The Park’s daily operations are managed by the Park Staff. In addition, the Park is supported by an active and growing volunteer organization. Park volunteers assist with Park tours, provide labor for the ongoing cleanups and preparation of trails and natural areas, and take opportunities to promote the Park in their neighborhoods and various community venues.
Meet the dedicated Park Staff!
“Red Mountain Park sits squarely in the intersection of what keeps me committed to Birmingham—a beautiful greenspace dedicated to uncovering our city’s history while fostering public and civic health. I am excited to join a team of committed conservation, education, outdoor, and nonprofit professionals.” -T.C.
“My favorite spot in the Park is Mine 10….I love the dose of history there and so enjoy the breeze and view at the Ebsco Overlook above.” – Katie
- My favorite hike ever was to Bomber Lake in Wyoming.
- I’ve met Pope Francis.
- I was born on the same day as my husband.
Director of Philanthropy & Internal Operations
“Having family members with a variety of special needs, I especially love and appreciate Red Mountain Park’s focus and efforts to be as inclusive and accessible as possible!” – Monica
- I play the ukulele
- I survived a hot air balloon crash
- Blackberries are my favorite fruit
“I’m proud to be part of an organization that offers such a variety of programs and services designed to benefit the community. Whether you’re an adventurer, a history buff, or a tree hugger, Red Mountain Park has you covered.”
- I’ve been a white water river guide
- I once backpacked through 11 European cities in 17 days
- Reading outdoors is one of my favorite hobbies
“I’m excited to be a part of developing Red Mountain Park into a signature Park for Birmingham.” – Mark
- I was a computer geek in the Marine Corps.
- I’ve run 100 miles, nonstop, in less than 1 day.
- My dog Abby can open and close doors, herself.
“I love having a place where my children can be active and explore nature.”– Becky
- I collect nerd gear including comic books, Funko Pops, and video games.
- The Dark Tower, by Stephen King, is my favorite book series.
- I’ve participated in GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) since 2016.
- I’ve seen every episode of every incarnation of Star Trek.
“Having a natural space for young people to explore makes a positive impact on the next generation. I hope kids of all ages leave Red Mountain park with a new admiration and interest in everything outdoors.”– Gary
- I am a fan of super hot sauces.
- I have a cat named George.
- I can play the cello (although I am years out of practice)!
Red Mountain Park is owned and administered by the Red Mountain Greenway and Recreational Area Commission. In 2007, the Alabama legislature declared the Commission a state agency, giving it exclusive control over the Park site. The Commission has oversight of every aspect of the planning and development of Red Mountain Park. Each of the 15 commissioners is selected by one of eight appointing bodies.
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.
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.
Ashley Curry is the current Mayor of Vestavia Hills. He attended college at the University of Alabama. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Industrial Management and worked in production supervision, sales and accounting with Milliken & Company of Spartanburg, SC. After obtaining an MBA degree from the University of South Carolina, he joined the FBI as a Special Agent in 1978 and was assigned to the Tampa field office. In 1980 he was transferred to Birmingham where he remained until his retirement in 2003. During his tenure with the FBI, he worked a myriad of criminal investigations to include, white collar crime, organized crime, public corruption, drugs, personal crimes and property crimes. Prior to his retirement, he worked as the FBI Police Training Coordinator where he handled the training of state and local police officers.
After the Bureau, he became the Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement with the newly-created U.S. Department of Homeland Security, specifically the Transportation Security Administration and was assigned to the Birmingham International Airport. In 2005, he left law enforcement and moved back into the corporate arena as the corporate recruiter for EBSCO Industries. In this capacity, he handled the recruitment of executive level positions within the company’s 30 different business units. He retired from EBSCO in 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tom Spencer is a Senior Research Associate for the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. He has spent nearly two decades in journalism, most recently with The Birmingham News. He has a diversified background, researching and writing on a wide variety of topics including the environment, education, economics, governmental and community affairs, politics and civil rights. His work has earned top national, regional and state awards. A Birmingham native, Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
This group of outstanding community leaders works closely with both the Park’s Commission and Executive Director to generate philanthropic gifts critical in keeping RMP development moving forward.
Thomas N. Carruthers, III
Principal, Red Rock Realty Group, Inc.
“With your help, Red Mountain Park has the extraordinary opportunity to be among the top five urban parks in the United State, if not the world. Imagine such a park in Birmingham and help us make it a reality. Your support is much appreciated!”
Deputy Health Officer, Jefferson County Dept. of Health
“One should contribute to Red Mountain Park because it is playing a key role in attracting and retaining young professionals to this community. More than one-and-a-half times bigger than NYC’s Central Park, Red Mountain Park is an outdoor recreational “mecca” for our entire region. It’s also a major reason – along with Railroad Park and Ruffner Mountain – that Birmingham is now the ‘Greenest City in America’.”
Director, Media Studies Program at UAB
“Red Mountain Park is a new 1,500 acre park that is centrally located in the largest metropolitan area in Alabama. It is still in its infancy, and by its sheer size alone will take decades and many more volunteers and donors to complete. Not many opportunities come along in one’s lifetime to help a park of its size fulfill its vision which will benefit this and so many generations to come.”
Partner, Architecture Works
“Red Mountain Park truly has something for everyone! The Park’s Mission to connect our communities can be seen in action each and every day.”
Community Activist/Civic Volunteer
“There are so many different things to do at Red Mountain Park. The most important for me is the chance to feel my heart sing.”
Director of Advancement, Advent Episcopal School
“There are so many different things to do at Red Mountain Park, truly something for everyone.”
Managing Partner, BLOC Global Group
“Red Mountain Park holds such historic significance for this region, and it has been wonderful to see the community learn and embrace that history.”
Red Mountain Park’s Vision is to be a self-sustaining, award-winning Park in the city we helped redefine. These Millennials see what can be for Birmingham…and have decided to do what it takes to build a Park!
Jr. Board President
Jr. Board Secretary
Sidewalk Film Festival
Jr. Board Treasurer & Fundraising Chair
The Welch Group
Jr. Board Fundraising Co-Chair
University of Alabama Law
Mary Catherine Robertson
University of Alabama Birmingham
Shook & Fletcher Insulation Co.
Kelly Robertson Huggart
McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.
Red Rock Realty Group
Vulcan Materials Company
Jr. Board Service Chair
Vulcan Materials Company
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
Planning Coordinator, Bridgeworth Financial
Burr & Forman LLP
Attorney Carr Allison
Organic Harvest / Awakened Living Therapeutics
IT Project Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie
Meredith Lee Plains
Jr. Board Membership Chair
Shabani and Associates, PC
Balch & Bingham, LLP
Pittman, Dutton, & Hellums, P.C.
Jr. Board Social Chair
Metro Monitor, Inc.
Robins & Morton
Engineer, AL Power Company
MD Realty LLC
Sarah Reid Harris
AL Power Company
National Bank of Commerce
Financial Planner – Northwestern Mutual
Signature Event Committee
Jr. Board Signature Event Co-Chair
Jr. Board Signature Event Co-Chair
Owner / Physician, The Farm
Office Associate, UAB
Lead Work Instructor – United Ability
Jayne Hafizi Manush
Occupational Therapist, United Ability
Director of Product Development, EAB
Executive Assistance Stone River Property Management
Financial Analyst, BBVA Compass
IT Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie
Landman II, Energen Resources Corporation
Pharmacist, Children’s of AL