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.
David W. Paul, President
Dave has worked in a variety of industries and positions, nearly all of which have had a common theme: bringing people and organizations together in meaningful, exciting and productive ways. Dave is proud to have worked as a professional in the personal computing and online services industries during the evolution of both the market and the technologies that have matured into the Internet and the World Wide Web. More recently, his professional work has helped create enterprise solutions that allow companies to communicate and transact business more efficiently. -Read More
Mataryun "Mo" Wright, Vice President
Mo Wright is the President and CEO of RAMA, a Columbus-based training and consulting firm specializing in Stakeholder and Community, Organizational, and Employee Engagement. He is rated as a “Master” trainer and has extensive experience in assessment, needs identification, strategic communications and executive group facilitation. He is highly sought after for his experience in instructional design and delivery, team building and group dynamics. Mo Wright earned a B.A. in Political Science from Winston-Salem State University and holds Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University in Public Administration and Workforce Development.
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.
Derrick R. Clay
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.
Gregory M. Lee
a native of Columbus, Ohio, Greg is passionate about contributing to the
equitable growth and sustainability of his hometown. For more than 18 years, he
has been a high school wrestling coach, community volunteer, and mentor with a
strong sense of civic responsibility. He believes deeply in the importance of
knowledge-sharing as a means to elevate people’s understanding and awareness of
the critical issues and opportunities in Columbus.
He works at Accenture, creating value for clients through strategic business
model design, operational analysis, and solution implementation.
In addition to a strong interest in health and wellness, he continues to serve
in the Air Force Reserve as an aircraft maintainer, Squadron Career Advisor,
and a suicide & sexual assault prevention instructor.
Greg is also a Trustee in his neighborhood civic association and a volunteer at
KIPP Columbus with Skills-To-Succeed.
Ms. Rothan, a native of Cincinnati, attended The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She toured as an actor doing shows in children’s theatre for a number of years before starting her own non-profit theatre company, New Venture Theatre in Columbus. Her career expanded in the non-profit arts arena when she landed a position at the prestigious Wexner Center for the Arts. She later became the public relations and marketing director for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging. Throughout her career Karla has maintained a serious commitment to Stonewall Columbus. - 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
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.
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):
January 9, 2019 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
February 13, 2019 – Far East Community Center, 1826 Lattimer Dr., 43227
March 13, 2019 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
April 10, 2019 – Feddersen Community Center, 3911 Dresden St., 43224
May 8, 2019 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
June 12, 2019 – Whetstone Park, 4015 Olentangy Blvd., 43214
July 10, 2019 – Berliner Sports Park, 1300 Deckebach Rd., 43223
- August Recess
– No Meeting
September 11, 2019 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
October 9, 2019 - 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
November 13, 2019 – Scioto South Community Center (formally Indian Mound), 3901
Parsons Ave., 43207
December 11, 2019 - 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
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: 614-645-3319)