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Asheville Parks & Recreation crew members on the transfer

Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) continues to develop its crew of execs with inner promotions and exterior hires to fulfill the group’s demand for high-quality public parks and recreation facilities, programming that workouts the physique and thoughts, and secure areas that join neighbors and construct resilience. These well-earned promotions assist APR’s imaginative and prescient to be North Carolina’s middle of parks and recreation innovation targeted on equitable group recreation, attracting and growing professionals, and implementing sustainable practices.

Facility Supervisor – Angel Redmond

Angel Redmond has been promoted to Facility Supervisor at Stephens-Lee Group Middle. As an Asheville Metropolis Faculties employees member, she got here to the group middle as a part of a small group studying program known as Optimistic Alternatives Develop Success (PODS), a partnership between APR and group organizations that took place on account of distant studying in the course of the COVID -19 pandemic. Seeing how a lot APR connects with the group, she joined the crew as seasonal assist employees and was later promoted to a everlasting place, Program Chief. In that position, Angel has enhanced middle applications, developed stronger relationships with the Stephens-Lee alumni and East Finish Valley Road Neighborhood Affiliation, and created a brand new relationship and program plan with the Maplecrest group.

“The flexibility to develop inside a corporation, coupled with feeling empowered in a constructing traditionally recognized for Black pleasure, just isn’t solely a sense of development, however an honor as effectively,” in response to Angel.

Crew Supervisor – Pat Kazanjian

Pat Kazanjian joined APR a yr in the past and has been promoted from Senior Tradesworker to Crew Supervisor. In accordance with his supervisor, Pat has hit the bottom working and is already making a distinction within the metropolis’s parks.

Crew Supervisor – Brandon Willis

Brandon Willis has been a part of the division since 2011 and has been promoted from Tools Operator III to Crew Supervisor. Brandon has huge expertise in our parks and can make an excellent addition to our crew supervisor crew, in response to his supervisor.

Outreach Program Coordinator – Calvin Owens

Calvin Owens joined the division in 2022 as a Program Chief after spending greater than 10 years with municipal parks and recreation businesses and as a Wilderness Remedy Area Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with concentrations in Particular Occasions and Out of doors Recreation from Radford College.

In his new place of Outreach Program Coordinator, he’ll work on giant and small occasions all through the group that stretch the ability of recreation past our parks and group facilities.

Out of doors Program Coordinator – James “Daniel” Manget

James “Daniel” Manget has joined APR as Out of doors Program Coordinator following seven years with the North Carolina Wildlife Fee overseeing Aquatic and Fishing Education schemes. His outside and group program expertise additionally contains work at varied colleges, non-public, state, and federal businesses. He’ll assist develop and lead outside and environmental education schemes.

Licensed Park and Recreation Professionals

Two APR crew members lately handed exams to earn the Licensed Park and Recreation Skilled (CPRP) credential. They be a part of 6,900 of colleagues on the forefront of the occupation who’ve dedicated to advancing the sector of public recreation, incorporating parks and group applications as important infrastructure to deal with resilience and well being outcomes.

Kyle Autrey is Facility Supervisor at Burton Road Group Middle. “I’m grateful for the chance to proceed to be taught and develop as a parks and recreation skilled to raised serve the residents of Asheville,” Kyle says. “The CPRP designation permits us to remain on the forefront of innovation within the recreation area and I plan on utilizing the data realized and sources to proceed to carry new alternatives to the folks of Asheville.”

Megan Wiet is Program Chief at Harvest Home Group Middle. “Acquiring my CPRP was an thrilling subsequent step in my skilled improvement,” Megan says. “I needed to show my dedication to bringing a excessive degree of professionalism to the sector and to problem myself to construct data past my day after day focus of programming. I’m keen about parks and recreation and attaining the CPRP standing was a manifestation of that keenness.”

Be a part of Our Workforce

In the event you’re keen about parks, recreation, and making your group an excellent place, APR has alternatives out there on the Metropolis of Asheville’s job board.

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