Todd Spalding, Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry
Meet the Director
Aaron Grefrath, Assistant Director
J.J. Gates, Park Resources & Forestry Division Director
J.J. has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Missouri - Columbia. J.J. is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association. He was hired as an athletic field maintenance seasonal employee in 1991. He was promoted to Park Resources Supervisor in July of 1993. In May of 1999, he was promoted to his current position of Park Resources and Forestry Division Director. J.J. supervises three Park Resources Supervisors and one Park Planner. He oversees the general park facility and grounds maintenance operations; new construction; golf course and athletic field maintenance operations; forestry, downtown tree and street tree responsibilities; and park planning and design.
Phil Stiles, Recreation Facilities and Special Services Division Director
A 1985 graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Phil received a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Park Administration-Leisure Service Management. Phil is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association. Phil has been with the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Department since June 1986 and has been involved with virtually every aspect of the department´s recreation programs. As a recreation supervisor, he managed the daily operations and programs at the Washington Park Ice Arena, the Memorial Park Family Aquatic Center, and the Ellis-Porter/Riverside Pool. As division director, Phil remains active with the daily operations of the aquatic facilities, supervises three recreation program supervisors, coordinates internships, handles public relations for the department, and conducts staff training.
Tina Werner, General Recreation & Support Services Division Director
Tina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation and Leisure Services from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. Tina is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association. She was hired as a Recreation Supervisor in June of 1987 and promoted to her current position in April of 1998. As the General Recreation and Support Services Division Director, Tina oversees the daily operation of the office, Oak Hills Golf Center Clubhouse, and all adult and youth sports programs supervising four support staff, two Recreation Supervisors and one Recreation Specialist. She also works with affiliate organizations coordinating contracts and agreements.
Mike Bollinger, Recreation Supervisor/Special Populations & Camps
Mike has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Parks & Recreation and Business & Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mike is a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. He has been employed with Parks and Recreation since 1990. Mike oversees youth day camps, friday night recreation, leisure classes, hayrides, special olympics, special events, and outdoor recreation programing.
Rachel Bruemmer, Recreation Specialist/Skating Director/Camp
Rachel was first employed with the department from 95 - 97 as an ice arena and concessions attendant. Since 2000 she has worked in several capacities with the ice arena from instructor to manager and finally skating director. She is also the coordinator for all of the department concession stands. Rachel is a member of the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) where she is a certified Gold and Group Judge. She is also a member of the United States Figure Skating (USFS) and has a membership and Basic Accreditation with the Professional Skaters Association (PSA). Her responsibilities include overseeing the Washington Park skating school, the synchronized skating teams, concession operations, and special events throughout the year, including the annual ice show and Capital City Classic figure skating competition.
Stephanie Bruemmer, Recreation Specialist/Golf/Start Smart
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from William Woods University. She started with the department in 2006 as a part time employee working as a clubhouse attendant at Oak Hills. In June 2012, she became the assistant manager at Oak Hills. In October 2013, she was promoted to a recreation program specialist. Her responsibilities include managing the clubhouse at Oak Hills and all the Start Smart programs.
Kerri Gates, Recreation Supervisor/Ice Arena & Special Events
Kerri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Northwest Missouri State University-Maryville. Kerri is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional and a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. She started as an intern, returned as assistant manager of the Washington Park Ice Arena and also worked activities such as the Start Smart programs, Youth Sports Day Camp, and a Golf Course Clubhouse Attendant. She then went on to become the manager of the Ice Arena in 2004. She moved to Willard, MO to become their sports coordinator and later became the director. After almost three years, Kerri returned to Jefferson City and was hired in the winter of 2008 as a Recreation Specialist. In October 2013, she was promoted to a Recreation Program Supervisor and oversees the Washington Park Ice Arena and assists with the swimming pools in the summer.
Laurie Herzing, Recreation Supervisor/Aquatics & Ice Arena
Laurie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation & Leisure from Southwest Missouri State University. Laurie is a Certified Park and Recreational Professional, Aquatic Facility Operator, Certified Pool & Spa Operator, Water Safety Instructor, Basic Leadership Trainer, StarGuard Lifeguard Instructor, CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified. Laurie is also a member of the Missouri Park & Recreation Association. Laurie has been with Jefferson City since January 2006; however, she ran the Jefferson City Pools and Ice Arena in 1994 - 95, then left for St. Louis and is back running the Pools, assisting with the Ice Arena and Special Events.
