118 South White Street, Carrollton Georgia | Phone: (770) 832-1161
Meet Our Staff 2017-09-08T15:44:09+00:00

Meet Our Staff

kgd_0061fPeter Maierhofer
Director

Growing up in Carrollton, Peter had the opportunity to take part in the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department Athletic Programs and learned from a young age the impact parks and recreation can have on a community. He is a graduate of Carrollton High School, and graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. He took a position with the City of Carrollton in the spring of 1999 as a Program Coordinator. In 2002, he became the Superintendent of Aquatics and began pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration. After completing his Master’s degree he was fortunate to have the opportunity to combine the aquatics division and the athletic division and become Superintendent of Athletics. In January of 2012 he became the director for the parks and recreation department. He is married to Mandy Malloy Maierhofer and they have three daughters. His hobbies include reading, running, watching sports, and being an active parent with his daughters.

Administrative Division

kgd_0075fThera Loolen
Administrative Superintendent

Thera is a native of Toledo, Ohio where she graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Special Education. Thera is married to her loving husband Brian and has two children Kaylyn (11) and Austin (7). Thera has a wealth of knowledge of Gymnastics and Cheerleading. Thera cheered at the College level at the University of Toledo. Thera has also been coaching gymnastics for 23 years. She previously coached with the South Toledo Gymcats where she had competed as a Level 8 gymnast. While coaching at South Toledo she coached gymnastics competitive levels 4-10, toddler classes, preschool classes, and a cheerleading all-star team. Thera worked as the assistant director and was in charge of class enrollment, staffing, providing staff clinics and training. Thera also coached at Notre Dame Academy for 9 years where she coached High School gymnastics. While coaching at NDA she was selected District Coach of the Year twice, had numerous state qualifiers and her team were city champs from 1999 until she left in 2008. Thera was a USAG rated official for 12 years and also judged high school gymnastics in Ohio. She is also a member of USAG, AAU, and is safety certified.

kgd_0076fJanice Kerr
Reservation Specialist

Janice began working for the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in November 2007. She graduated at Ranburne High School and attended West Georgia in Office Management. She came to work at CPRCAD after 24 years with Bremen Bowdon Investment in Quality Control. She has two daughters and six grandchildren whom she enjoys spending time with. She enjoys cooking, reading, going to the beach, the mountains, catering, and spending time with family and friends. She attends Ranburne First Church. Janice also enjoys helping with the Hospitality at the Department Events.

 

 


kgd_0073fLindsey Robison

Administrative Assistant

Lindsey began her career in the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in December of 2014. She is a Michigan native and moved to Carrollton with her husband David in 2012. She enjoys the small town atmosphere in Carrollton and is excited to be able to serve her community through her employment with the city. She enjoys crafting, playing games, and hanging out with family and friends and is an active member of LifeGate Church Carrollton.

 

 

 

 

kgd_0070fShirley Hewitt
Customer Service Technician

Shirley came to CPRCAD in 2004 after twenty-five years as an Administrative Secretary with the Georgia Tech EDI Field Offices in Carrollton and Newnan. She has a B.S. in Education from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. Shirley is married to James Hewitt, a longtime member of the Carrollton Bass Masters. They have four active grandchildren who keep them on the go. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 


kgd_0072f-2Renee Cash

Customer Service Technician

Renee started working with CPRCAD in April 2016 after 23 years of working in Pharmacy. She is married to Jason Cash and has two children Mikayla and Parker. She was blessed with her first grandchild in May. She loves shopping, spending time with friends and family. She is a member of West Metro Church of Christ in Hiram. She enjoys meeting new people and is so excited to start this new chapter in her life.

