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.

COMMISSIONERS

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Karla Rothan 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

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Bettye Stull Bettye 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 this position. 

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Letha Pugh 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. 

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Gregg Dodd

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 marketing mediums.

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.

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Jamie Wilson 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):

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 – Virtual  
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 – Virtual
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – Virtual
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Virtual
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 – Virtual 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 – Virtual  
Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – Virtual
August Recess - No Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 - Virtual 
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - Virtual
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2021 – Virtual
Wednesday, 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 (Telephone: 614-645-5932).