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Scott MartinScott Martin: Administrator

Scott Martin is the Administrator for Chattanooga’s Department of Parks & Outdoors. Before joining the City of Chattanooga, he was the founding Director of River Heritage Conservancy, Inc., the conservancy creating ORIGIN Park on the North Shore of the Falls of Ohio. Scott has been part of teams in Idaho, Virginia, and Kentucky that have created some of our nation’s largest new public park and urban open space conservation systems.

He is presently a member of the Executive Board for World Urban Parks. In this role, he has delivered talks on urban parks and conservation systems to audiences in Australia, Canada, Europe, and Mexico. His work has been featured in the Australasia Parks and Leisure Journal, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Virginia Review, the National Association for Olmsted Parks, National Geographic, Creative Mornings, and the global “Nature in Cities Network”. Scott holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boise State University (Go Broncos!), and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration in 2021. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Chattanooga with their two marginally well-behaved Dalmatians. They enjoy birding, hiking, and whitewater kayaking. Email Mr. Martin at  


MonicaMonica Kensly: Deputy Administrator

Mrs. Kinsey is a distinguished leader with over two decades of experience in operations management, administration, project management, and community engagement. A true champion of Chattanooga, Ms. Kinsey excels in strategic planning, event coordination, and program management. Her career is marked by a successful track record in managing large-scale events, including trade shows, conferences, galas, and festivals, ranging from intimate gatherings to massive assemblies of over 15,000 attendees.
She holds numerous roles and certifications, including current memberships on the City of Chattanooga Beer Board Commission, Chattanooga Chamber Board of Directors, and as President of the Southside Chamber Council. Her contributions to the arts and community have been recognized with various awards and certifications, highlighting her commitment to enhancing Chattanooga's cultural landscape.

A Tennessean by birth and an avid lover of music, travel, and vintage finds, she brings passion and innovation to every project, notably through her work with Arts Build, River City Company, multiple state agencies, Chattanooga Tourism Company, and as the founder of Caravan Tribe LLC, City of Creators and a co-founder of Track29. Her efforts continue to foster community engagement, boost the local economy, and enrich the arts scene in Chattanooga.


parksheadshots 11Greta Hayes: Recreation Director 

Greta Hayes graduated with a BS in Sports Management and Leisure Services and a minor in Business from High Point University in North Carolina. She has been with the City of Chattanooga since May 1998, starting out as the Manager of Frost Stadium in the Parks Department for Parks and Recreation. Hired by Larry Zehnder during the John Kinsey Administration, Greta has seen five Mayoral changes during her time with the City. Over the years, she has taken on more responsibilities, becoming the Assistant Director of Parks and serving as the interim Director of Parks. After 11 years in Parks, Greta transitioned to the Recreation Division and has been the Director of Recreation since 2009.

Greta is actively involved in several boards, including the Sports Commission, NRYSA, EH Booster Club (as President), East Chattanooga Community Board, TRPA, NRPA, MLB RBI Advisory Committee, and the USA Softball Advisory Committee.

She met her husband, Adrian Hayes, while working for the City. They've been married for 22 years and have six wonderful children. Their two older daughters play sports in college, and Greta spends most weekends traveling to watch them play. Her four younger children are also active in sports, keeping the family busy with practices and games almost every night of the week. The Hayes family lives in Ooltewah and enjoys sports, movies, traveling, and spending time together. They are also very involved in their church, New Covenant Fellowship.


MorganMorgan McCormick: Director of Parks Maintenance and Stewardship

McCormick holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Florida State University, along with a certification as a Municipal Finance Officer from the State of TN Comptroller's Office. With years of experience in park maintenance and a proven track record of success, McCormick has demonstrated a commitment to building preventative maintenance programs, improving processes, and fostering a culture of teamwork. Throughout McCormick's career, her leadership has been dedicated to coaching team members and empowering them to implement operational changes that enhance efficiency and safety. Her leadership has led to better preventative maintenance for Chattanooga’s park system, including a more fluent work order system. 