 

Leisure Programs Division

kgd_0055fDonna Ford, Superintendent of Programs
Programs Responsible For: Senior Adult Programs, Special Events, Gymnastics, Therapeutic Programs, Concessions and Leisure Programs

Donna Ford came to Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in 1984 from the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department in Anniston, Alabama. She was Director of the Lenlock Community Center and Executive Director of the Anniston Arts Council. She has held many positions in the Carrollton department and oversees the Program Division. She has a full-time staff of eight responsible for Senior Adult Programs, Therapeutic Programs, Gymnastics, Special Events, Leisure Programs, Bonner Fitness Center and Concessions. She has won numerous awards for innovative programming over the years from the Georgia Recreation and Park Association. She was also the Director of Carrollton Main Street when the program was a part of Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Donna graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland in 1979 with a B.A. degree in Recreation and Spanish. She also attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts and did an internship at Laughing Brook Wildlife and Environmental Education Center. Donna is nationally certified by the National Recreation and Park Association as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional. She also holds her Disability Sports Specialist II certification through Blaze Sports America. Donna and her husband Thomas have two children, Nicholas and Christine and have lived in Carrollton for 30 years. Her children were active members of the Bluefin Swim Team for 10 years. Donna’s passion is working with senior adults and persons with disabilities. Her other interests include gardening, the Arts, historic preservation, Alabama football, seashell collecting, Special Olympics and wildlife preservation


kgd_0052fDanielle Jenkins

Carrollton Senior Center Manager

Danielle was raised in Lilburn, Georgia and came to Carrollton to attend the University of West Georgia. She was a Therapeutic Recreation major and did her internship with the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. In 1997 she was hired full time as the Carrollton Senior Center Manager. Danielle returned to school at UWG and earned a Master’s Degree in Gerontology in 2001. She also has certifications as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. Danielle is actively involved with the Carroll County Council on Aging, The Alzheimer’s Group of Carroll County, Inc., TRIAD, and Georgia Recreation and Park Association. Danielle has always loved being around older adults. When she was young her great aunt that had Alzheimer’s disease lived with her family. Danielle helped her mother take care of her for seven years. This paved the way to her career choice and her love for the older adult population. Danielle loves the diverse programs and activities that are offered at the Senior Center. She has met many wonderful and interesting people there over the past 18 years. Danielle has two sons, a twelve year old named Joseph and a six year old named Bryson.

 

kgd_0051fLisa Deming
Senior Center Supervisor

Lisa was born and raised here in the Carrollton area. She graduated from the State University of West Georgia with a Master’s Degree in Gerontology. Lisa worked in the Social Work Case Management Department at Tanner Medical Center-Carrollton for 6 years where she coordinated the Respite Care Program. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member of The Alzheimer’s Group of Carroll County, Inc, and secretary of the group. Lisa also facilitated the Alzheimer’s support group for 14 years. Lisa has been working at the Senior Center since July 2011 and she loves it! What a great bunch of senior adults we have in Carrollton. Lisa and her husband Jay currently live in the Carrollton area with their 2 sons.

 

 

 

kgd_0050fAngela Boling
Food Service manager

Angela Boling was born and raised in Alabama. She moved to Georgia in 1990 and currently resides in Carrollton with her children, Brittanie and B.J. Angela began working at the Senior Center in 2012 as a part-time cook and was recently promoted to Food Service Manager. Angela is ServSafe certified, loves what she does, and especially enjoys getting to know all of the Seniors at the Center. Angela is pursuing a degree in Business and Culinary Arts in her spare time. Each day she looks forward to serving the Senior Adults who come to the center each day and the home delivered meal recipients. Angela says, “If making one great meal each day will help them and put a smile on their faces, then my job is done.”

 

 


kgd_0054fThomas Sutton

Therapeutic Programs and Special Olympics

Thomas Sutton is the new Therapeutic Coordinator for the CPRCAD. He is originally from the city of Liverpool, England. He immigrated to the United States 2 years ago after marrying his wife, Ashley Sutton, who teaches Special Education at Carrollton High School. He has ten years of experience working with diverse groups of people in a variety of settings. At the age of 18 he had the opportunity to take part in a program called Camp America. He was offered a position in America through Easter Seals. He worked at Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults) at Lake Martin . This is a fully adapted, outdoor, therapeutic recreation, summer camp for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. As a counselor he was responsible for the total care and supervision of the campers. His eyes were opened to the endless possibilities for individuals with disabilities and how he could support them in achieving their goals to become as independent as possible. He returned home with a clearer understanding of the career he wanted to pursue. He traveled extensively around the world and worked with senior adults diagnosed with Dementia and with individuals with Autism. He received his degree in Social Work at Leeds Beckett University. He did volunteer work in Carrollton under the direction of Tracey Young and participated in many Special Olympic programs. He knows many of the participants and volunteers associated with Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department’s therapeutic programs. He worked for Briggs and Associates before taking his new position as Therapeutic Coordinator with the Carrollton Parks , Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. Thomas is looking forward to meeting all of the citizens of Carrollton and Carroll County that participate in the therapeutic programs of the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department.


