Meet Our Team

David Thompson

  •  – Director of Recreation and Sports Tourism

  • David Thompson currently oversees all sports in the City of Foley. David oversaw the Foley Sports Complex and the Department of Recreation before adding the Sports Tourism department to his list of duties in the summer of 2017.

  • A proud University of Alabama alumnus he spends his spare time cheering on the Crimson Tide or spending quality time with his wife, son and three dogs.

 

Angela Johnston

  •  – Executive Assistant

  •    Angela Johnston is is no stranger to the Foley Sports Tourism. After spending a year as the Event Operations Manager she moved into the Executive Assistant role. Angela came to the city after spending 20 years in the insurance industry, which honed her eye for detail and her knack for organization. Before making it a full-time job, she volunteered to execute events for the City, the South Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce and numerous other charitable boards throughout the region.

       In addition to her professional and charitable experience, Angela brings her experience as a mom to the table. Raising three children while working full-time jobs has taught her a thing or two about scheduling and juggling multiple projects. Angie says her proudest moments are when she’s being a mom to Trevor, Tessa, and Dereck.

       Whether coaching or cheering from the sidelines, sports has always been a huge part of Angela’s life. Her family is involved in school and city league football, soccer, cross country, track, cheerleading, baseball, and dance. Combining her experience, knowledge, and passion, Angela has been able to help numerous visitors discover their top game at #PlayFoley.

Stephanie Godlewski

Stephanie Godlewski Donald

 – Marketing & Communications Manager

   Stephanie is excited to be working at the Foley Sports Tourism where she has the opportunity to use a diverse set of skills.

   After graduating Drew University with a degree in English, the NCAA foil fencer moved to Guam to work as a journalist in print, television, radio and digital. In 2010, she returned to the U.S. mainland to attend the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) where she earned her M.B.A. with a concentration in strategy.

   Since earning her U.A. post-graduate degree, Stephanie has worked in minor league baseball around the world including as marketing and communications coordinator for the 2013 Asia Series Champion Canberra Cavalry. Most recently, Stephanie moved from Reno, Nevada where she worked in graphic design and video production for the Reno Aces (AAA Affiliate Arizona Diamondbacks) and Reno 1868 FC (USL Affiliate San Jose Earthquakes).

   With FST Stephanie is leveraging all of her experience to create marketing campaigns that allow her to connect with all of the organization’s stakeholders and create lasting relationships in her new home.

   In her spare time, Stephanie is cheering for the Tide or the Philadelphia Flyers. She enjoys yoga, pilates, knitting, sewing and generally driving her husband, dog, and cat crazy.

Christy Raley

– Soirts & Sponsorship Sales Manager

Christy entered the world of sports tourism nearly eight years ago while working for SportsEvents Magazine and Media Group, one of the nation’s top sports tourism publications. She was instrumental in the planning and execution of S.P.O.R.T.S. – The Relationship Conference for six years. It was there she met some of the most incredible tourism industry professionals, mentors, and friends.

She attended Troy University where she graduated cum laude and earned a business degree with a concentration in marketing. She has also worked for Southern Living Magazine in Birmingham, AL, The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, and most recently owned and operated Team Up Advisory, an event management and sponsorship sales company.

Christy lives in Daphne, Alabama with her daughter, Abigail and two spoiled dogs, Koda and Beetle. “I love every aspect of this industry, and I’m excited for what the future holds in sports tourism for the City of Foley, Foley Sports Tourism, and our entire beautiful Gulf Coast!”

E-mail Me: craley@cityoffoley.org

Rhett Brown

– Field Superintendent

Rhett Brown brings a wealth of turfgrass management experience to Foley Sports Tourism that spans almost 20 years. Growing up in Tuscaloosa, he began his career working at various golf courses picking up skills left and right, including construction of new courses and installation of irrigation systems.

To further his knowledge, he proceeded to acquire a BS from Auburn University in Turfgrass Management from the College of Agriculture. After graduation, he worked as a golf course superintendent and landscape manager in Baldwin County before coming to FST.

Over the years, Rhett has managed various herbicide and fertilizer applications, integrated pest management, irrigation operations and repair, and construction equipment operations and maintenance. Currently, Rhett and the staff work to maintain the quality and conditions of 16 regulation fields and surrounding complex area to be in tiptop shape for the multiple sporting events and its visitors that arrive at FST.

Rhett lives in Foley with his wife Mary Kate and daughters Maitlyn and Mallory. He enjoys spending his free time fishing inshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, plus visiting the islands of Perdido Pass.

Elijah Smith

– Grounds Crew

   Elijah Smith was Foley born and knows the area well. After graduating from Robertsdale High School, Elijah took a position with Foley Sports Tourism. He’s flourished with us and is heavily relied upon during events, which, along with lining fields, is his favorite part of his job. He is always willing to jump in and help wherever needed to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Elijah always has a set of headphones on, making quick work while listening to tunes he may attempt to learn to play later in his spare time. A skilled guitarist and pianist, he plays occasionally at local restaurants. When he’s not at work, Elijah is riding around on his bike or has his nose stuck in a book. Favorite authors include Stephen King, James Patterson, and Bram Stoker.

Want to Join Us?

Want to join our team? As a department within the City of Foley, all our job openings would be listed on the city’s website.