conference committee

The Annual Conference Committee  is comprised of the association President (liaison), the Executive Director, and several volunteers to organize and administer the annual conference. There are a variety of roles and responsibilities for volunteers that can require a lot or little time to help support this annual event.

The committee meets monthly via Zoom video conference with two in person meetings on-site at the conference location. Chairs are required to be on-site during the conference and can select a small committee to work with them during the planning process. Planning for each conference begins the month following the regular annual conference and will end with on wrap up meeting post conference.

A separate sub-committee of the Conference Committee is the Awards and Citations, their purpose is to review and score all submissions based on awards criteria helping to select and recognize outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of Parks and Recreation. 

2018 Conference Co-Chair

Linda Ayres, Town of Gilbert

2018 Conference Co-Chair

Kira Peters, City of Scottsdale

Awards Chair

Miranda Gomez, City of Buckeye

 Social Co-Chair

Dan Wilson, Maricopa County

Social Co-Chair

Lisa Capriotti

Photo Contest Chair

Rachael Goodwin, Town of Fountain Hills

Audio Visual

Oscar Venegas

Evaluations Chair

LeAnne Morgan, City of Peoria

Volunteer Co-Chair

Jenn Lauria, Town of Gilbert

Volunteer Co-Chair

Stacy Lafortune, City of Avondale

Golf Tournament Chair

John Kennedy, Town of Gilbert

Education Chair

Rocky Brown, Town of Gilbert

Exhibit Hall Chair

Krista VanderMolen, Town of Gila Bend

Reverse Trade Show

Tonya Forbrook, Town of Wickenburg

Marketing Publications

Liz Langenbach, City of Apache Junction

Registration/APRA Store

Stacy Cieszynski, City of Surprise


Danny Gallegos, City of Maricopa

Social Media Co-Chair

Corey Povar, Town of Fountain Hills

Social Media Co-Chair

Jessica Thompson, City of Buckeye

Sponsorship Co-Chair

Mark Honberger, Remarkable Recreation Solutions

General Session Chair

Joseph Petrella, City of Chandler

Maintenance Day Chair

Mike Riggs, City of Maricopa

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software