kgd_0060fDottee Morton

Special Events Coordinator

My name is Dottee Morton and I am the Special Events/Programs Coordinator for Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department. I have been with the department since 1998 serving in many positions. I started out in 1994 part-time in the Athletic division which sports is my true love. At that time I was working full-time at the Carrollton Elementary School from 1992 to 1998 when I was asked to go full-time with the department and I have never looked back. I have been in positions with Athletics, Administration and now with programs. I am now coordinating the Fitness programs, Martial Arts, Tumbling and Cheerleading, Concessions, Training of our volunteers and all Special Events. I am very heavily involved in our National, State and District recreation associations. I am originally from Pennsylvania and have lived all over the United States but now have called my home Carrollton over the last 28 years. I am married to Richard Morton with two children, Brandi and Kreig who grew up in the recreation department every day. My husband and I coached our children throughout the years and now we are coaching our grandchildren, Kambrie, Dylan and Kynleigh which is three of the greatest things in my life!

 

 

Akgd_0057fli Williamson Trent
Head Gymnastics Team Coach
Ali Williamson Trent earned a degree in Health and Physical Education with a certification in special education from the University Of West Georgia. Ali competed as a Carrollton Flexette for 7 years, retiring as a level 9 gymnast. She was a competitive cheerleader from 1998-2001 & was a member of the first cheer team to win a State Championship at Carrollton High School. Ali was also a member of the UWG co-ed cheerleading squad at the University of West Georgia from 2001-2003, where she won 2 back to back national titles.Currently, Ali is embarking on her 18th year of coaching gymnastics and has worked for many different competitive programs throughout the West Georgia, Atlanta area. 2011-2013 Ali directed her very own private gymnastics club, CCG Competitive Team, after a successful years of programming, CCG closed its doors in August of 2013 and Ali was given the opportunity to work for the CPRCAD gymnastics program. Ali has had the opportunity to teach as a clinician at the Georgia AAU State Clinic where she instructed coaches on compulsory progressions and drills, as well as volunteer at some of the largest gymnastics events in the southeast; such as, The Paws for a Cause Invitational and The Courtney Kupet’s Invitational hosted in Savannah, GA. Ali is married to Peter Trent, a New York native. Together they have a beautiful daughter, Maelyn Rose and their family is looking forward to gaining an addition in April of 2015.

 

 

kgd_0056fStacey Kyne
Gymnastics Coordinator

I am originally from New Berlin, Wisconsin and moved to Carrollton, Georgia with my twin sister to attend the University of West Georgia. I was a competitive gymnast growing up until I was a freshmen in high school, I then turned to cheerleading. During college I was apart of the All-Girl Cheerleading team and won 3 National Championships. I also worked part time with the Carrollton Flexettes Gymnastics Team. I was able to work with multiple levels of gymnast and help them feel prepared for their competitions. After graduation, I accepted a position with the city being the new Gymnastics/Cheeleading Coordinator. I have been in this position since December 2014 and I love being able to share my love for the sport, as well as, my own life experiences. I have met so many wonderful people working for the city and I am so grateful to be apart of the Carrollton community.

 

 


Samantha Hudson
Gymnastics Coordinator

For more than 20 years Samantha has been actively involved in the sport of gymnastics.  After working her way through gymnastics classes at a young age, she the opportunity to join The Carrollton Flexettes as a member of their competitive team.  Sam competed up to level 7 before turning in her leotard to pursue coaching.

