Who We Are

HISTORY

In 1983, members of the Valle Crucis Community joined forces to preserve a 12-acre tract of land along the Watauga River that was slated for development as a recreational vehicle campground. Their efforts were successful, and the Valle Crucis Community Park was born. The park’s founders held a clear vision for the land: That it should remain undeveloped, as a recreational and gathering space for the community, in perpetuity.

Today Valle Crucis Community Park has grown into a 28-acre destination for High Country residents as well as visitors to the area. The park is open to the public year-round and provides space for a variety of outdoor activities.

MISSION

To provide a safe and peaceful recreation resource and gathering space for our community, preserve open space, and educate our visitors about natural resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations.

STRATEGIC PLAN

Every year, the Park’s Board of Directors evaluates and updates its strategic initiatives and lays out a road map of priority tasks for the year. View the Park’s 2021 Strategic Plan here.

PARK STAFF

Ashley Galleher

Ashley Galleher

Executive Director

Ashley Galleher has been Executive Director of the Park since 2018. She brings several years of leadership experience in the non-profit world to her role. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management / Commercial Recreation & Tourism Development from Appalachian State University in 2010. She remains an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. Ashley grew up in Valle Crucis and says the Valle Crucis Community Park was “a second home during my childhood.”

John Welsh

John Welsh

Maintenance Staff

Blaine Bare

Maintenance Staff

Stefan Kunz

Maintenance Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tracy Hastings

Tracy Hastings

Board Past President

Jeanette Vines

Jeanette Vines

Board Secretary

Paul Cribbins

Paul Cribbins

Board Member

Holly Ambler

Holly Ambler

Board President

Rev. Anna Shine

Rev. Anna Shine

Board Member

Mitch Mayhew

Mitch Mayhew

Board Member

Tracey Heiss

Tracey Heiss

Board Vice President

Lisa Stinson

Lisa Stinson

Board Member

Marisa Sedlak

Marisa Sedlak

Board Member

Alex Dale

Alex Dale

Board Treasurer

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Board Member

Mary Wood

Mary Wood

Board Member