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Commission

In 2007, the Alabama Legislature declared the Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission a state agency. This exclusive control over the park is provided by a 15-member commission. Each member of the commission was selected by one of eight appointing bodies. The commission is responsible for contributing and providing oversight to every aspect of the park planning process. Red Mountain Park also consists of dedicated staff and benefits from the service of committed volunteers.

Stephen A. Jones

Chair

Steve is the Chair of the Red Mountain Park Commission. Professionally, he is retired from Alabama Power Company, and worked in the company’s Public Relations department, the Environmental Affairs department and the Governmental Affairs department.  Steve has served on boards of several organizations with missions related to protecting and preserving Alabama’s natural resources including The Freshwater Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, and the Urban Environmental Studies Advisory Committee at Birmingham-Southern College. Steve has also served on the board of directors of Birmingham’s Vulcan Park and Museum.

Peter Allsopp

Long Range Planning Chair

Peter has been involved with development and recruitment for projects in the Oxmoor Valley at the foot of Red Mountain for 15 years. As a manager of commercial development and sales for USS Real Estate with previous commissioner Tom Howard, his involvement with the Park goes back to 1999. While working on early park concepts, it became compelling to Tom and Peter that the scope needed to be enlarged to take in the full length of the mountain. They also realized that the magnitude of the project was almost too large to grasp without a clear message, descriptive maps and strategic partners.

Rob Fowler

Governmental Affairs Chair

Rob has been involved with Red Mountain Park since the earliest stages of its development, serving on the original steering committee for the Park. A lawyer with the Birmingham firm of Balch & Bingham, Rob drafted the legislation that authorized the creation of Red Mountain Park, and he also has worked on subsequent legislation related to the park.Rob’s work as an attorney has been focused primarily on issues related to brownfield redevelopment, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Fred Keith

Building and Grounds Chair

Fred has 27 years of experience in the field of architecture and has been responsible for design, management and construction administration for a broad variety of project types. Among his latest projects are the Railroad Park Amphitheater, the visitor center at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, and the Vestavia Hills Public Library, which will be LEED-certified.

Natalie Kelly

Public Relations and Communications Chair

Natalie Kelly works on Corporate Responsibility for Brasfield & Gorrie. She is a long-time proponent of green living and an advocate for sustainability initiatives who has dedicated her career to helping transform the way communities and businesses seek and achieve progress. As the founder and CEO of Sustain, Natalie coupled her passion for the environment, social progress, and innovation with her expertise in marketing and management. Sustain is responsible for the launch of Birmingham’s first green living website, My Green Birmingham.com and has expanded to other cities as well. Natalie has worked in the community as a volunteer for several environmental agencies and lately as an advocate for environmental education throughout Birmingham.

Dr. Charles “Scotty” McCallum

Scotty has provided tireless leadership and direction for the Birmingham region in the academic, civic and governmental arenas. He was President of the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1987-93; following his retirement as president, he was named Distinguished Professor by the university. Scotty also served two terms (2000-08) as mayor of the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. In that position, he won acclaim for expanding the city’s boundaries through annexation, attracting new business and development and ensuring that the Vestavia Hills school system remained among the top-rated systems in Alabama.

Cheryl Morgan

Cheryl is a licensed architect and Emerita Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture of Auburn University. In thirty years of teaching she worked with architectural programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, Oklahoma State and California College of Arts and Crafts. For the last 12 years of her teaching career she was the Director of Auburn’s Urban Studio in Birmingham, Alabama. Under Cheryl’s leadership, the Urban Studio’s Small Town Design Initiative Program worked with over 75 small towns and neighborhoods in Alabama.

Morgan practiced architecture and urban design in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked with a number of firms including Environmental Planning and Research, Gensler, and the Gruzen Partnership. Before coming to Auburn in 1992 she was an associate with the Berkeley firm of ELS/Elbasani and Logan. Morgan’s professional practice now focuses on urban design, community revitalization and graphic design. She is also an experienced facilitator.

Cheryl holds two degrees from Auburn University: a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology). Her Master of Architecture degree is from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. She is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is a member and Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

In 2007, she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Cahaba Council of the Girls Scouts and in 2010 received the Thomas Jefferson Award from the Jefferson County Historical Commission as well as being named to a Woman of Distinction Leadership Award by Auburn’s Women’s Resource Center.

In 2011 she was presented with the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association’s Distinguished Leadership Award recognizing her as a “Friend of Planning. “ In 2012 she received one of Auburn University’s highest awards for Achievement in Outreach. She was co-chair with Bill Jones for the Rotary Club of Birmingham’s Rotary Trail, which opened in May of 2016.

