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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
(205) 403-5950

“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.

Katie Bradford

Director of Community and Public Relations

katie@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5951

“My favorite spot in the Park is MINE No.10….I just really feel the history in that spot…and the views there are an added perk!” – Katie

  • I have met the Pope.
  • My husband shares the same birthday with me.
  • I love miniature ponies.

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

Claire Heard

Director of Programs

cheard@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5962

“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

Rachel Ahrnsen

Director of Natural Resources

rahrnsen@redmountainpark.org
(205) 202-6043

“Red Mountain Park has endless surprises, and even after a year of being in the Park every day, I’m still discovering new and amazing places, animals, and artifacts.” – Rachel

  • I swam with sharks in the Caribbean
  • I performed in a traditional Bavarian dance troupe for many years
  • I once caught a runaway alpaca

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.

Noel Watters

Chief Park Ranger

nwatters@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5957

“I love being part of protecting a place for future generations that I spent so much time exploring in my younger years.” – Noel

  • I’m married with two kids.
  • I enjoy white water kayaking in my free time.
  • I own way too many plaid shirts.

Art Powell

Adventure 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

Becky Johnson

Groups and Events Manager

bjohnson@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5953

“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.

Tom Rouse

Adventure Operations Manager

trouse@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5953

Jeff Newman

Park Historian & Maintenance

jnewman@redmountainpark.org
(205) 403-5586

“I like to talk to people and see how much they enjoy the park … It gives real meaning the hard work we have done to make it happen…. Sometimes you wish for your dream job and find that, eventually, it does come true.” – Jeff

  • I have enjoyed studying and photographing the areas industrial history since 1969.
  • I like being different, I’m not going to be like everyone else.
  • I will not stop until the job is complete.

“Red Mountain Park has something for everyone and I enjoy being part of the effort that supports that.” – David

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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

Ervin Battain

Former Commissioner

Rob Fowler

Former Commissioner

Justin Armstrong

Former Commissioner

Renee Carter

Former Commissioner

Robert Green

Former Commissioner

Dalton Smith

Former Commissioner

Spring boarding off the success of our community’s Three Parks Initiative (2007), this dynamic group of Visionaries has helped secure almost $7 Million for your Red Mountain Park and is on track to raise $5 Million more! Their work is critical to 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!”

Stewart M. Dansby

Private Investor

“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’.”

Stephen A. Jones

Strategic Issues and Community Affairs Director, Alabama Power Company (Retired)

“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.”

Edgar Marx, Jr.

President, Marx Brothers, Inc.

Temple Tutwiler

President, Tutwiler Properties, Ltd.

“Red Mountain Park is quickly becoming Birmingham’s outdoor playground. It cannot be developed and maintained without the community’s support. Please help the Park become the place we all want it to be.”

Cameron Vowell

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.”

Robin A. Wade, III

President, Wade Sand & Gravel Co., Inc.

“Red Mountain Park provides entertainment for the entire family. A trail system for walkers, joggers and bicyclists that will take you through Birmingham’s past. A zip line, climbing wall, tree houses and more have been added with additional attractions to come. Come see and support Birmingham’s largest park.”

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!

Courtney Sanak

Jr. Board President

Brownell Travel

Lindsey Humphries

Jr. Board Secretary

Sidewalk Film Festival

Fundraising Committee

Foster Hyde

Jr. Board Treasurer & Fundraising Chair

The Welch Group

Robby Anderson

Jr. Board Fundraising Co-Chair

University of Alabama Law

Mary Catherine Robertson

University of Alabama Birmingham

Cooper Killion

Shook & Fletcher Insulation Co.

Kelly Robertson Huggart

McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.

Christopher Barnes

Red Rock Realty Group

Nick Guarino

Vulcan Materials Company

Communications Committee

Claire Vaughn

Jr. Board Communications Chair

Indian Springs School

Clark Maxwell

Birmingham Zoo

Tyler Chapman

BBVA Compass

Service Committee

David Ward

Jr. Board Service Chair

Bridgeworth Financial

David Beebe

Vulcan Materials Company

Hunter Garrison

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Peyton Jones

Planning Coordinator, Bridgeworth Financial

Regan Loper

Burr & Forman LLP

David Manush

Attorney Carr Allison

Lyndsey Robinson

Organic Harvest / Awakened Living Therapeutics

Richard Sanders

Morgan Stanley

David Sanders

IT Project Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie

Membership Committee

Meredith Lee Plains

Jr. Board Membership Chair

Colliers International

Jennifer Jones

Shabani and Associates, PC

Stephen Kelley

Balch & Bingham, LLP

Austin Whitten

Pittman, Dutton, & Hellums, P.C.

Social Committee

Brad Edmonds

Jr. Board Social Chair

Metro Monitor, Inc.

Alexandrea Battito

Robins & Morton

Lance Lucas

Hoar Construction

Nick Kleinhenz

PIMCO

Megan Huntsinger

Engineer, AL Power Company

Adam Mestre

MD Realty LLC

Sarah Reid Harris

AL Power Company

Cat Smith

National Bank of Commerce

Laura Wise

Bradley Arant

McKenzie Kleinhenz

Financial Planner – Northwestern Mutual

Signature Event Committee

Brandon Sanak

Jr. Board Signature Event Co-Chair

O’Neal Industries

Wesley Vaughn

Jr. Board Signature Event Co-Chair

Retail Strategies

Beau Beard

Owner / Physician, The Farm

Robin Burrell

Office Associate, UAB

Margaret Gordon

Lead Work Instructor – United Ability

Jayne Hafizi Manush

Occupational Therapist, United Ability

Steven Kilpatrick

Director of Product Development, EAB

David Olsen

Executive Assistance Stone River Property Management

Peter Shearouse

Financial Analyst, BBVA Compass

Zachary Sims

IT Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie

Laura Sorsby

Landman II, Energen Resources Corporation

Sadie Stone

Pharmacist, Children’s of AL

Lauren Weber

Attorney

Jr. Board Past Presidents

Heather Ward

Jr. Board Past President

Wesley Vaughn

Jr. Board Past President

T.C. McLemore

Jr. Board Past President