GailGail Loveland Barille: Director of Outdoor Chattanooga

Barille joined Outdoor Chattanooga in October 2022, inspired by the opportunity to provide more entry points for people of all backgrounds and abilities into outdoor spaces. She brings with her over 25 years of experience working within organizations specifically focused on outdoor recreation, inclusion, and youth development and a portfolio of nationally recognized adaptive recreation programs, events, and facilities. Gail moved to Chattanooga in 2019 to join the Southeast Conservation Corps and work in collaboration with the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and a variety of non-profits and conservation teams. Passionate about how she could help build our next generation of land stewards, she spent 3 years connecting local youth and young professionals to career paths in outdoor recreation and public land management. Gail has lived throughout the US and brings with her the knowledge of best practices, and missteps, from other recreation cities and communities throughout the Pacific NW, Rocky Mountains, and the Northeast. You can find her and her family daily on a trail, waterway, or greenway; adventuring with a variety of backpacks, helmets, camping, and paddle gear. A proponent of enjoying rest as much as activity, Gail also spends time listening to Chattanooga’s local music, checking out the variety of food, and exploring the diversity of our region’s plants, insects, birds, and animals. 


Carmen Davis 1Carmen Davis: Director of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy

Carmen’s background in arts, culture and promotions started at the University of Memphis while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. While in school she worked with the Collegiate Connection, which led to three prestigious internships in the entertainment industry: Def Jam Records as a representative for the South Eastern Region, Commercial Appeal Newspaper in Advertising, and the Memphis Arts Festival in Communications.
With over twenty years of experience and extensive knowledge of the entertainment industry, she has been used to help select and secure talent for the RISE Chattanooga, Nightfall Music Series, Riverbend Festival, Tunnel Arts Festival, Bessie Smith Heritage Festival, House of Chapple Halloween Bash and Jazzanooga.

For thirteen years, Carmen served as the Curator and Program Director for the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. In 2015, she started a new journey and career in Corporate Philanthropy.

BlytheBlythe Bailey: Director of Design and Connectivity

An urban designer and Architect, Blythe has focused his career on the pursuit of built environments that are sensitive to natural resources and safe and comfortable for all people. Blythe's experience is varied, with previous work as a consulting Architect and business owner emphasizing adaptive reuse and new construction and as Administrator for the Chattanooga Department of Transportation where he pursued a mission of assuring streets were great public spaces that safely accommodate all users. As the Director of Design for Parks and Outdoors, Blythe oversees our citywide planning process for all parks and the outdoors, which includes greenways and blueways and manages development projects such as a new skatepark and a University Greenway. Blythe is a life-long Chattanoogan with professional experience that also includes mathematics, education (teaching and coaching), and historic preservation. 


DarrylDarryl Wilson: Finance Manager

As a seasoned finance professional, Darryl Wilson has been a dedicated employee of the City of Chattanooga for 16 years. In his current role as Finance Manager Darryl’s responsibilities include managing the department’s operating budget, and capital budget, providing analytical support to the Parks and Outdoors leadership team, as well as supervising the fiscal staff responsible for processing all Parks and Outdoor procurement, payables, payroll, and personnel transactions.

As an Air Force non-commissioned officer, stationed in Great Falls Montana, Darryl graduated from the University of Great Falls, with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. After completing seven years of military service Darryl and his wife Carolyn moved to Chattanooga where they have been residents for 33 years. They have two children, Tiffany age 34, Johnathan age 31, two granddaughter’s ages 1 and 2, and two grandsons ages 3 and 5. Darryl and Carolyn both enjoy serving in their church, spoiling their grandchildren, and traveling.


BrianBrian Smith: Communications and Marketing Director

Mr. Smith comes to the city with over 20 years of experience in communications, broadcasting, and public relations. For the past eight years, he worked on-air for Chattanooga’s NewsChannel 9, first as host of “This N That” and then as morning and noon meteorologist. Prior to those roles, Mr. Smith spent three years as a public relations coordinator for the city of Chattanooga, where he worked with the then-called Parks and Recreation Department to promote the city’s park system to the community, earning the department several Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association awards, including the prestigious 4 star award recognizing excellence and community impact. His love for parks and outdoors started at a young age through Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and served as a Venture Crew leader and assistant scoutmaster.

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