This year marks some important milestones for four Galveston park board employees. A member of the beach-cleaning team has been with the organization for 30 years and the controller, a staff accountant and a member of the sales team will mark their 20th anniversaries.

Calvin Stevens, Michael Moser, Tom Fraley and Sheri Teller have all been with the park board since 1997. While they all have different reasons for staying with the park board, one thing they agree on is that the organization has come a long way from where it was in the 1970s.

For three decades, Stevens has been up at the crack of dawn getting the beaches in tiptop shape before many visitors and residents are even awake. He said he’s used to the hours and keeps his early schedule even when he’s on vacation.

Moser, who has been in the controller position since starting at the park board, said he likes the challenging work. That work includes ensuring the park board’s restricted funds stay where they belong and that the organization complies with state regulations placed on them.

Fraley, a staff accountant, started as a temporary worker in the payroll department. He too appreciates the nature of his work and said he likes to take his tasks from start to finish. He also appreciates the organization’s strong leadership and support of its employees’ goals.

A member of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau sales team, Teller said it’s her clients that make her job a pleasure to do. Teller represents the Social, Military, Education, Religious and Fraternal (SMERF) market segment and is affectionately known as Momma SMERF.

“I have made lifelong friends in this job,” Teller said. “So many of my clients were genuinely concerned about me and my family after Hurricane Harvey. It’s times like those that make it clear that I have built many great relationships through the years.”

It’s not surprising that these employees have spent so much time within the park board. In September 2016, park board employees completed a third-party employee satisfaction survey. Job security was identified as a major park board strength with 95 percent of employees stating they were satisfied with this aspect of their jobs.

Moser, Fraley and Teller all agreed that the leadership at the park board has done a lot to lift employee morale and make the organization a better place to work.

“The park board has grown significantly since I started,” Moser said. “I think we have great leadership now. There are a lot of good, professional people who work here.”

Park board meetings are open to the public and the public may address the board of trustees during the meetings. Park board meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. at 601 Tremont St. If you are interested in seeing a park board issue discussed in this column or if you have any questions, please send them my way. I can be reached at

Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations coordinator for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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