Asheville Parks & Recreation group members on the transfer

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Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) continues to grow its team of professionals with internal promotions and external hiring to meet community demand for quality public parks and recreation centers, programs that exercise the mind and body, and safe spaces that connect neighbors and build resilience . These well-deserved promotions support APR’s vision to become North Carolina’s center for parks and recreation innovation, focused on equitable community recreation, attracting and developing professionals, and implementing sustainable practices.

Facility Supervisor—Angel Redmond

Angel Redmond has been promoted to Facility Supervisor Stephens-Lee Community Center. As a staff member at Asheville City Schools, she came to the community center as part of a small group learning program called Positive Opportunities Develop Success (PODS), a partnership between APR and community organizations that came about as a result of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing APR’s connection to the community, she joined the team as a seasonal worker and was later promoted to a full-time position as program manager. In this role, Angel has enhanced the Center’s programs, developed closer relationships with Stephens Lee alumni and the East End Valley Street Neighborhood Association, and created a new relationship and program plan with the Maplecrest community.

“The ability to grow within an organization coupled with feeling empowered in a building historically known for Black Pride is not only a sense of progression, it is an honor,” said Angel.

Crew Supervisor – Pat Kazanjian

Pat Kazanjian joined APR a year ago and has been promoted from Senior Tradesworker to Crew Supervisor. According to his manager, Pat has hit the ground running and is already making a difference in the city’s parks.

Crew Supervisor – Brandon Willis

Brandon Willis has been part of the department since 2011 and was promoted from Equipment Operator III to Crew Supervisor. Brandon has extensive experience at our parks and according to his manager, will be a great addition to our Crew Supervisor team.

Outreach Program Coordinator – Calvin Owens

Calvin Owens joined the department as a program director in 2022 after spending more than 10 years with city parks and recreation agencies and as a wilderness therapy field instructor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism with a concentration in Special Events and Outdoor Recreation from Radford University.

In his new position as outreach program coordinator, he will work on events large and small throughout the community that expand the power of recovery beyond our parks and community centers.

Outdoor Program Coordinator – James “Daniel” Manget

James “Daniel” Manget joined APR as the Outdoor Programs Coordinator after spending seven years with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission overseeing aquatic and fishing education programs. His outdoor and community program experience also includes working in various schools, private, state and federal agencies. He will help develop and lead outdoor and environmental education programs.

Certified Park and Recreation Professional

Two members of the APR team recently passed the exams to receive this Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) permission. They join 6,900 colleagues at the forefront of the profession who are committed to advancing the field of public recreation by embracing parks and community programs as essential infrastructure to address resilience and health outcomes.

Kyle Autrey is a facilities manager at Burton Street Community Center. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue learning and growing as a parks and recreation professional to better serve the citizens of Asheville,” said Kyle. “The CPRP designation allows us to remain at the forefront of innovation in recreation, and I plan to use the knowledge and resources I have learned to continue to bring new opportunities to the people of Asheville.”

Megan Wiet is program manager at Community Center Harvest House. “Receiving my CPRP has been an exciting next step in my professional development,” says Megan. “I wanted to demonstrate my commitment to bringing a high level of professionalism to the field and challenge myself to build knowledge beyond my day-to-day focus of programming. I am passionate about parks and recreation and achieving CPRP status was a manifestation of that passion.”

Join our team

If you have a passion for parks, recreation and making your community a great place, APR features options in the city of Asheville job board.