Recreation Advisory Committee
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.
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.
Jimmy Furst is a resident of Chamblee who is interested in helping shape the community that he lives in. He is a sitting board member of Dresden East Civic Association and volunteers for the Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta.
Jimmy has a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Communications from Florida State University. He currently works at Focus Brands as the Manager of International Operations.
Alberta Lloyd is a long time resident of Chamblee, having been here for over 24 years. She also has over 30 years of general volunteer and board member experience in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Ms. Lloyd has a B.A. from Hunter College in Manhattan and an MBA from Mercer University in Atlanta. She Co-founded and worked with a Management Consulting Firm from 1980-2013 and has years of experience in general consulting and human resources. Alberta is interested in helping to grow the accessibility of various activities for the youth in Chamblee and has a desire to help tap into the diverse cultural groups within the city through the support of events and activities.
Maxine has been a resident of Chamblee for over ten years and a member of the Recreation Advisory Committee since January 2019. Growing up in the Tampa Bay area; parks and playgrounds was the link to her attraction for the love of sports and athletic pursuits. She has a BS in health, physical education and recreation from Florida A&M University. Maxine believes her experience and expertise in sports and recreation makes her an asset to the committee. Maxine’s career and business interest include; education, sales, business ownership (transportation, public relations, product promotion, executive management of non-profits companies, and currently Insurance and Investments). Maxine retired from the Federal Emergency Management agency with 20 years of service. She is interested in being actively involved in the community in an area where she has professional knowledge and can help make Chamblee’s recreational areas attractive to residents and non- residents.
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.
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!
Erich is an Outdoor Recreation Planner at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. He has a B.S. in Political Science from UNC - Asheville and a M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from UT - Austin. Erich served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in both El Salvador (20052-007) and Columbia (2011). He moved to Chamblee in December 2017 and wanted to get involved locally, especially with RAC since his background could be valuable to the Parks and Recreation Department.
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.
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.