Sam coached the USAG Level 4 and 5 teams for the Carrollton Flexettes as well as instructed various classes of all age and skill levels for 3 years before moving to Athens to attend the University of Georgia.  While pursuing her college education, Sam joined the staff at Classic City Gymnastics owned by Jay Clarke, (current associate head gymnastics coach at LSU) and his wife Julie Ballard Clarke (former Georgia gym dog) and was given an opportunity to work with some of the country’s top coaches and gymnasts for 5 years. NCAA gymnastics coaches; such as, Doug McAvin, the vault coach for the Gym Dogs, frequented Classic City Gymnastics and assisted with coaching and mentoring weekly. frequented Classic City Gymnastics, where Sam was given an opportunity to learn from the best. While coaching for Classic City, Sam had the responsibility of instructing classes and working as a competitive team coach for USAG levels 3-6. It was an honor for Sam to be given the opportunity to work each day guiding such talented athletes and helping them polish, perfect, and practice their skills.

Another proud accomplishment in the gymnastics world that Sam holds close to her heart is the participation of my own daughter in the sport of gymnastics.  Sam looks forward to watching her daughter, Payton grow excel through this sport if she chooses to stick with it.  I owe the person I am today, my work ethic, and my determination to be successful all to my years spent in gymnastics.  My experience in this gym with my daughter and these coaches is some that I look forward to sharing with the Carrollton Flexettes.

Athletic/Aquatic Division


kgd_0074fJulie Ivey, CPRP, AFO

Superintendent of Athletics/Aquatics

Julie is a native of Carrollton and graduate of Carrollton High School. She grew up playing every sport our department offered. She is a 1985 graduate of West Georgia College with a B.S. in Recreation Administration. She began her career as a Leisure Program Coordinator with the Carrollton Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department from 1985-2001. In 2001, she became Assistant Director of the Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department and remained there until July 2008. From August 2008-November 2009, she was the Aquatics Coordinator at Boundary Waters Aquatic Center which is part of the Douglas Co. Parks and Recreation Department. Julie was fortunate enough to be able to return home and become an Athletic Coordinator in November of 2009. She became the Superintendent of Athletics/Aquatics in December 2011. She carries many certifications including the CPRP (Certified Parks/Recreation Professional), Aquatics Facility Operator, and American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. She has been, and still is, a member of the GRPA State Athletic Committee for the past 5 years. She is a member of Carrollton First United Methodist, Carrollton Athletic Booster Club and the Trojan Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. Julie is married to Lance Ivey and they have a grown son, Blake, who is a graduate of UWG with a BS in Mass Communications. In her spare time, she and Lance love to attend UGA and CHS football games where they are diehard fans and season ticket holders.

 

kgd_0069fJohn Layng
Assistant Superintendent of Athletics/Aquatics

John grew up in Snellville, GA. He worked for CPRCAD from 2000-2005 part-time while in College, as a Lifeguard, and in the Athletic Division. He graduated from West Georgia in 2005 with a degree in Parks and Recreation Management. After graduation, John worked for nine years in minor league baseball with the Atlanta Braves Organization. He was fortunate to be able to return to the department in August 2014 as an Aquatics Coordinator, and was responsible for all programming at the Lakeshore Natatorium and Midtown Water Park. In July, 2015 John became the Assistant Superintendent of Athletics/Aquatics. He is responsible for all Youth Football, Basketball and Baseball. His wife Lauren is a teacher at Carrollton Elementary School, and they have two sons Tripp & Brady. His hobbies include watching sports, and being on the lake.

 

 

kgd_0046fBradley McLester
Program Coordinator/Athletic Coordinator

A Native of Villa Rica, Georgia, Bradley has always had a strong passion and commitment for helping others in the community. He began working for the Carrollton, Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department in the fall of 1988 as an after-school recreation coordinator. In 1990, in collaboration with the Carrollton Housing Authority he served as an after-school coordinator for a pilot program that began in Davis Plaza. In 1995, he began working for the Catherine Hardy Lavender Recreation Center as a recreation aide and now he serves as a program coordinator/athletic coordinator for the CHL facility. Programming responsibilities include the Catherine Hardy Lavender Center, Track, and Cross Country. Bradley is a loving husband, proud father of three children, and grandfather of two.

