Professional Staff/Contact Information
Galax Parks and Recreation Department is a member of the Southwestern District of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society. The Department has 9 full-time employees along with a staff that includes afterschool program leaders, summer playground leaders, recreation aides, lifeguards, summer youth employees, and many community volunteers who make our programs successful.
Director of Parks & Recreation
Mr. Tony R. Quesenberry
Employed within the Department 30 Years, M.S.1996 & B.S.1988 Degrees in Recreation Administration from Radford University
Assistant Director/Aquatics Program Coordinator
Coordinates all Aquatic programs, swim classes, swim team activities, CPR, Water instructor classes
Mr. Trace Lumpkin
Employed within the Department 16 Years, B.S. 1991 in Recreation and Leisure Services from Ferrum College. Certified Aquatic Facility Operator; USA Swimming, ASCA Level 2 Certified Swim Coach; Certified Aquatic Fitness Professional with AEA; Arthritis Program Aquatic Instructor; Water Safety Instructor Trainer; and Lifeguard Instructor Trainer.
Coordinates all Senior programs, Senior exercise classes, Special Needs programs, Fitness classes, and Special events
Mrs. Mary Ellen Testerman
Employed within the Department 2 years, Silver Sneakers, Core Yoga, Pilates Instructor.
Coordinates all Sports and Athletics, Special Events
Ms. Morgan Neff
B.S. 2018 Degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University
Parks & Recreation Secretary
Mrs. Sheena Dalton
Employed within the Department 30 Years, Associate of Applied Science Degree ’88 in Electronics from Wytheville Community College
Mr. James Lawson
Employed within the Department 38 Years, Certified Pool Operator ’92
Park & Facilities Maintenence
Mr. Shannon Dawson
Employed within the Department 11 Years
Galax Municipal Golf Course Manager
Mr. Steve Hazelwood
Employed within the Department 8 Years
Galax Parks & Recreation Department Advisory Commission
Members Include: Mr. Donald Houk, Mr. Bill Suite, Mr. Charlie Joyce, Mr. Oscar Hall, Mrs. Sharon Plictha, Mrs. Jennifer Morris, Mr. Eugene McCurdy, Mrs. Josepha Thompson, Mrs. Susie Willis, Ivett Carlos (GHS Student Rep.), Luke White (GHS Student Rep.), Mr. Tony R. Quesenberry, Director
The role of the Galax Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission is to represent the citizens of the City of Galax and provide the citizens with a unified voice in planning parks and recreation programs, activities and services.
The Galax Recreation Advisory Commission meets the 3rd Thursday of January, April, July, October at 5:30 pm in the Galax Recreation Center’s fourth floor conference room located at 601 South Main Street Galax, Va. Public feedback and ideas from the community are always welcome!
Former Director David Nelson retired from the City of Galax Parks and Recreation Department in Dec. 2016.