The Harbert Center Staff

Chandrel Wright-Richardson140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-6 (1)
Executive Director
Certified Wedding Specialist

Chandrel is a 1993 graduate of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky and holds a Masters degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She has been with The Harbert Center since June 2000.

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Jessica Plemons140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-13 (1)
Event Sales Director
Certified Wedding Specialist

Jessica was born and raised in Birmingham, but has also called Tuscaloosa and New Orleans home. She has been in the hospitality industry for nearly 20 years, and has loved every minute of it!

Jessica has been with The Harbert Center since January 2008, and says what she enjoys most about this job is that it never gets old; each day is a new and different experience! She has a B.S. in Restaurant, Hotel, and Meetings Management from the University of Alabama.

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Eric HorstDSCN1304 (1)
Operations Manager & A/V Coordinator

Eric is the definition of a ‘jack-of-all-trades’! His background and knowledge of audio visual systems brought him to The Harbert Center, but we soon realized that was not his only area of expertise.  Eric is also a pastor, entrepreneur, salesman, and a musician. Other notable past endeavors include baling hay, parking cars at a flea market, and working at a popcorn factory.

Eric has been at The Harbert Center since 2014, and says what he enjoys most is helping clients have as stress-free of an event as possible, and ensuring their guests have a memorable experience.  He has an A.A. in Bible from Hesston College in Kansas, and a B.S. in Christian Ministries and Youth Ministry from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Aroosa Badalpara
Event Sales Manager

Aroosa is a Texas native, who has been in Birmingham for over 10 years. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Public Relations and a concentration in Meeting and Event Management. She is very passionate about customer service and event logistics. She loves being a part, no matter how big or small, of the lifelong memories people make at The Harbert Center. She’s an avid sports fan, a cat mom, and a Slytherin.

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Freddie Campbell Mitchell140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-11 (1)
Event Services Team Coordinator

One of the most frequent comments we hear is how clean and well kept The Harbert Center is, and we have Freddie to thank for that!  She leads the Event Services Team, which is responsible not only for the upkeep of the building, but also the set up and breakdown for all events.

Freddie has been with The Harbert Center since August 2006, and what she has enjoyed most about the job is meeting new people every day.  She has a degree in paralegal law from Faulkner University.

TaMarcus Williams140806_HarbertStaff_BIJ-5 (1)
Event Services Team Leader

TaMarcus is the ‘muscle’ of The Harbert Center, as he leads his crew during the set up and breakdown of our event spaces, often multiple times a day.  TaMarcus has been with The Harbert Center since April 2012.