Administration

Bernita Reese

Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bernita Reese joined the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in January 2022. Bernita joined us from the Huntsville, Alabama Parks & Recreation Department, where she served as the Director.

Prior to her time in Huntsville, Bernita spent three years as Assistant Director for Columbus Recreation and Parks, overseeing the Community Recreation section. Her previous leadership experience includes 12 years as the Divisional Manager for the DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Department.  Read More

Steve Hiland

Deputy Director

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Steve Hiland has more than 25 years of public finance, budget management, capital planning and business operation experience with the City of Columbus. Most of his city career has been with Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, but he has additional time with Columbus Public Health and Columbus City Tax. Read More.

Jack Castle

Assistant Director

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Jack Castle is an accomplished management executive with more than 22 years of operational and leadership experience in a challenging, goal-oriented environment. He has taken command of various operations and projects throughout his career, guiding all to new performance levels. His ability and expertise in strategic planning, goal achieving and performance management through work standards has proven to be invaluable. He is able to help inspire and lift up employees by bringing great focus to the mission in a manner that is appreciated by a variety of team members. Read More

Troy Euton

Assistant Director

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Since 2016, Troy has served as an engaged leader of the Parks, Facilities and Forestry sections at Columbus Recreation and Parks Department. Most of Troy’s career has focused on park construction and operations, where his focus has been on high-quality standards to provide for long-term sustainability. Previously, he served the City of Gahanna for 10 years as the director and deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department. Read More

Dominique Shank

Community Relations Chief

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Dominique Shank joined the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in May 2022.

Dominique is a versatile marketing executive with 15 years of experience in engagement, communications and community relations. A curator of connections, her work facilitates collaboration between private and public sectors. She has extensive experience creating integrated marketing and communication strategies, implementing social engagement initiatives and executing community relations campaigns designed to increase the brand equity of non-profit organizations and their corporate partners. Read More

Dawn Turnage

Assistant Director

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Dawn Turnage joined the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in September 2022 and oversees the Youth Development section. An Ohio native, Dawn has 20 years of public service experience working with diverse populations in the areas of social services, criminal justice and public service. Most recently, she served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Youngstown. Her previous experience includes working with the City of Westerville Parks and Recreation and serving on the Youngstown City School Board. Read More

Katie White

COAAA Administrator

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Katie White joined the City of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in June 2022 as the administrator for the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA). White has more than 15 years of experience in the aging field and formerly served as the director of the Age-Friendly Innovation Center (formerly the Age-Friendly Columbus and Franklin County) at The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. In her role there, she applied education, engagement and research tactics to ensure that communities are inclusive and age-friendly for older adults. Read More

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