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.

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Gregory M. Lee, President As 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. 

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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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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.

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David W. Paul 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

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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. 

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, January 8, 2020 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205 
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 – Barnett Community Center, 1184 Barnett Road, 43227 
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205 CANCELLED
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 –Location: Virtual 
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – Virtual: Meeting participants can access the video web meeting via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89850871893
Meeting ID: 898 5087 1893; Phone Number +13126266799,,89850871893# 

To obtain a copy of the agenda and meeting materials, please contact Sophia Fifner, Community Relations Chief, at smfifner@columbus.gov. To speak or provide testimony, please submit your name, topicand supporting materials to Sophia Fifner, Community Relations Chief, at smfifner@columbus.gov by Tuesday, June 9 at 12 p.m. Guest presenters will be limited to 3 minutes. Meeting participants do not need to register before the meeting to view or listen to the meeting live on June 10.
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205 
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 1111 East Broad Street, 43205 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – 1111 East Broad Street, 43205
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 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: 614-645-5932).

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETINGS Columbus Recreation and Parks Commission Special Meeting will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2020, in the Michael B. Coleman Government Center, 111 North Front Street, Room 203, Columbus, Ohio 43215. The Commission will adjourn the meeting to enter into executive session for the sole purpose of considering candidates for the Director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Time: 4 p.m.    

Location:
Michael B. Coleman Government Building
Room 203
111 North Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215