 

 

 

kgd_0068fOra Chism
Athletic Coordinator

Ora is a native of Carrollton and graduate from Villa Rica High School. She participated in basketball and track and field with the recreation department at a young age. She continued playing both sports through high school. She started her coaching career at Villa Rica Recreation Department with the Track Program from 2001-2002. . She had the opportunity to be a part of the coaching staff at Carroll County Recreation Department from 2006-2012 while in college. In 2007, Ora graduate from University of West Georgia with a B.S in Science in Sport Management. Ora worked in the school system for five years at Carrollton Elementary School with Special Education. She was fortune enough to become a part of Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department as an Athletic Coordinator in January 2016 for two sports Cross Country and Spring Youth Track and Field. Ora is married to Sandor Chism and they have a daughter, Saniyah, who attends Carrollton City Schools. In her spare time, she and Sandor enjoy going to the gym, spending time with family and going to watch and support young athletes in our community.

 

 

Caryn Sheufler
Athletic Coordinator

I moved to Carrollton when I was 8. While growing up in Carrollton, I participated in soccer and softball through CPRCAD. I received a soccer scholarship to play soccer at Young Harris and then onto University of Tennessee at Martin to finish my college career. While in playing in college I receive numerous awards in soccer. They were All-America, Most Valuable Keeper at the NJCAA National Tournament, MVP 3 years straight, Team Co-Captain, 2nd team all OVC, 1st team all OVC, and OVC tournament team. After graduating, I moved back to Carrollton and then in 2006 I started working at CPRCAD. I have been in charge of the soccer program while working for CPRCAD. I have seen the program change from a small town Recreation program to a thriving small club. I love working with the soccer program and watching new comers to the sport to old veterans play and love the sport I grew up playing.

 

kgd_0053fJohn Pepper
Bluefin Swim Team Head Coach

John joined the team in 2005 as a part time assistant coach and then became the full time assistant coach in 2007. He started his swimming career with the Smyrna Swim Team in 1987 and then began swimming year round with the Stingrays in Cobb County from 1987 – 1993 and swam with Campbell High School from 1989 to 1993. He was also a member of the Georgia Zone Team in 1992. He is attending University of West Georgia working on his major in Psychology. John has been a member of the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) since 2007 and USA Swimming since 2006 along with being a coaching staff member of the Georgia Zone Team in 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2013. He and his wife Sydney live in Villa Rica with their three dogs Hershey, Oliver and Sargent. John became the Head Coach in 2015.

 

 

kgd_0066fMonica Craig
Athletic Coordinator

Monica has been a part of Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department since March of 2007. She worked part-time with the Therapeutic Department under Tracey Young helping with the Special Needs Program from March 2007-December 2011. In January of 2012-present, Monica became a full-time employee with the department as an Athletic Coordinator. In her 3 years with our department, Monica has started 2 new and up and coming programs in Girl’s Volleyball and Youth Lacrosse to go along with our girls softball, basketball, 5/6 coed t-ball, and flag football. Monica was recently name 2014’s Athletic Professional of The Year at our GRPA Fourth District Banquet held back in October. Born and raised in Henry County, Monica attended Henry County High School. She was a 4 year starter and team captain on the Softball and Basketball teams, an honor student, and a graduate in the top 10% of her senior class. Monica attended Lagrange College and majored in Business Administration. She also continued her basketball and softball career there as well. Monica really enjoys life in the world of recreation and takes great pride in helping each participant in her programs learn, grow, and improve their skills to become the best that they can be.

 


kgd_0065fBrody Lively

Aquatics Coordiantor

Brody was born and raised in Carrollton and participated in several recreational activities including baseball and basketball. Brody ultimately found his passion in wrestling and was fortunate to be a part of Bremen High School’s 2009, 2010 and 2011 Team Dual State Championship team. Brody attended Truett McConnell College on a wrestling scholarship before choosing to return to Carrollton to attend the University of West Georgia. Brody is in his final year at the University of West Georgia earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Brody has been working as a lifeguard for Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department since 2011.

 

 


Cherie Empson

Bluefin Swim Team Assistant Coach

Cherie Empson has taken the “plunge” and is the new assistant head coach for the Carrollton Bluefins swim team. She has been with the program for about 2 years, working with the rookie swimmers as a part time assistant.   Cherie’s youngest son,Tristan has been swimming for the Bluefins since 2012 after moving from Ohio. Cherie coached for three years for the Tipp Torpedoes in Tipp City, Ohio, and two years with the Miami County YMCA Marlins with the 8 and under swimmers.  Cherie and her husband, William, have four children, Jeremiah, Ava, Callum and Tristan.  Both of the younger boys swam competitively in Ohio and Tristan in Georgia as well.  She will bring her passion, enthusiasm and love of competitive swimming to her new position.  Ready to make a “splash” in the Carrollton Bluefins Program!

