Parks and Recreation Staff Directory

Carly Bowles

Aquatics Division Manager

(706) 225-3983

Carly is the Division Manager for the Columbus Aquatic Center and Aquatics Division. She joined a local swim team in Columbus, Georgia when she was 8 years old. She went on to swim in college at Campbell University on a swimming scholarship and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science.  After college she coached the Opelika USA Swim Team and the Opelika Parks and Recreation Swim Team where they won the ARPA State Championship.  She went on to Valley, Alabama where she was the Aquatics Director and coached before coming to Columbus Parks and Recreation.


 
Holli Browder, CPRP, CPO, AFO

Director

(706) 225-4658


Holli Browder is the Director of the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Formerly 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 for 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. 
 

 
Sharon Calhoun

Fluellen Recreation Center 

(706) 641-5950


Sharon Calhoun is the Center Director at Fluellen and has 3 children and 1 granddaughter. She has been working for the City of Columbus Parks and Recreation and Community Schools Department combined together for 20+ years. Sharon is a graduate from Jordan High School and played on the first ever girls basketball team to reach the state championship. She is also a basketball coach /motivator of sports and loves it. Sharon's hobbies are enjoying her children and grandbaby, walking, going to church, reading and studying the Bible. 
 

 
Enrique "Rick" Carrillo

Director of Haygood Recreation Center

(706) 322-7051


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. 
 

 

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Angie DeNamur

Director of Lake Oliver Marina

(706) 653-4634


Angie is the Supervisor at the Lake Oliver Marina and she is responsible for the day to day operations. She is a native of the Columbus/Phenix City area and a graduate from Central High School. Angie has one son and three adopted rescue dogs. She enjoys rescuing animals and gardening. 

Carolyn Evans 

Director of Fluellen Recreation Center

(706) 641-5950

Carolyn started working with Parks and Recreation in 2015 as a Recreation Leader at Therapeutic Recreation.  In 2018 she was promoted to Administrative Secretary and worked in that position until a promotion in March 2021 to Center Director of Fluellen where she is currently working. 

 

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Brian Fisher

Director of Pop Austin Recreation Center 

(706) 225-3768

Brian Fisher is a native of Columbus Georgia and graduated of George Washington Carver High School. He participated in track and field and was a member of the Basketball team. Upon graduation he received a basketball scholarship to Savannah State University(SSU) where he would go on to be a four-year starter. In the Spring of 2002 he became a member of the distinguished fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Incorporated. While pursuing his degree in Recreation and Park Administration he spent his summers working as a counselor for the National Youth Sports Program(NYSP). There he developed his passion to work in the field of recreation. Upon graduating from Savannah he worked as an Activity Therapist at both the Savannah RYDC and West Central Georgia Regional Hospital. Prior to this, he was a Special Education teacher who coached Boys’ Basketball and went on to win two middle school championships as a head coach and one High School State Championship as an assistant coach. He also coached Girls Basketball, Girls volleyball and Track and Field. After leaving education, he was the Center Supervisor for the Adaptive program in Macon-Bibb County, serving as the local coordinator for Area 7 Special Olympics. Currently he is the Director of Therapeutics for Columbus Parks and Recreation at Paul “Pop” Austin recreation center where he also serves as the Local Coordinator for Area 10 Special Olympics. 


 
Patty Glaser

Employment Coordinator

(706) 225-4644


Patty Glaser is the Employment Coordinator for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Patty is a native of Columbus, GA and a 1977 graduate of Kendrick High School. She has been with Columbus Consolidated Government since 2008, starting at Metra Transit as office manager and then moving to Parks and Recreation as the Employment Coordinator. Patty enjoys spending time with her family and wonderful grandkids, loves reading and going camping with her husband. 
 

 
Becky Glisson, CPRP

Assistant Director

(706) 225-4658


Becky is the Assistant Director and is responsible for assisting with planning and implementing short-term or annual goals, objectives, and strategies for the department. She is also responsible for managing the daily operations of the department as related to work flow, policies and procedures. She began her career in 1996 as the Administrative Assistant to the Director and worked her way up through the department in various positions with the last position being the Department Finance Manager. Becky holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Troy University. She also holds a CPRP Certification (Certified Parks and Recreation Professional) and a is a certified CPO (Certified Pool Operator).

Becky has a daughter that is currently attending law school in Texas and she enjoys spending time with her family and fur-babies.

 
Tommy Groce

Parks Services Division Manager

(706) 225-4189


Tommy is the Parks Services Division Manager. 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 business. He began with the city in March of 1993 as a seasonal 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. Tommy has two married sons, and seven grandchildren. Tommy spends his spare time playing golf, reading, and spending time with family.
 

 
Joy Hendrix

Director of Frank Chester Senior Center

(706) 225-3727


Joy has been employed with the Columbus Consolidated Government since 1977. She started working at the Lake Bottom tennis courts and 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.
 

 
Melinda Hull

Director of Britt David Pottery Studio

(706) 225-4196


Melinda Hull is from Eufaula Alabama. She lived there until she graduated from high school in 1973 and moved out west to attend college. She attended Brigham Young University Idaho, Brigham Young University Provo, and University of Texas-El Paso. Melinda worked all over the west in hotels as food and beverage management until she came back to Georgia in 1994. In 1996, began teaching high school art. Melinda recently retired from teaching and was the art teacher at Columbus High for 17 of her 21-year teaching career. She began a new career with the city as the Cultural Arts Director in July 2018. Melinda is married to Ken Hull and has a daughter Hillary. They love to go to the movies, grill outside, and go antique shopping. 
 

