Recreation Advisory Committee:

An nine-member parks and recreation advisory committee (RAC) provides guidance for the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department. The board members are appointed by the Bulloch County Commission and serve four-year terms. The board is made up of citizens throughout Bulloch County, each having a common interest in providing the best parks and recreation services possible to the citizens of Bulloch County.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Noon in the Honey Bowen Building.

Beth Sands serves as Chairman of the Recreation Advisory Committee. Beth grew up in Dekalb County. She is very athletic--playing sports all of her life. Her concentration has been on fast pitch softball, of which she earned a scholarship to Georgia Southern as catcher and played from 1987 to 1991. GSU is where she met her Statesboro-native husband, Dub, who was in the Marine Corps at the time. Beth and Dub married in 1992. Beth graduated from GSU with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. She then moved to South Carolina to attend graduate school at Winthrop University and serve as the Grad. Assistant Coach for the softball team, while earning a Masters Degree in Counseling and Development. While Dub attended UGA, Beth started her own fast pitch softball business instructing catchers and hitters in and around the Atlanta area. Beth and Dub have 2 children--Daniel and Mikay. Beth is a devoted wife, proud mother and energetic career Volunteer. The Sands' are active members of First Baptist Church where they are involved with the college ministry and Vacation Bible School. One of Beth's favorite things to do is teach the Water Aerobics class at Splash in the Boro year round. She also enjoys running, krav maga, other sports activities and of course, wathcing any and all GSU athletic events and spending at much time at the beach! Beth volunteers at Sallie Z and at Langston Chapel Middle School where her children attend. She has coached all of the sports her children have participated in--including cheerleading--with the exception of Football. She also instructs the summer softball clinic at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department. Beth was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in September 2008.

Tony Natsonserves as Vice Chair of the Recreation Advisory Committee. He is lifelong resident of Bulloch County, Georgia.  He attended Statesboro High School where he was a three year letterman in football and baseball, and track.  He also attended Georgia Southern University where he lettered for the Georgia Southern Eagles under the direction of Coach Erk Russell.  He has earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Middle Grades Mathematics, and an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.  He has served on the Georgia Professional Standards Commission which oversees teacher certification. Currently, he is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at William James Middle School.  As Athletic Director, he is actively involved in the athletic programs offered at William James Middle School. Tony and his wife, Janice, have two children Sa’Sha and Sherrod.  He enjoys spending time with his family, working in his yard and fishing in his spare time. Tony was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in July 2008.

Todd Hall is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Georgia Southern University. He joined the GSU faculty in the fall of 2008 after completing his doctoral studies at Texas A&M University. Having grown up in western Canada and completed an MBA at the University of Oregon, Todd and his family are happy to have migrated south and east over the years. Todd teaches a variety of undergrad and graduate courses, but enjoys the marketing, sponsorship, and strategy courses the most. He is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and has yet to take a season off from coaching in the Bulloch Recreation program since arriving in Statesboro. He and his wife, Dusty have five children who have greatly benefited from an active recreation program and LOVE living in close proximity to Splash in the ‘Boro! Todd was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in July 2012.

Tim "Bubba" Hunt is a local entepreneur and "celebrity." Bubba grew up in Hinesville, Ga but has lived in Statesboro since 1989. He started Pawn City, Inc. in 1992 and opened Car City in 2003. He is very active in the community and has served on several boards. He is on the board of directors for the Statesboro Chamber of Commerce and has chaired or co-chaired on the Small Business and Special Events committees. He is a graduate of Leadership Bulloch and has served on the board for 4 years. He is serving as president of Leadership Bulloch for 2012. Bubba has also served on the board for the Exchange Club of Statesboro and has chaired the Million Dollar Shoot-Out for the last 3 years. Bubba has been actively involved with coaching rec sports for the last 7 years.
Bubba has been married to Kim for 17 years and have two wonderful children, Madelyn (12) and Matthew (9).
Bubba was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in April 2008.

