Recreation and Parks Commission
The Recreation and Parks Commission, appointed and organized under the Charter of the City of Columbus, is empowered to equip, operate, direct and maintain all the existing recreational and park facilities. In addition, said Commission exercises certain powers and duties as specified in Sections 128 and 129 of the Columbus City Charter.
Derrick R. Clay, President
Accountability, Responsibility, Focus and Teamwork are four words that have guided Derrick Clay throughout his professional career. His passion for politics and business date back to his days as student body president in high school and later as president of the Undergraduate Student Government at his alma mater, the University of Akron. Derrick joined New Visions Group in 2004 as vice president and partner after a career in stateand national politics. He acquired the firm in 2014 and assumed the title of President/CEO.
Terrie TerMeer, Vice President
Terrie TerMeer recently retired from public service after 36 years of serving in various levels of state and local government. Under the leadership of the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), Terrie held the position of Chief of the Division of Materials & Waste Management (DMWM), a division responsible for regulating nonhazardous waste programs including solid waste, infectious waste, scrap tire management and construction and demolition debris for nearly 3 years. Prior to being named chief at Ohio EPA, Terrie served as Assistant Chief in the Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).
In 2012, Terrie transitioned the Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to Ohio EPA. She had served as Deputy Chief of the division from 2003 until the move. While at ODNR, Terrie also served as the Deputy Chief and Chief of the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1999 to 2002. Terrie worked for nearly two years as Deputy Director of Special Events for the Secretary of State Bob Taft. Prior to joining the Secretary of State’s Office, she served nearly five years as the Special Assistant to former Columbus Mayor Gregory S. Lashutka. She also served on the organizing committee and staff for AmeriFlora ’92 and later was appointed as the Director of Public Affairs and EEO Officer.
In addition to having a strong background in community affairs and government relations, TerMeer has a solid understanding of environmental issues. She served as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Gahanna from 1984-1988 and worked as the Legislative Assistant to the Director while at ODNR from 1977 to 1983.
A resident of Columbus, and mother of two adult children, TerMeer holds a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University.
Jennifer Adair, ESQ
Jennifer Anne Adair is a proud graduate of Columbus City Centennial High School (1998), Northwestern University (B.A., 2002) and Capital University Law School (J.D., 2005). She is the Equal Employment Opportunity Program Manager serving the Ohio Department of Administrative Services. In this capacity, she oversees the State of Ohio Internal Discrimination Complaint System and assists State agencies develop Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Jennifer resides in the Columbus neighborhood of North Linden with her daughter. She currently serves as Chair of the North Linden Area Commission and Commissioner on the Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission.
Karla Rothan is a proven nonprofit leader and activist with over thirty years of experience. Rothan began her career as a member of the touring company, MadCap productions, in Cincinnati and subsequently the Columbus Children's Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.
Rothan founded New Venture Theatre in 1992 and continued working for arts organizations like the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts until 1998. A graduate of The Ohio State University in 1986, Rothan fell in love with Columbus and moved to Central Ohio in 1989. - Read More
Stull, former arts specialist and administrative coordinator with the Columbus
Recreation and Parks Department for over 30 years. Stull brings her department work experience
along with her extensive knowledge within the art world and King Arts Complex to
Letha is a small business owner and a graduate
of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing and a Masters
Degree in Information Systems from Florida Tech University. Balancing her small
business interests with community involvement, is a passion for Letha. A former
board President of Stonewall Columbus, she is also the co-founding member of
Black, Out and Proud (BOP), Service, A relief effort for hospitality workers
displaced from employment at the onset of COVID19 and most recently, The Womens
Fund. Letha resides with her wife of 15 years and their 9 year old
daughter, Avery, who is an amazing swimmer.
Gregg Dodd is an
award-winning marketing and engagement professional with more than two decades
of proven experience leading diverse, cross-functional teams in crisis
communication, community partnerships and executing against complex marketing
and communications plans. He is passionate, resourceful, data-driven and
well-versed in both non-traditional and traditional communications and
Gregg Dodd joined the Columbus
Metropolitan Library (CML) in 2013 as the Director of Marketing. Dodd leads the development, planning and
implementation of the library’s comprehensive and aligned strategic marketing
strategy ensuring that all communications appropriately and accurately express
the organization’s vision, community image, position and values.
Prior to joining CML, Gregg spent seven
years as the Deputy Director of Communications, Marketing and Events for the
Ohio Statehouse and seven years with the Ohio Arts Council serving as their
Director of Public Information and Legislative Affairs.
Gregg holds a BA in Communications
from the University of Toledo.
Jamie Wilson is the Director of Human Resources at Reynoldsburg City School District in Reynoldsburg
Ohio. She is a passionate leader, dedicated to empowering youth and working to support them
reach their highest potential. She understands the importance of her role as a leader,
and is continuously seeking out opportunities that will allow her to have lasting impact
within the school district and the greater community.
Prior to becoming the Human Resource Director, Jamie Wilson served as a Middle School Principal for
seven years and has been an educator for 16 years. She earned her Bachelors of Science in
Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. She was a
member of the Women’s Basketball Team, earning the Huskie Scholastic Academic award
four years in a row. She also received the M.A.C Academic Commissioner's award, and
received various athletic awards. Jamie was captain of the Women’s team, where she began
developing her leadership skills.
Jamie Wilson received her Master’s in Educational Administration from Governors State
University in Chicago Illinois and in 2020 completed the Superintendent Licensure Program at The
Ohio State University. Prior to becoming an administrator Jamie was a teacher in the Chicago area
where she also coached, mentored, and served as the mathematics curriculum leader. Jamie returned
to Central Ohio, her home community, to continue working with children, serving as an Assistant
Principal, Principal and now Director of Human Resources. In her new role she is able to assist in the
development of teachers, leaders and school staff who seek to educate students.
Jamie Wilson has always had a desire to teach and work with youth. She comes from a family of
educators and has had the unique opportunity to learn from her mother, a retired principal. She
believes in giving back to the community and developing others who wish to educate, inspire and
work with youth.
Notice of Regular Meetings
Please take notice that
meetings of the Recreation and Parks Commission will be held at 8:30 a.m. on
the following dates and locations (unless otherwise posted):
Jan. 13, 2021 – Virtual
Feb. 10, 2021 – Virtual
March 10, 2021 – Virtual
April 14, 2021 – Virtual
May 12, 2021 – Virtual
June 9, 2021 – Virtual
July 14, 2021 – Virtual
August Recess - No Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 - Virtual
October 13, 2021 - Virtual
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2021 – Virtual
Dec. 8, 2021 - Virtual
Video web meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84353272387
Meeting ID: 843 5327 2387
Phone #: +1-929-205-6099, Conference Code: 84353272387# US (New York)
Phone #: +1-301-715-8592, Conference Code: 84353272387# US (Washington D.C)
In the event no proper business exists the meeting may be cancelled without
further notice. For more information you may contact the Columbus Recreation
and Parks Department, 1111 East Broad Street, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43205