President -John Sefton contact John Sefton
Serving as the Incoming President in 2016 and President in 2017
John R. Sefton, Jr., CPRP joined the City of Peoria in August 2012 as the Community Services Director. He is responsible for leading the team’s functional divisions of Parks, Recreation, Libraries, Public Arts and the Peoria Sports Complex. John diligently strives to deliver the quality of life for Peoria that the citizens and City Council aspire for.
Vice President-Rod Buchanan contact Rod Buchanan
Serving as the Vice President in 2016 and President Elect in 2017 and President in 2018
Rod is the current Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Gilbert. I have a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specializing in Public Management, from California State University East Bay. I have numerous years of public sector experience and have served in numerous capacities over a 38 year time span. Some of my qualifications and experiences include organizational development, team building, master planning, capital project management and extensive community outreach. I have also taught and developed curriculum for University of Phoenix in the Business Management School and served as Chair of the CPRS Administrators Section Board. I am also well-seasoned in Interest Based Negotiations and have done Strategic Planning consulting.
Vice President - Kristy Diaz-Trahan
Kristy has been serving the Town of Oro Valley as the Parks & Recreation Director since 2013. Prior to her current position, she was the Recreation Services Manager for the City of Albuquerque, NM; Recreation Superintendent for the Town of Marana, AZ; and Deputy Director of Senior Services for Rio Rancho, NM.
Diaz-Trahan attended her first APRA conference in 1988. She was a part-time recreation assistant for the City of Tucson and volunteered at conference. It was overwhelming and exciting at the same time. It was then that she realized someone could actually have a career in Parks & Recreation. She had found her calling.
Diaz-Trahan has been an active member in APRA serving as the Leisure Benefits Branch President, the social/events committee chair for the 2006 conference committee, and as co-chair for the 2015 conference. In New Mexico she was active in the New Mexico Recreation & Parks Association (NMRPA) serving as the Senior Services Branch chair and on the 2013 NMRPA conference committee.
With more than 25 years of progressive professional recreation services experience, Diaz-Trahan will bring her approachable and energetic style to this leadership position. Her strengths are in organizational leadership, innovative problem solving, and creating a culture of excellence.
Diaz-Trahan has a BS in Business and Public Administration from New Mexico Highlands University. She is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional, a member of National Parks & Recreation Association, New Mexico Parks & Recreation Association, and International Federation of Events Association.
Adelina Martin is currently a Recreation Programs Administrator for the Town of Sahuarita. She was fortunate enough to have found her career path early in life; during her first high school summer job as a Recreation Aid with Oro Valley Parks and Recreation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis on Leadership and is currently enrolled in the graduate program in Public Administration through NAU. She has valuable experience working in diverse roles including recreation, aquatics, sports and field allocation, events, marketing and communication, community development, neighborhood services and housing rehabilitation.
Treasurer - Erica Perez contact Erica Perez