ERIC SMALLWOOD – DIRECTOR
Eric Smallwood has been in local government parks and recreation in some fashion his entire life. As early as fifteen held various positions from camp counselor to sports official and field supervisor to playground supervisor. Most recently he was the Director for the Town of Harrisburg, NC for over four years. Eric began his career with the City of Asheboro Cultural and Recreation Services Department as the Program Coordinator of Athletics. Eric graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC with a B.S. in Sports Management with a concentration in Justice and Policy Studies. He has also completed the UNC School of Government Municipal and County Administration Course and Leadership Cabarrus.
Eric has been a member of many community enhancement boards including the 2016 Cabarrus County Community Planning Council, the Cabarrus Wellness Coalition, the Harrisburg Wellness Committee, the Volunteer Committee of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Culture and Arts Committee, and the Asheboro Area Bikeways and Trails Group. He is also an active member of the National Parks and Recreation Association and the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association.
In his free time, Eric and his wife enjoy going to the mountains and getting lost in the woods, hiking and paddling. He volunteers at the US National Whitewater Center and with the Carolina Thread Trail. He also enjoys running and obstacle course racing and is a 2015 World’s Toughest Mudder finisher.
CRISTY BUSLER – ATHLETIC / SPECIAL EVENTS SUPERVISOR
Cristy Busler has worked for the Town of Cramerton for since 2008 and has been the Athletic/Special Events Supervisor since 2012. Cristy graduated from Belmont Abbey with a B.A. in Sports Management with a minor in Psychology.
Cristy’s major responsibilities include: coordinating and supervising youth athletics and special events, marketing and advertising the town’s events, and answering general questions about parks and recreation. Cristy previously served four years on the Cramerton Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and is also a volunteer for the Charlotte Sports Commission. Cristy is from Gaston County and she enjoys running, yoga, fitness classes, and spending time with family and friends.
STEPHEN CRAFT – GYM/MAINTENANCE
Stephen Craft has worked for the Town of Cramerton since 1997. He started out as a lifeguard. In 1999 he began his full time career as Gym/Park Maintenance Supervisor. Stephen graduated from South point High School.
Stephen’s major responsibilities include: maintenance of athletic fields, maintenance to all facilities and equipment, oversees community service workers, assists in special events, supervises pool staff, responsible for set up of farmer’s market, assists with athletic events and registrations, and assists director when he is absent.
Stephen is married to Amanda, and they have one son, Landon. Stephen enjoys spending time with family and friends and in his spare time he enjoys playing softball and fishing.