2019 Slate of candidates

All eligible members with voting privileges received an invitation to vote on September 26, polls close on October 26. 

Candidates for the Office of President

This position is a three year term beginning January 2019 Vice President, 2020 President Elect and 2021 President. 



Linda Ayres

Town of Gilbert

Administrative Supervisor

Central Region

Detail your involvement with APRA over the past 3 -5 years

  • 2019  Exhibit hall and Sponsorship Conference Chair 
  • 2018  Vice Chair on the Program Committee and Co-Conference Chair        
  • 2017 Vice Chair on the Program Committee and Conference Chair for the Exhibit Hall 
  • 2016 Vice Chair on the Program Committee and presenter at the annual conference 
  • 2014 Presenter at the annual conference
  • Previously served on the Aquatics Branch

What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills do you have that would most benefit the Association (and ultimately the membership) if serving in the the position? Please provide examples of your experience.

Primary Function: To participate in the development and execution for the new strategic plan. Conduct a gap analysis to determine priorities and a business plan for increasing revenue, membership and participation. Develop key strategies for identifying innovative business models. Collaborate with board members, regional representatives, and program committees to develop and deliver innovative services. 

I have 15 years of experience in Arizona Parks and Recreation and APRA. My experience in strategic planning and working with multiple teams includes the development of the department annual strategic plan, and guiding teams through the annual budget process to develop zero-base budgets and budget packages. Additionally, I am experienced in public outreach, park development, and implementation of department software solutions and business operations. My experience in process mapping to identify opportunities for process improvement and streamlining processes can add value to the association.

One of the greatest challenges facing APRA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities. What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership? What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities?

Conduct a needs assessment to determine the needs, or gaps, between where APRA envisions itself in the future and APRA’s current state in order to develop professional development priorities, make organizational improvements and where to allocate resources. Involve focus groups and conduct research on how state organizations and businesses accomplish professional development training. Set up annual strategic review dates, including new assessments and a large group meeting for an annual plan review. Use data from the needs assessment and develop focus groups to conduct a mapping process in order to develop a strategic plan. Incorporate collaborate from all board members, regional representatives and program committee members. Finalize the strategic plan after obtaining input from all key stakeholders. Align the budget to annual goals based on our financial assessment. Produce the various versions of the plan for each group. Establish a scorecard system for tracking and monitoring the plan. Develop marketing and communication plan Roll out then plan to the membership. Build all training annual plans around the organization strategic plan. Set up monthly strategy meetings with established reporting to monitor the progress.


Brent Dennis

City of Tucson

Parks and Recreation Director

Southern Region

Detail your involvement with APRA over the past 3 -5 years

I just moved to Arizona in April of 2018 to begin public service as the Tucson Parks and Recreation Director. I immediately became involved as an active member of APRA and attended the 2018 Annual Conference in Scottsdale. So within this context my involvement with APRA for the time-frame queried is not significant. I have always been very involved in the other state level parks and recreation organizations throughout my career in both California and Ohio. I have supported those state organizations in leadership capacities and served on conference committees in both planning and education as a speaker, panel member and facilitator.

What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills do you have that would most benefit the Association (and ultimately the membership) if serving in the the position? Please provide examples of your experience.

As President of APRA, I envision my enthusiasm and passion for the parks and recreation profession to be contagious and have a significant multiplier effect on the statewide level of involvement, volunteerism, political advocacy and broader respect of our profession. As a landscape architect, I would also hope to elevate the importance and appreciation of higher quality of design, aesthetics, safety and budget-wise maintenance and operations within our member agencies/organizations. 

I am very much a people person and have also raised a lot of funds for the organizations I have been committed to over the years. I am all about collaborations and partnerships, so all aspects of APRA will begin to exude that spirit, especially in membership, public awareness and community service. I have led new start-up collaborations in San Francisco and Anaheim, California. I also served on the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association board on annual conferences, awards programs, education programs, marketing and newsletter communications, sponsorship and vendor participation in annual meeting trade shows.

One of the greatest challenges facing APRA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities. What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership? What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities?

I am first and foremost a people person, so I would be hitting the road to personalize my leadership as the President of APRA across the state, enlisting the support, expanding the membership and championing volunteerism throughout the year. I would introduce quarterly/seasonal-themed surveys and member input internet sessions to increase the engagement across the profession in fun and creative ways that value our members time. If we don't ask the right questions and encourage candid conversations, then we would never identify the best training and professional development opportunities. As President, my goal would be to see Arizona viewed as THE STATE leading the way and on the cutting edge of everything essential for advancing the profession of parks and recreation.

Southern Region Representative

The Region Representative is a two year term. Regional Representatives are the liasion between members in their area and the APRA Board. The Region Rep serve as a voting member on the Board of Directors, assist with programming needs in their region and carries out responsibilities as detailed in the current Bylaws. 


Vince Micallef

Arizona State Parks

Park Manager

Southern Region

Detail your involvement with APRA over the past 3 -5 years

I have been an APRA member since 1997. Throughout that time frame I have been involved with various tasks associated with APRA from working on conferences to being on committees. I have also attended APRA affiliated workshops, social events and conferences during this same period. The next APRA conference is to be held in my neck of the woods and so I would love nothing more to be involved as the Southern Regional Representative for APRA and be able to help with preparing my region for the upcoming conference. The 4,000 acre State Park that I manage received $4million dollars this year to move forward with numerous projects and I would like to share with others within my region and organization by providing tours and access to the many amenities at my park.

What do you envision as the primary function of the position you are seeking and what skills do you have that would most benefit the Association (and ultimately the membership) if serving in the the position? Please provide examples of your experience.

As the APRA Southern Regional Representative I envision the primary function is to be the liaison to all the APRA members within the Southern Region of Arizona and to work with those members as it relates to other regions of the State as well as the APRA Board and Staff. As the Southern Regional Representative I would attain and share information with members within my region as well as be available to listen to their needs and requests and represent my members in seeking answers to their questions. Because of both my length of time and involvement within APRA and the profession as a whole I truly believe my skills as a leader and administrator as well as my experience as a member within our organization would ultimately benefit membership. Examples of my experience of professional titles I have held include Community Services Director, Town Manager, County Regional Coordinator, Parks and Recreation Director, Park Manager.

One of the greatest challenges facing APRA is the delivery of innovative and applicable professional development opportunities. What approach would you employ towards identifying potential training opportunities and how would you determine their overall effectiveness in meeting the needs of the membership? What strategy would you utilize for the development and implementation of these development opportunities?

I believe the best approach to identifying the potential training opportunities is to reach out to membership as to what their needs are when it comes to training that they feel would benefit them the most both professionally and personally within their job and career. A strategy that I would utilize is one that I have lived by throughout my career. Based on my past experience I have found that the best way for individuals to be trained in something or to learn new skills or to become more proficient in skills that they may already know is to just learn by doing. Gaining experience by experiencing it first hand. There needs to be more opportunities for this in our profession beyond field work, internships and graduate fellowships. Someone that is able to walk in the footsteps of others soon realize what those individuals deal with on a daily basis. Its not rocket science but it is effective. The overall effectiveness can be determined by the outcome of what those individuals were able to take with them after the training. Furthermore by having those same individuals provide the training for the next group that needs to be trained they in turn become more versed in what they had just learned. The students become the teachers. Its very powerful.

Northern Region Representative


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