The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission is composed of seven citizens nominated by the Charleston County Council and appointed by the Governor of South Carolina. Commissioners vote on policy-related issues and serve two-year staggered terms. Consecutive terms are not limited. Commission staff administer the policies of the Commission under the direction of Executive Director David Bennett.
Commission meetings are held once a month at the Headquarters Building located at 861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412. Agendas and meeting packets are available in the Agenda Center prior to the meetings. Meeting minutes are available following commission approval.
Theodore “Teddy” L. Manos is a Charleston native who was raised in Mount Pleasant. He is a 1987 graduate of Wando High School. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in political science, he received his law degree from the University of South Carolina. Teddy is the managing member of the law firm Robertson Hollingsworth Manos & Rahn, LLC, where he practices in the fields of construction/design, business and employment law. He is actively involved in and supports various professional associations, local boards, and committees involving the practice of law, conservation of the environment and the battle against cancer. Teddy and his wife Traci reside in Mount Pleasant with their two children and golden retrievers. Teddy enjoys surfing and tennis.
James “Collin” Bruner was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from Indiana University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration. Prior to his 15 years in Charleston, Collin lived and worked in Jackson, Wyoming. Collin is the Senior Vice President of Information and Technology for Sentry Management, Inc., a national homeowner association management company. Collin serves on the Legislative Action Committee for the SC Chapter of the Community Association Institute. He resides on James Island with his wife, Austin, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a turtle. They enjoy outings in the local parks, beaches, and waterways of the Lowcountry.
A native of Florida, Eduardo Curry received an Associates of Business degree from Tomilson College, a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee, a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and a Masters of Divinity from Payne Theological Seminary. Mr. Curry is the owner of The Curry Law Firm, LLC and an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at South Carolina State University. He does legal work for Counsel for the Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and offers Legal Counsel for Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the Pastor of St. Peter African Methodist Episcopal Church in Cameron, South Carolina. Mr. Curry is married to Judge Tamara Cunningham Curry. They have three children: Eduardo II, Morgan Elizabeth, and Xavier Emanuel. He is a dog lover; a sports enthusiast; an avid supporter of nature and mother earth; and a lover of fishing, boating, and hunting.
Dale Aren grew up in coastal New Jersey, graduated with honors from Ohio University, and moved to the Lowcountry in 1994. She started her career in advertising at a daily newspaper in College Station, Texas. Following her ambition to work for a consumer products company, she moved to Houston, Texas to take a job with The Seven-Up Company, working her way up to VP Marketing. She moved on to work for Advertising and PR firms in Houston, Greensboro, and Charlotte. Dale started her own marketing company in 1991, consulting with clients Weyerhaeuser and The Coca Cola Company among others. Dale recently retired to spend more time on her volunteer activities. Dale is an avid outdoor and nature enthusiast. Kayaking, skiing, hiking, wildlife photography, and environmental protection are favorite endeavors. She volunteers with the Center for Birds of Prey for injured bird rescue and with their renesting program. Dale lives in West Ashley’s Edgewater Park with her husband, Scott Allan.
Lisa S. King is the daughter of Mrs. Richardine Alston and Mr. Charles and Thelma Shine. Upon graduating from Wando High School, Lisa pursued higher education at the University of South Carolina. She furthered her studies with a Masters Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management. Lisa is currently employed as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charleston Water Systems. Lisa was first appointed to the Commission in 2004, served as Vice Chair from 2005 to 2006, and served as Chair from 2008-2010. During her time, she also chaired the Finance Committee and the Planning and Development Committee. Lisa has seen unprecedented growth during her time on the commission. She is actively involved with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she serves over the 46 chapters in SC as the State Coordinator, and serves on a national committee of this 200,000 plus international membership organization. Lisa is also a chapter officer for The Charleston (SC) Chapter Of The Links Incorporated. Lisa and her husband, John, have two children and one granddaughter.
Mattese Lecque is a retired Major 0-4 with the United States Army Reserves and is also retired from the Department of Justice as an Executive Staff member. She holds a degree from the College of Allied Health Sciences as a Physician’s Assistant at MUSC and a Bachelors and Masters of Science from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME. Currently an active member of Saint Peter’s AME Church in North Charleston, she holds the position of Trustee Board Officer and Financial Secretary of the St. Peter’s Foundation. She is the Chairperson of the Burke Foundation for Student Enrichment and Mentoring, the Treasurer of the North Charleston High School PTSA, a member of the Charleston Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and serves as the Political and Social Action Chairperson. Mattese has served as Vice-President of the Charleston Democratic Women, the YWCA Board of Trustees, the First Vice President of the Charleston County Democratic Party, as well as worked with the Liberty Hill Improvement Council. Matese is married to James E. Lecque. She has 4 stepsons and 6 grandchildren. She is the mother of a deceased son who passed away in 2003 at the age of 37.
Bradley Taggart is a 2006 graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Originally from Cincinnati, Bradley moved to the Charleston area in 2009 and works in purchasing and logistics for a restaurant supply company in North Charleston. Mr. Taggart has been active with Charleston County Schools, having served on the District 9 Mission Critical Task Force, the Charleston County Schools Parent Advisory Board, and as a current member of the Angel Oak Elementary School Improvement Council. He also co-founded an advocacy group that works to improve transportation infrastructure for the sea islands and West Ashley. Bradley currently resides on Johns Island with his wife Pam and three children Mason, Carter, and Riley. He enjoys tennis, travel, and spending evenings with his family at our county parks.