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!

T.C. McLemore

Executive Director

tmclemore@redmountainpark.org

“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.

Monica Romano

Director of Philanthropy & Internal Operations

mromano@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5948

“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

Jerri Haslem

Director of Community Engagement

jhaslem@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5951

Mark Beggs

Director of Park Operations

mbeggs@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5586

“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.

Art Powell

Director of Adventure Course Safety and Maintenance

apowell@redmountainpark.org
(205) 202-6043

“The Adventures at Red Mountain Park are the most fun way we get to connect with our community and I always enjoy people taking on an Adventure experience for the very first time.” – Art

Gary Spence

 Adventure Manager

gspence@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5953

“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)!

Erika Wiedemann

Groups and Events Manager

ewiedemann@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5953

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 Allsopp

Commission Chair
U.S. Steel (retired)
U.S. Steel Appointee

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.

Jennifer Andress

City Councilor, Ward 5, Place 1
City of Homewood
Jefferson County Commission Appointee

Evanne Batain Gibson

President, West End Community
City of Birmingham
Jefferson County House of Representatives Delegation Appointee

Ashley Curry

Mayor
City of Vestavia Hills
Jefferson County Mayors Assoc. Appointee

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.

Armand DeKeyser

Executive Director
Alabama Humanities Foundation
Gubernatorial Appointee

Paul DeMarco

Attorney
Parsons, Lee & Juliano, P.C.
Gubernatorial Appointee

Jennifer Egbe

Partner
Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, LLP
Birmingham Mayoral Appointee

Cheryl Morgan

Professor Emerita of Architecture
Auburn University
Jefferson County Senate Delegation Appointee

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.

Gary Richardson

Mayor
City of Midfield
Jefferson County Mayors Assoc. Appointee

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.

Crystal Smitherman

City Councilor, District 6
City of Birmingham
Birmingham City Council Appointee

Tom Spencer

Senior Research Associate
Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama
Freshwater Land Trust Appointee

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.

Jeff Traywick

Vice President of Economic Development
Birmingham Business Alliance
Gubernatorial Appointee

Cameron Vowell

Commission Secretary
Community Volunteer
Freshwater Land Trust Appointee

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

Attorney
Hand Arendall, LLC
Gubernatorial Appointee

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.

Rosalind Young

President
Tarpley City Neighborhood Association
Jefferson County Commission Appointee

Jim Bennett

Former Commissioner

Ervin Battain

Former Commissioner

This group of 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.

Michele Forman

Director, UAB Media Studies Program

Herschell Hamilton

Managing Partner, BLOC Global Group

David Hicks

Deputy Health Officer, Jefferson County Dept. of Health

Jay Pigford

Partner, ArchitectureWorks

Joanice Thompson

Outreach Director (retired), UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center

Cameron Vowell

Community Volunteer

Claire Vaughn

Director of Advancement, Advent Episcopal School

Red Mountain Park’s Vision is to be a self-sustaining, award-winning Park in the city we helped redefine. These young professionals see what can be for Birmingham…and have decided to do what it takes to build a Park!

Courtney Sanak

President

Brownell Travel

Foster Hyde

President Elect

The Welch Group

Zachary Sims

Treasurer

Brasfield & Gorrie

Kelly Robertson Huggart

Secretary

RYT 200

Communications Committee

Tyler Chapman

BBVA Compass

Service Committee

David Ward

Service Chair

Bridgeworth Financial

Peyton Jones

Bridgeworth Financial

McKenzie Kleinhenz

Northwestern Mutual

Nick Kleinhenz

PIMCO

Regan Loper

Burr & Forman LLP

David Manush

Carr Allison

Lyndsey Robinson

Organic Harvest/Awakened Living Therapeutics

David Sanders

Brasfield & Gorrie

Membership Committee

M.C. Robertson

 Membership Co-Chair

UAB

Meredith Lee Plains

Colliers International

Austin Whitten

Pittman, Dutton, & Hellums, P.C.

Brandon Sanak

 Membership Co-Chair

O’Neal Industries

Jennifer Wilson

Shabani and Associates, PC

Social Committee

Brad Edmonds

Social Chair

Metro Monitor, Inc.

Alexandrea Battito

Robins & Morton

Evan Brooks

Raymond James

Lance Lucas

Hoar Construction

Adam Mestre

MD Realty LLC

Cat Smith

Iberia Bank

Laura Wise

Bradley Arant

Signature Event Committee

Lauren Weber

Signature Event Chair

Stephen L. Klimiack, LLC

Margaret Gordon

United Ability

David Olsen

Stone River Property Management

Peter Shearouse

BBVA Compass

Sadie Stone

Children’s of Alabama

Jr. Board Past Presidents

Heather Ward

Jr. Board Past President

Wesley Vaughn

Jr. Board Past President

T.C. McLemore

Jr. Board Past President