visits; responds to request for information, complaints or concerns. Also coordinates training and continuance improvement workshops for staff. Shelley oversees the USDA snack grant that is implemented through Bright From the Start Early Care and Learning Program.
|Vickey A. Williams
Recreation Program Specialist III
Vickey is the Center Director of Northside Recreation Center. She moved to Columbus, GA in 1978. She Graduated from West Georgia College (University of West Georgia) in 1992 with a BA in Mass Communication and an AA in Psychology. Upon Graduation, she began working with Parks and Recreation through the Columbus Housing Authority. In 1996, she returned to Parks and Recreation working in the recreation Division. After working at various sites, she became the Center Director for Shirley Winston Recreation Center until she was moved to her current location.
|Sofia R. White
Sofia R. White is the Employment Coordinator for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Sofia is from a military family and moved to Columbus, GA at the age of four, when her father retired from the Army. She is a proud graduate of Kendrick High School and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Recreation with a concentration in Park Administration from Columbus State University. An avid music lover, Sofia performed in her high school band and played the French Horn in the CSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She began her employment with the City in the Parks and Recreation Department as the Assistant Director of the South Columbus Senior Center (now Frank Chester Senior Center). She moved to the Human Resources Department as a Human Resources Technician before returning back to the Parks and Recreation Department. Her responsibilities in this position include coordinating the department's human resources functions. Sofia married her high school sweetheart, Jonathan White. She enjoys attending and serving at Christ Community Church, playing tennis, pugs, spending time with family and friends, and being "Mama" to her precious daughter, Anna.
|James D. Worsley, PhD., CPRE, CTRS
Parks and Recreation Director
Dr. Worsley was a Regional Parks and Recreation Manager for Mecklenburg County (Charlotte), NC before moving to Columbus, GA. He directed, managed and oversaw 54 parks and properties (some 2,401 acres) and 6 greenways, including playgrounds, athletic fields, fishing piers, nature preserves, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, an aquatic facility, community gardens, amphitheater, dog parks, disc golf courses, softball complexes, shelters/recreation centers, bike and walking trails, BMX bicycle track, and more. His role as Regional Parks and Recreation manager for Mecklenburg County included management of full and part-time staff, a 27-person advisory council, and volunteers. Dr. Worsley was responsible for fiscal, budget, and procurement management of his departmental region.
Dr. Worsley is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, and a Licensed Recreational Therapist. He is actively involved with the National Recreation and Park Association where he serves on its National Certification Board. He is also actively involved with the Georgia Recreation and Park Association (GRPA), and a past member of the North Carolina Recreation and park Association (NCRPA). North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association named Dr. Worsley "Young Professional of the Year" in 2007. Dr. Worsley is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a board member for Keep Columbus Beautiful and American Cancer Society.
Dr. Worsley holds a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where he majored in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. He has a Master in Science from UNCG with a major in Recreation Management. he has a Doctorate of Philosophy from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, where he majored in Leadership Studies.
Dr. Worsley also has been published in peer-reviewed journals, appearing in Therapeutic Recreation Journal (2002), "Inclusive Volunteering: Benefits to Participants and Community", Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration (2011), "Framing The Problem of Barriers to Upward Mobility for African Americans in Parks and Recreation", among other publications.
He is married to Tara Worsley and is the proud father of three children. He enjoys baseball, fine dining, traveling abroad, and picnics in the parks with his wife and children.