2020 Slate of candidates

All eligible members with voting privileges received an invitation to vote on October 11, polls close on November 10, 2019

For the Office of President

This position is a three year term beginning January 2020 Vice President, 2021 President Elect and 2022 President.

The President acts as the presiding office of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and all membership meetings. Interpret the policies and decisions of the Board to the membership at large. Act as the official representative for the Association and as the spokesperson for professional parks and recreation interests. Establish and maintain communications and good working relationships with professional organizations and agencies through personal visits and other communications. 



Rachel Goodwin

Town of Fountain Hills

Parks and Recreation Director

Central Region

Life has a funny way of changing course; often when you least expect it. As a newly minted college graduate, I left my university anticipating a career in the newspaper industry. Little did I know that through an act of serendipity, I would find my career, and passion, within Parks and Recreation. But through this twist of fate, I discovered the joy of seeing tots take their first dance lesson, and kids learning to swim, paint, and play music. I saw the thrill of discovering a sport, balanced by learning sportsmanship in winning, and in defeat. I learned how a small role like coaching peewee basketball is truly a service to our community; bettering the place we call ‘home.’  As a resident of Arizona, I have seen the world of Parks and Recreation advanced through both large and small steps. It would be an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great industry trailblazers and represent our industry on a state level, to advocate for the value and continued investment in parks, recreation, trails, and open spaces.

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Southern Region Representative

The Region Representative is a two year term. Regional Representatives are the liaison between members in their area and the APRA Board. The Region Rep serve as a voting member on the Board of Directors, assist the Program Committee to coordinate needed events and trainings within the region, conduct meetings for members in region and regularly communicate association business with region constituents.

Represents Pinal, Pima and Santa Cruz counties.


Bob Stinson

Town of Marana

Recreation Coordinator

Southern Region

My name is Bob Stinson and I am interested in representing the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association’s Southern Region. I am a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional and currently serve as the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department.  I would welcome the opportunity to serve as APRA Southern Regional Chair.

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Central Region Representative

The Region Representative is a two year term. Regional Representatives are the liaison between members in their area and the APRA Board. The Region Rep serve as a voting member on the Board of Directors, assist the Program Committee to coordinate needed events and trainings within the region, conduct meetings for members in region and regularly communicate association business with region constituents.

Represents Maricopa County.



Jennifer Waller

Maricopa County Parks

Operations Manager

Central Region


For those who do not know me, please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Jennifer Waller, and I am the Parks Operation Manager for Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, a position that I have held for the last seven years.  I am tasked with overseeing approximately 120,000 acres of parkland, the parks day-to-day operations, and a team of roughly 75 dedicated staff members ranging from parks superintendents to park supervisors, and maintenance to interpretive services, and administration.

Why do you care who I am? Because I would LOVE to be the next APRA Central Representative. What sets me apart from the other candidates? I am not afraid to step outside my comfort zone, take risks, and challenge myself to grow in areas that are not my strong suit.  I have worked in parks and recreation management for over 27-years under great mentors at the following agencies: National Park Service, Army Corp. of Engineers, Tennessee State Parks and the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department.

I began my career with the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department in 1996 as a certified Law Enforcement Park Ranger.  Shortly after that, I was promoted to a Ranger-In-Charge (Sergeant), then a Park Supervisor, and eventually became a Westside Regional Superintendent, where I spent 10-years.

Throughout my career, I have worked hard to listen to those I work with/for, unite my team, and provide the best customer service possible. I am up to the tasks at hand for the APRA Central Representative position and hope you will give me the opportunity to prove myself.  I believe it is essential for each parks department and agency to come together to learn from each other.  Each person in the parks field has a unique set of qualities that can be used to help mold others, and I hope I am given a chance to make it happen.

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West Region Region Representative

The Region Representative is a two year term. Regional Representatives are the liaison between members in their area and the APRA Board. The Region Rep serve as a voting member on the Board of Directors, assist the Program Committee to coordinate needed events and trainings within the region, conduct meetings for members in region and regularly communicate association business with region constituents. 

Represents Mohave, La Paz and Yuma counties.


Jeremy Palmer

Mohave County 

Park Superintendent, Hualapai Mountain Park

West Region

I am interested in joining the AZ APRA Board of Directors as the West Region Representative to: connect with others; give a voice to the west region; and contribute my talents and enthusiasm to the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association.

Our industry is so unique, and we are always facing new challenges. However, I have found that I have never had to face these challenges on my own. There is always great wisdom in the network of peers that I have developed by creating connections with others at APRA functions and conferences. Working with the Board of Directors, I look forward to connecting with many new people as we address APRA’s operations and advance its initiatives.

Not only do I hope to connect with more folks at the APRA, I hope to connect the APRA with more folks in the West Region which I am running to represent. The west region is comprised of smaller population bases, in more rural areas, with less funding than those agencies in other regions of the state. Speaking from personal experience, I have seen instances where there are gaps in relevance, and not enough content which speaks to the west region addressing the dynamics we face. I will work hard to give voice to our region and assist in bridging those gaps. This work will create more value in the APRA’s content for all members, as well as, make for a stronger organization.   

I love being parks professional. I take my role as a steward of parkland with great respect and pride. The public gives us their trust, hopes and dreams, and dollars; and all they ask in return is that we provide safe places to have fun. The APRA contributes to making me a better professional for the constituents of Mohave County, and supports my industry. The least I can do is contribute my talents and enthusiasm and help to support the APRA.   

I thank you for your consideration and the opportunity to join the APRA Board of Directors as your West Region Representative.

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East Region Region Representative

The Region Representative is a two year term. Regional Representatives are the liaison between members in their area and the APRA Board. The Region Rep serve as a voting member on the Board of Directors, assist the Program Committee to coordinate needed events and trainings within the region, conduct meetings for members in region and regularly communicate association business with region constituents. 

Represents Apache, Navajo, Greelee, Graham and Cochise counties. 


Jay Brimhall

City of Show Low 

Parks and Recreation Director

East Region

Show Low is a beautiful place located centrally in the eastern region. We love our residents, neighbors, and visitors. We  work hard to provide more recreation opportunities for all. APRA needs strong professionals in the eastern region to offer support to members and non-members in the recreation profession. In a quest to always improve services, I will do my best to build on the successes of the past and help represent our region while helping APRA address Eastern Arizona’s recreation professional’s needs.

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