– 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.
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– Deputy Director of Sports Tourism
Don Dukemineer, CSEE, CHSP, joined the Foley Sports Tourism (FST) team in February 2018 as the new Deputy Director of Sports Tourism. Before moving to Foley, Don worked for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau for 12 years as a Convention Sales Manager. In 2008, Don was elected Chairman of the Alabama Sports Initiative, Sports Alabama, by the members of the Alabama Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (AADMO) and continues to serve in this position today. Under his leadership, Don represents the State of Alabama as well as approximately 12 member destinations in creating awareness of Alabama’s rich history and tradition in hosting sporting events. In 2017, Don was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the first Alabamian to have been selected.
In 2009, he was awarded the “Green Apple Award” for Young Professional of the Year by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA); in 2010, the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Sales & Marketing Executives (HSME) recognized him as the CVB’s “employee of the year;” selected in the Southeast Tourism Society’s inaugural class of the “Forty for the Future,” recognizing travel’s leading talent in 2012; and recognized as the “Tourism Professional of the Year” by the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) in 2016. SportsEvents Magazine recognized the CVB’s sports marketing efforts with a “Readers Choice Award” in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017; and Sports Destination Management recognized the CVB’s efforts in hosting the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup with the prestigious “Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism” award.
He served on the board of the Huntsville/Madison County Hospitality Sales & Marketing Executives (HSME) for 10 years, including two terms as President; served on the Friends, Inc. non-profit board of directors for three years, including as Secretary and Vice President; Louis Crews Classic steering committee; and chairman of the Huntsville Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisory committee.
Don graduated from the University of Alabama in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, and Minor in Communication Studies. He has earned his designations as a Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) and as a Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP). He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County’s Connect program; a 2016 graduate of the Alabama Leadership Initiative of Leadership Alabama; and received special event certification training through the Alabama Emergency Management Association (EMA).
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– Event Operations Manager
Angela Sullivan currently oversees the execution of all events at Foley Sports Tourism. 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.
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– Event Operations Coordinator
Luke Persall comes to Foley Sports Tourism from the University of Missouri where he served as the RecSports Coordinator. He was directly responsible for a program of 12 sports serving more than 4,700 participants. He brings this to his role as Event Operations Coordinator in which he assists Angela Johnston in ensuring all events – indoor and outdoor- go off without a hitch.
- An Alabama native, Persall is excited to return to his home state with his wife and two children.
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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.
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Christy Symes Thompson
– Hospitality & 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, and most recently owned and operated Team Up Advisory, an event management and sponsorship sales company. She is currently earning her CSEE designation from The National Association of Sports Commissions.
Christy lives in Daphne, Alabama with her daughter, Abigail, and two spoiled dogs, Koda and Belle. “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!”
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– 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 the 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.
– Event Center Supervisor
He started at the fields assisting in the operations of tournaments and events. In the fall of 2017, Jeff transitioned into the Foley Event Center, where he continues in the setup and running of events.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and deer hunting with his hunt club. He lives in Foley with his amazing, pants-wearing wife Pam and his three dogs.
– Grounds Crew
Long-time resident Daniel Eckman began his tenure with the City of Foley at Graham Creek Nature Preserve in October 2015. He then spent time in recreation before joining FST in October 2016. An Army National Guard veteran Daniel did a tour in Iraq serving in the Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 to 2005.
Upon completing deployment Daniel attended Auburn University where he earned a degree in Animal Science then worked with the Department of Agriculture and Industries.
In his current role, Daniel is responsible for a range of duties including keeping the fields in tip-top shape. His favorite part of his job is seeing youth get to develop their talent during tournaments.
In his spare time, Daniel enjoys boating, hunting, and fishing. He takes every opportunity to enjoy all the Gulf Coast has to offer.
– Grounds Crew
He works with the grounds crew doing everything from painting fields to assisting with the running of events. His favorite part of his job is working with Freddy Cuellar who keeps him motivated.
In his spare time, Cameron enjoys shopping. An avid Miami Hurricanes fans, he cheers on the U at every opportunity.
Larry Joe Zellers
– Grounds Crew
Larry Joe spends as much of his spare time with his grandchildren as possible. He also loves to travel with his wife. They have been to the mountains, Universal Studios, several beaches and in 2017 had the opportunity to take a Viking River Cruise through Europe.
Larry Joe spent several years working at a local golf course learning the ins and outs of grounds maintenance and equipment management. He brings that experience with him to FST and can’t wait to learn more from his coworkers.
– Event Center Crew
Angie Foley came on board in February of 2018 to assist in the setup and running of events in the Foley Event Center. Her background in customer service means she shares her sunny disposition with each and every visitor who walks through Foley’s doors.
Never one to shy away from hard work, Angie is ready to pitch in on anything to get the job done. Her favorite part of her job is helping visitors learn more about the city and make their experience a memorable one.
In her spare time, she is pursuing an associates degree in hospitality and event planning. She enjoys hanging out at the beach, attending sporting events, and hanging out with her family. An Alabama Crimson Tide fan she fits right in with the rest of the FST staff.
– Event Center Crew
Kachelle Walker started with the City of Foley in February 2018 working as a part-time events worker. In June 2019 she was promoted to a Building Maintenance position at the Event Center. Not only does she help keep up with the daily needs of the building she also assists in the setup and running of events. She also dabbles in the Marketing Department where she throws in ideas to help promote our Event Center as well as helping the sales team produce sale leads. She has her hands in just about every department here at the Event Center. Her focus is on growing the City of Foley along with personal growth.
She is always eager to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. She will do whatever it takes to get the job done and ensures that our customers have everything they need to efficiently run their event. With her excellent organizational skills, she thrives in the fast-paced environment. Her goal is to make sure that every person that comes into the Event Center is happy, well taken care of and she wants them to make memories that can last a lifetime.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her Fiancé, Dan Diehl and their five amazing children. You can usually find them along the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast or around a volleyball net where she tries to be a positive role model for upcoming athletes. She is an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan. Kachelle has a passion for sports but her first love is volleyball. She has roughly 20 years experience in officiating volleyball. With her excellent insight into different sports as well as the great connections she makes with the customers that come to Foley Event Center, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. We are glad she is on our team.
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.