Group.pngVersailles-Woodford Co. Parks & Recreation Department

275 Beasley Drive | Versailles, KY  40383

(859) 873-5948

 

Versailles-Woodford County Parks & Recreation Staff

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Richard Pictor, Executive Director

Rich, a native of Evansville, Indiana, received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration from the University of Evansville, where he also played baseball.  Prior to  joining the Parks and Recreation Department in 2002, he worked for the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team in the marketing and player appearances department.  Following his work with the Cardinals he was hired by Host Communications (now IMG SPORTS) to work in the areas of publications, Final Four national radio sales and eventually as General Manger for sports marketing and media at Eastern Kentucky University and Purdue University.

He says that his favorite thing about his job is that, “Every day is a new adventure!”

In his personal life he loves coaching and teaching the game of baseball to youth and watching his kids participate in sports.

 

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Rainey is from Nicholasville, KY and has been employed by the Parks & Recreation Department since the fall of 1998.  She graduated from Campbellsville University with Bachelors of Science degrees in both Recreation and Psychology. While at Campbellsville she also played on the softball team and was goalkeeper on the first women’s soccer team at the university.

She began at Parks & Recreation as a Programming Coordinator and was promoted to Assistant Director in the winter of 2003 and Director in January of 2016.  Rainey is responsible for overseeing all the Department’s programs and programming staff including Athletics, Aquatics, Fitness and General Programs. She is also responsible for developing print materials for the Department, including the monthly newsletter as well as maintaining the Department’s website and social media outlets.

Her favorite thing about her job is the National Alliance for Youth Sports’ Start Smart Sports program, which she implemented in the spring of 2000. Since then she has introduced more than one thousand 3 & 4 year olds to baseball, basketball and soccer. “Without a doubt, Start Smart is my favorite part of my job. To get to introduce a child to a sport and see them light up when they are successful at a skill or task we are working on is something that brings me joy every single day.”

What you may not know about Rainey is that she has volunteered in sports development programs for over 20 years using sports as a means of opening dialogue and empowering individuals and communities to cultivate lasting, positive change that can have an impact both locally and globally. She has traveled coaching softball, soccer, basketball and adaptive sports primarily throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  She currently does contract work during her off time from Parks & Recreation with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport Peace and Society.

 

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Chanté is a native of Detroit, MI but attended college at the University of Kentucky where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 2008. She went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University 2013.

Chanté began at Parks & Recreation in the fall of 2013 and is tasked with coordinating all of the Department’s sports activities including the Youth Basketball Program as well as sports camps and adult leagues.  She also assists with other programs as needed.  In January of 2016 she was promoted to Assistant Director.

She says that her favorite thing about her job is, “working with the youth. A child’s youth sports experience is extremely important, and will determine whether they will pursue sports as they get older. I really enjoy being a positive influence in a child’s life.”

Something that most people may not know about her is that she played basketball for the University of Kentucky from 2004 – 2008 and had the opportunity to coach Division I basketball for the Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis Women’s Basketball Team.

 

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Heather is a lifelong resident of Versailles. She is a Woodford County High School graduate and received her Associate Degree in Business Administration and Bachelors Degree in Accounting, from Midway College. She is a Kentucky State at Large Notary Public, a member of both the federal and local Association of Government Accountants, and a member of the National Association of Professional Women.  She has 18 years experience in accounting, fourteen of those in government accounting and human resources and is currently studying for the Certified Government Financial Manager exam.

Heather began working at Parks & Recreation in 2006.  In her role as Accounting Manager, she is responsible for handling and overseeing all aspects of the accounting department (i.e. payroll, taxes, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, scholarships and monthly drafts). She also acts as the Department’s Human Resource manager which requires her to maintain employee handbooks and policies, keep the department up to date on all labor laws and work with managers on any employee issues. In additional, she also oversees the office staff at Falling Springs and make sure the office runs smoothly and efficiently for our members and patrons.

Her favorite aspect of her job is that it’s never the same. She enjoys not being tied down to the desk for 8 hours a day, which she says, “is wonderful. Our team works as a well oiled machine and part of the reason we work so well together is that we help out in all areas of the department. One minute I could be working on numbers and the next minute I could be helping out in the fitness room.”