Teresa Phillips grew up in South Carolina where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Winthrop University. She moved to Bulloch County when she married Stacey Phillips, a life-long resident of Statesboro. Teresa earned her Masters of Education degree from Georgia Southern University in 2001. After commuting to Glennville to teach for four years, Teresa transferred to William James Middle School where she taught language arts and geography for seven years. She was the Jr. Beta Club sponsor and the assistant softball coach. During this time she obtained her National Board certification, Master Teacher certification, and an Education Specialist degree in Administration. In January 2008, Teresa accepted the Instructional Technology Specialist position at the Bulloch County Board of Education. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International and enjoys working with other educators. She enjoys going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. Teresa and her husband have two children, Spencer and Keylee. Teresa was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in September 2009.

Steven Sanders was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in April 2012. Steven Sanders, a lifelong resident of Bulloch County, joined the Recreation Advisory Committee April 2012.  He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University receiving his BBA degree in Finance with an emphasis in Bank Management.  Steven is an Assistant Vice President and Business Banker with Sea Island Bank in Statesboro Georgia.  He is a graduate of Leadership Bulloch, an active Kiwanis member and he serves as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Statesboro.  Steven is an active baseball and football coach for the SBCPRD.  He is married to Kristie and they have one son, Dalton.

Rev. Craig R. Tremble was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in July 2012. Rev. Tremble is a native of Statesboro, GA. He was raised in a Christian home, saved at a young age and called to preach when he was only 16 years old. Rev. Tremble has served in ministry in various capacities. He is a long-time member and one of the associate sons of Miller Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Statesboro. In 1991, Rev. Tremble graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, Atlanta, GA and became a Licensed Funeral Director and Mortician. In 1992, Rev. Tremble was called to pastor Hagan Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Hagan, GA where he served for 10 years. In 1996, he answered God's call to become the nineteeth Pastor of Second Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, Statesboro. He has a passion for teaching people how to apply the Word of God in their everyday lives. Rev. Tremble enjoys working for community-focused organizations and building strategic alliances with public and private organizations. His affiliations are with the Georgia Funeral Service Practicitioner's Association, Georgia Coronor's Association, Statesboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department. He also serves as Chaplain for Statesboro Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Deputy Coronor of Bulloch County. In addition, Rev. Tremble is a member of the Ogeechee Technical College Funeral Service Advisory Committee serving as Committee Chairman. He receive his Certificate of Theology from Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta on May 11, 2012. He is currently attending Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Ga. Rev. Tremble is happily married to Yolanda A. Tremble and has two sons, Jordan and Brandon. He is a successful businessman. Rev. Tremble and his wife are the owners of Craig R. Tremble Funeral Homes located in Statesboro and Pembroke. A family serving families!

Kesha Ward has served on the Recreation Advisory Committee for over 4 years. Kesha has been employed with Georgia Power Company for twelve years. She's currently a Compliance Comptroller in the Resource Management & Compliance Department. She is responsible for compliance audits for the Customer Service & Operations Department in the Central and Coastal regions of Georgia. Kesha earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree from Georgia Southern University. She is very involved in the community through Leadership Bulloch, Citizens of Georgia Power, and an active member of St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church. Kesha is a member of the Finance Committee and a Vacation Bible School teacher at her church. Her greatest joy is raising her 7 year old son, Chad. In her spare time, Kesha likes to read, watch movies, travel and spend time with her family and friends.

Matthew Wiseis a resident of Bulloch County, GA. Matthew is the owner of Wise Nurseries, LCC, which he started in 1996. He has three degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) specializing in Ornamental Production, Landscape Design, and Landscape Maintenance. He is a member of Georgia Green Industry Association (GGIA) and Southern Nursery Association (SNA). Matthew taught at
Ogeechee Technical College from 1999 to 2001. While there, he helped write
and then taught the curriculum for the Environmental Horticulture Program.
Matthew and his wife, Michelle, have four children, Hunter, Hollee, Sunny,
and one on the way. They are active members of Trinity Baptist Church in
Nevils, GA, where Matthew serves as a Sunday School teacher and Deacon.
Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, and
researching new plant varieties for the Southeast.
Matthew was appointed to the Recreation Advisory Committee in July 2012.

Honey Bowen, Emeritus

SBCPRD: Mike Rollins, Director
PO Box 408 Statesboro, Georgia 30459
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