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

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

Commission Chair

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

Yolanda Clayton

Founder and Executive Director
Ryan’s Hope Foundation
Jefferson County Senate Delegation Appointee

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