Christelle Johnson

Director of Edgewood Senior Center 

(706) 225-3747

Christelle is the Director of Edgewood Senior Center. Christelle is married and has three children. She is a member of Wynnton Road Church of God, where her husband is also the Pastor. Christelle enjoys working with the seniors and bringing fun, new activities to them.

 Janet Langan

Community Engagement Coordinator 

706-225-4638

Janet has worked for Parks and Recreation for 17 years serving in the capacity of Recreation Leader, Recreation Specialist II, and Community Engagement Coordinator. Janet is a recipient of the Columbus Consolidated Government Peer Award and 2017 GRPA distinguished administrative staff support award. She is married to Michael Langan and is the mother of two sons. Janet enjoys traveling, the beach, college football and spending time with family and friends. 


 
Matt Lensch

Aquatics Program Supervisor

(706) 225-3981

 

Matt Lensch is the aquatics program supervisor for Columbus GA Parks and Recreation. He has been working poolside for 13 years in various types of jobs and loves the field very much. He is an outgoing person who enjoys communicating with our patrons and fellow staff. When he is not working on the pools, he is at home taking care of his many animals which include horses, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, cats, dogs, parrots, geckos, and a python. 

Sam Manning 

Director of Northside Recreation Center  

(706) 641-5943

Samuel has been with the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department since 2017 and currently serves as a Recreation Specialist overseeing operations at the Northside Recreation Center.

Samuel Manning grew up in Los Alamitos, CA. After graduating from Los Alamitos High School in 2009, he attended college at California State University of Long Beach and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2012. Samuel’s civics background includes a college internship with the City of Stanton in 2012 and nearly six years (2009-2015) of service in the City of Los Alamitos as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner. In 2015, he moved to Lafayette, IN and later relocated to Columbus, GA. Samuel is married and has one son. Samuel is an active member of the River City Church of Christ. In his spare time, he enjoys games of tactical prowess, arranging and composing music, studying history, and cooking.

Tim Marshall

Director of Frank Chester Recreation Center

(706) 225-3723

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. Still, 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.  He 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 CO-ED 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 coach’s association (NYSCA) and he is an 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.

Bryant McKissic

Director of Boxwood Recreation Center 

(706) 653-4515


Bryant McKissic is the Director of Boxwood Recreation Center. He is a native of Phenix City, Alabama. He received a Division I scholarship to play football at Troy University. While attending Troy University, Bryant received a Bachelor’s Degree in sports and fitness management with a minor in recreation. He worked 6 years with Phenix City Parks and Recreation as the Assistant Center Coordinator and as the Assistant League Director for youth basketball and track and field. McKissic spends his spare time coaching youth sports and giving back to the kids in the community. McKissic is also the president of a nonprofit organization called the McKissic Foundation, where he helps families who are in need. As a member of Columbus Parks and Recreation, he plans to take on any challenges to help change lives by providing quality recreational services to the Boxwood community. Bryant McKissic is married to his wife Sherdarria and they have three children. 

 
photo Parks Manager Jared Owens

Park Manager

(706) 225-4506


Jared was born and raised in Columbus and is married to his wife Crystal, who is a K-5 teacher. They have two boys, Evan and Charlie. They recently purchased land and will be moving to Hatchechubbee, AL. They are a family that loves hunting, fishing and farm animals, all which they will be able to enjoy at their home. Jared and his wife and both play rec league softball and both boys play football and baseball. Jared has been with Columbus since 2008 and still enjoys his involvement with the department. Jared is a graduate from Troy University with a degree in Psychology.
 
Carson Revell

Athletics Division Manager 

(706) 225-4506


Carson supervises the day-to-day operations of the Athletic Division. 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 Bachelor’s 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 Georgia Bulldogs.
 

 
Mark Ruzeski

Director of Cooper Creek Tennis Center

(706) 225-4186


Mark supervises the day-to-day operations of Cooper Creek Tennis Center. Cooper Creek is the largest public clay court facility in the United States and hosts every year. Mark is a 1988 graduate of Kendrick High School and a 1993 Parks and Recreation administration graduate of Columbus State University. He has been employed with Parks and Recreation 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 and North Carolina University.
 
Teresa Snellings

Recreation Division Manager 

(706) 225-3045


Teresa has worked for Columbus Parks and Recreation for 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 Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy University. She is a Columbus Consolidated Government Peer Award recipient, a Columbus Consolidated Government proudly serving progress award recipient, a distinguished 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.  
 

Sam Thies

Community Schools Division Manager 

706-225-4510

Sam joined the Parks and Recreation Department as the Community Schools Division Manager in 2021. Sam has extensive knowledge in after care programs, childcare operations, and years of experience in leadership. She has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Family and Community Services. She has been a Georgia native most of her life and has lived and worked in the Columbus area since 2014. Sam was in the military for 3 years and met her husband while stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska. They have 3 beautiful children. 


 

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Lauren Vance

Finance Manager

(706) 225-4651


Lauren is a graduate of Troy University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She has a  Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy University.  Lauren is also a graduate of the Columbus Consolidated Government Leadership Development Program. 
 

 
Vickey A. Williams

Director of Psalmond Road Recreation Center 

(706) 641-5935


Vickey is the center director of Psalmond Road Recreation Center. She moved to Columbus, GA in 1978. She graduated from West Georgia College in 1992 with a BA in Mass Communications and an AA in Psychology. Upon graduation, she began working with Parks and Recreation through the Columbus Housing Authority in 1996. 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.   

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