Mayor Gary Richardson

Gary has been the mayor of the Birmingham suburb of Midfield since 2004, but his involvement in the Birmingham community dates back many years. Among numerous civic and charitable activities, Gary has been president of the Midfield Neighborhood Association and the Midfield Voters League, chaired the advisory board for the Broadcasting program at Jefferson State Community College, served as vice chair of the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, and is a commissioner of both Red Mountain Park and the Railroad Reservation Park. He also has been vice president of the Jefferson County Mayors Association.

Danny Smith

Danny is a lawyer and professional engineer with over 25 years of state and federal environmental management and policy experience. He has been employed by Alabama Gas Corporation for more than 30 years in various leadership roles. Danny is also an adjunct professor in Samford University’s Master of Science in Environmental Management program where he teaches Environmental Law, Sustainability, and Project Management. Danny is an Eagle Scout, Assistant Scoutmaster, and avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, biking, running, canoeing, kayaking, caving, and hunting with his family and Scouts. Danny is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Temple Tutwiler

Finance Committee Chair

President of Tutwiler Investment Company, Temple’s knowledge and background, along with his longstanding commitment to community, have made him a valued member of the Park Commission. In addition to his work on behalf of Red Mountain Park, Temple has contributed his time, energy and resources to various park and environmental causes over the year. These include the Freshwater Land Trust, which he serves as a board member; the Friends of Linn Park, of which he has been president since its inception in 1986; the Mountain Brook Park and Recreation Board, which he chaired for four years; the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which he has served as fundraising chair; and the Nature Conservancy, of which he is a longtime supporter.

Cameron Vowell

Secretary

Cameron has been one of Alabama’s leading voices on environmental issues for many years. Cameron has served for nearly a decade as a member of the Nature Conservancy’s national board of directors. In addition to her environmental advocacy, Cameron’s civic leadership in Birmingham and Alabama extends in several other directions. She recently completed five years as a member of the Alabama Ethics Commission, and continues to be closely involved with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and the Women’s Fund. She also takes an active interest in geriatrics, serving on the Board of Advocacy at UAB’s Center for Aging.

Mark Waggoner

Personnel Committee Chair

An attorney with the Birmingham law firm of Hand Arendall, LLC, Mark has focused much of his practice on environmental protection and employment issues. He chaired the Alabama State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section from 2007-08, and was a member of the Birmingham Bar Association’s Grievance Committee from 2001-04. Mark’s civic involvements have included serving on the Environmental Committee of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, and on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Dr. Perry Ward

Perry has been President of Birmingham’s Lawson State Community College for the past 27 years. The high regard in which he is held by his peers in the academic community is evident in his serving as the current board chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges, and his past presidency of the Alabama College Association. Perry was recognized by Birmingham Urban League for outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the community. Perry is vice-chair of the Park Commission.

Jim Bennett

Former Commissioner

Jim passed away in 2015, but was passionate about the history of the Park and our entire region. He was the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Labor, and chaired the Governor’s Commission on Constitutional Reform. Prior to joining Governor Bob Riley’s administration, he was a two-term Alabama Secretary of State (appointed to fill an unexpired term in 1993, he won election to the position in 1994 and 1998); he also has served in both the Alabama Senate (1983-93) and the Alabama House of Representatives (1978-1983). Jim began his professional career in the 1960s with the Birmingham Post-Herald, where he was an award-winning political reporter, covering the state capital. Jim has two published books: Tannehill and the Growth of the Alabama Iron Industry (1999) and Historic Birmingham and Jefferson County (2008). He had a great passion and love for Red Mountain Park, especially its history, and is greatly missed by the Red Mountain Park family.

Ervin Battain

Former Commissioner

Ervin passed away in 2014, but his love for Red Mountain is much of the reason that the Park came to be. Ervin’s vision for Red Mountain Park and his contributions to the Park Commission are informed by many years of extensive research on one particular Red Mountain site, Mine No. 11, which was near his home in the Goldwire area of western Birmingham. Ervin created the 3D/No. 11 Mining Camp Nature Trail. In its first-hand presentation of the camp and its history, Ervin’s work provided a significant “jumping off” point for Red Mountain Park and its efforts to educate the public about the significance of mining to the founding and development of Birmingham. Ervin is greatly missed–he was very involved in his community and was passionate about the Park project.

Justin Armstrong, Former Commissioner

Renee Carter, Former Commissioner

Robert Green, Former Commissioner

Dalton Smith, Former Commissioner