 

 


kgd_0067fPedro Pittman

Athletic Coordinator

Pedro was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a youth, Pedro participated in little league baseball and Pop Warner football and continued playing both sports through high school. Pedro served seven years in the United States Military. For the last twenty years, in his spare time, he has been a youth baseball and high school umpire. Pedro currently works for the Burwell Program and Carrollton Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Department. His hobbies include golf, traveling, and spending time with friends. He loves working with the youth of our community and teaching them the correct, way to play sports.

Parks & Facility Maintenance Division


kgd_0064fKent Johnston

Parks & Facilities Superintendent

Oversight and Management of Operations of all Parks, Facilities, Cemeteries and Natural areas within the City of Carrollton, Greenbelt Development Issues related to Parks, Overseeing the Planning and Renovation of Existing Facilities, New Landscape Development, the Community Service Program and serves as liaison and coordinator of Volunteer Groups related to Parks Projects. Kent Johnston started with the Carrollton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department in 1995 as the Superintendent of Parks. Prior to this he was with West Georgia College almost 9 years as Campus Horticulturist and also served several years as Assistant Director of Grounds and as Campus Landscape Designer. Kent has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Georgia in Ornamental Horticulture. He and his wife Kelly have lived in the area for the last 20 years and have two wonderful sons attending Carrollton City Schools. Kent finds it a joy to work for the City and this Department.

 

 

kgd_0063fBart Williams
Parks Supervisor

Bart is a native of Carroll County and his family has been here for six generations. He spent four years in the US Navy as an F-14 Fighter aircraft Mechanic. Upon leaving the military he went to work at Lockheed Plant in Marietta, Ga. continuing to work on Aircrafts. He worked a couple years with a local company doing commercial HVAC installation and decided to make a go at building houses and did so until 1996. He was recruited by a gentleman from Sears Product repair service in 1997 to run the HVAC Division and Lawn and Garden Division managing 42 associates. In 2008 he decided to get out of Atlanta and seek local employment and become more involved in the local activities. He started with the City of Carrollton in February of 2010 with the Recreation Dept maintenance division as a Maintenance/Mechanic Supervisor. His future plans are to continue to grow and learn and improve his skills set to better his ability to work with people and to improve facilities throughout the city. For him it is an absolute honor to work with a State and nationally recognized recreational dept., with some of the finest people in this community.

 

 

kgd_0026fTim Loftin
Facilities Supervisor

Tim has worked for twenty-nine years with city and served for four years in the United States Air Force. He is a Facility Supervisor where he maintains and upkeeps all of our facilities. He is married and has two children and four grandchildren. He was born and raised in the Carrollton area and graduated from Carrollton High School. He also coached girls’ softball for eleven years. He is looking forward to retiring from the city one day. He enjoys life, the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking and hunting

 

 

 


kgd_0038fSusan Ballentine

Office Assistant

Susan has been employed with the city since February of 2014. Professionally, Susan has extensive experience in management and training in addition to having a varied skill set to draw from. She loves people and enjoys integrating humor with good work ethic. Susan is married with three children still at home; Nathan, Daniel and Gracie. Between Scott and Susan they also have four grown children; Matthew, Blake, Nick and David, and a granddaughter, Lillian. She enjoys nature, music, embroidery and loves to develop her creativity in the kitchen whether baking or cooking meals for her family. She attends Southern Hills Christian Church and considers her faith and family as her principal blessings.

 

 

 

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Carrie Burnette
Horticulture Supervisor

Carrie started working with the department in May of 2012; she previously worked at Lowe’s as their live nursery specialist. She has worked in the green industry for twenty-eight years as a professional grower and landscape designer. She has managed both wholesale growers and independent nurseries. Carrie develops, designs, and maintains landscape beds throughout the city and parks. Her green thumbprint can be seen in almost any area of Carrollton. As a result of her extensive knowledge of plant needs and remedies for plant illnesses she has become known throughout Carroll County as the plant doctor. She enjoys camping, gardening, fishing and working on her shooting skills.

