Recreation Advisory Committee


Unless otherwise noted on the city calendar, the committee meets:
  • 7:00 pm
  • First Thursday of each month
  • Conference Room in City Hall

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following the meeting.
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About the Committee

Chamblee Parks and Recreation has a Recreation Advisory Committee (RAC) made up of six City of Chamblee residents (may have up to two non-residents). The RAC serves as a voice for the Chamblee Parks and Recreation staff, both in bringing in ideas from the community as well as disseminating information to the community.

RAC members also serve as first-string volunteers when planning and implementing community events. Each RAC member serves a two-year term that is eligible to be renewed at the end of two years if there are not others waiting to join the committee at that time.


  • Ryan Florio
  • Kelly Hughes
  • Verle Van Hoozen
  • Maria Holbrook
  • Janelle Foy
Ryan Florio
Ryan Florio was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University, where he met his wife, Elizabeth, a Chamblee native. He worked in Atlanta for a year before attending law school in Miami. After law school, Ryan moved back to Atlanta where he and Elizabeth bought a home in Ashford Park. They have lived there for 5 years. After participating in the Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery clean-up on Halloween in 2015, Ryan was inspired to become more involved with the city. He looks forward to being a liaison between his neighborhood and the Chamblee Parks & Recreation Department.
Ryan Florio
Ryan has a strong desire to help Chamblee grow and improve. Although he is a Chicago native, he married into a Chamblee family. His wife and her three 3 siblings grew up in Chamblee and attended Chamblee High School. His late father-in-law, Steve Westby, was extensively involved in the school and baseball program, so much so that they named the baseball field after him. He hopes to watch his own son (also named Steve) play on that field in the future.

Ryan is currently an attorney at a national civil litigation defense firm and has experience interpreting city ordinances, working with city attorneys, and reviewing parks and recreation projects. He is a board member of the local Northwestern University alumni club and assists in organizing and hosting various activities and events. He also has experience in youth athletics, including coaching basketball camp and little league baseball.

Kelly Hughes

Kelly Hughes is a resident of Huntley Hills who has also lived in many different places including Minnesota and Colorado which are leading states in terms of built environment infrastructure and active living and most recently Decatur, which is a great small city example in Georgia. Professionally, Kelly has worked as a clinical dietitian in a hospital for years, earned her MPH at Emory where she focused a lot of her studies on built environment, worked at CDC for several years in community health, also did a two year assignment at the Minnesota Department of Health in community health improvement, and currently works from home for a national network non-profit organization, managing their CDC portfolio.
Kelly’s interests include increasing accessibility to and availability of spaces where people can buy healthy food and be physically active; providing opportunities for community members to connect, get to know each other, and have fun; improving the health of residents; increasing infrastructure for walking and biking; decreasing car dependency through trail connectivity, and putting Chamblee on the map - making it a city that everyone wants to live in!

Verle Van Hoozen

Verle C. Van Hoozen was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. As a graduate of Vincennes University, majoring in broadcasting production technology, he has worked in television, the family egg production business, and food distribution.

In 2006, Van Hoozen moved to Atlanta and is currently working for PFG / Miltons / Roma in Oakwood, Georgia. He is currently a protein merchandiser responsible for the purchasing of seafood and other value-added proteins.
Verle Van Hoozen
Van Hoozen resides in Gramercy Park where he currently serves as president of the Homeowners Association. He resides with his wife, Kathy. They have four grown children; daughters Tisha, Ashley, and After and a son Matthew. Lola is their four-legged daughter that currently resides with them.

Van Hoozen joined the RAC as an opportunity to serve and give back to the community. It also provides an opportunity to explore the expansion of activities that makes Chamblee a fun city to live. Van Hoozen loves living in Chamblee because of the smaller city feeling with large city energy!

Maria Holbrook

Maria Holbrook was born in Havana, Cuban. Her father was a political prisoner and her family escaped to Asturias, Spain. They lived there until they got sponsorship by a family in Atlanta in 1972 and a few years later became citizens of the United States.
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Maria Holbrook studied Art and music at Georgia State university. Later she opened a gallery in Decatur and worked there until the birth of her first child.

At present Maria is a preschool teacher at Ogelthorpe Presbyterian Preschool and is working on her CDA. She runs a Girl Scout troop that is presently involved with getting there Bronze Award by working on the "Littlest Library Houses" that are stationed in parks all around the neighborhoods.

Maria Holbrook lives with her husband Lewis and their 3 kids, who are 17, 10 and 3. She has lived in the Wakefield forest area for 40 years. She attended Montclair Elementary and went to Cross Keys High School class of '87. She was a cheerleader and played softball at Dresden Park and remembers in its hay day that was the place to be. Her eldest attends St. Pius and walks to school every morning and passes Dresden park. She would love to help make the park the crown jewel of Chamblee.

Janelle Foy

Janelle Foy is a rare Atlanta native, born at Emory Hospital. Raised in East Cobb and Buckhead, she was in the last graduating class of North Fulton High School. She attended Auburn University where she majored in Marketing and minored in Art History. An avid football fan, she enjoys traveling back to campus in the fall to support the tigers.

Janelle spent 6 years as an Account Manager for BellSouth Business, selling telecom solutions to their middle market clientele. For the last 8 years, she has worked for French based company, Euler Hermes, selling accounts receivable insurance.
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Janelle has lived in Chamblee with her husband Mike, two sons and dog (Chewie) for the last 8 years. Her boys attend Montgomery Elementary. The family loves spending their summers at Gainsborough pool and Saturday afternoons at the ballpark. Janelle is a proud member of the Chamblee community and has joined the RAC as a way to stay involved in local activities and help provide input from the citizens of the community.