Regional Representatives

North Region-Shelia Stubler                                   

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The candidate in for this position will serve a 2-year term as a voting member of the board, representing the North Region. Sheila Stubler currently works for the Arizona State Parks. She graduated from La Crosse WI, with a B.S. in Recreation Management. After migrating from Wisconsin, she began her career in Arizona in 1995 as a Recreation Coordinator with the City of Phoenix working with inner-city parks. In 2000,  Shelia accepted a position with the Gila River Indian Community leading the Project Venture program, which focused on getting kids into the great outdoors and cultural awareness.  In 2003, began working with Arizona State Parks as Park Manager at Fort Verde State Historic Park.  Over the past few years we’ve really connected with our community and formed numerous partnerships, which have had a positive impact on overall park operations. We look forward to getting more involved with APRA and forming new connections.

South Region-Alison Feliz   

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The candidate in for this position will serve a 2-year term as a voting member of the board, representing the South Region. Alison Feliz grew up around parks and recreation in Florence, Arizona, a historic town founded in 1866.  Her father, George, was the Parks and Recreation Director and her mother, Laura, has been running the local Senior Center for the past 18 years.  Ali often participated in recreation programs and attended community special events, as well as volunteered.

At fifteen years old, she began her career in public service as a part-time Lifeguard working at the Community Pool for the Town of Florence Parks and Recreation Department.  Over the years, Ali has had the opportunity to grow within the department, continuing to work numerous recreation programs and special events; working at the Fitness Center, becoming a Recreation Leader and ultimately managing the Community Pool.  In 2009, at just 20 years old, Ali was hired full-time as a Recreation Programmer overseeing youth and teen programs.  She continued in that capacity until 2014, when she began coordinating Special Events and Marketing.  Ali has been able to breathe new life into existing events and added new events such as Movies in the Park and Concerts in the Park.

The Town of Florence is celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2016, which means Ali is busy marking the occasion at both existing and new special events.  She serves on the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee for the celebration and has been instrumental in getting outside organizations to participate, as well as soliciting sponsorships to help fund the events.

At the same time her career was taking off, Ali also was pursuing a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration.  In December 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University.  Not content with just having her degree, Ali also earned the designation of Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) through the National Recreation and Parks Association last year.

Central Region-Michelle Yates                                       contact Michelle 

This candidate in this position will serve a 2-year term as a voting member of the board representing the Phoenix Metro area.
Michelle Yates currently works as the Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the City of Glendale, Community Services Department within the Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Division. Her professional experience includes fundraising, community special events, marketing, community and business outreach and various programming. In her various positions she has successfully developed business plans, analyzed programs and events, created a fee structure for facilities and developed a sustainability study.
Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the parks and recreation field.  She is a member of Arizona Parks and Recreation (APRA) and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).   Michelle has served as chair of the APRA Youth and Teen Branch and continues to participate in APRA educational sessions, acts as a session facilitator, taught many education sessions and has served on a variety of the annual conference committees since 2003. In 2012, Michelle was recognized by her peers as Young Professional of the Year from Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.  Michelle became a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) through NRPA in 2013. She received her BA in Technical Management from DeVry University in 2013.

East Region- Steve Richardson, CPRP  

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Steve Richardson has been a member of APRA for nearly a decade. He saw the benefits of a career in parks & recreation at a young age and never looked back. He began his career with a position as a youth sports official for the City of Mesa at the age of 15 and continued there through high school and college. He then worked for the City of Peoria in various capacities for 7 years with a 2 year “sabbatical” on the beach where he owned and operated a popular surf cantina on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  

Steve currently serves as the Director for Morenci Townsite where his responsibilities include recreation, library, community center, aquatics, and special events. He is passionate about providing top notch services and improving the community’s quality of life one smile at a time.  

Steve graduated with a degree in Parks & Recreation Management with an emphasis in Community & Commercial Planning from NAU in 2004 and has his CPRP through NRPA. He enjoys traveling, surfing, hiking, obstacle races, disc golf, and coaching his daughters’ sports teams.

Chair Positions

Young Professional Chair-Jessica Voss                            contact Jessica 

Jessica Voss received her Bachelor's of Science in Parks and Recreation Management (Therapeutic Recreation) from Arizona State University in 2013, along with achieving the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) designation.  During this time, she presided over both the Parks and Recreation Student Association and the Arizona State Therapeutic Recreation Association (ASTRA) Student Club.  Additionally, she served as Student Chair for APRA, leading the inaugural Tech Team at conference and collaborating with the APRA conference committee to engage students and young professionals. She was also an active student member of ASTRA, where she served as Membership Chair, and now serves as President-Elect.  She is excited for the renewed partnership between these two organizations.
While earning her degree, she began volunteering with Camp Colley and Hunkapi Programs, Inc. In 2013, she worked with Daring Adventures providing adaptive outdoor recreation for people with disabilities and significant life challenges. Throughout her journey, Jessica has been motivated by her dream of establishing EmpoweRanch, an accessible farm-based therapeutic recreation center for people and animals to learn, heal, and grow in Phoenix.
  When she's not working or volunteering, you can find her on a horse or on a hike, enjoying the spectacular outdoor lifestyle Arizona has to offer.


Marketing Chair- Cynthia Nemeth    

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Program Chair-Kristie Riester                    contact Kristie 

Corporate/Business Chair-John Wormell   contact John 

John Worrell is the President of Dave Bang Associates, Inc. He was born in Utah and raised in Northern California until his family moved to Mesa, AZ when he was 12.  Most of John’s family still resides in Arizona. After marrying his high school sweetheart, John was offered a job in sales for Dave Bang. After 16 years of selling for Dave Bang Associates, John was promoted to President but still is involved in sales. John has been designing, selling and installing park and playground equipment for over 20 years. John is CPSI Certified and an expert in playground design by current safety and accessibility standards and is familiar with all aspects of construction which ensures your play area will meet or exceed all current standards/codes. He’s able to manage projects from concept/design to completion all while keeping your project on time and within budget. John’s passion is creating play spaces for children, families and adults of all ages and abilities. John’s favorite phrase is “I sell playgrounds for a living which allows me to play all day!”

Membership Chair-Debbie Summers                                  contact Debbie 

West Region- Louie Galaviz

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Louie has been involved with Parks and Recreation programs for over 20 years working for different municipalities and not for profit organizations. He holds a degree in Tri-Divisional Business from Arizona Western College. Louie has held positions as the Executive Director of Yuma Boys and Girls Club and the Salvation Army Recreation Center of Yuma for 10 years transitioning into the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Somerton for 6 years. Currently, Louie is the Director for the City of San Luis, Arizona.

Louie has been involved in many outside organizations including; President of Local Safe Kids, Optimist Club and Committee Chair for Rotary, a member of the Boys and Girls Club Professional Association, and has just finished 4-year term as State HPAC Advisory Committee member representing Yuma County working with local Arizona Game and Fish. During my career I have partnered with various organization to promote health, culture and recreation in Southern Counties of Arizona.

Interested in serving? Please email Samantha Coffman

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