 

 

 

kgd_0040fGenia Lambert
Facilities Caretaker

Genia started with the department in April of 2006. She maintains our Tracey Stallings Community Center, Senior Center and the Bonner Gymnasium. Genia directs and supervises our community service workers throughout the day as she travels from building to building. Genia helps develop and setup the layouts of each of our rentable rooms at the Tracey Stallings Center several times throughout the week. Her favorite part about working for the department is meeting new visitors to our facilities and assisting them in whatever needs they have. She has two children named Brooke and Matt and she has two granddaughters named Madisyn and Mylie. She played basketball for three years at Ranburne and helped develop their women’s basketball program during that time. She also enjoys watching basketball games in her free time.

 

 

kgd_0043fAlonzo Pike
Lawn Maintenance Foreman

Started with the City in April 1986 as a Fireman. He moved to the Recreation Department in 1994. With his combined time, he has a total of twenty nine years of service for the City. Since starting with the Recreation Department Alonzo has played a key roll in the development of multiple parks and recreational fields. Currently, he has several parks and facilities that are assigned to him to maintain. Alonzo enjoys the work he does and his future plans are to continue to work as long as he can.

 

 

 


kgd_0036fJohn Driver

Field Maintenance Supervisor

John is a lifelong resident of Carrollton and graduated from Carrollton High School. In high school John played football, baseball and basketball and currently has two sons following in his footsteps. Max attends West Georgia University; Jett is a junior at Carrollton and plays baseball and football. John started working with the city in the Athletic Department and approximately two years ago moved into the Parks and Facilities Division. He is now the Field Supervisor, maintaining all athletic fields in the City. In the height of various ball seasons he can be found on a mower or behind the paint machine making sure the lines are straight and fields are ready for play. He also oversees tournaments that take place at East Carrollton softball complex on many weekends throughout the year.

 

 

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Marvin Hutchinson
Small Equipment Operator

Marvin came to the City of Carrollton from Farm Mutual in 1985 as a part time employee. The same year he was picked up as a full time employee. Marvin started out running a weed eater and is now responsible for the majority of the grass cutting through out the city. In the summer months Marvin will start mowing at 7:00am and not stop until 4:00pm, five days a week. Marvin enjoys mowing and takes a lot of pride in keeping his assigned areas in top shape. Marvin is one of our long term associates that he plays a key role in the development of many of the parks that have been expanded in the past thirty years. Marvin’s future plans are to continue working for the department as long as possible.

 

 

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Kevin Cheek
Small Equipment Operator

Kevin was born and raised in Carrollton and is a graduate of Central High School. He is married to Kayla and they will be welcoming their first child in May 2015. They are members of Roopville Road Baptist Church and Kevin enjoys playing and watching a variety of different sports. Kevin has been employed since May of 2012. He works a variety of positions including being part of the trim crew, supervising community service workers and assisting with athletic field maintenance.

 

 

 


kgd_0039fGary Thompson

Maintenance Technician

Gary is one of our newest team members. His work background includes working for Carroll County Schools and work in the construction field as well as owning his own business for 35 years. Gary is especially knowledgeable with our irrigation system and repair of our various pieces of equipment, large and small. He has been married for 24 years and has raised two children, Taylor and Zack. He is a longtime resident and enjoys golf, hunting and fishing in his spare time.

 

 

 


kgd_0033fTerry Phillips

Facility and Cemetery Coordinator

Terry Phillips became a full time employee in the fall of 2014. Since coming on board he has successfully learned several positions and responsibilities. He is efficient and has a strong work ethic. Terry is a lifelong resident of Carrollton. His work history includes various maintenance positions in the area as well as being a coach for the past seventeen years for local schools. He and his wife, Lisa, of twenty-seven years have four children; Eric Jay – 24, Randi – 20, Ryan Jay – 17, and Anthony – 7. As a family they love to be on the athletic fields playing baseball, softball, or soccer. To relax a nice trip to the beach is the favorite.

