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, daughter, and three dogs.

 

Angela Sullivan

  •  – 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.

Chad Raybon

  •  – Event Operations Coordinator

  • Chad Raybon assists Angela Sullivan in the execution of all outdoor events at Foley Sports Tourism. Chad is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in Sport Management. He interned with FST during the summer of 2016 for the initial opening of the FST fields. Upon graduating, Chad joined the front office staff of the Mobile Baybears as a Sales Account Executive with additional operations assistant responsibilities on game days.

    In his spare time, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife Hailey and their daughter Henley. An avid golfer, Chad has already decided he will join the PGA Champions (Senior) Tour after his retirement from the City of Foley.

  • Meagan McVicker

  • – Event Operations Coordinator

  • Meagan McVicker assists Angela Sullivan the execution of all indoor events at Foley Sports Tourism. Meagan is a recent graduate of the Rawlings Sports Business Management Program at Maryville University in St. Louis. Prior to graduating,
    Meagan interned with the Saint Louis Football Club, where she gained experience in Gameday Operations and Corporate Partnerships.
  • Her favorite sport to watch is baseball and she loves cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. In her spare time, Meagan enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, and shopping.  

Shellie Kichler

 – Marketing & Sales Director

Shellie is an experienced marketing and sales trailblazer with over 12 years in the sports tourism industry. Shellie recently joined FST focusing on marketing tactics, brand expansion, and sales development. Before joining FST she held a position as director of sales for SportsEvents Media Group, publisher of the national magazine, SportsEvents, as well as owner of S.P.O.R.T.S. The Relationship Conference. During this time she attributed to exponential revenue growth, streamlined communications systems, spearheaded marketing and sales projects and was able to build key relationships in this industry. Shellie has been involved in national organizations such as the Sports ETA Sports Legacy Committee as well as a local career development committee.

Shellie enjoys spending time at her new home, outdoors or on the water with her husband Nathan, two young sons, McCoy and Baylor, and Boykin spaniel, Cabela. Shellie is known for being “the hostess” for friends and family events and strives to make each detail special.

E-mail Me: skichler@cityoffoley.org

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, daughter, and dog crazy. 

Christy Symes Thompson

– Hospitality & Sponsorship Sales Manager

Christy entered the world of sports tourism nearly 10 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 owned and operated Team Up Advisory, an event management and sponsorship sales company.  She recently earned her STS (Sports Tourism Strategist) designation from SportsETA, the nation’s sports events and tourism industry’s association.

Christy lives in Foley, Alabama with her husband Brandon, their son James, 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!”

E-mail Me: cthompson@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 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.

Cameron Miller

– Grounds Crew

Cameron Miller joined the FST team in May 2016. Cameron is a veteran who spent six years in the army and did two active duty tours in Kuwait and Kirkuk.

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 was born and has lived in Foley most of his life. He is the oldest of four children. He has one daughter and two beautiful grandchildren. He and his wife have been married since 2005.

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.

Mason Deisner

– Grounds Crew

Mason Deisner is Foley born and bred. He is a graduate of Foley High School and worked at Sun South before finding a home with the City of Foley. His favorite thing about working on the FST grounds crew is learning cutting-edge industry technology like the department’s robot that is used to paint field lines. In his spare time you’ll find him hunting the spoils of which he occasionally will share with the rest of the crew during one of their famous potluck lunches.

 

 

Garrett De La Garza

– Grounds Crew

Foley High School Alum Garrett Delagarza joined the Foley Sports Tourism team in the summer of 2021. He enjoys working as a team with the grounds crew to keep the fields looking great for all upcoming events. His down-to-earth personality fits right in with the hard-working, respectful, and friendly staff.

He spends his spare time boating, fishing, and bird hunting. He is also in the process of training his German Short-Hair Pointer, Boone.

 

 

Angie Foley

– 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 making their experience a memorable one.

In her spare time, she is pursuing an associate’s 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.

Andrew Martin

– Event Center Crew

Andrew Martin came to the City of Foley after graduating from Hope Christian School in Birmingham, where he led his baseball team to a Christian High School National Championship.

His love of sports inspired him to begin his career in the City with the recreation department before moving over to the sports tourism department. Andrew appreciates the challenge of working the large range of events FST hosts, but particularly enjoys the Sun Belt Conference tournaments.

His hobbies include watching the University of Alabama football team in the fall, the Oklahoma City Thunder in the winter, and the Boston Red Sox in the summer.

Kachelle Diehl

– Event Center Crew

Kachelle Diehl 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 husband, 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.