Bernita Reese


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

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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

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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

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