 

 

 

kgd_0042fMark Norton
Lawn Maintenance Technician

Mark started working for the department as a seasonal employee in 1996 and was hired full time in 1997. Mark does mostly lawn maintenance and is part of the trim crew. He is familiar with all of our various parks and facilities since he travels to almost all of them each week. He starts each morning at 5:30am at our Square making sure it is clean and presentable. He attends Northpoint Church and enjoys reading the bible and spending time with his family. Mark loves living a healthy lifestyle and mostly eats raw vegetables and fruit. He loves to walk everyday and enjoys spending time outside in the fresh air.

 

 

 

kgd_0034fPam Clifton
Facilities Caretaker

Pam started working with the department in November of 2007. She maintains four of our buildings; East Carrollton, Senior Center, Bonner Gymnasium and the Maintenance Offices. Pam also directs and supervises our community service workers throughout the day as she travels from building to building. She is from Ranburne, Alabama where all of her family resides. She and Anthony, her husband of 27 years, have two grown children; Kyle with daughter in law, Kaci and Tasha with son in law, Brad and granddaughter, Ellie. She is a member of Freedom Baptist Church and she loves to travel. Pam is very active with her family whether it is playing with her granddaughter, Ellie, cheering on her son Kyle who races or shopping with her daughter. She is also in the process of building her second home with her husband, Anthony

 

 

 

Tasha Whittle
Facilities Caretaker

My name is Tasha Whittle and I’m a native of Ranburne Alabama where I graduated high school. Shortly after graduating I married my high school sweetheart Brad. I worked at Luv-N-Care Daycare and Preschool Center for 10 years before having a child of my own, Ellie. After having Ellie, I became a stay at home Mom for 2 years. She is the apple of my eye and She makes her Daddy and I so proud to be her parents. I have been employed by CPRD since February 2016 after working part time for one year I was offered full time. I am a member of Freedom Baptist Church in Ranburne where I enjoy teaching the preschool class during Wednesday night bible study. I enjoy spending time with my family and really enjoy pageant days with my sweet beauty queen!

 

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Donald New

Facilities Maintenance Technician

Don started working with the department part time in July of 2010 and he then joined us as a full time employee in September of the same year. He was previously a Senior Park Ranger/Maintenance Supervisor at Red Top Mountain State Park. Don is skilled in several utility fields including electrical work, plumbing, carpentry and painting. He is originally from Anniston, Alabama but he considers Carrollton his home. He has two children, named Logan and Jesse. Don likes to play golf and ride his motorcycle. He enjoys riding with his friends as they travel all over the United States. His favorite place so far has been the Black Hills in the Midwestern States. He also loves to listen to classic rock and go camping.

 

 

kgd_0062fEthan Yearta
Maintenance Technician

Ethan has been a team member since June of 2013. He has a large list of abilities and responsibilities ranging from equipment operations to maintenance and repair. Prior to working in our Department, Ethan worked at Lowe’s and for a motorcycle repair shop. Outside of work he is a musician and artist.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenyatta Dobbs
Maintenance Technician

Kenyatta Dobbs has been with the Parks and Facilities Division full time since February and was a part time employee before that. Kenyatta has over 13 years’ experience in turf maintenance and leads a team that maintains our parks. He has two children and coaches basketball, football and baseball when he is not working. He loves being a full time daddy.

 

Andrew Ledbetter
Maintenance Technician

Andrew Ledbetter began working for the Parks and Facilities Division in the spring of 2017and was quickly hired on as a full time employee. His professional background is in sub-station construction. He has two children and enjoys camping and watching his son play football.

Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

kgd_0048fJonathan Dorsey
Executive Director, Carrollton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jonathan Dorsey was born in Carrollton, GA and grew up in Mt. Zion. He graduated from MZHS and earned a BA degree in Mass Communications from West Georgia College (now University of West Georgia). After working in radio and newspaper, Jonathan became the executive director of the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Carrollton and Carroll County’s official destination marketing organization, in 1998. Jonathan has served on the Board of Directors and several committees of the GA Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, the Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum and as President of Georgia’s US Highway 27 Association. He earned Leadership Excellence Certification from GACVB’s professional credentialing program. Jonathan is married to Christy Dorsey and has two sons, Joshua and Jesse. He is also an active area musician.