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Meet Our Staff






Michelle Wells, MPA, CPRP
Executive Director

Michelle joined NCRPA in 1998. She graduated from NC State University with an undergraduate degree in Recreation Resource Administration, a Masters in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She previously served as the Program Director prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2012.  Prior to joining the staff at NCRPA, she worked for NC Senior Games.




Wanda Parmlee
Membership Services Manager

Wanda joined NCRPA in 1991 and is a native of Bridgeport,Connecticut. Prior to joining the staff at NCRPA, she was employed with Southern New England Telecommunications for 11.5 years.

Wanda and her husband William reside inRaleigh. Wanda has two daughters and is the proud Nana of one granddaughter. Wanda is active in her church and enjoys her time with family and friends, reading and walking.




Matt Carusona, CPRP 

Program and Communications Director

Matt joined NCRPA in 2012 and is a native of New York. He graduated from Sacred Heart University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Sports Management from NCSU.  Prior to joining the staff at NCRPA, he was employed with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation and served as an Americorps Member

Matt and his family reside in Apex and enjoy hiking, running, biking, snowboarding, and being outdoors.




Nicole Miller, CPRP

NCRPA Fellow

Nicole joined NCRPA in 2016, relocating from Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Event Management, with Minors in Business Administration and Psychology. She worked for Graham Recreation and Parks as an Athletics Intern during her time at Elon, and she interned for the Burlington Royals Minor League Baseball team in summer 2015.

Nicole resides in Raleigh and enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and being with friends and family.


Diquan Edmonds

Wellness Assistant

Diquan joined NCRPA in 2016 and is a native of Absecon, New Jersey. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management. Prior to joining the staff at NCRPA, he has worked various part-time jobs with municipalities in the Triangle Area.

Diquan resides in Durham, NC and enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, the great outdoors, and spending time with friends and family in his spare time.


883 Washington Street
Raleigh, NC  27605
Phone:  919-832-5868
Fax:  919-832-3323