We Are Parks and Recreation: Megan Myers

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Megan Myers, born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida is Assistant Program Supervisor for Decatur Active Living. Prior to working for Decatur Active Living in September 2019, Megan worked in parks and recreation for the past 17 years. Before attending college she proudly served for the United States Army for 4 years at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After leaving service she attended Tallahassee Community College receiving an A.A. Degree, then received her to B.S Degree in Recreation Leisure Services Administration from Florida State University. Since graduating from Florida State University Megan has lived and worked in the state of Georgia for parks and recreation.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Sports Management Facilities Operations and is currently is a member of the NRPA, FRPA, GRPA, and sits on the board of Barrow County Special Olympics.

We Are Parks and Recreation: Cheryl Burnette

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Cheryl began working with the City of Decatur in 2002 as the special events coordinator and joined the Active Living Division in 2010 as Assistant Director. She oversees the Active Living Board and the Pedestrian committee. Other responsibilities include marketing the Active Living division, coordinating the city’s Safe Routes to School initiative, run/walk permitting, encouraging walking and biking and coordinating the annual Touch a truck event and Decatur Streets Alive. She played a role in Decatur becoming a Silver Walk Friendly Community and earning the Bicycle Friendly designation.

A 2006 graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Cheryl is a member of the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association and serves as Board Chair of Georgia Bikes. She graduated from Furman University and received her master’s degree from Emory University. She is a yoga instructor and loves to read, bike and travel.

We Are Parks and Recreation:Virginia Atchison

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If you have visited the Decatur Recreation Center, you have probably been helped by Virginia.  Her smile greets you as you walk in the front door. .

She currently is the Administrative Assistant and has worked with Decatur Recreation Center/ Active Living  for 20 plus years.

She enjoys  helping people and making  a difference.

Virginia stays healthy while at home by walking at least 5 miles day,  jumping rope,  and taking the stairs.

“Our staff members have a  good working relationship , and this makes working together easier. We live up to our name Decatur Active Living  by providing many activities for a customers and staff.”

We Are Parks & Recreation: Stacy Green

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Stacy Green is a native of the City of Decatur.  She was born and raised in the City of Decatur and grew and participated in programs at both Ebster  Center and  Decatur Recreation Department.

Stacy has worked for Decatur Active Living for 25 plus years where she is the Supervisor for Athletics.  She has earned her CYSA certification (Certified Youth Sports Administrative) and is a GRPA (Georgia Recreation and Parks Association) and NRPA (National Recreation Park Association) member.   Her responsibilities as Athletic Supervisor is to oversee the daily operation of both Youth and Adult Sports, recruiting coaches, supervising full-time, part-time and seasonal staff, maintaining a field and facility usage schedule and agreement with the City Schools of Decatur, Boys and Girls Club and Decatur DeKalb YMCA.

Stacy is responsible for the on going collaboration with the City of Decatur School System, Decatur Housing Authority, Decatur DeKalb YMCA, PSG and MAYLA.  She takes pride in the fact that she provides every kid the opportunity to play despite his or her religious, ethnic and socioeconomic background.   Since being the Athletic Supervisor she has incorporated Flag football, Tackle Football, Ultimate Frisbee and competitive basketball to the list of programs offered to Decatur Residents.   You can find Stacy at Decatur Active Living using her skills, ambition and knowledge to help participants by providing a quality programs that are fun, rewarding and safe environment for all involved.

When Stacy isn’t working at Decatur Active Living she serves as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for Dekalb County. She also volunteers with the Women’s Rape Crisis Center and Women’s Recourse Center.  She serves as a Mentor to single moms and teenagers.  She participates in the “Adopt a Family for the Holidays” program.  Since her recent fight and victory over breast cancer, she now mentors and supports women that are dealing with breast cancer.  When Stacy isn’t working or volunteering her time she enjoys reading, writing, sleeping and traveling.

We Are Parks and Recreation: Jada Jordan

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I love being around and interacting with people in general so this field gives me the opportunity to do so. I also love coaching and working with kids and watching them learn new skills, grow physically, mentally, socially and get better at sports. I have worked with kids in some form or fashion whether it was sports, foster care, residential treatment or coaching.

Hobbies – working out, writing, playing basketball, kickboxing and taking naps in my hammock when I don’t want to do anything!

We Are Parks And Recreation: Lee Williams

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I have over 35 years of experience in the area of recreation as Therapeutic Aquatics Instructor, Assistant Director of Aquatics, Assistant Director of Youth Services, Youth Sports Coordinator and Facility Manager. I have been very fortunate in my career over the past 35 years. I have had the pleasure to work with people of all backgrounds and races. If I had to do it all over again I don’t believe that I would change a thing. It is a joy and a pleasure to be a part of the City of Decatur/Active Living team.

We Are Parks & Recreation: Jabari Cole

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Jabari Cole is the Program Supervisor overseeing tennis and aquatics in Decatur. In his role, he serves as both the Director of Tennis and the Aquatics Facilities Operator.

Jabari has played tennis at Glenlake Tennis Center since 1990 and began teaching tennis at Glenlake in 1997. He took on the roles of Head Tennis Pro and Aquatics Director in 2005 and became Program Supervisor in 2010.

 

We Are Parks & Recreation: Sara Holmes

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Sara Holmes is the Adult Program Supervisor for Decatur Active Living. She manages all adult and senior programs, the community garden, and assists with our walking and biking programs.

Sara has been in the recreation and parks field for 12 years. She is currently a Georgia Recreation and Parks Association District Commissioner, the Treasurer of Leisure Careers Foundations, the Chair the Women’s Leadership Summit for GRPA.

Sara is civically involved as a liaison for Leadership DeKalb and a champion volunteer for the Giving Kitchen. In her spare time you will find Sara outside enjoying nature, hanging with her dog Stella, or working in her garden.

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Nature Scavenger Hunt

Take a walk outside in your yard, neighborhood or to a park and see what you can find! Bring your completed hunt to the Glenlake Tennis Center and receive a prize! Be sure to practice physical distancing and wear your mask in populated areas.

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We Are Parks and Recreation: Portia Langley

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My name is Portia Langley and I’m a Program Supervisor with Decatur Active Living. I manage Ebster Recreation Center and provide classes, programs and activities for youth and teens. This is my 11th year in Parks and Recreation and I truly enjoy what I do. Being a positive role model to youth has always been a passion of mine and I’m able to do so every day at Ebster. As Program Supervisor, I help provide a fun, safe place to learn, grow and socialize with friends through after-school or summer camp programs.

I love being active and working in Parks and Recreation allows me the opportunity to get up and moving often.  I enjoy playing pickleball at Ebster, riding my bike around Decatur, and performing on stilts at festivals and events.

Parks and Recreation is essential to the health and well-being of families and I appreciate being involved with making their lives better.