Missy Morarity, Recreation Supervisor/Adult & Youth Sports
Missy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Missy is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, a Certified Youth Sports Administrator, a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. She was the Recreation Supervisor overseeing the Washington Park Ice Arena from Nov. 2000 - Oct. 2013, and was a part-time manager there from 1994 – 1997. She is now coordinating and supervising adult and youth sports programs, and assisting with ball field concessions. Before returning to Jefferson City, Missy spent three years in recreation with agencies in the St. Louis area.
Amy Schroeder, Park Planner I
Amy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia. She joined the Parks and Recreation Department in January 2008 as a Customer Service Representative and in November 2012 was promoted to Administrative Technician. In June 2015, Amy was promoted to Park Planner I. In October 2015, she became a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. Her job duties include installation and maintenance of recreation software programs; administration of website and social media; print publications; and collection of GIS data for park facilities.
Angie Toebben, Recreation Supervisor/Youth Sports & Adult Volleyball
Angie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Angie is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, a Certified Youth Sports Administrator, a Certified NYSCA Clinician, a CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association, and the National Recreation and Park Association. Angie is also a member of the MPRA Sports Section where she served as Section President in 2012.
She has been with the Department since 1997. She started as a Customer Service Representative for the Department and has been a Recreation Program Supervisor since August of 1999. Angie is in charge of organizing youth sports (high school basketball, tee-ball/coach-pitch, flag football, volleyball) and adult volleyball programs. Angie supervises the Concession Staff at the ballfields. She also coordinates the Candy Cane Hunt and MLB Pitch, Hit and Run. She is also involved with in-house publications and web site development for the Department. Angie was the 2008 City of Jefferson Outstanding Service Award recipient. She also received the Associate Fellow Award in 2014 through the Missouri Park and Recreation Association.
Andy Carroll, Parks & Landscape Planner
Andy received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1997. He is a Licensed Architect in the State of Missouri (Lic. No. A-2014015016), a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Park Association. In 2012 after 14 years in the field of architecture he has redirected his career goals to include a broader focus as a Park Planner. Andy is responsible for the design and construction of all park improvements, renovations and major repairs, as well as, supervision of construction staff and projects.
Ray Wallace, Park Resources Supervisor/ City Forester
Ray is the City Forester for Jefferson City and supervises the mowing, landscape and forestry crews. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia College. Ray is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association. He is a Certified International Society Arboriculture Arborist. Ray was hired by Jefferson City Parks and Recreation in November of 1999 as a Maintenance III in the Forestry Division and promoted to City Forester/Park Resource Supervisor in January 2001. He is a member of the Missouri Park and Recreation Association, and an At-Large member of the Missouri Community Forestry Committee.
Josh Werdehausen, Park Resources Supervisor/Park Maintenance
Josh has a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Josh is a member of the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association, a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, Certified Aquatic Facility Operator and a Certified Pool and Spa Operator. Josh started as an intern in January 2004 and was hired part time with benefits in March 2004. He was hired full time in May 2004 as a park maintenance worker. In February 2011 Josh was promoted to Park Resources Supervisor responsible for general park maintenance, special event support, Washington Park Ice Arena operations, Ellis-Porter and Memorial Pool operations.
Kevin Wieberg, Park Resources Supervisor/Golf & Turf
Kevin has worked for the Department of Parks and Recreation since March 1997. He was the Maintenance II (Turf Maintenance) and in March 1998 he moved to the Golf Course as a Maintenance II (Turf Maintenance) and then promoted to Crew Leader in 1999 and currently is the Park Resource Supervisor over the Oak Hills Golf Course and Athletic Field Maintenance since March 2000.
Jessica Mosier, Customer Service Representative
Jessica started working with Parks and Recreation in May of 2012 as a Customer Service Representative. She is a 2005 graduate from Eugene High School. Her duties include financial reports, maintaining the camp ground and extended stay reservations, maintaining RecTrac and making the necessary updates for all activities and general customer service.
Stacey Richards, Administrative Technician
Dotty Sanning, Fiscal Affairs Technician
Dotty is a 2009 graduate from Columbia College where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. She oversees the front office operation, assists staff with budget preparation and control, responsible for accounts payable and accounting tasks, processes payroll and assists customers with facility reservations and program registrations. She has been with the department since August 2000.
Amy Shaw, Administrative Assistant
Amy began working for the City of Jefferson in February 1994 and joined the Parks and Recreation Department in October 1999. She serves as the Secretary to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Recreation Services Committee and Park Resources and Planning Committee. Amy also serves as the Secretary to the Parks and Recreation Foundation which provides support for various outside organizations. She processes payroll and is responsible for personnel records.