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Get to know your fulltime staff below, including their roles within the facility and a little about who they are. Any inquiries can be directed by email or 980-314-ERRC (3772).

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Daniel Leatherman

Recreation Manager

Daniel has served Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation users for over ten years, and as a native Charlottean enjoys using many PRK facilities himself. Daniel is responsible for facility operations, staffing, and administrative functions. When not at Eastway Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors, watching Charlotte sports teams, and enjoying tasty food!

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Tari Cottman

Senior Facility Manager

Tari is originally from New York City, and is a wife and mother of two beautiful children. At Eastway Regional, Tari is responsible for diverse programming, outreach, and management of program staff. Tari loves providing only the best services for our community through recreation and enjoys spending time exploring new cuisines and outdoor adventures with her family.

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Venetrese Samuel

Administrative Supervisor

Venetrese is a customer service professional with over 15 years of experience working for Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. All things administrative come through the office of Venetrese including facility usage, rentals, memberships, and customer experience operations. She is a wife and mother of 3 who enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

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Brandyn Brockway

Recreation Supervisor - Sports and Fitness

Brandyn holds a master’s degree from Western Kentucky University, is a Certified Youth Sports Administrator, and is the supervisor for sports and fitness components of Eastway Regional. In his free time, he enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with his wife Kathryn and bulldog Rex! Go Bills!

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Adrienne Tucker

Senior Recreation Specialist - Aquatics

Adrienne has been with the Department for 5+ years and loves using and managing our pools! Adrienne is over all aquatic programming and assists in lifeguard management. Adrienne enjoys taking day trips to the mountains and the beach and exploring what the Carolinas have to offer.

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Diana Correa

Recreation Supervisor - Youth and Seniors

Originally from Rochester, NY, Diana supervises Youth, Senior, and Inclusion Programming at Eastway Regional. She is excited to provide a variety of programs and activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy. In her free time, Diana enjoys going for walks with her fiancé and two dogs, trying different workout classes, and exploring all that Charlotte has to offer.

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Arleen Watts

Senior Administrative Support

Arleen is a native Charlottean and has 16 years’ experience with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Arleen is over customer service and administrative front desk operations including facility usage, memberships, and more. Arleen is God first, family second, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and serving the community.

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Bonnie Quizhpi

Senior Administrative Support

Bonnie was born and raised in Houston, Texas but considers Charlotte home. She is the event coordinator for Eastway Regional and has been working with Mecklenburg County for 5 years. Bonnie enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 4 lovely children.

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Maria Cepeda

Senior Recreation Specialist – Youth

Originally from Port Charlotte, Florida, Maria is over youth programming at Eastway Regional. She is excited to bring new programs to the area and enjoys serving the community. A Wingate University graduate, Maria likes to spend her free time working out, going to the beach and coaching lacrosse.

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Sean Corbus

Recreation Specialist – Inclusion

Sean is originally from Cleveland, Ohio (GO BROWNS!) and recently graduated with his master’s degree from the University of Toledo in Recreational Administration. He moved to Charlotte in August 2020 and is very excited to serve as an Inclusion Recreational Specialist. In his spare time, he enjoys going on hikes, playing disc golf, and listening to music.

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Ali Jones

Recreation Supervisor– Aquatics

Ali is originally from Texas, but considers Florida home. She has been a lifeguard instructor for over 15 years, and has won professional awards at the international level! When not at work Ali enjoys spending time with her family, snuggling her rescue dog, doing any water-based activity, and is also a rollercoaster enthusiast.

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Tyson Carrier

Senior Recreation Specialist – Sports

Tyson is a Queen City Native and graduate of Belmont Abbey College. He enjoys serving Mecklenburg County via youth and adult athletics, and loves to teach youth just how important the word “team” is. In his free time Tyson enjoys going to Charlotte FC, Hornets, and Panthers games, and exploring the city.

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Alden Picard

Environmental Educator

Born and raised in the Carolina’s, Alden is lover of all things nature and an outdoors. He holds a master’s degree from the UNC Wilmington and has worked in the field of Environmental Education for 10 years. In his free time, Alden can be found hiking, golfing, and tending to his honey bees.

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Kai Briggs

Senior Recreation Specialist – Fitness

A recent migrant from Los Angeles, Kai brings a passion for multidimensional health and wellness and the determination to help people overcome obstacles and reach goals. In her spare time she enjoys culinary arts, Jazz, walking trails with her dog, and crushing a good workout!

Trina Williams

Senior Recreation Specialist – Seniors

Trina is originally from the Washington DC Metro area and recently relocated to Charlotte. For the last 15 years, Trina has enjoyed providing health centered fun and educational programs to seniors. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and creating crafts and decorations.


Food and Nutrition Specialist

This position is currently vacant, for information on vacant positions currently posted for hire please visit the Mecklenburg County Careers page.




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Phone: 980-314-ERRC (3772)
Address: 3150 Eastway Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28213

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