Something you may not know about her is that she loves to read and scrapbook and baking is one of her all time favorite things to do. She even has her own food blog where she shares some of her favorite recipes.

 

sJA_AnKM5vgyrxF7Ky_WEuqA592HyEwx8wiG2t5oOlsMarty Ritchey, Parks & Facilities Maintenance Manager

Marty is a 1989 graduate of Woodford County High School and attended Lees College.

Marty began working at Parks & Recreation in 2004 as an Outside Maintenance Foreman and was promoted to Outside Maintenance manager in 2011, position he held until 2014 when he was promoted to his current position.

As the Parks & Facilities Maintenance Manager, Marty supervises all maintenance and custodial staff as well as the State Inmate Program workers.

Marty, as head of the Maintenance Department, is responsible for overseeing the care of a long list of facilities, including Falling Springs Center, all baseball and softball fields, including the High School and Middle School Fields, the Community Stadium field and facility, tennis courts, air field, dog park, Boy Scout Camp and cross country trails. In addition there are a number of satellite parks and facilities that he maintains, including Big Spring, Merewood, Stonegate and Russell Town parks as well as the Jack Jouett House property.

His favorite part of his job is the, “pride in knowing the kids in Woodford County have a fun safe place to come for their recreation experience.” As a former participant in Parks & Recreation programs as a child, he treasures his experiences and memories and wants to make sure that today’s youth have the same wonderful memories that he does.

A fun fact about Marty is that he is the youngest of 6 kids and is a devoted and proud husband and father.  He loves spending time with his Marta and their son Nash.

 

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Sharon began her career with the Parks & Recreation Department in 2006 with the custodial/maintenance staff.  In 2014 she was promoted to her current position.  Prior to her employment with the Parks & Recreation Department she studied industrial electronics at Kentucky Technical College in Lexington, KY.

Sharon is responsible for the cleanliness, upkeep and everyday maintenance of Falling Springs Center.  Her primary duties include preventive mechanical maintenance procedures, monitoring the HVAC and control systems, supervising custodial staff and assisting in maintenance and repairs of the swimming pools.

One of her favorite things about her job is getting to “interact with the patrons.  I think of them as my extended family!”

Speaking of family, Sharon has a big one!  She has three sons, four sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.  What many don’t know is that she is a California native that relocated to Kentucky in 1994.  She enjoys painting, gardening and playing with her “Chigi” dogs in her spare time.

 

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Kevin has worked in construction since he was 17 years old and specializes in trim carpentry and cabinet building.  He loves working with his hands and being outdoors, especially when the weather is nice!

One of the things he loves about his job is the variety of duties attached to his position, which include maintenance of Falling Springs Center and all the land, parks and ball fields around it as well as the Jack Jouett House property.  He takes special pride in all of these facilities as well as the satellite parks that the Department maintains for the community.  His job is a big one as the total area of all the properties that the Maintenance Department maintains is approximately 200 acres.

Something you might now know about Kevin is that both of his parents are deaf and he knows American Sign Language.  Kevin is a proud father to Abbey and husband to Tefany.

 

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Chad is a 1993 graduate of Woodford County High School and has been with the Parks & Recreation Department since 2006.  Chad began as Recreation Assistant and then was promoted to Manager on Duty where he was responsible for supervising the building and serving patrons in the evenings and on weekends.  His hard work and dedication led to a full time position in the winter of 2014.

Chad is responsible for the cleanliness for all Falling Springs Center facilities, including the restrooms, locker rooms, gym, fitness center and meeting rooms.  Chad’s attention to detail and pride in the Center make him the perfect person for the job.

Chad says his favorite thing about working at Parks & Recreation is meeting new people.  When he is not working he can be found working out, cooking, watching college sports, classic movies or horseracing and spending time with his family.

 

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Shannon has been with the Parks & Recreation Department since Falling Springs Center opened in the Spring of 2002.  As a member of the part time staff Shannon was a dedicated and dependable employee, always willing to pick-up extra shifts and fill in when needed.  Her commitment led to a full time position in the fall of 2002 when she took over as a program coordinator.

