Commissioners

The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission is composed of seven citizens recommended by the Charleston County Council and appointed by the Governor. Commissioners vote on policy-related issues and serve for two-year terms. Thomas J. O'Rourke, Executive Director, is the staff liaison to the Commissioners. The Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission meets once a month at the Headquarters Building located at 861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, SC 29412.

Agendas & Meeting Minutes
Agendas and meeting packets are available in the Agenda Center prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following commission approval.

Commissioners
Mattese Lecque, Chair
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Mattese Lecque is a native Charlestonian and a graduate of Burke High School. Throughout Mattese’s life she has been a lifelong student. She received her Physicians Assistant Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1978 as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Arts and Health Care Administration, and a Masters Degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Josephs College in Windham, Maine. Mattese joined the US Army Reserves in January 1975 and in 2001 retired as a Major, (0-4) in the Medical Services Corps. She also retired from 24 years of service with the Federal Department of Justice.
Mattese Lecque
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.
Andrew Thomas, Vice-Chair
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Andy Thomas graduated from James Island High School in 1987 and attended Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management in 1991. As a college student, he was employed as a beach lifeguard for Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission’s Folly Beach County Park. Andy has been in the banking industry in Charleston for over 20 years. Andy is currently the Charleston Market Executive/Senior Vice President with First Tennessee Bank. Andy has enjoyed a 20 plus year tenure of supporting charitable organizations by volunteering in the Charleston community. In addition to his role as Commissioner/Vice-Chair with Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission, Andy currently serves as a Board Member for The Maritime Association of South Carolina and as a Board Member for the Chucktown Squash Mentorship Program.
Andrew Thomas
Andy is proud of his history of supporting youth sports on James Island where he has served as a volunteer coach and athletic booster club officer for James Island Charter High School, Fort Johnson Middle School, City of Charleston Recreation Department on James Island, and the James Island Youth Soccer Club. Andy resides on James Island with his wife and two children.
Teddy Manos, Secretary-Treasurer
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Theodore “Teddy” L. Manos is a Charleston native who was raised in Mt. 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 a partner in the law firm of Robertson Hollingsworth & Flynn, 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 Mt. Pleasant with their 2 children and golden retrievers. Teddy enjoys surfing and tennis.
Teddy Manos
Collin Bruner
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James “Collin” Bruner was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. He grew up vacationing on the beaches of South Carolina at Pawleys Island, Wild Dunes, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, and Hilton Head. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Parks and Recreation Administration in 1999. Collin moved to Charleston in 2004 after living in Jackson, Wyoming for 5 years working for Teton Pines Resort and Country Club and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Collin is Vice President of Sentry Management, Charleston Division, a homeowner association management company and a broker and REALTOR, with John McAllister Realty Consulting, LLC.
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He is a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) as certified by the National Board of Certified Association Managers and has obtained his Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation from the Community Association Institute (CAI). He serves on two committees for the SC Chapter of the Community Association Institute: the Legislative Action Committee and the Tri-County Regional Advisory Committee. Collin resides on James Island with his wife, Austin, two young daughters, three dogs, a cat, and a fish. They enjoy outings in the local parks, beaches, and waterways of the Lowcountry.
Benjamin W. Cooke
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Benjy Cooke is a native South Carolinian, raised in Greenville. After graduating from The University of South Carolina in 1995 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, he lived seasonally in Clyde Park, MT; Nantucket, MA; Steamboat Springs, CO; and Wickenburg, AZ. He returned to the state and settled in Charleston, his permanent home since 1998. He co-founded and is a partner in the commercial real estate firm Oswald Cooke & Associates. Having been originally appointed to CCPRC in 2009, he was re-appointed to a second term in 2011. He has been active in the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department for many years and works to promote and participate in local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Share Our Suzy, and Hands of Charleston.
Benjamin W. Cooke
Mr. Cooke and his wife Brandi live in Mount Pleasant with their daughter Anna Clark and son Benjamin. He enjoys playing golf and writing, and has been published in both The Charleston Review and Oblique Magazine.

Eduardo Curry


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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.
Eduardo K Curry
Mr. Curry  is married to Judge Tamara Cunningham Curry. They have three children: Eduardo II, Morgan Elizabeth, and Xavier Emanuel. He practices law in all Federal and State Courts. He is a dog lover; a sports enthusiast; an avid supporter of nature and mother earth; and a lover of fishing, boating, and hunting.
Lisa S. King
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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.
Lisa S. King
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 1 granddaughter.