Shannon’s primary responsibilities include all of the Department’s school break camps like Spring Break & Fall Break as well as the long running Sunshine Camp in the summer months.  She also coordinates  the Parents’ Night Out Program and other events like Middle School Dances, Family Night events and she began the Touch A Truck program hosted every September at the County Park.

During Basketball season Shannon coordinates the Youth Cheerleading and highly successful Pom Squad program and supervises they building during games on Friday nights and Saturdays.  Shannon’s duties also include scheduling and supervising the Falling Springs Center Front Desk, Childcare, Recreation Assistants and Manager on Duty staff.

Here favorite thing about working at Parks & Recreation is the kids that she gets to work with through the school bring camps and Sunshine Camp.  “I’ve watched so many of these kids grow up!  It’s a blessing to be a part of their lives and watch them as they grow.”

One of Shannon’s favorite things to do outside of work is to be outside.  She loves to walk, fish, go camping, as long as she’s outside she is happy.  She also enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

 

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Tefany, a native of Nicholasville, KY and graduate of Jessamine County High School, began at Parks & Recreation in 2004 as a Land Fitness Instructor and then as a part-time Aerobics Coordinator.  In 2008 she was hired full-time by the Fitness Firm in Lawrenceburg where she worked for 2 years before coming back to the Parks & Recreation Department in 2010 as full-time Aquatics and Fitness Manager at Falling Springs Center. She is a certified Personal Trainer as well as Certified Pool Operator.

Tefany’s job is a big one as she is responsible for all aquatics and fitness programs, staff and facilities.  It’s hard to know where to begin on Tefany’s job duties and there’s not enough room to list them all here!  Her primary duties include training and supervising Lifeguards and Swim Lesson Instructors, scheduling and coordinating all land and water fitness classes and instructors and coordinating Swim Lessons and the Summer Swim Team programs.  If you think her job stops there though, you’d be wrong.  She has implemented the Ready, Set, Run! program for kids and created the Adaptive Aquatics Program, for which she is especially proud.  In addition to programming and staff, she is also tasked with maintaining the mechanical and chemical maintenance of the indoor and outdoor pools as well as the equipment in the Fitness, Group Cycling and Aerobics rooms.

At the busiest time of the year Tefany supervises more than 70 part-time staff, including lifeguards, swim lessons instructors, land and water aerobics instructors, fitness room staff and personal trainers.  On top of that she can often be found filling in for a sick instructor to make sure classes go on as scheduled.

Her favorite thing about her job is getting to interact with patrons. “I enjoy  just talking with them about their daily lives or trying to encourage and support them in their journey to a healthier lifestyle,” she says.  “As busy as I am and as many hats as I wear I try to always remember what my purpose here is, to me that is to help make this community a better place by offering my best, reaching out to help and continuing to work hard to make improvements in programming, training and to be a good example for my staff.”

Something you may not know about Tefany is that she is pretty much an open book.  Faith, family and others are first in her life and that is what helps her prioritize and keep life in balance.  She also loves adventure racing, running, camping, hiking, canoeing, and just being outside.  As long as she is being active and challenging herself, she is happy.  Oh…and she hates licorice jelly beans!

 

JudyJudy Lanter, Office Assistant

Judy started with Parks & Recreation working in the childcare room in 2003.  She then moved to a receptionist position at the lobby desk and in 2008 she became the Office Assistant.  If you’ve visited or called the Parks & Recreation main office anytime since the fall of 2008 you’ve probably talked to Judy!

Judy is a lifesaver in the office.  Whatever needs to be done, she does it!  From activity registrations and pass sales to booking birthday parties and family reunions, Judy does it all!  She answers the phone, runs copies of all the flyers we send to the schools, helps with all kinds of filing and mailing tasks and generally keeps the rest of the office staff sane!  We really don’t know what we’d do without her!

Judy’s favorite thing about her job is getting to meet all the different people she serves, whether through pass sales, reservations or activity registrations.  She gets to see a lot of people she’s known forever and enjoys seeing the younger people grow up as the years pass.

When not at Parks & Rec, Judy loves to spend time with Wayne, her husband of more than 50 years, and her family, including her children, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren!